Friday, 28 August 2015

Belgium || Brussels

My weekend in Belgium was way back in Julyyy (not that far back really) and now, finally, here are (some of the) photos! I stayed with my new blogger BFF Kezza and her hamster and boyfriendy in Leuven. We explored some of Brussels when I arrived, and visited the Natural History Museum on my last day.

It was one of the best weekends of the summer, the other being when my fave joined me in France for a wee holiday. I'd never been in Belgium and to get to see so much of it in just a few days was fab! And not in the photos but just as awesome as exploring a new place were making pizzas, watching documentaries, drinking tea, long chats, and hamster cuddles!
This pissing statue is apparently very famous. There were a lot of people, as you can see from all the heads in the photo, but it really is just a tiny statue of a boy having a wee.

I always love Natural History Museums. We saw dinosaur fossils, precious gems (including amber), mammals like this tiger and giraffe, and so many beautiful butterflies and moths. We watched a short film about evolution, it was weird, but interesting. It was nice to chill with other nerds for a weekend!

Ever been to Belgium? I'll have two more posts up with photos from Leuven and Bruges which we also visited! What do you think of that view?!

Monday, 24 August 2015

5 Reasons Dismaland is the Truest Thing RN

1. The Orca jumping out of a toilet and about to go through a hoop being held by a performer clad in wetsuit. I don't think this needs much explaining (which is kind of the theme for the rest of this post... if you haven't seen any news about it have a quick catch up so you know what I'm chatting about).

2. The little boats on the boat pond filled with migrants.

3. Cinderella? Diana?

4. The horse meat scandal. Although I like to think of it as all meat... I mean that's how they kill all the animals people eat. Also the sign saying "Free hot dog if you can guess what animal it's made with". This appeals to me muchly.

5. The 'pocket money loans' shop.

I don't really want to explain them further, you can look at the photos and make your own minds up about what you think. Obvs a lot is relevant to the UK at the moment (I know there's a piece with David Cameron's face on it) and it's all very anti-consumerist and apocalyptic. I mean duh with a name like Dismaland... go to the website for more info.


Sunday, 23 August 2015

Happiness this week (and the week before) is... #52

Well, I finished my placement! Achieved some results as well, now time to write it up... It was sad saying goodbye to my supervisor, but I am very happy to have met her and learnt from her.

My fave person finally flew over for my last weekend in France! I finished work on the Friday and picked him up from the airport that night, after which we had a busy weekend in Nantes, a five and a half hour delayed flight back home on the Monday, a couple of days at my parents' house, a drive up to Birmingham, donuts, chocolate soya milk, and then I drove back home the day after. It was a really, really great week. 

I took him to see the castle and we walked around the way around the top, which I hadn't realised you could do without paying! I thought only a small part was open but nope! We did that while waiting for the cafe to open then we had the nicest hot chocolates and savoury galettes. Mine had mushrooms and loooads of garlic. We ate a lot of garlic that weekend.
We also saw some goats. We were probably the only 'grown ups' there without children... but goats are cute and hilarious. We were just waiting for one to headbutt a child.

Yummy veggie burgers! It was basically big hash brown in a burger bun with mushrooms, spinach, and more garlic! I had it two days in a row, oh wow, why do most places not have such incredibly veggie burgers?!

Being reunited with my familyyy! As our flight was delayed FIVE AND A HALF HOURS (thanks a lot SleazyJet) only my dad picked us up at the airport and we just crashed straight into bed that night, we spent the next day catching up with mam and my sister though, with real tea(!!!) and toast. And then had a dominos takeaway that evening, and lots and lots of fizzy wine!

I have just one week until I move back to Portsmouth, so next weeks post will be full of super happy things too! There's always more, like the new bathrooms at my parents' house, Lush bath bombs, driving again, things I don't have photos of hehe. Tell me how the last couple of weeks have been for you? Gimme a wee catch up, I will be catching up on blogs too, but update me on the best bits! xo

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Burnt Out

A little bit. Not really. I mean, I can cope with being busy, I love it! I like to think I thrive off it, but I think my happiness thrives on it, less so my success... It must be the mess and living out of suitcases again, although I try to convince myself I love that kind of life, I think I would if I had less stuff to lug around with me.
I'm gonna do that new thing everyone is talking about from some new book everyone is talking about where you take each thing and you can only keep it if it brings you joy (except essentials I guess like a toilet brush or those slightly blood stained knickers you save for your period). I, for some unknown reason, still own things from both exes, and actually none of it brings me joy (except maybe a Harry Potter charm bracelet). Why do men insist on buying jewellery?! I feel bad if I don't keep it, but really it's just sitting stuffed at the back of a drawer and I need less clutter in my life. Saying that, by the time I'm done there will still be too much clutter, but it will be happy clutter!

Now I have to find the time to do this. And to redecorate my bedroom at my parents' house. It's not that I'm not enjoying life right now, I am, there just always seems to be something more I want to do. I've struggled updating here over summer while doing work experience, but I was also planning other projects I want to start soon, but can I even cope?! I feel I should be able to, there's that saying 'we have the same number of hours in a day as Beyonce' which actually makes me feel like poop not inspired...

I can't wait to get back into a routine, I'm good at routine, which makes me sound boring, but being in a routine helps me be more spontaneous, does that make sense? As long as I'm on top of everything, I have the time and brain juice to be spontaneous, if I'm all frazzled then nope. Just nope.

I have so many ideas and things I want to do including making things with clay, writing a novel, starting (another) new blog, travelling, and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. That's just a few recent ones that I can't get out of my head. I am genuinely going to start making things with clay though, I don't think I always have the patience for adult colouring books, clay is more... hands on.

And now I'm running out of steam for this blog post and all the other ideas I have and I just want to sit outside with a cuppa (or fizzy wine... or a G&T, or maybe a Cosmopolitan *shrugs*) and not even instagram it.