Glastonbury Packing List

With Glastonbury Festival less than a month away I’ve been having a think about what I’m going to pack, so here is my list and tips for you.

– Tent

Obviously! Make sure you have a decent tent, it’ll need to be waterproof, the last thing you want to find out when you are in a wet muddy field is that your tent isn’t waterproof.
You also don’t want your tent to be too big and too difficult to put up, unless you get there really early or camp in an unpopular camp site space is going to be limited. Don’t forget it is likely you are going to have to carry it quite a long way, so don’t buy a heavy tent.

– Sleeping bag

Again, obvious. Your sleeping bag needs to be comfy, preferably one that can be packed small.

A festival tip for you, keep you valuables with you all the time, even when you are sleeping. Put them in the bottom of your sleeping bag, that way even if someone does get into your tent they will have to wake you up to take anything.

– A bed

Make sure you remember to bring something to sleep on. Air beds are great because they are cheap but they do go down easily and can be heavy and bulky. This year I’m planning on getting a self inflating camping mat, they aren’t that expensive and you don’t have to worry about spending ages blowing it up only to wake up on a half sunk into the ground. Plus it takes up less room 🙂

– Wellies

Joules Wellies

My cute wellies

They are such a necessity at Glastonbury and any festival these days. My awesome sister got me some super cute Joules wellies for Christmas this year, they are a bit of an upgrade to my Asda ones last year!

You need to remember to not just bring wellies though. The last thing you want is to have to put wellies on when its hot and the sun is shining. I would say to bring some plimsolls and some flip flops too, they don’t take up too much room and they are perfect for when the sun comes out!

– Clothes

Don’t take too much. Seriously, even if you think you haven’t got that much stuff with you will probably only use half of it. Yes take extra socks, you will need them, but 5 pairs of shorts? Trust me even if you do wear them all, you have taken up valuable booze room when you could have done with two pairs max.

My Glastonbury clothing essential are leggings with a shorts/skirts combo, they will keep you warm but you can easily take them off when the sun comes out.

Don’t forget your wet weather gear though, a good rain coat and/or a poncho are important.

– Booze

Possibly the most important thing! As Glastonbury is awesome you can take alcohol pretty much anywhere. It is important to remember though you shouldn’t be bringing glass with you, not only is it dangerous, its heavier!

– Toiletries

Hand sanitiser and toilet paper are the two things you should not forget, ever. I have brought things to wash my hair in the past, but only travel bottles, this year I am just going to bring dry shampoo, it is far too much effort to wash my hair and there are so many more exciting things to do.

Don’t forget your toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant and wet wipes, they are all your friends to help you feel a little bit more human.

Sun cream is essential, even if the forecast is rain, if the sun does come out no one wants to spend the whole weekend burnt.

– Others bits

Apart from your camping bag you will need to have another bag to carry round with you through the week, a good sized backpack is perfect.

A hat is a festival staple, not only is it good to keep the sun/rain off you, but it covers up your hair after days of not being washed.

It goes without saying really, sunglasses are a must to complete that festival look!

There are charging places all over for you to boost your phone, but it is a great idea to have a festival phone that you can rely on to last you the week just to find people. This year Glastonbury are selling portable chargers that you can use and trade in for a new one when you need it. This means you don’t have to sit in the charging tent and wait while everyone is having fun.

Its a good idea to bring a camera, you don’t want to miss out on those awesome memories, but don’t forget to bring spare batteries.

Have I forgotten anything? What are you planning on taking with you?

A day out in London

This weekend has been pretty awesome. I don’t mean to brag but it really has been brilliant!

I hadn’t seen my friends in a long time because we live all over the UK. Our easiest point to meet is London so we had a lovely day at Westfield, Stratford.

What started out as a calm catch up quickly turned into cocktails and reminiscing!

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Cocktails!

My wonderful friend Katie, who is planning on getting married winter 2015, then asked me to be one of her bridesmaids. How lucky am I? I’ve not been a bridesmaid since I was little so I’m sure it’ll be a bit of a different experience this time, I really can’t wait!

I’m so lucky to live only an hour away from London on the fast train and although it is rather expensive it is well worth it for the time it takes to get there.

I’m now looking forward to helping her plan the wedding, and help her sister plan the hen do, now that will be fun!!

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas

Wow, what a holiday!

If you have never been to Vegas I strongly recommend that you do.

Here is what I did in Vegas:

  • Friday – Arrive and sleep
  • Saturday – Explore The Strip
  • Sunday – Explore The Strip again and Penn and Teller
  • Monday – Chill by the pool, shoot some guns and go for a girls night out at Coyote Ugly
  • Tuesday – Helicopter trip to the Grand Canyon and dinner and Hard Rock Cafe
  • Wednesday – Fremont Street bar crawl
  • Thursday – Bellagio buffet, Blink 182 and beer pong
  • Friday – Hooters, the mob museum and the neon boneyard
  • Saturday – Shopping, the Vegas sign, Hash House a go go and Tournament of Kings
  • Sunday – Home time 😦

So it was a busy holiday!

There were seven of us going, however me and my boyfriend flew out on the Friday and our other friends arrived on Saturday. Out of the seven of us three of us had never been to Vegas before, I was one of them and I was in for a treat!

We were staying at the Wild Wild West Days Inn hotel. It wasn’t glamorous, but we weren’t planning on spending a lot of time in our room so there was no real point in spending a lot of money. It is behind New York-New York so it isn’t that far from The Strip anyway.

It isn’t a particularly nice part of Vegas (although we did go to worse parts) and taxi drivers kept reminding us and one night I did get woken up because a prostitute was arguing with her client because he had hit her head…it was an interesting conversation!

Still the gambling was cheap and there was a Denny’s which were were given free breakfast tokens for, so it made the breakfasts a little less foul knowing that we weren’t paying for them!

I’ll leave you with some pictures of our beautiful hotel and you can read about my other adventures soon!

Wild Wild West

Wild Wild West

Free Breakfast!

Free Breakfast!

View from our room

View from our room

 

A Day Trip to Lille!

I’m really lucky that my boyfriend works for a ferry company, so he gets a few free trips across for two people a year, we have been to Bruges and Brussels on day trips and this time we  headed to Lille!

Lots of beer!

Lots of beer!

I’ve been to Lille before for a weekend trip, so it was nice to go back again. However, on our way to Lille we stopped of in Ploegsteert, Belgium (as you do!) and went to an amazing beer shop! The shop was called Vanueem and there are so many different types of beer it is insane, we spent a lot of money!

After we had popped into Ploegsteert we headed to Lille. We parked in EuraLille and wandered around the shops, stopping in a kind of fast food pasta shop for some lunch. Being the one out of the two of us that can speak a little bit of French (and I really mean in a little bit) it was my job to order the lunch, at which point I probably insulted the whole of France with my awful attempt at their language!

After our lunch we went into the city centre to see the beautiful sites of Lille.

There are so many beautiful building in Lille, and we were really lucky with the weather, so we could sit outside and soak up the sun and look at all the wonderful buildings.

Fountains!

Fountains!

As we were only on a day trip we weren’t able to see a lot of the sights and it was very much a quick tour.

After our walk around and chilling out next a lovely fountain we decided that it would be a good idea to relax even more and have a beer 🙂

We stopped off at a bar and each had a Kawk beer in the awesome glass. There are so many different bars and restaurant in Lille, as there are in a lot of French towns and cities, the food all looked wonderful but as many non-French speaking visitors to France we found that we were given as little interaction as possible!

As we always do when we go to France we stopped off in a hypermarket and do some food and wine shopping.

In EuraLille the is a Carrefour where we stocked up on all of our generic French food and drink.

Horse

Horse

This time, however, we got something a bit different.

The horse meat scandal in the UK sparked a lot of discussion about how good horse is for you, so my boyfriend though he would find out.

He bought a horse steak in France and a beef steak from Sainsburys back home and did a ‘scientific experiment’

His findings? They are both tasty!

I would recommend that you visit Lille, and if you get the chance, go for a weekend, there is a lot to see and do. I barely touched the surface on this trip.

Vegas Baby!!

Flights booked!!

For someone who has no money I really have managed to go on a lot of holidays this year. I’ve been surfing (kind of!), I’ve been to Glastonbury and now I’m going to Vegas.

I’m not going until the 13th September, but as I was reminded today, that is less than 60 days, I’m rather excited.

I’ve got a lot of ideas planned for what I want to do:

  1. Helicopter trip to the Grand Canyon
  2. Bellagio fountains
  3. Bellagio Buffet
  4. Shooting range
  5. Bar crawl up and down the strip
  6. Bar crawl up and down Downtown
  7. MGM Grand pool party
  8. Gambling
  9. Partying
  10. Shows

Now I am aware that there is a hell of a lot to do in Vegas, has anyone been and has any Vegas tips for me?

Also, flights are booked, not actually booked any accommodation yet, where would you say is a good, cheap hotel in Vegas to stay?

I would love to hear from you, just drop a comment below 🙂

Glastonbury 2013

Sorry if there is a lack of sense in this post, I’ve not slept much in the last week 🙂

Now I was one of the lucky lot to get a ticket to this years Glastonbury Festival and like most I was one of the many thousands that got to see The Rolling Stones.

GLASTOOOOO!

GLASTOOOOO!

But the wonderful thing about Glastonbury is that unlike a lot of the festival around there are so many other things to do as well as watching big name bands.

The only other big festival I’ve been to was Reading in 2010 which was amazing, I was lucky enough to see one of my favourite bands Blink 182 who I had always wanted to see live. However, after going to Glasto in 2011 I realised how much better a festival can be.

After camping in 2011 on Pennard Hill it was quite a bit different this time as we were staying in the camper-van field staying in a trailer tent, which in festival standards is pretty much luxury! We entered (and exited) the site right by the circus field which meant the every day we caught a hell of a lot of random acts although there are so many people performing on random little stages of just as they are walking along, I think it is impossible to be bored.

The food at Glastonbury is brilliant and Tor Rugby club did some awesome grub at a great price 😀

Tor Rugby Club

Tor Rugby Club

The first band I saw was Haim on the Pyramid stage, the bassist was a little bit quirky (I think that’s the best way to describe her!) but they were brilliant. I was going to list all the acts I saw but I really would be here for hours.

I saw all three Pyramid headliners, I had heard that The Arctic Monkeys are a bit disappointing live as they don’t really have much of a stage presences, but I pleasantly surprised.

Then we have The Rolling Stones, I was really interested in seeing how people would react to them so I’ve read a few reviews and comments on their performance and I’m not surprised that quite a lot of people weren’t impressed. All I can say to them is that the atmosphere at the pyramid stage was awesome and, even if on TV it didn’t sound amazing and they all looked old, I think everyone there watching it enjoyed it all.

Mumford & Sons were the perfect end to the festival. After a chilled out Sunday in the sunshine they really sent everyone off in a brilliant mood, especially with the collaboration for the last song.

All in all it was an amazing week 🙂

I got to see world famous bands and people I’d never heard of. One of which was Penguin Cafe, who were brilliant and I recommend everyone goes to see them!

I really could bore you for hours by telling you how awesome my week was, but I won’t. All I will say is, if you can, go to Glastonbury, (the toilets aren’t that bad I promise!)

Pyramid Phoenix

Pyramid Phoenix

A Surfing Trip to Remember

It’s been a while, I know, and I had promised myself that I would keep my  blog up  to date!

I was planning to write a post two weeks ago as it was going to be just after my awesome surfing trip with my friends, however, I hit a bit of a snag!

It was a long old drive to Newquay (luckily I wasn’t the one driving!), of all the places to go in England it must be one of the ones that takes to longest to get to from Kent. After a pretty non-eventful trip we arrived at Reef Surf Lodge where we were staying. I really would recommend this for any budding surfers out there, it really is brilliant value for money and it is close enough to the main goings on, but not so close that you will be kept up all night listening to drunkards!

Anyway! Where was I? We went out on the first night, had plenty of drinks and giggles, but otherwise a relativity uneventful time. Our surfing lesson the next day wasn’t until about 3 o’clock so we had plenty of time in the morning to shop and explore what Newquay has to offer.

Newquay is a lovely town, it’s what I imagine the seaside town I live in would have been like in its heyday, just without the surfing. After writing a postcard to my Gran we headed off to meet our instructor, don our wetsuits, pick up a board and look awesome on the waves!

So after I struggled to get my wetsuit on and complained the my board was too heavy we arrived at the beach. Our showed us the moves and into the water we went!

It was quite a windy day, not brilliant for beginners, our instructor said.

5 minutes later!

In my case , it was so windy my board had blown off the water as I had tried to get on it and while trying to protect my face it caught my thumb and dislocated it.

F%$k*n& h£ll!

I won’t bore you with all the details so here is a summary!

  • Three shots of morphine
  • A bit of gas and air
  • A trip in an ambulance
  • A few hours in The Royal Cornwall Hospital A&E
  • Two x-rays
  • Another half a canister of gas and air
  • A massive syringe of local anaesthetic
  • Loads of pain
  • Three doctors
  • A trainee nurse
  • A lot of pulling
  • Two more x-rays
  • A plaster cast

Needless to say I didn’t surf again that weekend.

I had the cast on for a week, then my thumb strapped up for another 5 days and my first physio session on Monday and I am happy to say that although I still can’t move my thumb properly it is healing very well.

I’ll leave you with some pictures!

My messed up thumb

My messed up thumb – Me still in my wetsuit!

My messed up thumb

My messed up thumb

Gas and air

Gas and air – AKA My new best friend

The Lovely Newquay Beach

The Lovely Newquay Beach