An intro to me…

I initially started blogging about 2 years ago when I finished my GCSEs but have never actually published any of my posts as I was way too worried about what people would think so for me this is well out of my comfort zone but it’s something I’ve always wanted to try but never had enough confidence to do so I suppose now is the time. I’ve never written a blog before, my commitment to writing diary entries and journals has been a little short-lived so without further ado here is a cliché “About Me” blog …

I am Ella. I am 18 years of age and I live in Northamptonshire (so more or less the middle of nowhere). In a few weeks I will be moving to Birmingham to study where I will have to properly adult! (eek). (So look out for my ‘All Things Uni’ series, which will undoubtedly be highly entertaining and cringeable- all at my expense of course!).

10 facts about me …

  1. I have two lop eared house rabbits called Theo and Jasper
  2. It rains every year on my birthday (3rd August), but I suppose being a summer baby has its perks so I don’t mind so much!
  3. Sushi is my absolute favourite food
  4. I love IKEA, but hate assembling flat packs as I have no patience
  5. Birmingham is my favourite city in the UK (especially at Christmas), and I am going to be living there from September
  6. I was a ballet dancer for 13 years, despite being the clumsiest person ever
  7. I named my family’s campervan ‘Carrot’ because she is bright orange
  8. Blue is my favourite colour, along side anything pastel
  9. The V&A museum in London is my favourite place. I love looking at all of the fabrics and patterns, especially William Morris’ designs
  10. I have super curly hair, hence the blog name!

I hope this gives you a little insight into me so thank you for reading, and you definitely check out my ‘B City Travel’ series which covers 3 funky cities I have visited in the past year.

Ella x

 

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B City Series. 2

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My second city in the B City Series is Budapest, a wonderful city fuelled by architecture and Kürtőskalács (chimney cake). I went last month to Budapest to get inspiration for my a level art project (if you have the same opportunity to do so, I definitely would!).

Note to self; leave more than 20 minutes before the gate closes to arrive at the airport. Running through the airport in your socks and various metal items hanging from you isn’t an attractive look.. oops!

I booked the trip 2 days before going via lastminute.com. I would recommend this website to anyone who is planning to go on a spur-of-the-moment trip as there are some great deals you can find, I paid £160 for flights and a hotel directly in the centre of Budapest for 3 nights. I would say that it is probably best to go in the spring or summer as some views were restrictive due to fog and overcast, but in some ways it kind of made it more magical and revived some of the winter spirt …

For me Budapest isn’t a city I can fault- the locals are the nicest people (contrary to stereotypical judgements), variety of architecture within the city is so diverse, which gives the city a great sense of pride and of course the food was great, but a little bit pricey.

Being a typical tourist I viewed all of the sights in both Buda and Pest by following a free guide I found online and by another free guide I was given by the receptionists at the apartment. This is probably the best way to enable you see all of the sights in Budapest without time restrictions, especially as all the attractions are accessible by foot- but there are also buses and a very temperamental metro system (wouldn’t recommend, very very creepy!).

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Imre Nagy, President of Budapest twice

The Széchenyi Thermal Bath was an “interesting” experience to say the least- it definitely had a wide array of people; from local old men playing chess in the pool and ladies chatting in the spa to younger tourists on their gap years trying to find their version of romance in a steamy public pool… not exactly PG! I think that now I’ve visited it once I probably wouldn’t go again due to the seedy vibes. So overall mixed reviews on the baths; the building didn’t disappoint and neither did the actual baths.

 

Unlike Barcelona and Berlin, I wouldn’t describe Budapest as a fast moving city in any way, so it is an ideal destination just for a chill out break… or in my case an appreciation for Jewish architecture break! My favourite part of exploring new cities like these is going exploring in the evening- the Chain Bridge is especially beautiful at night as it lights up, and when walking along it you can see all of the reflections of light in the River Danube… It really brings the heart of the city to life.

If you enjoyed this blog check out my other ‘B City Series’ blogs…

Ella x

10 things I learnt when starting A Levels…

Here are a few things I learnt in my first 3 weeks of my A Levels… (meme edition)

1. Stress is piled on from day one, your classes are nothing like the taster sessions they coaxed you in with 1key4i

2. Socials are all fun and games until you have an early shift the next morning 🤒

3. The horrors of CV and personal statement writing isn’t a myth

4.  … Neither is the huge jump from GCSE


5. You need at least 8 hours sleep to function properly or you’ll probably collapse on the floor crying

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6. … This will happen anyway 

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7. Getting a string of Ds and Es is normal for your first assignments

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8. … But winging it isn’t an option 

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8. Pot Noodles are the fuel to all knowledge

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9. Organisation is key-  join committies, organise your work experiences and get that personal statement out of the way! (and yes this does include having pretty stationary)

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10. No one actually knows what they are doing 

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B City Series .1

Hola!

From the intro you can probably guess my first ‘B’ city I have travelled to is Barcelona, the city of artist culture and over priced cocktails. Barcelona is by far my favourite city outside of the UK despite only visiting it a handful of times, including twice last year. Undoubtedly the best thing about Barcelona is the influence of colour, everywhere you look there is vibrancy. My favourite spot in the city is the food market (La Boqueria) off Las Ramblas, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves fresh food as the fruit variety and selection is amazing.

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Here’s the stall of juice drinks, my favourite is the mango and coconut

Whilst on the topic of food I have three other food favourites in Barcelona:

  1. Churros

There is the most adorable crepe place near Plaça de Sant Jaume which sell the best churros ever. I have had them every time I’ve been to Barcelona, but I can recommend having them in the evening, I don’t know why but they definitely taste better in the evening when its getting a bit cooler.

2.  Pans

Pans is a chain restaurant which sells baguettes and bagels, it is perfect if you are on the go visiting all of the main tourist locations (as there is always one near by). I’m not a major bread fan so I was pleasantly surprised by the deliciousness of Pans.

3. Last but definitely not least… Paella!

I am a big fish lover, so a traditional paella is one of my favourite meals and has been for years. When visiting Barcelona last year I had multiple Paella nights on Las Ramblas (a lot further down, nearer to the habour front so not as expensive), enjoying the chilled vibes and amazing food. This is definitely a must if you ever visit Barcelona as all the local restaurants  are so friendly and welcoming, which makes your eating experience 10 times more enjoyable, in additional to it being totally affordable!

The dos and don’ts of Barcelona…

Do:

  • Visit the Gaudi buildings, especially the Sagrada Familia, and do your research into Gaudi as he was really interesting and his work is more meaningful with some background knowledge

 

  • Eat lots of tapas and paella, make the most out of the Spanish cuisine especially as Barcelona is on the coast so the majority of the food is fresh
  • Read the small print of how much VAT they charge in addition to your food/drinks, or your trip away might just become even more pricey
  • Visit the harbour at night, (and grab yourself a churros whilst you’re there) as the scenery with all the lit up boats is quite a sight
  • Drink lots of Sangria, after all this is the country where it originates from!
  • Visit Park Güell for a panoramic view of the city and cheesy touristy photo opportunities, however do leave lots of time for this trip as the walk around the park takes a little while

Don’t:

  • Travel by car into the city and park it in a central car park. Firstly it is so expensive, secondly the locals drive like loonies and thirdly when the parking attendants find out you’re British they will stick gum on your car and swear at you… (all from personal experience of course!)
  • Spend €6 on a 1 litre bottle of water, because they have just inflated the price as you are a naive foreigner and will spend anything to drink clean water
  • Wear anything other than long trousers and a long sleeved t shirt into the gothic Cathedral, otherwise they will prevent you from entering and it will be embarrassing. (It is one of my favourite places in Barcelona so layer up and watch out for the geese!)
  •  Eat dinner until at least 8pm as no where will be open
  • Make yourself vulnerable, wear a bumbag and keep your possessions close to you or talk to any randomers in the street as you are in a busy city and people will be targeting you to pick pocket

So that is pretty much Barcelona in a nutshell, there is so much more to the city however if I was to include everything I love about it I would be here for days…

If you enjoyed this blog check out my other ‘B City Series’ blogs…

Ella x