Category Archives: Travel

Turn the Music UP!

On our first, very tired night in DC we stumbled into a shabby little bar called Black Cat on U street. Google said it was a cool place to listen to some music a bit away from the touristy parts of town and he was right.

Although we arrived way too early in good touristy fashion (the tickets said 7… amateurs XD) at least we had time to settle down after a lo-o-ong flight. And after a bit of merriment from BABY BRY BRY we finally got to here what we came for.

Hutch and Kathy of The Thermals was quite unknown to us, which makes the fact that their songs are now on all of my playlists from ‘Bath & Relax’ through ‘Aerobics’ and ‘Dance Around’, all the way to ‘Ironing’ and ‘Morning Mood’ an even bigger deal. I’m sure it was also my super loved-up ‘only-just-got-engaged-and-now-a-I-am-travelling-around-America-this-is-awesome’ mood but they were awesome and I have a new obsession.

I get these sometimes, a food, a band, a book, a hairdo…. can’t come off it for weeks 😀 They do tend to go away from time to time, because there is only so many times you can listen to Shake It Off or eat avocado toast, but this one has broken my record by being on top of my obsession list for over two months, I’m starting to think it’s here to stay.

Here is a little gem I recorded, after a few beers might I add..

And the full track list of their album cut “In Brilliance”, which I’m totally ordering on vinyl this Xmas!!

01 I Made You a Song
02 In Brilliance
03 Far & Lonely
04 On the Way to Work
05 My Unborn Beautiful
06 You’re On
07 To Heavens
08 Through the Day
09 Half These Tears
10 A Minute Decision
11 An Infinite Loop
12 Days in the Years
13 A Rich Nation
14 I Make You a Song

Happy hutching and kathying….see what I did there? yeah…. I’m tired……

The Big Trip

Drumroll please….OUR TRIP TO AMERICA IS FINALLY HERE!!! Months and months of detailed planning, late nights spent reading Tripadvisor reviews, in depth analyses of guide books and expensive phone calls at impossible hours are all about pay off!!

I am excited beyond recognition! I have bought approximately fifteen items of clothing with various U.S. city names written on them, even though I will probably (who am I kidding… definitely!!!) end up buying all sort of souvenir stuff along the way. But there is nothing like the anticipation of a holiday to make you feel like a child again 🙂
So I just allow myself the indulgences of

1. printing out my Broadway musical tickets for the third time
2. listening to Viva Las Vegas, California Dreaming, New York New York…because I have to “get in the mood”
3. watching Sleepless in Seattle, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Sunset Boulevard and Chicago on repeat
4. making endless Pinterest walls of “Best Photo Locations in San Francisco”, “Places to Eat in NYC”, “Best Outdoor Date Locations in Chicago”.. because it’s fun even if we don’t get to do all of them

So in the spirit of being excited, here is the itinerary of our Big USA Trip of 2015:

WASHINGTON

NEW YORK

NIAGARA FALLS

CHICAGO

LAS VEGAS

GRAND CANYON

ZION NATIONAL PARK

LOS ANGELES

HAWAII

SAN FRANCISCO

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

I’m sipping my coffee at Heathrow with a boarding pass in my hand, so it is definitely happening!! This summer may well be the last one I can call a ‘summer break’ having just finished my degree (well, hope so, not got the “official” results yet) in Comparative Literature (aka “I’ll be unemployed studies”). This summer is still about travel, ice creams, friends, family, wedding planning (whoop whoop!!) and long naps. Before we move into our lovely new home in Portbury (Bristol) and I end up becoming a suburban housewife/ ambitious career woman with a hundred children, I want to make sure that we have some killer memories to look back on!

AND THIS TRIP WILL BE JUST THAT!

updates to follow

The One With The LEGOs

Who doesn’t love to play LEGO? If there is such a person in this world (which I doubt) and if this person would happen to be reading this post I would strongly recommend clicking away!

I am totally crazy about Nathan Sawaya’s ART OF THE BRICK exhibition that visited London at the end of last year. We spent hours walking around in amazement at the detail and imagination of these pieces. And it’s not just fun NOOO it is real hard work of planning and hours and hours kneeling, a crouching over tables – we saw the behind the scenes video and it looks like something I would never have the patience for.

BUT walking around taking photos of them? Right up my street!

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The One Where We Went To Mallorca a.k.a. The Really Long Post

Most of this post was written under palm trees listening to Vivaldi, by the pool drinking cider and in airport lounges looking at holiday photos on my camera with my hands still smelling like sunscreen and melon.

We have arrived! Oh I wish there was someone taking our picture when we walked into the house, expressions must have been hilarious! Oohs and aahs in every direction as we went on a midnight discovery walk around our lovely holiday home. If you’ve ever seen any of those Spanish soap-operas from the 90s and thought I wanna live in a house like that! well that’s what it felt like. I still can’t believe it.
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And than the fun began! Most of it being in the pool, where believe it or not, a plastic ball is quite enough to entertain up to 4 full grown men 😀

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But where the ball fails, there is always…

…climbing on each other’s back

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…trying to catch a ball while balancing two men on your shoulders…

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…and the fact that you fall every time really doesn’t matter because even when you do hold up for two seconds you always wish you were down again, crying with laughter

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A new game was invented. Although we are probably not the first people to throw a ball around in the pool…

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…but we must be the first ones to buy rope and set up a court, measure it out, argue over rules and loose our voices in shouting if someone doesn’t keep them.

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The afternoons are spent with ham and cheese sandwiches and berry cider..

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And the evenings with playing Sevens, Rummy or Heads Up!

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The first walk to Port Adriano was magical. Just when I thought the heat cannot turn up any higher, my thighs were sticky and my feet cut by cheap, plastic flip flops, we took a sharp right turn and saw this view

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oh happy days… and we are enjoying the sunshine so much. because having a tan rocks and makes you feel like a star. I catch myself shaking my booty at every noise that sounds remotely like music. 4 beers put down on the glass table? Shake it! Babies roaring in the corridor, following you around? Shake it! Sounds of Jay-Z flatly coming out of the headphone left on the desk? Shake it, shake it, shake it, baby!! We are rocking this holiday out!

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Game of the day: guessing the price of the daily rental for the boats at the port. May I say, you never EVER get it right!

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And now I am off to edit some more pictures. Sunshine and coffee awaiting!