For Z, we went to the Zoo Cafe which is situated in Budapest. It was literally the coolest place I have ever been too! You go in, and get a table and order your drinks. We got a coffee each. A waiter, then comes to your table and hands you your first animal. The first one he gave us was a cute little tortoise. You can hold him and let him wander around the table!
After about 15 minutes, the waiter came back, took the tortoise away and gave us a chameleon! You could only hold the chameleon, you couldn’t put him on the table, but he was so cute! Meanwhile, a bird was flying around the place and stole a woman’s sandwich from her plate, the cat was chasing the bird and a rabbit knocked over someone’s coffee! MAYHEM! Brilliant mayhem!
After 15 minutes with Pascal, the waiter brought us a bearded dragon, which looked so grumpy. You can hold this one and stroke it and let it chill on the table. Next was the snake. We had a snake brought to us and we had a right wriggler! It would not stay still! We took it in turns holding it and we put it around the back of our necks and he had such a cute little face! After the snake we had a cute ginger and white guinea pig which kept running across the table, we hid our coffees for this one!
Last but not least we were brought a little cute bunny rabbit. It was white and kept bouncing everywhere. It also kept scratting at the table like it was digging and biting my camera! It was so fluffy and soft and I wish I could have snook it home in my backpack!
We got little bits of carrot to feed the rabbit and the guinea pig, it was so cute and the whole place is such a good idea!
Around the room there was also animals everywhere, spiders, reptiles, cats, rabbits, all sorts!
All you do is pay for your coffee, and get food if you wish. Of course we left a donation for them too. But if anyone is visiting Budapest, this is a must! Such a fabulous and unusual experience!
So after the AMAZING surprise Harry Potter themed birthday party which Shannon threw me for my birthday at the climbing wall where we work, we woke up and packed the car (we were heading to Hull after York) and set off to York for the day. We found the park and ride and got the bus in to the centre and walked around for a bit just exploring but aiming to find the Harry Potter shop (of course!), called ‘The Shop That Must Not Be Named’. We did eventually and had a quick look around before going somewhere to find some food because we were both really hungry and it was about lunch time and neither of us had had any breakfast because it just hadn’t been our top priority when we were about to set off. So, we were getting increasingly hangry.
We found a lovely little café/ restaurant place but as soon as we went in we felt it was too posh for us, but we went with it any way, why not? The breakfast menu had stopped so it was on to the lunch menu so we both asked for meatballs only to be told they hadn’t made them yet, WHAT!? Your telling us its lunch time, so we can’t have the breakfast, which is what we both wanted, but we were to early for meatballs? Anyway, we quickly had another look at the menu and ordered something different. It was definitely a restaurant that was too fancy for us and the food wasn’t even that nice, like they had tried to be TOO posh, but we are both still alive and ate enough not to be too hungry.
We continued to walk around and we met up with Shannon’s friend from primary school, Gemma, who goes to University of York. It was nice to see her for a bit and also very good as she knew where all the shops where and considering we had been trying to find the Disney store for about an hour before meeting her, she literally took us around the corner and it was there! After doing a little bit more shopping and going back to The Shop That Must Not Be Named, where I, after much debate with myself, bought Harry Potter Cluedo, a Platform 9 and three quarters passport holder and some Harry Potter glasses! We then said goodbye to Gemma, after she very kindly pointed us in the right direction to get the bus back to the park and ride… we are adults I promise. We got the bus back to Timothy (Shannon’s car) and continued on our way to Hull.
For X we went to Xscape in Castleford. There was myself, Shannon and Jon and we started off at the skiing/snowboarding part of the place. Shannon did a ski season last year so she sometimes goes snowboarding at Xscape. Myself and Jon sat and chatted with a glass of wine while Shannon went snowboarding. It was so cool! It’s all indoors and its quite high up! I would have had a go but it was way to expensive if you don’t have your own stuff.
After Shannon had been snowboarding, we made our way up to the 3D mini golf. NEVER DO THIS. It is the most trippy thing in the World! You have to wear these 3D glasses so it makes the pictures on the walls jump out at you and its so hard to walk with them on! It’s pretty dark in there too so we were nearly tripping up all the time! It was fun though, and different to normal mini golf!
After we had stumbled around the two courses and failed miserably at mini golf, we went to Nandos. YUM. Myself and Shannon had our normal order of chicken and chips with herb and lemon/medium spice whilst Jon had…a plate of chips. He’s an odd one when it comes to food…and other things in life, come to think of it, and he basically only eats chips, yorkshire puddings and chocolate. But he did enjoy his chips!
It was a great evening out!
W is for all the walking and walking tours we did whilst we were away in November (see previous blogs). We went to Oslo, Gothenburg, Malmo, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Bratislava, Vienna and Budapest.
Everyday we had a goal that we needed to get to 10,000 steps and if we got to 15,000 we could have a treat. Such as a chocolate bar or a hot chocolate. We were being good by exploring and exercising! Back home we both barely reach 8000 steps so we thought this was going to be a big ask, how wrong we were. Most days turned out to be a treat day and we barely noticed it, we were constantly on the move, exploring; which meant we would get a cake with our one coffee we were allowed a day before 5pm. (We had weird rules)!
In total we managed to clock up a massive 576,402 steps!! Over half a million steps!
So for V we went to Vue cinema to see Goodbye Christopher Robin as I had been wanting to see it since it came out, I loved it to bits and really understood all the references to Winnie the Pooh as I read the books a lot when I was little and love Winnie the Pooh. Hayley hadn’t read them as much as I had and after knowing how it ruined his childhood is not 100% sure she wants to read them now! She is an adult but is still contemplating reading Winnie the Pooh! We both enjoyed the film though! We also had some Nachos which was a big bonus!
Since then we have been to Vue again to see the Greatest Showman. This is THE BEST FILM EVER and everyone needs to see it! It’s top of the album charts because it’s just so amazing. You’d be a fool not to see it!
In November we visited lots of different countries, all with their own delicacies and all with ‘unusual food’ . However we think the most unusual food we tried was when we was in Vienna for the day and we went to an Australia pub and we tried deep fried grasshoppers… As soon as we both saw it on the menu we thought we had to. You can’t miss an opportunity like that! Okay, its probably not the most unusual food that is known to Europe that we could have had, but still it is very unusual.
We had some normal food beforehand, Hayley was wiser then me and had saved some of her drink whereas I had none left. We thought we were literally going to get two grasshoppers on a plate, but we were wrong. They were served in a little ramekin with mash potato, a tortilla chip, some cress leaves , tomato sauce and of course the grass hopper! They weren’t that bad to be honest but it was one of the strangest things I have ever eaten so far!
Whats the most unusual thing you’ve eaten? Would you eat a grasshopper?
After not being able to go for my birthday we decided to go on Monday.. so Monday came around and it’s time to go…to Tropical World!
We got there and Hayley discovered she had to walk through a room filled with butterflies. First it was very funny to watch someone be scared of a butterfly… I know different people have different fears but that doesn’t mean you can’t laugh at your friend when she’s running through the tropical house with her hood up!
I was amazed she didn’t know who Ollie the octopus was he made my childhood visits to tropical world and she meant the new one who is not worthy of being named after he kicked Ollie out of his home. (Side note from Hayley – if you also don’t know who Ollie the Octopus is, then it’s this weird Octopus that you put money into and it talks to you……it’s weird).
When we got to the rooms with the birds in, I thought she was going to have a heart attack! But I knew she would soon be happy when we got to the meerkats! The dark part we explored were all the animals that come out at night (ie. bats) was a tad creepy but luckily Hayley didn’t have to have her hood up as the bats couldn’t fly around her!!
When we had finished walking round we went for lunch in the Café which was lovely, before it was time to go to work.
We had a really cool idea for S, and it worked out really well. We have a friend where we work who has a lot of guns, so we had a shooting session at his house. We had a go with all sorts! Pistols, air rifles, and cool guns that you put little bouncy balls in and they went everywhere! (I am aware that this probably isn’t the correct use of terminology but I try!)
We ended up spending about two hours there, trying lots of different guns and we had the best time! It was so fun! It was also different to what a lot of people would have done for S. I don’t think the guy liked it though as he still has pellet holes in his shed door.
For me, this was one of my favourite alphabet dates so far!
For R we went to Roundhay park and took Dobbie. Dobbie is a trainee guide dog that Shannon was looking after at the time. So cute, but nearly the size of a horse! Roundhay was really nice and it was quite busy out. Lots of families and dog walkers and runners…and us.
The problem with Dobbie was, he would run after other puppies, as he was only a puppy himself, but he doesn’t look like a puppy, so a lot of other dog owners were intimidated, and rightly so. Another problem with Dobbie, was that I don’t think he knew he was called Dobbie…
The amount of times we shouted DOBBIE! and…nothing. He would carry on chasing other puppies in the park. It was actually hilarious and he always eventually came back to us. He was like a small child were you pretend to leave him and he got scared and found us!
We also found some geocaches and had to walk up a very steep hill which I definitely nearly fell down if I didn’t have Shannon’s help!
We finished off in a nice cafe were they had water for Dobbie and coffee for us. It was such a nice day that we could sit outside near the lake. It was busy so we were lucky to find a nice spot outside.
So we have realised that although we have technically finished alphabet dating but we only got to P previously on this blog…we want to finish them on here. We went away for a month and we kind of went off track as birthday celebrations, work and pre trip packing all got in the way so over the next few days (maybe even in one day) we are going to catch up on all the blogs that are missing… hope you enjoy Q!
For Q we went for a walk around Queens Gardens in Hull. But firstly, we went to the deep! We had a lovely little picnic sat outside the Deep, with Shannon’s Mum, Dad and Grandma then we explored the fish and the penguins!
After the Deep we went for a walk into the city centre and into Queens Gardens for Q. It’s such a nice little place, set in the middle of the city centre. Hull may have a bad reputation, but it does have some hidden gems.
Such a cute day, and the only thing we could think of beginning with Q!
Do you have any Q ideas?