DAY TRIPPING TO YORK

Good evening beautiful souls,

Yesterday I spent a lovely day in York with one of my best friends from uni. I hadn’t seen Chloe since autumn last year and so it was lovely to catch up again.

I hopped on the train at around 9.55 and arrived in York at 10.40 ish. We started our day with our umbrellas pitched against the pouring rain and fighting a battle with the wind as they kept blowing inside out. Because it was so miserable we decided to do a spot of shopping and went into Primark where I tried some nice pieces on but didn’t buy as sadly non looked good on, but I did come out with some basics that needed stocking up, more socks and simple tank tops and the like.

After having a browse around Topshop and a couple of other stores we sat down in Pret for a bite of lunch and I enjoyed a yummy avocado, olive and sun-dried tomato baguette.

The rain had finally stopped by the time we finished lunch and so we did a bit more window shopping discovering some really beautiful stores (I love a good window display) including a fragrance shop where I had to really resist spending my money. We also crossed paths with a cute tea shop where I bought a loose leaf gingerbread rooibush tea which I am excited to try as it smells amazing.

We then visited the three Harry Potter shops that can now be found in the Shambles and although I didn’t buy anything it made me want to go to the Harry Potter studios even more!

As it started getting colder we went for a pint and a nice long chat before walking along the wall a bit and then going for a cocktail. I tried an Amaretto in da ghetto aha which was super tasty!

Towards the end of the day we treated ourselves to dinner at the Botanist which was really tasty. I had olives for starters and then a delicious aubergine stake with giant Moroccan couscous for mains. I was happy with the Vegan options available, a good selection and lots I wanted try; I shall have to go back another time.

At around 7.30pm we sadly has to say goodbye and I made my way to the station to catch my train home.

It was such a nice day despite the rain. I love York, it’s such a beautiful place and it’s always nice to catch up with friends you don’t see often.

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DEAR DIARY – WEEK OF THE 4th DECEMBER

Good evening lovelies,

Time for another dear diary post. This week has been quite busy, with ups and downs. I started my week by flying home from Belfast still not feeling great. I got home around 10ish and relaxed for an hour or so with my Jessica, Anthony and Tom before heading to bed.

On Tuesday I had a lovely lie in followed by a yummy breakfast with Jessica before we got started on cleaning the house, because sadly the guys didn’t clean the house before I came home and so it kinda was a mess which I wasn’t happy about. However I don’t mind cleaning and Jessica and busied ourselves for a good two to three hours listening to Christmas songs as we cleaned away and put up the Christmas tree which our landlady had kindly given us. It was quite  a nice morning really! After a late lunch Anthony and Tom came round and we played a game of scrabble which I won hehe. I absolutely love playing games, it is such a nice way to relax and spend quality time with friends. Sadly  Tuesday also marked Anthony’s last day with us as he was flying back to Lebanon on Wednesday. So he chose dinner, which was a cheeky KFC and we settled down to watch Once Upon A Time late into the night.

It was difficult to get up early on Wednesday because we had stayed up quite late the night before but I just about managed. We were supposed to have a coffee together before Anthony left for the airport, but it suddenly turned into a proper breakfast and everyone came over. Although this spontaneous breakfast was slightly stressful it was really nice to have everyone sitting down together even if only briefly before having to say goodbye. So Wednesday was a sad day as Jessica and I lost our Once Upon A Time partner in crime. The rest of the day we just spent relaxing really and doing a bit more tidying. We watched La La Land in the afternoon and I wrapped some Christmas presents already whilst sipping at mulled wine and nibbling ginger snaps. It was a lovely evening although I must admit that I wasn’t a big fan of La La Land.

It was a peaceful journey up in first class enjoying the refreshments and watching the everchanging lanscape whizz past. I arrived with plenty of time to have a cup of Rooibush in a cute cafe near Haymarket before going to find the German consulate to get myself a German passport which was the primary reason for my mini getaway to Edinburgh. Once that was all sorted I got on the bus that google maps told me would take me to my sisters, however here was me failing at my finest because I didn’t think to check in which direction I would have to get the bus and so of course I soon realised I was half way out of town going in the wrong direction. The bus driver made my day though when I told him what I’d done and he gave me a free day ticket before letting me off to catch a new bus in the correct direction. So a good hour later I finally found my sister. We spent the whole afternoon relaxing at hers, but it felt nice to just chill drink tea, eat good food and really catch up. We don’t get many chances to spend quality one on one time together so it’s always nice when we do.

After a relaxed start on Friday morning my sister and I had a wander around Edinburgh almost freezing ourselves to death it was so icy. It was lovely all the same though because the sun was out. Once we got to the Christmas market we treated ourselves to some delicious mulled wine to warm us up. It was yummy, and I decided to keep the cute mugs too so I could bring one back for Jessica. When we could no longer bare the cold, we popped into Costa as my train wasn’t leaving for another hour. At 5pm after a short but sweet stay I was on my way home again, half asleep on my train journey listening to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

On Saturday I had work which wasn’t very exciting, but the evenign made up for it. Some of y friends were hosting a little Christmasy get together and I joined them after work for a couple of hours which was lovely. We enjoyed some drinks, played daft games and chatted away. It was such a lovely evening with a great bunch of people.

Today was a rather boring day at work because it was kinda quiet, but it meant I could get some more admin type of work done for the new year. Now I am home and have just enjoyed a yummy bowl of soup whilst writing this blog post. In about an hour I am leaving for a concert. I am part of the Northern Spirit Singers, an a cappella choir in Durham. It is such a fun choir to be a part of and tonight we have our Christmas concert. So I will love you and leave you, because I should really start getting ready for my concert.

I hope you have all had a lovely  week and are doing something fun tonight too, or able to have a relaxing evening to end the week.

Love Carina xo

MINI GETAWAY – DESTINATION EDINBURGH

Good evening beautiful souls,

I have been savouring my last two days off relaxing in gorgeous Edinburgh with my sister. For once I was lucky enough to find a really cheap first class ticket from Durham to Edinburgh and I enjoyed the finer things. Well, I tried to; I kinda messed up the first class thing never having been before and missed out on half of the breakfast I could have had. Oh well, I’ll know for next time. I still enjoyed my croissant and chamomile tea whilst gazing out at the ever-changing scenery and listening to the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

It was a peaceful journey up, and I arrived with plenty of time to have another cuppa in a cute cafe near Haymarket before going to find the German consulate to get myself a German passport. Once that was all sorted I got on the bus google maps told me would take me to my sisters, however here was me failing at my finest because I didn’t think to check in which direction I would have to get the bus and so of course I soon realised I was half way out of town going in the wrong direction. The bus driver made my day though when I told him what I’d done and he gave me a free day ticket before letting me off to catch a new bus in.the correct direction. So a good hour later I finally found my sister.

We spent the whole afternoon relaxing at hers, but it felt nice to just chill drink tea, eat good food and really catch up. We don’t get many chances to spend quality one on one time together so it’s always nice when we do.

Today after athe relaxed start to the day we wandered around Edinburgh almost freezing ourselves to death it was so icy. But it was lovely all the same as the sun was out. Once we got to the Christmas market we treated ourselves to some delicious mulled wine to warm us up. It was yummy, and I decided to keep the cute mugs too. I love walking through the Christmas markets, they always make you feel so festive. It’s good I didn’t have much cash on me either because there were so many cute stalls with beautiful goods, I’m always especially attracted to the handmade wooden things, from tree ornaments to bowls.

When we’d seen most of the market and with still over an hour to spare till my train home, we popped into costa so I could finish this blog post. I bought a large Americano and was thoroughly disappointed, it came in what looked like a soup bowl with two handles and did not taste grear either. I swear I am spoilt with coffee now aha, since getting used to good coffee, its difficult to not compare coffee to my dads nowadays. Anyway after a short but sweet stay, I am now on my way back to Durham, but sadly not in first class.

Here are just some photos from my brief time with my sister in Edinburgh, enjoy!

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Hope you’ve all had a good week!

Love Carina xo