Blogging Challenge: Day 20

Day 20, more than halfway through and only 10 more days left! This has honestly gone so quickly, what!?

Day 20: What Makes Me Happy

What makes me happy? Honestly, right now at this moment, I am so happy, my boyfriend and I are just chilling in our room, he’s playing FIFA and I’m sitting in bed watching youtube and writing this blog, we just ate Subway for dinner and there is a slight breezing and I am so content!

But what makes me happy just generally is just being with the people I love, my boyfriend, friends and my family, Also dogs, dogs make me very happy. I think for me, having gone through phases in my life where I’ve been very unhappy and felt so alone and now I have so many amazing people who make me feel loved and I’ve just gotten to this point in my life where I am genuinely happy and it’s just a really nice place to be..

 

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So I have mentioned before that I have two tattoos and that they were both on my left wrist, well essentially the love heart my friend did, had pretty much faded so we went into a tattoo place today to get in traced and I’m totally in love! I also ended up walking out with the unplanned sun tattoo which I think is just the cutest!

The tattoo place itself was so welcoming and friendly, we went in neither of us having had a proper tattoo before with a tattoo gun, so we were both a little anxious, however, they made us feel so comfortable and so chilled it made the whole experience so good!

I honestly think I could be addicted, now I know that there was very little pain and how much I’m loving them, I want more!

Blogging Challenge: Day 19

Day 19: My Favourite Movie

Right, so again this is an easy one, I have two favourite movies that I’ve seen about 100 times each and they are:

  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Breakfast at Tiffanys

I don’t know what it is about these two movies, but they just make me so happy every time I watch either of them, but yeah these are my two favourite movies!

Holiday Planning Part Two – Travel between Cities

Right guys, I’m back with an update on how our holiday planning is going. I think my last update was back in December and we’d booked everything but our travel within Europe because most of it is just not possible so far out.We’re now at the point in which we can start and starting to realise how some places while looking relatively easy to travel between aren’t necessarily.

The place we’re noticing this most is Croatia, not realising perhaps quite naively that Bosnia and Herzegovina splits Croatia in half which made finding transport from Zadar to Dubrovnik quite difficult if we didn’t wanna sit on a bus for 8 hours, alas that is the option that we’ve had to go for in the end. We also struggled to find travel routes from Pula to Zadar that again wasn’t an entire day, however, lucky there is a flight route with Croatian airlines which we can grab. Once we’d sorta calculated the costs of flying (€80ish) for the two of us inc luggage, with a half hour flight, the bus honestly wasn’t that much cheaper and just took a lot longer. This was one of those situations which you need to add the cost of your time into the equation and we decided that the flight would be so much easier, despite me starting this whole planning thing wanting to avoid any airport at all costs! (I hate airports, they stress me out). As far as leaving Croatia and heading into Italy, its really quite as simple as getting the overnight ferry from Dubrovnik, which we managed to spend about €200 for the both of us on a cabin with a shower, I mean that includes a night of accommodation and breakfast.

We found it relatively easy to find travel between places in sort of Eastern Europe (Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria), probably the easiest section of our holiday to find travel options!

When it came to booking trains in Italy I found this really good website (Italiarail) that showed so many good options for travelling between major train stations in Italy and they were so cheap! This website also gave me a route which has allowed us 3.5 hours to explore Rome which we hadn’t planned on and having been to Rome I know this enough time to see the major sites in Rome. I mean I’m sure there are other sites out there that provide the same services but I honestly just found this site so convenient and easy to use! I used this site to book trains from Naples to La Spezia, we’re actually staying in Riomaggiore which is just 8 or so minutes on a local train from La Spezia, I also used it to book from La Spezia to Genoa.

The only other place I really had an issue was Barcelona to Seville and really the issue was we hadn’t budgeted enough purely out of naivety and not really realising how far away they are from each other and obviously, it was gonna take time and would be more expensive. Once I realised this and I came to terms with the fact we would have to spend 3x our original budget (142€ for the two of us) and a 5.5-hour journey on the fast train it was okay! There was a cheaper option for like 60€ for the two of us but that was an 11 hour travel time and as we’re doing this journey on my birthday I decided that the more expensive, shorter travel time was the option for us!

For everything else we pretty much just used Flixbus (we’ve used Flixbus before doing Bruges -> London and they were great) :

  • Kosice -> Budapest
  • Budapest -> Bratislava
  • Ljublana -> Zagreb
  • Zagreb -> Pula
  • Bari -> Naples
  • Genoa -> Nice
  • Nice ->  Marseille
  • Marseille -> Barcelona

Whats left that I haven’t mentioned are places in which we’re going to buy when were there and using local transport essentially and the only travel we haven’t booked is in Portugal because that’s still too far out for anything to be available, hoping that they start showing this week before Lachy finishes work and we have to go find somewhere to print the tickets!

I think the thing we had to decide on was how much our time was worth versus the travel time like I mentioned above for Barcelona to Seville we went the more expensive, shorter route, whereas in other places we chose the less expensive, longer route. Our main factor in this was the amount of time we had to spend in a place, the longer the travel time, the shorter the time we had to spend in a place so we really only chose the longer option in places we had a few days so we didn’t lose as much exploring time!

And yeah that’s an update on where we are at with our planning, we’ve essentially paid for all accommodation and travel and we leave next week! I can’t believe it’s almost time to set off on our journey, it barely feels real, all this planning is finally coming together…!

Travel Map!

Blogging Challenge: Day 16

Day 16: Current Skin Care Routine

Right guys so, skin care is something I’ve really only sort of just started getting into, in fact, it was my new year’s resolution, to have a proper skincare routine that I followed every morning a night and actually I have been really good at following it, except of course if I’ve had a really big night out! I do however make sure I do remove my make up every night no matter what, which in the past wasn’t something I was very good at and I have really noticed a difference in my skin!

Essentially I use the same products both morning and night, except I swap out cleansers and moisturisers…

So my morning routine includes these following items, I’ll list them in the order that I use them!

  1. Neutrogena Spot Stress Control Daily Scrub
  2. The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution (Salicylic Acid is really good for cleaning out your pores!)
  3. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (Helps fight blemishes)
  4. Dead Sea Spa Magik Rich Moisturiser (I like this because it feels quite rich and moisturising but you only need the tiniest amount and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin!)
  5. The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG (This is for your eyes and reduces both puffiness and pigmentation)

And my night time routine includes the following:

  1. Dead Sea Spa Magik Gentle Cleansing Facial Wash (I really like this, it leaves my skin feeling so clean and you only need the smallest amount!)
  2. The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
  3. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
  4. The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
  5. The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil (Rose Hip Seed Oil is really good for balancing pigmentation and skin texture!)

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And yeah they’re essentially the products I’ve settled on and use every day, I tried a few brands (both high end and cheaper) and different methods at the beginning of the year trying to find what worked for me and in the end, I have settled with this little routine! I think one of my favourite things is the price of the items I use, the most expensive item is the Rose Hip Oil at just under £10, all products range between £5-10!

I’ve sort of become obsessed with The Ordinary! I use one of their silicone based primers which I absolutely love, and today I’m trying their serum foundation for the first time so we’ll see how that goes, so far I am liking it!

Blogging Challenge: Day 15

Half way through this challenge and I’m really loving it!

Day 15: Where will I Be In 5 Years?

Todays question has got me thinking to be honest, I feel like these days my life is pretty stable and I’m happy and I feel like Lachy and I have a pretty set sort of 10 year plan and goals we want to work towards..

So I think I’ll start buy sort of going through the plan for the next 5, which essentially is just me finishing uni and getting a proper teaching job, paying as much off of the mortgage as possible and getting a puppy! I think I’d probably like to be married or at least engaged (Lachlan that ones on you!) so I guess yeah in 5 years I’d like to have a real job, be making solid progress on the mortgage and have a puppy! Hahah

However, as I said this post really got me thinking, and if you’d asked me 5 years ago where I’d be today, I definitely would not have said that I’d be on the tube on the way to work in London! So really who knows where I’ll be in 5 years, as long as I have Lachy by my side I’ll be happy!