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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T – Alphabet Dating

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.

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D – Alphabet Dating

What does a 21 and a 20 year old choose for D? Dance class? Darts? Drinking maybe? Nah we donated blood! 

It’s something everyone should do if they are capable because it’s such an easy way to save a life, it takes such little time and you get free biscuits and drinks! I have given blood before and shannon hasn’t, but we’re both very wary when it comes to needles…but we stayed strong and we were both successful donors today! 

We started by having lunch in horsforth, we went to the courtyard cafe. I don’t know if any of you have been but it is mainly run by people who are less abled and it was amazing! The atmosphere that they present to you and the happiness they radiate by just giving them a smile is so genuine! They made us feel very welcome and the food was amazing! We had a chicken, pesto and tomato panini, and we will definitely be going back one day soon! 

We then travelled to the donor centre, both a bit nervous because of the needle and the vein and just ew. But the nurses at the Leeds donor centre are so friendly and always make us feel welcome so I’d recommend anyone to go there, especially if you’re slightly scared. All was going well, I had my screening done and then got sat in a chair and hooked up to the needle and the nurse I had was so funny and nice! There was also a trainee nurse there who, after chatting with her, I found out she’s 21 and just moved to Leeds and doesn’t have any friends here! (More about this later). 

So I’m giving blood and there is still no sign of shannon, she had a later appointment than me but not this late! I start to get worried and give her a text. It turns out they had to go through multiple things before allowing her to give blood – she’s always the awkward one! They had to question her about the dentist she went to this morning, the doctors she visited yesterday, the paracetomol she took yesterday, the travelling she had done (8 months of it!) in the past year, and then had to weigh her to see if she wasn’t too small! 

EVENTUALLY, she got seated and sorted and she successfully gave her first lot of blood! 

So after we’ve given blood and we’ve had a penguin and a cup of tea, we chat about the lonely girl in Leeds. We decide to write our numbers down and give her our numbers in case she’s ever lonely or needs a friend in Leeds…how nice are we?! 

Two good deeds done today, and now it’s time to plan for alphabet date E, which will be coming shortly..

BRING ON NOVEMBER!