H – Alphabet Dating

Harewood House! We had double H! Actually we had Hayley in Harewood House and we saw a Horse! So quadruple H! We tried to Hitchhike with a Hot ranger guy to add two more H’s but that didn’t work out, unfortunately. 

We set off at 9 and parked down wyke lane. I got attacked by trees while geocaching, literally brushing tree off me for a good half an hour after, I wouldn’t normally be bothered but I didn’t even find the geocache, just a small jar with a tiny bucket in it..


We did successfully find one geocache though so that was exciting. 

Why are the cows so friendly here?! A huge cow came up to us like it thought it was a dog or something and I’ve never been so scared. Cows are cute but in a fight I think a cow would beat me. 

Lovely walks around here though, especially if you park were we did because you have the views of the beautiful house but you don’t have to pay a penny. Lovely place! 

Time for work now! 

ROLL ON NOVEMBER 

G – Alphabet Dating 

Our imaginative ‘G’ was ‘get drunk’ which I have done quite a lot of recently due to events. Well, the first one, on Monday was a spontaneous night out so I don’t have any excuse there, except that I wanted to be drunk. We went out to Pryzm and I honestly felt like the oldest person there! (I’m 21). It wasn’t too bad though. Drinks were dirt cheap the cheesey floor was open and we had some great company! It was such a classy night, so classy that we were playing spin the bottle with an empty plastic VK in the middle of the dance floor, nothing from us though, but it was an experience to say the least! I knew I was the oldest one there when I started popping rennies when I started getting heartburn, I did look quite odd! But rennies are a life saver! We stayed at Shannons that night, and we did feel rough the next day! 


The next night of getting drunk for ‘G’ was on Friday, and my excuse is that I graduated on Friday! (So I suppose that is another G too!) We had a meal at Gino D’Acampo’s restaurant, very posh, then we went out to call lane. Starting at Neon Cactus and ending at Call Lane Social. This was a fab night, my mum and dad and their partners were out, myself and Shannon and my fellow graduate Ash. We got very drunk but had an overall brilliant night! Great celebrations for graduation day! 

Finally our last night out was last night (Saturday night). It was meant to be a follow on graduation celebration from friday but went a tad wrong. Don’t get me wrong it was a good night but not perfect! We had great company, this time it was myself and shannon and the two guys I live with, a fellow graduate (Danny) and our lovely Canadian friend, Kristine. It was good but things didn’t go to plan. We started in headingley, all was good, there was quite a bit of drama throughout the night, but nothing we couldn’t handle! We ended up in popworld in Leeds and it was a beach themed night. It started great, we got our face painted and some free glasses, the music was brilliant and the floor wasn’t even that sticky which is unusual for popworld! It turned bad when they brought inflatable lilos and beach balls out. I don’t mind getting hit a few times with a beach ball but when a lilo comes at your drink at 100mph and makes you spill your whole drink down yourself, it’s always bad. I left after that to go outside in the rain. McDonald’s was our last stop before heading home from our drama filled night.
So I’m currently recovering and I swear I’m never drinking again (always the biggest lie right?). If anyone has any hungover tips, let me know! 

ROLL ON NOVEMBER! 

E – Alphabet Dating

Eccup reservoir was what we chose for the fifth date and for letter E. It started with a girly sleepover at shannons the night before-well I say ‘girly’, if you class girly as watching game of thrones and playing gran turismo and quidditch on the PS2. 

We went to sleep giggling away like proper girls though, bitching until our hearts content! We planned to get up, leave the house at 9 to go to the gym before embarking on our E adventure, but that didn’t happen. We slept through alarms and got up at 10, with sleepy heads and regret for not going to do a work out. 

We took our mind off this by doing art! We are in the process of making a REALLY COOL piece of art, that we can’t reveal just yet but we will soon! It will be amazing, we promise. 

So, after our random art session we set off to Eccup, going to Tesco on the way to buy a picnic for dinner. We were armed with apple juice, a pasta pot, doritos, fruit and popcorn and we set off on the hot summers day. We got there pretty quickly and found a parking space after driving down the same road 726373 times to find a suitable spot, but we eventually found one and left Timmy (the car) to start our adventure. 

We found the right path to the reservoir and when we got near we soon realised that it was surrounded by forest and a fence with a line of barbed wire on the top. It seemed impossible to actually get to the reservoir, but that didn’t stop us. We would like to thank Shannon’s friend, Lauren at this point for helping us out. She has been a lot before and helped us with a detailed diagrammed picture of where to go and responded well to my ‘how the hell do I get my fat arse over the barbed wire fence?!’ 

EVENTUALLY, we managed it, without any cuts or bruises or broken limbs, we strategically made it over the fence and found a path down to the reservoir. It was so pretty! We found a nice spot in the sun and ate our picnic, it was picture perfect. 

After our lovely picnic we decided to set up our camera and take a picture, we got a lovely one at first, then we decided to get one of us doing a handstand. Have you ever tried to get two people doing a perfect handstand with a timer on your phone? Absolute nightmare! It took several attempts, but the best ones are below! 

We gradually made our way back, through the forest, over the fence and up the hill back to the boiling hot car to drive back home. Overall it was a fab day, such nice weather for it and a beautiful reservoir! Now it’s time to go to work! 

ROLL ON NOVEMBER! 

C – Alphabet Dating

For C in mine and Shannon’s alphabet dating we went climbing. But to make it a bit different, we went climbing outdoors at Almscliffe. We both work in a climbing wall so going inside would be cheating. Luckily my housemate is a climbing instructor so he knew what to do – unlike us.

It started with driving there, it’s only about a half an hour drive from Leeds so it wasn’t too bad but I was so angry when I had to bloody parallel park when we arrived. I CANT PARK. But we found a space and all was okay. It was only a 5 minute walk to the crag, which you can see from the car. 

What you should know is that recently I have started to HATE climbing. The social side is fab, but the amount of time I’m at the climbing wall and the amount of people that absolutely love it around me has put me off, unfortunately. So when I have a paddy up one of the easiest climbs there and demand steve brings me down, it causes quite a laugh from other people! 

It started well, me and shannon did a climb, and we reached the top yey! We then had a bit of a picnic, you know because one climb is so much work that we needed a break, but it is a nice place to sit and chat with a ham wrap and pringles. Steve then set up the next climb, I got about 3ft off the floor and it was so windy that steve couldn’t hear me when I said ‘where do I go now?’ and then these four people turned up and were climbing without ropes and being all pro and that’s when my paddy started. Didn’t want to do it…not doing it. I shouted to steve to slacken the rope because, you know, I could literally jump down the one rock I’d climbed on. But he couldn’t hear me and he was tightening the rope and going ‘WHAT?!’ So I had to lean back and let him bring me down the small step up I’d done. Embarrassing. If I hadn’t had a paddy and just got on with it I would have been fine, but moody Hayley decided to come out. When I was down I had a cuddle with Ollie the Mammoth (yes we took our Mammut teddys to the crag) and I was totally fine, didn’t regret not doing it at all…Shannon nailed it, even with these four guys shouting stuff like ‘go on shannon!’ she’s a little star! 

At this point it became reeeeeally windy and it was already about 3pm so we packed up our stuff and went geocaching! Something I love 100% more than climbing and something shannon tried for the first time and she liked it too! So much better than all this silly rock-climbing (don’t listen to me, I’m still regretting not just getting on with that bloody climb). 

We travelled back to horsforth, and did more geocaching there before getting chippy for tea! 

Overall a great day with lovely people. I did warn them before we went that I was 99% designated driver and 1% climber, so they expecting nothing more from me! 

ROLL ON NOVEMBER! 

A-Alphabet Dating

Today we embarked on our first alphabet ‘date’, just to reiterate, we’re both straight, these are friend dates, even though people may question that! For A we went to aqua aerobics. What a laugh! It started off by the nice instructor asking us if we have any injuries which we replied no, even though shannon had to hobble in Armley Leisure Centre due to a gymnastics injury, good start. We took our place nearer the deep end which was also a mistake because you can’t squat in the deep end without partially drowning yourself in the process. But all was going well; exercising in a place where the sweat is disguised and no sports bra is needed, we were free. 

After about half an hour it started to get tedious, doing the same moves, until the best thing ever happened…THE WATER NOODLES. I’ve never seen so many grannies get excited over long snake like things in my life (careful!), but in all honesty it took me straight back to my childhood. Sitting on them, standing on them and pretending to surf, laying on them and relaxing, it was fab. It was such a good addition to the class because it made it less boring and it actually made it a lot harder! Pushing a water noodle around in water feels like a weight! 

The music started pumping out Rick Astley and Madonna, and we were floating around on water noodles…life couldn’t get much better. Time went by quickly after this and it was soon over, sadly. We got a shower, dried off and travelled back to shannons for pizza waffles (if you haven’t tried pizza waffles then you’re missing out!). 

We would recommend anyone to try water aerobics, it was so funny and we will definitely be going back another day. It didn’t feel that strenuous but I’m pretty sure my bum muscles hurt a little bit, so that’s a bonus! 

Time for more planning for November now!

Bring on November! 

Myself (Hayley) and Shannon, are in the process of planning a travelling trip for the whole of November! We have booked some hostels and a flight already and we are super excited! We wanted to start this blog to let you guys know our crazy adventures on the trip and to give our reasons why we booked certain hostels/trips. 

We will also be able to look back at this blog to remember the amazing times we’ve had and all the f*** ups we make too, because knowing us two, nothing will go perfectly to plan! The plan so far is Oslo, Gothenburg, Malmo, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Berlin, Warsaw and Krakow…and we still have more to book! 

We hope you enjoy reading our blog and we hope you join us on our adventure through the planning stages and the actual trip itself. 

Bring on November!