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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Norway Video!

I don’t know if any of you read the previous blogs about mine and Shannon’s time in Norway but here is a Youtube video showing just some of the things we got up too!

We had such a fabulous time in Oslo. Holding snakes, sight seeing and even seeing a ballet in the famous Opera House!

Enjoy!

Here is the link if that’s easier..

https://youtu.be/fKCdyW1H8ew

 

Trip to Hull day 2

Today I got up at around 9 and had a lovely breakfast cooked by my wonderful mother. After getting ready, we went for a wander around the shops near where we live. We ended up staying in WHSmiths for around an hour though because they had a book clearance and you could get books for like £1 and £2! We were in our element.

We popped into Boots, then went to Costa in the new ridiculously big Next. We met my dad in there and I went with him after to see my Grandma in Withernsea.

In Withernsea we went for a walk along the beach,

And walked further up the promenade where there are some new statues and old photos, here are a few of my favourites…

We had a look around a few shops and in a small market before heading back to my Grandma’s house. Unfortunately, it was already 4pm and I had to be at my other Grandma’s house for 5pm for tea! (It was a get looked after by Grandma’s kind of day!).

My dad dropped me off at my other Grandma’s and we had a lush beef stew with dumplings for tea. YUM!

After tea we watched Seven Brides for Seven Brothers because I’m currently watching the top 100 musicals from imdb, from 100 – 1. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is number 95! It was surprisingly good, if not a little sexist, but they could get away with it then! We watched some videos from when I was away in November, because I travelled Europe for a month with my friend. It was great to reminisce! We had such a laugh! (See previous blogs from November).

On the way home from Grandma’s at 10pm, we drove via the new Banksy mural in Hull. It has been there two days and has very recently been confirmed that it was THE Banksy who came to hull. This is what it is meant to look like…

This is what we found it like…

I’m fuming! Someone has already painted over the top! Typical Hull! The minority ruining it for the majority. A LOT of people are annoyed!

Apart from that, it has been a great 2 days seeing the family!

Trip to Hull Day 1

Four years ago I moved to Leeds for university and my family still live in Hull. It’s not that far but I haven’t been back in a while!

This morning I woke up in Leeds at 7am and got the train from Kirkstall Forge to Leeds at 8:15am. By the time I got on the Hull train at 8:38 I had listened to The Greatest Showman twice on Spotify!

On the train I read two chapters of the Stonewylde Series (book 4!) by Kit Berry. It’s a really good series, everyone should read it! I got to Hull at 9:30 and my mum met me at the train station.

The first thing I did when I arrived in Hull is marvel at the amount Hull had changed! It had such a bad name for itself throughout England, but I was amazed at the transformation! Since it was City of Culture 2017 it has made a brilliant recovery! Starting with the train station, there was new shop windows that were fully glass and modern and a large plane hanging from the ceiling. Completely different to what I’d seen before!

However, for myself and mum the first stop was Costa. We stayed in there for nearly two hours, just catching up with each other, chatting and people watching! After a few mochas and a sandwich we went to the Hull KR shop to pick up my tickets and then we went to the Maritime Museum because we haven’t been in ages! However, it’s hasn’t changed since about 1985!

When we had finished in the Maritime Museum, which didn’t take long, we went for a walk near the marina, which is so nice recently!

We found a bench with loads of Hull sayings…some of you won’t get this.

However, the storm got worse……and worse…..

(what a beautiful lady my mum is though!)

After our windy and rainy walk, we wandered through a new and very modern market in Hull, that we didn’t even know was there!

This led us on to the Hands on History museum. When I was younger I used to absolutely love this museum because there was an actual ride in the middle! There was an old fashioned kitchen you could pretend to wash and poo in the hole toilet and there is a school you can pretend to teach and a puppet show. Basically I have grown out of all this stuff (being 22) but it was still cool!

Upstairs, my mum loved it. There was a whole section about the era she grew up in. I was rather bored but it was slightly interesting I suppose. But if my mum is happy then I am!

After we had wandered around a few shops, we left the centre and went home in the car. We had a few plans to go to Hollywood Bowl and Nandos until we found out it was £41 for three people for two games! What a rip off!…so we improvised and made our own game of bowling!

It actually worked quite well, surprisingly!

Since then we have drunk some wine, had a Chinese, listening to mcfly, watched IT, watched Undateables, watched funny YouTube videos, and now I’m basically already ready for bed, and I’m so tired! It’s only 9:50 here!

But roll on tomorrow, seeing the Grandma’s!

Y – Alphabet Dating

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.

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X – Alphabet Dating

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!

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V – Alphabet Dating

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!

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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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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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Day 27: the day of the accidental shower

So I didn’t want to go out last night but ‘peer support’ from the staff persuaded me to. It started by myself thinking, I’m just going to get a body shower, because it’s been a long day, but I don’t want to wash my hair. I just automatically got in the shower and started washing my hair, like I was on autopilot. I didn’t even realise until I already had a head covered in shampoo. How annoying!

So I met shannon back at the room and I say ‘I’ve just had an accidental shower! And she went downstairs to get me a hairdryer and told everyone about my accidental shower. So I got a few strange looks when I came downstairs later on!

We had some pre drinks and played some drinking games with the others before heading to retox next door. One of the main reasons we wanted to go out was to see the jäger train. Guess what we missed. The jäger train! But it was still a good night nonetheless!

Shannon went to bed a little bit earlier than me. Me and a staff member, Damo, tried to wake her up and fed her McDonald’s chips (they weren’t even my chips, sorry whosever chips we stole!) but she didn’t, so me and Damo went back to retox, but it shut soon after so I ended up in bed too.

This morning we felt like crap. But we still wanted a productive day. We got up, and had scrambled eggs on toast. We first went to the bank to change some of Shannons money because she has old money. The bank was so warm I nearly threw up in there but luckily I didn’t! Then we booked tickets for the spa and for the boat party tonight. All you can drink! (I know I’m contradicting myself, but hopefully tonight we’ll be okay enough).

We then walked all the way to the zoo about 25 minutes away. The zoo was fab! They had everything! Lions, elephants, sloths, armadillos, meerkats, EVERYTHING! (Except alpacas which I was annoyed about). Half way through the day we went up some stairs and there was a slide that we decided to go down instead of the stairs. What a mistake. It was the fastest deadliest slide I’ve ever been on. I have a big bruise on my elbow, on the video you can hear the bang on the way down…

After the traumatising slide, we carried on with the zoo and saw lovely animals and a sea lion show and a gorgeous baby elephant!

We had a sandwich in the cafe before heading to our next stop. The Széchenyi baths. It was lovely! I thought it was weird though that we were in the baths about 200m away from an elephant and rhinos and stuff but it was such a good few hours! We just chilled and chatted and went around and around the whirlpool for ages. We also ended up doing an accidental water aerobics class, which was weird but fun!

When we got out we looked like prunes! We got dressed and walked back to the hostel, going to the pasta/pizza place again for food. We had lasagne and a slice of pizza. I was so full! We then broke our rule and had a coffee after 5pm. But we really needed it. As I mentioned earlier, we booked boat party, and right now, we felt dead. So we had an iced coffee and walked back to the hostel. Now we’re going to the boat party. I wouldn’t say we’re ready for it, but we’re ready as we will ever be!

We had to uncork a wine bottle and we actually had to both do it. One holding the bottle, one pulling the corkscrew. We’re too tired for this. But roll on tonight!