Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Travel Tuesday: Conquering Mountains in Huaraz

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We arrived in Huaraz from Lima incredibly early in the morning and I have to say when I first took in the drab cement buildings in the gray, early morning light, I wasn't too impressed. It turned out that the whole town had been flattened by an earthquake in 1970 and so everything has been built since then. There isn't really any old architecture to appreciate, it's all about the surroundings here.

We decided to head straight for Jo's Place, the hostel we were staying in. It's run by an English man and his Peruvian wife, Jo was actually away at the time but his wife was really friendly and welcoming and made us the Full English that we'd eagerly anticipated, despite it being the off season and her not opening the kitchen then. It was funny to see all the familiar sauces on the table after spending so long away from England.

Wanting to see a little more of the town we decided to go for a walk. Nick had taken a bit of a liking to the hostel's dog, Whitey, who moped around waiting for his owner, Jo, to come back, so we took him along. The walk confirmed to us that there wasn't much to see in Huaraz, so as soon as we got back to the hostel, we arranged transportation to the outskirts of the town to do a walk around a mountain laguna. We bought food and drink and started preparing outselves for the hike the next day.

Unfortunately, Nick got really sick in the night and was up  with stomach pains all night, meaning that by 5:30am he only just fell to sleep and both felt pretty awful. It was obvious that he wasn't going to be able to do the hike, so I sat on the road side, waiting for our driver to arrive at 6am and to tell him we had to cancel.

When Nick started to come around a bit later, we took Whitey for another walk. We followed the river out of town towards the snow topped mountains in the distance. We eventually started to walk through the poorer end of town. There we saw women washing their clothes in the river, where further up a man was peeing into it. We saw sheep and pigs grazing on rubbish dumps and ducks waddling around old, dilapidated, basketball courts. It definitely was an eye opener. On the way home we stopped off for a drink at a tiny neighbourhood shop. The lady made a huge fuss of us and when we got talking she started to tell us about how her home was destroyed in the earthquakes and she'd had nothing after that. It was all really sad as the people there seemed to have very little already.

So there was no mountain climbing in Huaraz and no lovely scenic views. But I do feel like we got to see a different side of the town and it was nice to actually get to talk to some of the locals. We were quite happy to leave Huaraz and Nick's illness behind, but I don't think Whitey was happy to see us go!

Not the best chapter of our adventure, but a learning curve non the less.

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Weekend: Sheffield

With my time in Sheffield coming to an end before I feel like it's even started, I've tried to fit lots in this weekend. I am working for the next 4 days, then have Friday off to prepare for the big move down to Norwich next Monday, then starting work at my new job on Tuesday!

It's all go at the moment as Nick has managed to get himself a job as a teacher at a summer school for foreign students. It sounds perfect for him as he is teaching older children, it lasts for 5 weeks, right up until we officially should have moved to Norwich, and hopefully will put a few pennies in his pockets.

My weekend started when I switched off my computer after what felt like forever on Friday evening at 5pm. I headed into town to start browsing for a dress to wear to my old housemate, Harjit's wedding. Sadly I didn't find anything so I decided to leave it for another day and went to meet Louise for a few drinks.

We met at Caffe Leopold on Leopold Street for some sparkly prosecco. I don't really know what's happened since I got home but the world seems prosecco mad at the moment. I'm not going to complain though as the one we had in the bar was incredibly delicious.

Following that we went to the Bamboo Door tiki bar that Fury, James and Sheena introduced me to last time I was out with them and we had a lovely mango cocktail. It was really refreshing and perfect to drink while sitting outside enjoying the evening sun.

We went to our old haunts back when we used to work together and went to Walkabout and the Common Room and finished off our night with a Desperadoes. Louise had to dash off but I had enough time before my last bus to meet the lovely Caroline and Irene for one.
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I collapsed into bed at about 12:30 after a very busy first week working. 4 days left until I leave again!

On Saturday I spent the day sorting out my wardrobe. I gave a whole bundle to charity, some had to be thrown away and the rest I put on a website that I'm going to talk about later in the week!

That evening I went for a meal with my dad, my step-mum, my grandad and my sister to a restaurant just across the road. The food was delicious and I finished all of my lemon merangue pie! Poor Millie has had a bit of a traumatic week after her pug, Patrick, was hit by a car. Luckily he survived with just a few cuts and bruises and hopefully he will be back to his usual mischievous self soon.
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Sunday morning I was up early again to meet my mum for a day trip out to the Derbyshire Dales. It was not too far from where we took Nick, but this time we went to Matlock and Cromford to have a wander around the shops and we spent hours in a little book shop that I'm sure I'll be visiting again as soon as I'm back in Sheffield!
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Sunday evening was spent doing a little more of my British Sign Language Course, cooking a favourite recipe of mine and planning for the busy week ahead!
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I hope your weekend was as fun packed as mine.

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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Special Edition Laduree Sonny Angel Dolls

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Photo from Sonny Angel Doll Website.
Back when I was in Korea I shared my love of Sonny Angel Dolls, the cute naked, angel, mini figures with funny, little head dresses.

Imagine how excited I was when I started to see macaron topped Sonny Angel Dolls all over Instagram. After doing a bit of digging I discovered it was all because the little fellas are turning 10 this year, and to celebrate they have done a collaboration with Laduree, the patisserie. Cakes and little naked dolls rolled into one is like a daydream come true!

They were released on Tuesday. Looks like I'm going to have to take a trip to the nearest Laduree to see if I can buy myself one. Or even better, if anyone fancies sending me a sweet treat that would be even better!

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Photo from Sonny Angel Doll Malaysia Instagram account

For more information check out the Sonny Angel Doll website!


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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

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With lots of planning of what's to come and writing blog posts about our travels months ago, I haven't really had much time to really stop and think about now. But currently I'm...

Enjoying living at home. It's been a long time since I lived with my mum or my dad, and it feels nice to be able to regress a little. I love being woken up with a cup of tea in the morning and having breakfast cooked for me!

Not loving being in this in between period where I'm waiting to move to Norwich and start my next chapter, whilst having to earn money by working in my old job! It feels like I can't properly settle at the moment and am still trying to fit everyone in while I'm still close by. I also feel like everything is going so smoothly at the moment that something has to go wrong! I know it's not a good positive outlook but I can't help it this time!

Reading lots of things at the moment. I normally only read one book at a time, but this time I have a book I'm still trying to finish from when we were travelling. I'm also reading a book that I hope will help me with my new job AND I can't help but pick up the Metro every time I hop on the bus on the way to work!

Watching videos about British Sign Language. I've just signed up for a course to study it and I feel like I must have sign language dyslexia. Or maybe it's that I'm terrible with my left and right, but I just keep getting things back to front!

Looking forward to Sheffield's Tramlines festival next weekend! I hope the sun makes an appearance! Can't wait to see Sister Sledge!

Planning EVERYTHING! Seems like I am in a constant state of chaos at the moment and trying to get some order in place through planning. Planning the move, the new job, how to improve my blog...the list goes on and on and on!

I got this post idea from Danielle at Sometimes Sweet. What are you currently doing?

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Travel Tuesday: Italy!

7 days of bliss in a gorgeous, secluded house. Lots of exploring hills and jumping in waterfalls. Meandering down old roads with birds fluttering away at our feet. Good wine and great ice cream. Mmm ice cream!
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Monday, 14 July 2014

Weekend: Norwich!

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Hello everyone! I hope that you're all good. I've had my first day back at work after 9 months off today. I have to say it was unbelievably hard to get out of bed at 6am. And then it was followed by flurries of phone calls and paperwork and visits into the recruitment office. I'll be back working at my old job that I did before my travelling days had started. Writing that made me think about how this blog all started, when I'd quit that job to go to Korea. All the things ahead of me!

But I still have lots of things lined up, which is what we were busy doing this weekend. We got back from Italy on Wednesday, then headed up to Norwich on Thursday to finalise the house we're moving into. Even though we're swapping hiking boots and maps for houses and bills I'm still kind of excited about sinking my teeth into trying to get back on track career wise, and I think Nick and I are ready to try out the boring things in life together.

Nick bid me goodbye and left me in Norwich, as our lovely friend Katie had just returned from Korea. We had lots of catching up to do, so spent the next few days chatting, eating delicious cakes, seasiding on blustery Summer days, drinking prosecco and dancing. We had a little jaunt out to Cromer and Holt, and then made the most of the sunny Saturday afternoon by going to Wroxham, it made me excited to plan a mini boat trip when we're settled in Norwich.

The cherry on the top of a great weekend was when Tasha joined us for Saturday night. I can't help but notice I seem to have a default outfit at the moment, I still feel a bit overwhelmed everytime I open my wardrobe and have all my clothes to chose from again!

It all went too fast and I was very sad to leave on Sunday afternoon, especially knowing what was looming on Monday morning, but I know we'll be having more Norwich fun times soon!

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