Gothenburg Video!

Here is a video from our few days in Gothenburg, Sweden! Haga district, Fish Marker, Phantom of the Opera and more!

We had great fun and made so many memories!

and here is the link…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhAUa60gZ2Q

 

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Z – Alphabet Dating

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!

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S – Alphabet Dating

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!

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R – Roundhay Park

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.

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Day three of Norway: parks and snakes!Β 

Last night after the ballet we fell asleep quickly because we were so tired. Only to be woken up at 5am today by the girl who talks to herself in the dorm room. She was being loud so people eventually told her to be quiet, she got quite hysterical and got security! I think they were confused and also told her to be quiet…I don’t 100% remember this because I was so tired I nearly slept through it all, just remember a lot of shouting, but shannon got woken up.

We left the hostel by 10:30 today and we bought a banana for breakfast and some bread buns and chicken for dinner, before making our way to the tram. Today we went to Vigeland Park, which was about 20 minutes away on the tram and it was another beautiful day! Clear blue skies, but still very cold! 

There were a lot of weird sculptures in the park, and the famous one of the baby crying:


Again, I feel like the sculptures were telling a story, but myself and shannon were not cultured enough to understand, just like the ballet. We wandered around and found a bench to have some lunch on. 

We then made our way to Oslo City Museum, which we found out when we arrived was free yey! It was so cool, we gave in our locker key to get an Apple iPod with headphones that told you about things on the way around in English, they are very trusting here! We learnt a lot about Norway, about previous kings and the war etc. Very interesting! We watched a whole 20 minute video because a projector came down from the ceiling when we pressed a button so felt like we kinda had to watch it, it was interesting though! 

After the museum we attempted to buy a coffee in the museum cafe, but we were confused on how to order so we just wrote our postcards in there and then ran away without buying anything. (100% I promise we are adults). Instead we went to another cafe in Vigeland Park which was easier to order. In the cafe we got 2 mochas and we spontaneously bought two weird looking things because we want to try new things while we’re away in each country. So we thought this was a norweigen delicacy. It turned out to be pizza folded in half. At least we tried! 

We then spent a good 10 minutes trying to buy a new 24 hour tram ticket, we managed it in the end and then even helped a French lady with her ticket! We got the tram back to the centre and went on the hunt for the reptile house. We made our way through Norway streets and 15 minutes later we arrive at the reptile house. We follow the dinosaur footprints on the floor like little children, until we came to a halt around the back in a courtyard because there was just a man on his own sat there. He then points in a direction, which to us, looks like he’s pointing to where to just came. So we turn around, and try and find another entrance. We spend a good 30 minutes walking around the building, having to go all the way around the block, but no, no other entrance so we went back to where we was before. We creep around the back, praying the man has gone and he has. We wander further through, until we realise that just around the corner to our left is a door to the reptile house! The man was pointing to the door, not for us to turn around! I bet we looked like right plonkers! 

We pay into the reptile house and they have insects, snakes, crocodiles, frogs, marmosets and other animals…including SPIDERS. They were horrible, honestly! We went upstairs and there was a member of staff holding a big snake, so me and Shannon had a hold, so weird, but kinda cute. 

After I ran away from the spiders in the reptile house we walked around the centre and went in a few shops before finding out where the bus station is for tomorrow, as we’re moving on tomorrow. We got the tram back to the hostel and had a shower. We’re now completely chilling out because we’re both tired and we’ve had another busy but brilliant day! So we’re currently sat with the colouring books, a pack of cards and some Netflix series to watch before going to bed later on. 

Roll on tomorrow’s adventure! 

Things we’ve noticed about Norway:

-the people are really nice

-they have loads and loads of cranes (which we found out in the museum that they’re building a lot of residential areas)

-they love revolving doors

Day one of our month away- Norway!Β 

Today was a bit mad, like so much had happened, how it all happened in one day is beyond me! We got up at 7, in Leeds and got ready and had breakfast. Surprisingly for us, we actually made it out in time! So the time came for the journey to begin, the first half and hour was sat in Leeds lovely traffic. 

We got to the train station in time, thanks to Shannon’s dad, and we made our train from Leeds to Manchester Airport. We started getting a bit giddy because it’s all actually happening now! We arrived at Manchester Airport at 10:20, 2 hours before our flight, perfect! We went to check in, no queue, bonus! We were feeling on top of the world, until..we saw the baggage inspection queue. Anyone that has been there recently will know they have a machine down, and the queue was humongous. We ended up stood in that for 50 minutes, until when we were near the front, a member of staff seemed quite adamant that we needed to get our bags on the flight now. So we were really hoping that they ended up at the same place as us as she took them off us and ran away. 

We got through customs okay, both randomly searched, but nearly everyone was, which I suppose is a good thing. First thing we did was go to WHSmiths, to buy a book. This was needed because just before we set off on our holidays my kindle completely stopped working. I got it for this trip as well! 

We shared a Burger King for dinner before going to our gate to board our flight, exciting! 

We eventually got sat down and the flight took off. Time flew by (literally!), we watched eastenders, then got our colouring books out and coloured like the mature adults that everyone knows we are. At around 3:20 the pilot announced we were going to be landing soon so we all got strapped in with our seat belts. I started to film the descent on my camera because we were going into a cloud. Myself and shannon were expecting us to come out of the bottom of the cloud, still high up, but we actually landed in the cloud! We abruptly hit the floor, still thick fog outside! That was an experience! 

We managed to buy a ticket to Oslo central station so got the 30 minute train there, very busy train, it was just about rush hour in Oslo. We then bought a 24 hour ticket for buses and trams and got on a tram that went near our hostel. Luckily the hostel sent me detailed directions on where to go. Very helpful! 

We made our way to Anker Apartments, and after buying bed linen and towels, going to the shop for food, coming back and cooking the food, going for an hours walk, coming back and having a shower, planning our day tomorrow and playing cards, we still don’t know what to think of this place now! It is so very very quiet. The dorm rooms are silent rooms, even during the day! The kitchen was very quiet earlier and one of the other guests in our room keeps taking or singing quietly to herself! 

But it is clean and I suppose quiet can be best sometimes. 

I still can’t believe we’re having this adventure and it’s only just the beginning!

O – Alphabet Dating

So this time it was Hayleys time to drive but I think she regretted that as soon as we got off the city roads and on to the country ones…but we survived so that’s a gold star on her chart! For O, we went to Otley.

When we got there we went for a little walk and found a little Caffè called The Dales and had some food there before going and exploring more. Which means going in to a toy shop for me and a book store for Hayley, 100% big kids! In both we were looking at all the new toys and kids books before we found the sweet shop, where you could buy all the old sweet from the big jars and get them weighed out in to small bags.
With or pockets slightly less empty than others money then when we arrived, but more full with sweets, we headed back to the car to head to work…
BRING ON NOVEMBER

 

 

N – Alphabet Dating

So after I almost died at leeds fest from working all weekend and working at the climbing wall on bank holiday Monday with Hayls, we decide N needed to be a nice easy one so we went to Nandos which wasHayley’s Β second nandos. She got the same as last time, as did I, and she was fasinated by the fact they gave you the little chicken thing and took it away after they had asked you if your food was okay. If you didn’t know this, you will now realise when you next to go Nando’s!
After nandos we went back to Hayleys and finally added our passport details to our flights. I mean they have only been booked for about two months! Then we watched the first of How to Train Your Dragon as I have lent Hayley the books and she is speeding through them like the book worm she is, though she was very disappointed (I had prewarned her) that the films are nothing like the books! I then promptly fell asleep on the sofa (told you I was dead) before we went to bed and Hayley packed for her trip to Wales to see her brother.

ROLL ON NOVEMBER!

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L – Alphabet Dating

Shannon drove to Ilkley lido and it was possibly one of the coldest days of our lives. We thought ‘it’ll be fine, it’s summer’ and wasn’t we wrong. I waltzed in wearing my beanie, and kept my beanie on throughout going in the pool. It was needed!

We had a nice chat with some of the lovely grannies in the changing room and soon decided we will be okay if these 70+ year olds can swim in the coldness of the water. Some of them chose to do it daily! After going outside and dipping only our toes in, we soon realised that these grannies have bigger balls than us and we couldn’t cope! After an hour we got in waist deep, and that was enough for us.

Then Shannon made me go in the indoor pool. That’s when I realised she may have suggested the lido to get me to do some exercise. She made me swim. 20 lengths! That may not be that much but spontaneous exercise shouldn’t be allowed.

After 20 lengths we showered and had a picnic near the outdoor pool. Wrapped up in multiple layers watching people in next to nothing freeze their arses off. I know where I’d prefer to be.

Well, it was definitely an experience!

ROLL ON NOVEMBER!!!

Back to A!Β 

So today we decided to re-live a previous alphabet date and go to aqua aerobics again, as we had so much fun last time and we finally had a Tuesday off together, where we were both alive enough to do it.
We got their in convoy as we both were going to different places afterwards.
We got in and it was just our luck when the manager came to tell us that the aqua aerobics teacher hadnt shown up so the class was cancelled. Everyone was gutted. However..one of the other customers said ‘get us some music’ and we did our own lesson with her leading the way! It was so much more fun with her and Hayley kept laughing at me when I was almost drowning when we had to balance on the noodles and use the arm floats to move (true friendship there). The lady taking the class noticed too, and she couldn’t help from laughing at poor shannon either! 

Whilst we were having a shower I bumped into to my grandma who still goes swimming every week but I had totally forgot that she was going today. What a small world!

We then went for lunch at a new place we had not been to before but is very close to work and I feel like we will be going there instead of Greggs, which is the usual place we run out to when we forget lunch or end up living at the wall for days and run out of food supply. It was really nice, I had a nicely portioned jacket potato with beans whilst Hayley ordered half a chicken and chips which looked liked a full chicken! In all fairness she did manage to finish most of it with a little bit of help from me.

Now it’s time for work! 

ROLL ON NOVEMBER!