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Sunday, June 04, 2017

London Adventures

As some of you may know myself and my friend Emma recently went on a trip to London. Throughout our trip we were such tourists and saw so many different things that I thought I'd share with you a little bit about our trip. We also filmed a vlog of our trip which you can see here

Our trip started bright and early on Thursday morning when I met Emma who had got a train to Manchester. We both got on the train to London and cracked open our mini Prosecco bottles to celebrate the trip we had been planning since January.  Once our train journey was complete we made our way to the tube. Being 2 northern girls with very little experience of the London underground this took us a lot longer than expected but by the end of our trip we had finally got it. We then walked through the park to my grandparents house where we would be staying. We had a nice chat and a well earned sit down after our day of travelling and then headed out for Tea on the river. I had prawn linguine which was nice, not the best seafood linguine I've ever had but it did the trick. We then headed back to the house ready for a big day the following day.

Prawn Linguine on the River Thames
Day 2 or really day 1 was the big one for me. I last minute had an interview on this day and so while I was at that Emma did a spot of shopping along Oxford Street. Once my interview was complete I met back up with Em and we decided to do a bit of touristing (that may not be a word and if it's not I'm claiming it as my own). We firstly wanted to see Harrods as it had been forever since either of us had been and is quite iconic. Whilst there we had a pizza and a prosecco (you'll see a running theme throughout the weekend of food and prosecco, it's just what we do). As we were leaving Harrods I got a call, unexpected as I was anticipating interview feedback to be the next week let alone 2 or 3 hours later. I will remember this moment as long as I live I was stood outside Harrods and got the call to say I had got the job and when could I start. Amazing I had landed my dream job, all in a days work. I rang all my respective family and friends that needed to know and cried so much. I was so happy. Once I'd sort of gathered myself together we did a bit more touristing. We went to see Buckingham Palace, Downing Street and Big Ben before heading home to celebrate with my grandparents where you guessed it we had even more prosseco. Surprise Surprise. We then went out to a lebonese restaurant because the Fish and Chip shop was shut. I wish I knew the name of the restaurant but the service was incredible. We ordered our food and they brought out so much extra food to try free of charge. Plus it was all so tasty I would definitely recommend (If i could remember it's name). 

Buckingham Palace
Day 3 was our first big day of activities that we'd booked. In the morning we went to London Zoo which oh my god I had forgotten how much I love zoo's. Sorry to everyone on my snapchat because I think this is where my snapchat story got unbearable as I just loved every single animal so much. Once we had seen all the sections of the Zoo we headed back to the tube passing via 221b Baker street and the Sherlock Holmes statue. If you know me you'll know how much I love Sherlock and so I just had to take a picture with the statue. We then made our way back to my grandparents and got changed before heading back out to see The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre. I had seen the Lion King before but back when I was about 6 or 7 I think so honestly couldn't remember a lot of it. Obviously I knew the story being the die hard Disney fan I am but it was amazing to relive the whole theatrical experience again. The show was amazing and definitely worth a watch if you're in London. 

Lion King at The Lyceum Theatre
Day 4 or our last proper day in London was once again a busy one. In the morning we went to Madame Tussauds which again I had been to before but was so young I can't have known who most of the people were. Once again my snapchat story went crazy as I felt the compulsive need to have selfies with every celeb (I mean I paid a ticket entry price for a reason, a girl has to get her moneys worth). After our many selfies and Emma seeing Niall Horan twice we made our way over to the river bank to go on the London Eye. Now I like the London eye because the view is incredible however I think if it wasn't included in our trio of tickets it wouldn't of been something I'd of wanted to do. That said I got some good pictures and it was really nice to see the view because I hadn't been on in a very long time. Our final attraction of the day was London Dungeons. I was bricking it and in parts was so scared it was unreal, however the whole experience was nowhere as scary as I had anticipated (thank god because I think I would of just cried if it was). It took us through the history of London which was very interesting and the actors were all really impressive. After surviving the dungeons we left and headed to a bar I had been recommended. The bar from the outside looks really run down however once you go in you see a cave which you can sit in and drink a host of wines or in our case more prosecco. After finishing our bottle off we headed home for a roast dinner and a good sleep before travelling home the next day. 

The View from the London Eye
And that was our trip to London. We had the most amazing time and saw so many things. Thanks to Emma for being a fab travel companion and here's to the next trip.

Until Next Time...

Meg x

Sunday, May 28, 2017

We Stand Together.

For those of you who didn't already know about the tragic events of Monday this week I thought I should write a blog post dedicated to it as I thought it was more appropriate than my usual posts. 

It's so hard to write this post and I quite honestly don't know how I feel about it all. Part of me is sad, part of me feels angry, but mostly I cannot imagine the pain and suffering of those involved and directly affected by the incident. The incident took place at the Manchester Arena home to a vast array of musical concerts and events many of which I have been to before. However on this particular evening twenty-two people were killed and 64 injured after a suicide bomber detonated a home-made device (BBC News). 

Whilst I was not near the attack, I was in the city when it happened and felt the aftermath and fear it injected into the community. My immediate thoughts went out to the families and victims themselves as what should have been an amazing event and for some a dream come true turned into a complete nightmare.

For so many reasons this event has shaken not only myself but others around the world. Firstly any act of this kind is an absolute tragedy as innocent lives were taken with absolutely no need to do so. Moreover what particularly got to me about this event was the age of the audience being targeted. Some of these included children as young as 8, who had not even been given a chance to live their lives. And finally just how close to home it was. I have had quite a lot of time to reflect on this event and the same thoughts keeps going around and around in my head and they are 'how on earth can anyone justify that, how can that ever be right, how can someone think that that is an ok thing to do?'. I cannot even describe how disgusting I find this and not only that but the highest level of cowardice I have ever seen to target such young and innocent lives. However the only thing that can be done now is to provide support for those affected and remain tight knit as a community.

I wanted to write a post to pay tribute to so many people especially as I do have a platform such as this blog I think it's important to share not only topics about me but also events that have affected others as well and it just didn't feel right to just gloss over this and not acknowledge it.

As many of you know I have lived in Manchester the past 3 years due to University. I would honestly class this city as my second home and when I woke to the news just didn't really know how to comprehend it all. 

If you've ever been to Manchester you'll know just how diverse it is. The city celebrates so many cultures and types of people which is why I love this city! What can be taken from this event as tragic as it was is just how amazing Manchester and the people of Manchester are as a community. Everyone from hotel owners to the homeless were out in force to provide aid to those injured and for that should be commended. I also am in awe of the services such as the ambulances and police force who acted so quickly and should also be applauded. 

My final point I wanted to make was that in light of this event I have realised just how cruel the world can be. Life each day to the full because you never know when it will be your last. Make memories and take nothing for granted, you only get one life so live it the best you can. 

What I really want to say can really be expressed better by this poem by Ryan Williams:

"A grey Tuesday morning, 'neath Lancastrian skies
We wake once again to wipe tears from our eyes.
Forced to wear robes of weakness and pity,
As cowards attack the very heart of our city.

Like always we'll comfort and hold one another,
A Mancunian family of sisters and brothers.
For a time our strut is reduced to a stagger,
But make no mistake, we'll rekindle our swagger.

We'll learn how to live with another deep scar.
If you think you can beat us, you don't know who we are!

We're Collyhurst, Ancoats, Moston and Sale.
We're Oldham and Bury; Ashton; Rochdale.

We're Pankhurts and Turing, the Gallagher Brothers,
We're Morrissey, Marr and a million others!

We're a city of workers, a city of shirkers.
A city of tracksuits, and bibles and burkas.

Vegetarian, Rastafarian, Athiest, Jew.
100 red! 100% blue.

We're each of us different but never alone.
In the Cosmopolitopia we get to call 'home'. 
So, come at us again, and again if you must. 
Time after time we'll rise from the dust.
You'll never prevail - not against us... 
This is Manchester, our MANCHESTER 
And the bees still buzz!" 

Manchester I love you and you will forever have a place in my heart. Whilst we continue to mourn for the dead and pray for the injured we must also look forward. We will keep working together just as a hive of bees would, Manchester is unbreakable. 

Meg x

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Guess Who's Back... Back Again!

Hello my lovely beings of the internet, 

As the title suggests, I am back, ready to get back on my blogging game and boy it feels good to be back. All throughout my blogging 'hiatus' I have been itching to get back into my blogging but knew it was for the best that I left it until I had totally finished at Uni and could finally focus solely on this wonderful space that is my little corner of the internet. 

While I can't really say my break was all that relaxing I am finally here to explain what I have been up to on my mini blogging break and let you know that this girl is back with a vengeance. 

As you all probably know from the multitude of blog posts I have posted, as of very recently I was a final year student. And as anyone who's done uni will appreciate, it is not easy especially the last few weeks of final year when the expectations and stakes are so much higher than they've ever been before and you're up to your eyeballs in dissertations and portfolios that you really think there's no end. I took the decision to take a break from the blog for just over a month to make sure I could pour all my time and energy into getting as good a uni grade as possible. After all I have paid £21,000 for it so might as well give it my best shot right?! 

I also did this because while I have managed to do both in the past keeping my blog running alongside my other units, as the workload ramped up I had to decide whether to pour my efforts into 1 activity and see amazing results from that or pour my energy into 2 and see more mediocre results. I thought it was best to take a break rather than post substandard blog posts and instead come back bigger and better! 

As of the 12th May I officially handed in my last ever pieces of uni work and can now say that I have finished Uni forever *Cheers to that* and now I am back and you can go back to expecting your weekly Sunday meg updates.

Until next time

Meg X

Monday, April 10, 2017

My Blogging Hiatus!

Hello lovely beings of the internet I hope you are all doing well on this fabulous Monday morning! As you all probably already know I am actually a final year student in university and as you can probably appreciate as "finals season" is upon us I am rather stressed and up to my eyeballs in coursework.

I therefore had to make a decision whether to carry on doing everything but potentially risking quality or to prioritise. If you hadn't already got it from the title I went for option B. I think especially in final year of uni it is so important to pour everything you've got into it after all yo only get one stab at it. Whilst I do love blogging and don't get me wrong normal procedure will resume as soon as that god damn dissertation is handed in, it naturally has to take a backseat as firstly it isn't worth £27,000 and at the end of the day is a hobby not an academic career.

Therefore I will be taking a hiatus if you will, a mini break from blogging until my end of year assessments are complete. I promise this is not the end but more a "we were on a break" friends moment.

I hope you understand and I look forward to rejoining you all once the stress of final year is over and when I can finally call myself an actual graduate *squeels*.

Until then..

Meg Xx