How to – Clothes

Now I am no fashionista however I do know how to look slightly presentable…. with the help from my friends and usually my mum after I use my usual phrase of

“I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR”

As you can see from the photo above, I do have a selection of clothes to wear that ranges from Christmas jumpers to pretty dresses.

However if you are like me your wardrobe/clothes are split into different categories. I have my super comfy clothes, my nice enough clothes and my really nice clothes. These categories exclude my school, work and guide uniforms.

Now I don’t go out every single night partying and I don’t even go out every weekend but when I do I never know what to wear or how to use some of my everyday casual clothes with some of my nice clothes to create new outfits that would suit for any occasion.

So I spent an afternoon going through my wardrobe and picked out a few of my favourite pieces of clothing and with the help of my lovely friend Rose (who is super fashionable) we managed to create 6 outfits. 3 casual and 3 fancy (fancier!!).

Here they are:

ITEM 1 – Culottes Dungarees

Outfit 1

About a year ago I bought these culottes dungarees and even though I love them I find it quite difficult to style them.

 

I used a plain long sleeved top from Primark and tied a green plaid shirt (also from Primark) round my waist to add some colour.

For shoes I wore my black Doc Martens which made the whole look quite grungy.

Outfit 2 

To dress up my culottes, I replaced the long sleeve top with a red lace top which I wore over the top instead.

I replaced my DMs with some red platform heels from New Look.

Then to add a bit of sparkle I added a black sparkly choker necklace.

ITEM 2 – SUMMER DRESS

Outfit 1

When you’re away on holiday you want to be able to mould your outfits to fit into different times of the day.

So for the day look – I wore my denim jacket from New Look which I have added different pins badges on over my skater dress that I got at H&M in Champs Elysee. On my feet I wore little blue sneakers from new look.

And to add a little bit of jewellery, I wore a choker necklace from H&M.

 

Outfit 2

To glam it up – I replaced the jean jacket with a mustard blouse(new look) to add a mass of colour.

For shoes I added even more colour with my red heals.

 

Item 3 – Dark Green Trousers.

Outfit 1

First of all this is my favourite photo ^ and is now my twitter profile pic!!!

With the dark green trouser, I have worn my mustard sweatshirt from Next with my denim jacket over it to add some colour to the outfit. For shoes I have paired the outfit with my blue sneakers again.

Jewellery wise, I added my plain black choker necklace just to add a little extra.

Outfit 2

To make the trousers a little fancier, I replaced the sweatshirt with my mustard blouse that is quite loose but is slightly cropped aswell so it gives a nice shape.

I left the choker as it can be for fancy or casual and it makes my neck not look so bare.

For shoes I replaced the sneakers with my trusty Doc Martens again.


There are my outfits!! I had a lot of fun modelling for the photoshoot for this post. I have to thank my friend Rose for taken the pictures and for helping me put together the outfits!!

This is a new style of post that I have never done, however this is the start of a How To series I am starting. So once a month I will publish a new How To post with different topics for each post. If you have any topic or thing in particular that you would like me to do a How To post then leave a comment down below.

Also this is week 2 of Blogtober and I made it on time!!! If you would like to read my post from Blogtober week 1 which all about Daniel Sloss then click here!! 

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Daniel Sloss – Now Tour

First of all, this was my second thing I have ticked off my Pre-Uni List which you can see the entirety of here!

I have never seen a comedian live before, I’ve been to concerts,plays and musicals but never a comedy show. This was one of the best nights out I’ve had for a while and it was one of the cheapest.

The story of why my best friend, Phoenix, and I decided to go and see Daniel Sloss live, goes like this.

After having our usual Chinese takeaway I showed Phoenix a video of Daniel Sloss on Russell Howard’s Good News which I found absolutely hilarious then after crying with laughter at that one video Phoenix asked if we was on tour. (The video below is not the same video as it was too dirty to put on my blog!!! But this video shows his type of stand up he does!!)

Turns out he was coming to the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen and the tickets were cheap as chips so Happy Birthday Phoenix, there is your present sorted.

On a Thursday night after school we went to her house to try and get ready in about 50 mins to catch the 4pm bus to get into Aberdeen for around 6pm. For our dinner we had planned to go to Dr Noodles however after walking past Cosmos and seeing that there was a lot of tables free and realised how hungry we were, we ended going there instead.

After two plates of mains and one plate of desserts (I had some mango cream thing that was delicious!) we headed into the rough direction of the Lemon Tree.

I have been past the Lemon Tree multiple times and I had a rough idea how to get to it from Union Square. We had plenty of time but I was slightly panicky that we would be late because I was overly confident about my directions. Well, we went along one street and then up another. We turned round the corner and there on the right hand side was the Lemon Tree.

It only took us 10 mins to walk there which was a lot quicker than I thought it was going to be and we were early!!

One of the best parts of the Lemon Tree, especially for this event, was that it was unreserved seating so Phoenix and I happily took some seats in the second row so that we were ridiculously close to the stage.

As our refreshment to go along with our comedy night I got us a pint glass (well, a plastic cup!) of cola each that was filled to the brim of the glass (Cup?!). I was completely terrified that I was going to trip and spill them on the way back to the chairs.

The show started at 8pm and was started off by Cai Humphries, the support act. I recognised him but I couldn’t tell you where I have seen him before. However he did a skit about proposing to his girlfriend in Thailand. He was hilarious and filled up his 30 minutes set really well. Cai also did a joke about calling people Muggles. Not Harry Potter Muggles just people who do clique things.

After his set we(thankfully) had a 20 minute break. I had drunk most of my cola too quickly and was bursting for the toilet but I was worried that I was going to have to sneak away during his set which would not have been discreet in anyway.

Then it was the main event. DANIEL SLOSS!!!

I don’t think I stopped laughing. Never in my life have I ever heard someone rant about orange juice with pulp in it. But I completely agreed with him. It’s not juice!!

Through the entirety of the set he kept referring back to if he is a sociopath or not. As part of one of the jokes, he told a story about his gran finding a question in Reader’s Digest which will tell you if you are a sociopath or not. Here it is:

A women goes to her mother’s funeral and meets a man in black. By the end of the funeral she never got his name or a way to contact him.

A few days later she kills her sister. Why?

Now I had no idea, I was thinking the man is death?

The answer is that the women wanted to meet the man again and so she is trying to recreate the situation that they originally met, at a family funeral! I thought it was a genius question and the answer makes so much sense. However if you did get the right answer then don’t worry this does not mean you are definitely a sociopath.

The rest of Sloss’ set was hilarious and at one point Phoenix was cry laughing.

I won’t say anymore on the jokes in with the set just in case you are planning to go yourself! However if you are interested in going along then I would thoroughly recommend it. You can see dates on the gig list on his website.

Now the highlight of the night, WE GOT TO MEET THEM!!!

At the end of his set he said that if you were wanting a wee photo then he would be waiting in the bar area so after a few minutes of waiting. We got to meet Daniel and Cai.

After a hug from both of them and saying to Daniel Sloss that I loved his sets on Conan we got a cheeky selfie.

Guess what is going to be my new Facebook wallpaper????

I really really enjoyed my night and I am hoping to go again next year if he comes back to the Lemon Tree.


That is the first part of BLOGTOBER!!!!! WOOW WEEK ONE DONE!!!!

Let me just highlight that while writing this it is 29th September, the day after I went to see Daniel Sloss and while you are reading this it is 6th October. ORGANISATION!!!!!

I finally figured out how to write ahead…… How long will this last….. who knows.

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Blogtober!

Here we are already. October. The month of Halloween, tattie holidays and the beginning of winter.

So what have I decided to do….

I have challenged myself to post a blog every week in October and the official name is BLOGTOBER!!!!

Very creative, I know!

I have some great post lined up and they will be posted on time every Friday in October. If you would like to keep up to date with some sneak peaks of posts or just to find out what I am getting up to them go follow my twitter -> HERE!

Also if you find that my challenge seems quite plausible then join me on my BLOGTOBER!

See you in October.


A few years ago I did a challenge slightly similar to Blogtober. This was Booktober, where I read a book every week and I kept all of you updated on here.

You can read those by clicking the links below.

Booktober TBR

Booktober Week 1

Booktober Week 2

Booktober Week 3

Booktober Wrap Up

 

 

Girl Boss – Series Review

I love it. I love this series so much!!!! First of all if you haven’t watched Girlboss you need to go and watch it now!!!! Second there will be spoilers in this review so you have your spoiler alert so no moaning!!

*********SPOILERS AHEAD********************

The series overall is amazing, I love the style of the series and the soundtrack is absolutely amazing(little side note – you can find a playlist with the whole soundtrack on spotify).

Favourite songs from the soundtrack are :

  1. Whistle (While You Work) – Katy Tiz
  2. Je Veux Te Voir – Yelle
  3. I’ll Come Crashing – A Giant Dog

The characters are great and the whole feel of the series is quite real to life. There are a few of the episodes that I didn’t like as much however all together I really really enjoyed this series.

Episode 1 – Sophia

The opening scene of the first episode just jumps straight into the story and introduces you to the main character, Sophia, straight away. This scene when her car runs out of petrol and her pushing the car really captures part of Sophia personality. Her characteristics are portrayed even more when the tram is behind her but she is not going to be told to get out of the road because she will get to the gas station which is just slightly up the hill. From her interaction with the tram driver it truly shows her “There is a problem with my car but I will deal with it by myself” attitude.

I think the speed of the storyline is brilliantly done because in under 10 minutes you are introduced to the main character, her best friend and her love interest. You are also introduced to Sophia’s personality and how she interacts with different people.

The intro to ebay is quite sly being that it is when she is searching up vintage clothes while at her job in the shoe shop. But this really starts of exploring Sophia’s love for clothes, especially vintage clothes.

I really like the scene where she has just gotten fired and she calls her best friend. She begins to well up however she doesn’t allow herself to overcome with sadness.

Also I liked that the first place she goes to cheer herself up after being fired is the vintage shop. This shows the happiness that Sophia links with clothes and vintage clothes. If that is through finding a one of kind piece or just browsing.

I loved the editing of the vintage store scene where she is looking through some of the clothes and when she picks up an item, she turns to the mirror and suddenly her reflection is in this whole outfit that fits perfectly around this top. This really emphasises Sophia’s creativitness.

The fact that Sophia has such an extensive knowledge about clothes is emphasised when she finds the jacket. This is the turning point in the story and it happens in under 20 minutes.

The scene following Sophia purchasing the jacket is brilliantly done. The music is high energy which emphaises the new found energy in Sophia. Sophia is filled with a hell of alot of confidence as she has that “Damn, I look goooood!!” feeling which is just enhanced by her checking herself out in the shop window

I also liked dinner scene as it showed the relationship between Sophia and her dad. It is as if Sophia has tried doing so many different projects or jobs but her dad is so used to her failing at them or giving up that Sophia’s hope and energy about starting an ebay business is thrown back in her face but her dad.

However even though her dad doesn’t believe in her she arrives at home she goes straight to taking a picture and uploading it onto ebay.

The end scene shows her humanity and just her lifestyle in general but once she sees the price her hopes are fulfilled.

I thought this was a great first episode as it introduced the characters very quickly, the storyline was fast paced and all together set up the whole series extremely well.

Episode 2 – The Hern

The start of this episode starts off where the first episode ended. I love the music in this scene as it emphasises Sophia’s happiness. I also love that she is just dancing around in celebration about the jacket.

Also Lionel, Sophia’s neighbour, is a great secondary character. Some of his lines are so sassy and are great come backs to Sophia.

^ This is one of my favourite interactions between them!!!

The editing in this episode is beautifully done. In a way the music is emphasising her happiness and once she gets the hern, her happiness ends and so does the music!!!

In this episode one of the main story lines is Sophia trying to find more one of a kind pieces of clothing to sell for more dolla!

The scene of her going through all of the different stores and looking is really nicely edited. It has a good flow to it but in each little clip she gets even more and more irritated. Before long she just goes back to the original place where she found the jacket. By then she is in such a rage that it brings some humour to the interation between Sophia and the guy in the vintage shop.

Again the editing for the scene where she is searching for the state sales is brilliant. I love the fact they have a search bar in the frame showing what she is typing. In addition I love that they had Sophia’s imagination of who the clothes used to own to shown through a little clip that it looks like Sophia is looking at the scene through her window.

The final scene is great, I love the climax of the episode. Her day has gotten worse and worse, finally it has all climaxed up to a point where she is just too much and she is literally being rained on her parade!! Her rant concludes all of the turmoil she has had to deal with during the day and it makes an unusual ending however her rant sums up all of the hurdles she dealt with in this episode.

Episode 3 – Thank You. San Francisco

The intro of this episode starts with Sophia being very creative with clothes. It basically shows her creativeness.

(Little side note – I would love Sophia to style me!!)

Also in under 10 minutes it introduces what the whole episode is about. She needs to find a name.

The scene of Sophia trying to brainstorm names for her ebay page is great. By editing it with her moving from different places shows the time that has passed and that she has changed her location slightly to try and give her some inspiration. Also the song totally fits the scene.

When Sophia is walking along with Shane I love the composition and the colourful streets that are used in the background.

I also really like how the conversation between Shane and Sophia flows quite nicely. They are really comfortable with talking with each other.

The way they look at each other it just lovely. But I don’t think Sophia realises that she is slowly falling in love with him.

Also through the majority of the time that Sophia and Shane were talking while in the streets, they were in focus however the background was blurred/out of focus so it was like they were in their own little world.

In addition after watching it for the third time (I love it!) you catch that Shane talks about cheating on his last girlfriend which foreshadows Shane cheating on Sophia. I thought this was done quite carefully because it is close to the start of the series that by the time she gets cheated on you forget about it.

The scene where they are up in the tower and are looking out at San Francisco, I really like the lighting on Sophia’s face. It highlights her face beautifully. Also I thought it was quite funny when the tourists began to pour into the view point.

After she finally finds a name during the bus journey she starts to over think the name and I think that really emphasises the pressure that she needs to find a name or she cant sell.

I also like that she finds her name from the bar where she usually goes to and the dancing/singing scene is brilliant!!!

Episode 4 – Ladyshopper99

This episode is one of my least favourite episodes as I just think that its an irritating episode. It is fine but not the best.

It is a strange beginning with the bride weeping over a dress and then we go to a flashback to Sophia having the dress sent back to her. I love her attitude in this scene when she says “Dis, colour be a stain” so good!

I thought the count down to til the wedding was quite good.

Also can we take a little second just to express how great Nathan and his mum are. The slight montage of Nathan, Sophia and Nathan’s mum at dinner is quite funny. It goes from a normal dinner and then suddenly they are eating ice cream and singing you raise me up.

From episode 3 we know that Sophia hates bridges, so it is quite funny to see her coping meganism for crossing the bridge which is running and screaming. Also the editing between her screaming and the screaming art thing at the art school is just hilarious.

I quite liked the last scene where from experiencing what Nathan’s relationship with his mum is like that she could have a good relationship with her dad. So when she calls him, it was like she was opening up her feelings to her dad and then had second thoughts and just decided to leave the relationship as it is.

Episode 5 – Top 8

Again this is another episode that I guess isn’t completely needed however it does show the progression of Annie and Sophia’s friendship.

I like the editing of showing what they are seeing through the camera, I thought that was quite creative.

The modelling scene is really funny, from the interactions between Sophia and Annie to the model eating a fly.

The whole theme of the episode was again introduced in under 5 minutes. It was all about My Space and the Top 8s on My Space.

It showed how much people cared about being in someone’s Top 8 as Annie said “it is the only public way to say you love some one” which I understand but it ain’t the end of the world.

This episode was made up of flashback through key moments in Annie and Sophia’s friendship.

I quite liked the flashbacks. They showed how much Annie and Sophia have grown as people and as friends.

My favourite flashback was the last one when they are going Coachella. I thought it was funny when the truck driving calls them helpless little girls. Then Sophia is like “We are not helpless little girls” which is followed by Annie going “Help me its too high.” This was a great little line that made me giggle.

Basically the message of this episode was that you need to remember that you are always going to have friends to rely on and help you but you need to be respectful to each others thoughts and what each other finds important. Even it is being on your My Space Top 8.

Episode 6 – Five Percent

The opening was kind of awkward for this one. I found the sex scene kind of cringy just because of how awkward it was but I think it was suppose to feel that way. The fact they were having sex on money was quite funny however still cringy.

I really liked the montage in this episode where Sophia gets into a routine. Getting a coffee, sitting/letting people through at the Art school, changing the price of the tops and so on. Before long she gets bored of the routine and I loved the editing of slowing down the music more and more to show that her world is slowly coming to a hault.

Basically her screaming fit is her finally exploding from anger and boredness of her now daily life.

I thought the aftermath of her surgery was quite funny because she is drugged up when she sees the money on the bed I thought it was funny when she said “It’s because I was having sex on you!!”

Also I liked it that Annie was the one that was there when she woke up.

The song at the end I really liked because it was actually an acoustic version of the song that was playing through the montage of her daily routine thing but because it’s the acoustic version it kind of shows that she is doing her own thing and not just copying everyone else.

Episode 7 – Long-Ass Pants

This episode had its good parts but mostly I thought it was fine.

I thought the opening sequence was good because it showed that Sophia was on a roll with her ebay business and it showed the progress and effort that she is putting into the business.

Also I liked the editing when they had the text from Annie read out by Annie just to emphasise how she would say it.

The editing is also great when she finds out she has had an article on a website written about her but the music stops when she scrolls down and looks at the comments. This kind of shows that her happiness (shown by the music) is pulled to a stop when she starts reading the hate comments.

I found it funny when she bought the Long Ass pants then suddenly finds out that Remembrances ended buying the pants/trousers from her aswell. Sophia’s reaction was brilliant.

After this bit I kind of thought the episode was a bit annoying. I find the girl from Remembrances really annoying.

I thought Sophia’s explanation on why she changes and sells the clothes was really nice. But I thought it was interesting finding out why the Remembrances girl wraps vintage clothes in acid free paper and so on as the clothes that were her mums is the only thing she has of her mum.

By the end of the episode I thought it was nice that they understood why each other did what they do. However I thought it was quite funny when Sophia goes back to old habits by upcycling the dress.

Episode 8 – The Trip

In this episode I found it funny when Sophia and Annie kept doing the “Road Trip” chant! The fact Sophia has a survival kit just highlights the type of person she is.

Little side note – I love Annie’s outfit.

The contrast between Sophia and Shane’s relationship and Dax and Annie’s relationship is really shown in this episode. At the start it is Annie and Dax that are arguing and Sophia and Shane who are all lovey dovey.

However I think it was good that Sophia and Shane had their feud because that is just life after being away from each other for so long they didn’t know how to deal with each other.

Also can we just highlight how awkward the shower scene was.

Episode 9 – Motherf*ckin’ Bar Graphs

The opening of this episode showed the reality of trying to run a clothes business from a tiny flat. I thought it was quite funny  with the domino effect that results in the worst thing that could happen wine spilling on a shirt.

Also the scene of her renting office space is quite funny, again I love her attitude.

I also thought it was quite a throw back when Sophia was using the trusty paperclip on the computer to help her make a bar graph. Brings back memories.

The dinner scene with her dad in this episode is such a contrast to the first episode. It shows how much Sophia has grown as a person. She is on time, she is well put together and she has a buffer(shane) to help her.

I also liked how you think that the result of the dinner has gone bad because you hear Sophia saying Motherf*kin. But actually its praising the bar graphs, I thought that was clever editing/script writing.

When her dad is wanting to sign the form in his name, in a way it is saying he doesn’t trust her to keep up this business. That just really sucks.

At the end I liked the editing when they are in the huge warehouse and it starts to show what they are going to make the warehouse look like.

Episode 10 – Vintage Fashion Forum

In this episode I found the scene where Annie is typing away in the Fashion Forum and makes them saying things that have dirty meanings is quite funny.

I liked how they edited like they were having a little conference.

I was really irritated that Sophie didn’t realise the full extent of what Annie does for her.

Episode 11 – Garbage Person

I thought it was funny when Sophia shouts at the carollers. She doesn’t have anyone to help her get out of this slump and now that she has been blocked on Ebay and has lost Annie her daily life has been shattered.

The fact that she went and bought back the jacket that started this whole problem, I thought that was a bit extreme.

I liked the editing of her buying the ticket, then going on the plane then showing where she has arrived at. It just allowed the episode to flow quickly.

We are introduced to her mum is a lot like Sophia however unlike her mum Sophia is a lot more driven.

I found the play or musical thing really cringy and thought it was quite pointless.

I liked that she finally decides that her dad is still there for her (slightly) and decides to have Christmas with him.

Episode 12 – I Come Crashing

I really like the swooping shot that goes through all of the bar and then ends up with Sophia and Annie.

It was quite funny when they were mimicking each others laugh and then finally got back together as friends.

Sophia realises she needs Annie!!!!

I absolutely love their first Nasty Gal meeting. So dramatic and just rounds up how perfect their friendship is.

Also the montage of them getting ready for the launch is really nicely done, it is quite satisfying seeing all of the posted notes getting taken off the wall.

It was also quite funny when Annie used the steamer and was just going “YYYYEEAAHH, Open those pours.”

I love Annie so much and she is the voice of reason when Sophia is basically having a complete breakdown.

It is ironic that she goes to see Shane to get a breather from all of the stress but turns out he is just another bit of stress and she walks in on Shane cheating on her.

Episode 13 – The Launch

It is quite sad that Sophia thought that she had to fake happiness just to try and cope with the launch. Also I thought it was quite clever that every time Sophia was thinking about Shane cheating they would play that one song very quietly as if its niggling the back of Sophia’s brain.

I like the montage of Sophia and Shane in bed and she is just needing to explode but she has enough on her plate at the moment.

FINALLY she admits it and see says everything that she wanted to say. But she took her time.

The grand launch of the website was quite funny because Nathan uses the tiny scissors. Sophia shows how anxious she is about the launch when she starts to press the refresh button over and over. But again Annie, her voice of reason comes to save her.

I loved Sophia’s entrance to the now transformed Warehouse. The streamers are beautiful and its just looks fabulous in general.

The transition from Sophia looking at the laptop to her taking the cork of the champagne bottle with a sword is so well done. So smooth and we get to see her party trip!!!

However I think that it is quite sad that she was still not over the break up with Shane. But by the end of the episode when she goes into the warehouse the day after the launch the music and her attitude shows clarity in life and that she is ready to work her but off.

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Now this was quite different from my usual film reviews. Overall I really enjoyed Girlboss and I will rewatch it a few more times.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. If you have reached the end and are actually reading this little bit then congratulations because this is a long post!!!!!

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Confessions of A Film Lover Tag

Now I have watched a lot of films but there are quite a few classics I have not watched. But instead of listing my favourite films I thought I would do a tag about films.

So here is the Confessions of A Film Lover Tag:

1. Yeah, well, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.” – The Big Lebowski
Your most unpopular film opinion.

I don’t like the original Spiderman films. I have watched these films a few times as they are always playing on the TV but they make cringe so much. There have been a few people that have really enjoyed Spiderman 3 but I think that’s the worse one. No one wants to experience the scene when Peter Parker has been possessed by Venom and made him act strangely.

WHAT IS THIS ^ WHY UGH NOPE.

Also (not to objectify anyone but….) some of the faces Toby Maguire makes in these films are just strange.

Then we have the lovely Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland.

I just prefer the other spidermans. But don’t make me choose a favourite……

 

2. “The limit does not exist.” – Mean Girls
A Guilty Pleasure film you can watch over and over again.

I haven’t watched it recently but I really love the film Street Dance. When I first watched I became obsessed with street dancing and I loved the soundtrack. This film inspired me to buy one of these hats.

Three times, I’ve worn this hat. 3 times. I still keep it though because I spent £20 on a hat!!!!!

 

3. “Are you not entertained” – Gladiator
A film that is universally loved that you found boring.

Breakfast Club. I tried to watch it a few weeks ago however this was quite late at night and I nearly fell asleep while watching it. I think is quite clever how they used quite a small amount of characters in one main setting. However I don’t really understand the storyline and I am going to need to rewatch it to fully understand it. I do have to admit that I did skip my way through the film.

4. ” Sorry! My Prada’s at the cleaners! Along with my hoodie and my ‘fuck you’ flip-flops, you pretentious douchebag! “ – The Social Network
The most pretentious film you’ve ever seen.

Dancing with Wolves. Is that a pretentious film…. It has won 7 Academy Awards. But I watched the extended version at school when I was 12 or 13 years old to learn about Native Americans.  To be honest I’m not a big fan because I just didn’t like it.

5. “Draw me like one of your French girls” – Titanic
A film that describes your aesthetic.

About Time with Rachel McAdams and Bill Nye. I love this film and it is one of my favourite films of all time. It has romance, there is comedy and is just about living life to it’s limit. The music is lovely and the composition is beautiful. The film flows beautifully and has some amazingly well done scenes. It progresses through the storyline at a nice speed and doesn’t rush through a scene at anytime.

It is one of those films that gives me all the fuzzy feelings and is a great film to cosy up with a blanket and a cup of tea.

6. “That’s a bingo” – Inglorious Bastards
A director who has never let you down.

I think I’m going to say Steven Moffat even though he normally directs series. I have watched all of the episodes of Doctor Who that he has been the head director/producer and I have watched all of Sherlock. He did a really good job with Series 5 -7 of Doctor Who but I don’t know if he did the best job of the Peter Capaldi series.

I absolutely loved all of Sherlock though!

7. “Don’t believe his lies” – Memento.
A film you were told was bad but you loved.

Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief. Now before you go crazy, I haven’t read the books so from just watching the film without having read the books before, I really enjoyed the film. But I do plan to read the books, however I thought the film was funny in some places and I really liked the characters and the storyline.

Also I just love Logan Lerman, he is a great actor!!!

8. “It’s only forever, not long at all– Labyrinth
If you could only watch one film for the rest of your life, what would it be?

The Book Thief. I love this film and I can say the lines along to the majority of it so if I only had this film to watch I could learn all of the lines. But it has the historic aspect to it, there is romance, humour and there are some tear jerking moments. Also the music is beautiful and there is some German in it!!! So it’s educational and entertaining!

Also there is the book so I can read that aswell if I get fed up of the film!!! HA HA! I FOUND A LOOPHOLE!!

9. “Were you rushing or were you dragging?”
A long film you thought was perfectly paced.

Titanic. I think…

I really enjoyed it but I think it could’ve cut off some of the start when there searching the wreckage. But a apart from that I thought the story flowed quite well.

Also I really liked the fact that the majority of the film is basically the destruction of the Titanic but it shows what it would be like to be from the different social classes. I also love the transitions in the film that make it flow so smoothly.

This is one of my favourites.


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I have to apologies for the lateness of this posts, I had managed to get in a routine of a post every two weeks however Wednesday came and went and I hardly noticed.

My publishing day is going to change to a Friday as that will give me a bit more time to finish posts and all that Jazz.

(There will be a post next week to try and start the routine again!!!)

 

The Pre Uni List!

Sadly I just missed out on going to University this year however there is no reason to despair as I have made a list of things that I wouldn’t have been able to do if I had went to Uni this year.

My mum suggested that I create an actual list of all of the things I would like to do before next year when I (hopefully) will be going to University.

So here it is – My Pre University List!!

  1. Learn to Drive
  2. Go see a comedian live.
  3. Travel to Germany
  4. Travel with friends
  5. Have a Harry Potter Movie Marathon
  6. Watch 10 classic films.
  7. Do two new things that you would never think of doing before!!
  8. Take part in the school talent show for the 3rd year and try to get 1st place. (I’ve been 3rd my first year of doing it and then I was 2nd the second time soooo…)
  9. Make a film. (It can be a short film but still I need to get this brain going!!!)
  10. Continue writing on this blog.
  11. Go ice skating again.
  12. Make 5 new meals/food!
  13. Learn to make cocktails.
  14. Complete majority of my Queens Guide award.
  15. Go to Wellies and Wristbands.
  16. Meet new people!
  17. Continue to learn German.
  18. Try 5 new foods.
  19. Get dip dyed hair.
  20. Dye your hair a natural colour.
  21. Have a sleepover with all of your close friends.
  22. Allow a friend to give you a makeover!
  23. Give someone a makeover.
  24. Go on a date with someone!
  25. Complete your adult leadership qualification in Guides.
  26. Organise atleast 2 more sleepovers for Guides/Senior Section.
  27. Perform at an open mic night.
  28. Pass all of my exams.
  29. Make another scrapbook!!
  30. Learn how to do 2 new hairstyles!

Well that is 30 things that I will try my hardest to complete before I go to University next year I will keep you updated when I complete some of these tasks. If you want to keep updated on my daily doings then follow me on Twitter!!!

Top 10 Travel Tips

All over the internet there are thousands of tips and advice for travellers or people who wish to become travellers of the globe. I have tried some of these tips myself and I am going to give you some of my own tips and tricks to help you on your future adventure.

So here are my top 10 travel tips. ENJOY!!

1. Don’t over pack.

This is quite a common tip but it does take a while to learn what you need and what you don’t need. If you are going away for a 3 day trip you don’t need three pairs of shoes, that’s not necessary and it means you need to bring a bigger bag. A good idea is to take one good pair of shoes or boots that are either black or another colour that will go with all of your outfits that you have packed.

Also another thing to remember is that you don’t need to pack three pairs of trousers just, like with the shoes, take trousers that will go with all of your tops and then you can mix and match if you wish. Then you only really need two pairs of trousers for a three day trip.

But practise makes perfect!!

2. Travel Wash Is A Life Saviour.

To help you stretch your clothes when you are going for a trip that is longer than a week bring travel wash. You may be staying in a hostel that has washing machine but why pay 4/5 euro when you can have your won little tube of travel wash.

It is basically a paste in a tube that you use to wash your clothes. You only need a little bit of the travel wash and some water, hot or cold, then you rub it into your dirty clothes and then allow to dry.

Then tah dah clean clothes. It also allows you to not worry if you’re going to be able to wash your clothes because all you need is water and this handy tube.

3. If you are flying put some cling film on your liquid bottles.

This needs a little explaining but if you have any liquids with you such as shampoo or hand sanitiser if you unscrew the lid and cover it with some cling film then put the lid back on this  creates an airlock seal. It basically helps to stop your liquids exploding all over your clothes in your luggage due to the air pressure.

This has saved me quite a few times as there is nothing worse than trying to clean out hand sanitiser that has decided to explode all over your toilet bag. (True story)

4. Look around.

There is nothing worse than not getting the best deal for a hotel and if you’re in a hurry to book accommodation you sometimes don’t really think before clicking that book button. However the best thing is to look around at your options and see if there is a better deal. This could save you quite a bit of money in the long run and could help you cut costs for your whole trip.

Try using websites such as Booking.com or Hostel world. If you click the button that shows you the cheapest options first but always the location of the hotel/hostel because usually the cheapest options are the furthest away from the city centre. This will result in you spending more money on transport.

5. Don’t have breakfast in your hotels.

If your hotel price doesn’t include breakfast, you will find you’ll have to add another £8 or £9 to enjoy a lovely cooked breakfast however to save some money especially when travelling with a lot of people such as families take your breakfast with you. Another option is to buy it at the closest supermarket.

A great suggestions is the porridge pots you can get that all you have to do is add water. It doesn’t have to be the top brand porridge, Tesco’s own are just as good and they’re cheaper!! Another great option is croissants or those chocolate chip brioche rolls, they are the best breakfast on the go!!

Also you need to remember that you usually have a kettle in your hotel room so take advantage of that and be creative!!!

6. Look out for deals or discounts.

Before Phoenix and I went to Stirling we found a few good deals that helped us to save some money. If you are a student in the majority of cities around the globe you will find great discounts for entry to some museums or castles or on food!

Also some restaurants do certain deals such as pre theatre deals or early dinners. Coast to Coast and the Filling Station do an early dinner deal where you get 2 courses for £12.95 which is a not bad deal and it is quite a nice selection of food.

Another idea is if you are wanting a cheap meal to keep you going through the day, in the UK you will find a Weatherspoons in most cities and big towns. I don’t know if there are equivalents in other countries but Weatherspoons is a great cheap eat with a huge menu that has a wide selection of food. I would really recommend the burgers, they come with chips and onion rings and oh they are pretty good.

But look for deals because everyone loves a bargain.

7. Ask for help.

If you don’t know something or need some advice ask for help!! It may be easier said than done but your friends and family have probably have more experience than you so use their fountain of knowledge to help you make better decisions to ensure your trip is enjoyable.

Also they may have recommendation of the best things to visit or the tourist attraction that aren’t worth the money.

8. Don’t over plan.

When you go to certain places and you only have a certain amount of time to see as much as you possibly can all you want to do is cram in everything so you don’t miss out. Also you don’t know if you are ever going to come back to this place so you need to the art museum in Prague because everyone goes to see it! What you end up with is a huge list of places that you don’t really want to see but you need to because when in Rome!!

A good idea is to write down the top three things you would like to do or see and make them the main events of your trip. Choose what day you want to do them on and give yourself enough time to experience it without rushing around like a headless chicken. You do need to remember you’re on holiday not on a wild goose chase.

Also sometimes when you have nothing particularly planned you may find something to do that you would never of thought about. Even with your extensive research!!

9. Don’t Panic.

If it is your first time travelling away from home don’t panic. Especially if it is your first time travelling alone. There is nothing worse than working yourself up and going over in your head everything that could go wrong.  It does not help one bit. I know!!!

I have travelled many times on trains by myself but the first time I went on a plane by myself was flying from Glasgow to Southampton for Roverway and I had a mini freak-out. The thing is I was completely fine until I had to walk away from Uncle and into the TSA line. I was on the verge of tears because I was getting myself in a state. But I started walking a little slower and took a few deep breaths then I began to relax.

As a consequence of my little freak-out I walked through the metal detector at TSA with my phone in my back pocket because I was panicking so much about going through without it beeping. This meant I completely forgot about my phone until the detector bleeped and I was asked if I had anything in my pockets!

So the moral of the story is don’t freak out but if you do begin to panic take a minute to take some deep breaths to try and stay level headed. Also if you panic, it takes the enjoyment out of the adventure. So relax, you’re on holiday!

10. Use Public Transport

The cheapest way to travel around most cities is public transport whether it’s the Tube in London or the Trams in Amsterdam they are a great way to get around the cities.

With most public transport in cities there are usually passes that will allow you to travel as much as you want with that one ticket. In Amsterdam, you can get a day pass that allows you to hop on and off the trams all day for this one price, this is a huge money saver.

In addition, in London you can get a visitor Oyster card which you pay £3 to activate it (I think) and then you can top it up with whatever amount of money you like then you can use it whenever you want. When I went down to London with my family we got one each and each time I have been down to London since I have brought along the oyster cards to save some money. The idea with the oyster cards is that if you travel in certain areas in the city you will only be charged up to a certain amount each day. Then after you have been charged that amount you can travel in the area as much as you want on that day.

Most cities have something that is similar to these passes but these are the two that I have had experience with.

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I hope you have found these tips very interesting and that you may use some of my pearls of knowledge.

I also apologise for my extensive use of gifs I have recently become slightly obsessed. You can see how gif crazy I have become if you go over to my twitter which you can find here!!

The plan for blog posts is that I will be publishing a new post every two weeks however next week depending on Exam results there may be a post however if you would like to keep up to date with all of the bits and bobs I am doing then follow me on twitter!! (Oh all the shameless plugs for my twitter)

If you would like to read about my last adventure where I used some of these fantastic tips then click here.

 

 

 

Doctor Who Tag

In honour of the announcement of the 13th Doctor Who on Sunday I decided to do the Doctor Who Tag. Let’s see if I can remember different parts of Doctor Who!!!

1. New, Classic, or both

I have to admit that I haven’t watched any of the classic Doctor Who (e.g From the very beginning). The first episode I remember watching is when Christopher Eccleston regenerated into David Tennant. So I will have to say New because that’s all I have watched!!

2. Favorite Doctor

I’m always torn between David Tennant and Matt Smith because my first Doctor was David Tennant however I watched every single episode of Matt Smith regiously. Also I have all of Matt Smith’s series on DVD (which is series 5 -7 if your interested!). So I’m going to say Matt Smith but really he’s joint with David Tennant.

3. Favorite Companion

I quite liked Donna Noble because she was funny and sarcastic. She was just so sassy at times aswell and some of her one liners are hilarious.

4. Favorite “non traveling” companion

Does Strax count…. I think he does. I find him so funny and some of the stuff he comes out with is so blunt but you have to remember he is a sontaron.

5. Which Villain would you not want to run into?

Either (sorry I am very indecisive when it comes to Doctor Who) Weeping Angel because you can’t really run away or get away from them as quite as possible.

Or the Cybermen because they could actually turn you into a Cyberman and take away your humanity which I would not be happy if that happened to me!!

6. Why did you start watching Doctor Who?

I think my dad showed me it when it was on TV and we just started watching. I’m not sure but I think I must of been 6 or 7 years old when I watched my first episode…

I have googled when David Tennant started being the Doctor which was in 2005 so I started watching it when I was 5 years old. (Damn that’s along time ago, I didn’t realise I was so young) That was reason I didn’t watch some episodes because I was terrified. The episode that scared me the most was the one with Queen Victoria and the werewolf, I hid behind a cuddly toy for most of that episode. Oh and the Water on Mars episode I couldn’t watch all of it because it freaked me out with the water spewing out of their mouths all of the time.

7. Top 3 episodes

These are in no particular order and be aware that I have had to google all of the doctor who episodes to remind me of certain episodes.

A definite one is Vincent and the Doctor – 1) It is written by Richard Curtis who wrote one of my favourite films (which I haven’t reviewed on here, why is that….) 2) It is educational in a way as it teaches you about Vincent Van Gogh 3) Included in the cast is none other that Bill Nye and 4) I have sobbed at that episode so many times.

Another episode that I loved was a two parter (so I’m going to name both of them because there is one of my favourite scenes but I can’t remember if it’s part one or two) those are The Sound of The Drums and Last of the Time Lords. They both have the Master in them which is wonderfully played by John Simm. Now, my favourite scene is when The Master is dances around this certain room to “I can’t decide” by the Scissor Sisters and I absolutely love that scene because it is so cruel but funny as the same time .

The third episode I liked was…… Now I am a not a huge fan of Peter Capaldi but this particular episode I thought was brilliant. That is the Husbands of River Song. It is just so funny and I absolutely adore Alex Kingston as River Song. Also her little rant about the Doctor not caring enough to be there is just a great part.

I completely forgot the 50th Anniversary episode…. OH I’m such an eejit. I also love that episode.

8. What is your favourite Doctor Who quote?

Either (I know I can’t make decisions last time I promise)

“It’s a fez. I wear a fez now. Fezzes are cool.”     Or

“I will not forget one line of this, not one day, I swear. I will always remember when The Doctor was me…”

That quote just makes me well up so much.
9. Suddenly the Doctor shows up at your door. Do you go with him?

Totally, right now I would like to go a few weeks in the future to see if I got my results for University. However I would love to go back in time to the 1300 so I could punch Robert the Bruce. (If you learn more about him in history you will realise that he deserves it.)

10. What are you looking forward to most for the future of Doctor Who?

Oh, I’m not sure. I want to see what their going to do with a female doctor and I would like the see if the new producer/writer gives Doctor Who some new life because I found that when Steven Moffat it gaves a new feel to the show which I loved.

My Stirling 2017 Adventure

On 17th May 2017 I had an early wakening at 5am. After dragging myself out of my friend’s cosy bed and pulled on my already planned outfit I was nearly ready to head on my adventure!!

I repacked my extremely well packed backpack which had all of my clothes for three days, one pair of pajamas, my toilet bag and another pair of shoes (yes, I even impressed myself however Phoenix (my best friend) was completely amazed about how on earth I was able to fit so much in a bag that is not very big in the first place)

After getting ready we headed outside to wait for the bus that would take us into Aberdeen.

Now usually I’m able to get a child’s ticket as I look about 12 however I was asked for my ID on the bus for the first time ever. So I had pay £12.60 for a one way ticket (ONE WAY!!) when countless times before I’ve only payed £8 for a child’s ticket.

When we arrived in Aberdeen after our 2 hour bus journey we went to Starbucks for some breakfast and to meet up quickly with Phoenix’s dad. My choice of beverage was a Caramel frappacino with coffee and cream (let’s just say I was slightly buzzing by the time we got on the train.) and a pan au chocolate.

We inhaled breakfast and hurried to the train. I thought I had booked seats while buying the tickets however it turns out that was not the case. But we were okay as the train wasn’t busy at all and we managed to get a table for the two of us. #thegangstertrainlife

The journey was beautiful as the train hugs the coast most of the way down and we were greeted with some amazing views on the journey to Stirling. Also another plus was that the weather was absolutely wonderful so we had the sun shining off some lovely blue sea as part of our  view during the journey.

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The train journey went very smoothly and we did manage to get off the train at Stirling without any hiccups. Our next challenge was to find the hotel!!!!! Now from looking at maps before going down I was sure it was about a 10 minute walk from the train station. After staring at the map, hunting down street signs and making funny faces while looking back and forth from the map to the street, we managed to find the hotel.

To describe the hotel all I have to say is OH MY GOSH ITS SO FANCY!!!!!! Now when I was booking the room I thought this was a pub type hotel that has a nice restaurant with lovely pub grub and that it just looked like a lovely place in general. Well let me tell you, Phoenix and I were the youngest people in that hotel by far, bear in mind it was during school time and during the week. However we may have not stopped grinning while wandering through the hotel.

We dropped our bags off and headed into the restaurant at the hotel to get some lunch before we went our first exploration of Stirling!!! The menu was lovely and kind of expensive but thankfully there was a lunch menu with a few cheaper option. I went with a baked tattie with haggis and cheese while Phoenix chose a ham sandwich.

After we devoured out food we went to find a bus stop to figure out a bus that would take us to Bannockburn. We managed to figure which one would be best and found out that  we only had about 10 minutes to wait which was a plus.

However I had the sudden thought “Do I have the confirmation of our tickets?” The answer to that was no as it was in a poly pocket in one of the bags we had dropped off at the hotel. So after quickly saying that to Phoenix (while slightly panicking), we rushed around the corner to the hotel quickly asked the lady at reception if we could get our bags. I flicked through the pieces of paper in the poly pocket and shimmied out of the piece of paper we needed after shoving it in my handbag, we hurried back to the bus stop.

We had missed the bus. But after finding out there was an other bus that would get us there in time for when we had booked our tickets for we soon relaxed.

Thankfully we arrived early at Bannockburn and found out that the place was empty. We handed over our conformation in exchange of a snazzy pair of 3D glasses.

We walked around the little courtyard bit that is in the centre of all of the building. In that courtyard there is this amazing mural of the Battle of Bannockburn.

However after looking at a certain part of the mural I spotted something that was a bit out of place for a mural of a battle.

There is a cat in among all of these soldiers which made Phoenix and I giggle!!!

We decided to head back inside to make sure we were in enough time for the tour section of Bannockburn. The only people that were in our “Group” were Phoenix and I. That was it. Bare in mind – School Day, Middle of May, During School Time.

So we went on our little tour of the place and got to feel the weight of axes and chain-mail. The best part of Bannockburn is the battle simulation game thing. (very well explain, Lauren!) I don’t know how to explain it but basically you control what happens in the battle.

The last time I was at Bannockburn it was during the holidays therefor it was busy and everything involved only controlled a small part of either the Scots or the English army however as it was just Phoenix and I, we got to control an army each.

I was in control of the English army and Phoenix controlled the Scots. During the whole battle we were referred to as Queen of England and Queen of Scotland by the tour guide which just made it even better. My favourite part was when I completely destroyed Phoenix in this battle as the aim of winning the battle was to kill the King (*cough cough* Queen) and then you would win.

Well, Phoenix decided after my army was advancing towards hers that she would retreat her King (Queen!) however I chose to use three lots of archers to all fire onto the King which killed him and crowned me VICTORIOUS!!!!!!!

I was very proud and will totally be putting that on my skills and achievements for the rest of my life. (Maybe not?)

After I did the very much needed celebration, we watched the last video and after a little look around the gift shop we headed back to the Hotel. Oh and we obviously took the obligatory selfie with Brucie himself.

For dinner, we both really like Chinese and had basically planned what we were eating for most of our meals. So on our first night in Stirling we found out that there was a Jimmy Chungs ,which from very fond memories before the one in Aberdeen burnt down, led us to decide that we had to go and try to eat our body weight in Chinese, because why not?

Now it wasn’t as great as I remembered but it still was not too bad. We went back to hotel very happy and very full.

The next day after a lovely sleep in our comfy hotel beds we got up and ate our little porridge pots. (This is a great tip for saving money in hotels or when you are going away they are only a few pound and Tesco’s own brand is quite tasty as well)

Our day’s activity/adventure was going to the Wallace Monument which we only had to pay £4 each for entry thanks to a lovely lady at my Stirling University Applicant day that was handing out these little discount tokens.

After arriving at the actual monument we began our ascension.

On our journey up in one of the levels was a lovely cut out of a Scottish teddy bear warrior.

Sadly Phoenix’s photo of her being a Scottish Teddy Bear warrior had disappeared as she needed more storage on her phone!!!

The view from the top is absolutely amazing.

I found out that you could see the entire campus of Stirling University which as the massive nerd I am took a lovely photo and while taking it pointed out all the different parts of the campus to Phoenix.

On the way down from the Wallace Monument we decided to walk down the foot path, that I assumed would go in the woods a little and then would come out beside the road that was beside the little centre place at the bottom of the hill. Oh how wrong I was….. We went down and then up and then down again. The worst part was that there wasn’t anyone else in the woods!!!!

Finally after sweating while walking through a winding path in with the trees,which did not help with sheltering us from the boiling sun, we managed to reach the paved path beside the little centre at the bottom. By that time we were both needing a seat from all the walking so we went and waited for the bus that would take us back into the centre of Stirling.

We, again, went through the University campus and then headed back for lunch.

I managed to find a discount on Groupon for Friars Wynd in Stirling which was £9.99 for two lunches and you could choose between 4 or 5 options. Both Phoenix and I went with the toastie with skinny fries. We were both starving so scoffed them down quickly.

After lunch we walked the extremely short distance back to the hotel to prepare ourselves for our fancy night out!!!!

Basically our plan was to go see one or two films at the cinema with dinner in between and then maybe a Mcflurry or milkshake afterwards.

We took our time beautifying ourselves and headed to the cinema to go and watch Whisky Galore which was filmed in Portsoy which is in our local area. What I found out while we were walking there was that Phoenix’s mum’s friend was an Extra in it so one of the days they went down to watch them filming and one of the main characters is played by Sean Biggerstaff.

Now what you may not know is that he played Oliver Wood in Harry Potter!!!!

This guy ^ was in my local area and  I DIDN’T KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, the film was really great and gave me a really warm fuzzy feeling of pride for my local area being shown in the silver screen!!!!! I would suggest to watch it just for a laugh.

After the film we walked to the Filling Station that we found out does a deal for an early dinner. For a starter we ended up choosing potato skins and for the main I got a meatball pasta thing (very descriptive, I know!!)while Phoenix got something that looked like smothered chicken!!

During our meal there was a group of boys who past the restaurant and were wearing short shorts!!!! Phoenix couldn’t resist taking a picture of these completely fabulous boys!!

After an hour or so of chatting and discussing about everything, we went back to hotel but then decided to go and find milkshakes. The only place that was still open at this time (8pmish) was Flip ‘n’ Shake which was right beside the cinema. So we headed to the shop and got our delicious milkshakes.

Phoenix chose a bubblegum milkshake (on the right) which was made freshly with amazing ice cream. I however chose a VIP milkshake which was called Salted Caramel Crunch (or something like that). It was salted caramel milkshake with a crunchie blitzed together and served with squirty cream and even more crunchie on top. (On the left)That was the best milkshake I have tasted!!!

While slurping on our milkshakes we walked back to the hotel and tried to eat some more of our pile of snacks that we had dragged to Stirling.

This was going to be our last night in the hotel so I decided to pack my bag as much as possible before going to sleep.

The next morning we both got up around 8am and sorted ourselves out for the rest of the day. We were able to leave our bags at the Hotel however we needed check out before we went exploring.

Our final day’s exploration was Stirling Castle!!!!

The castle was the closest place to hotel however we had to walk up a massive hill and some stairs to arrive to it!!

After having a short stop halfway up the hill we stumbled across the Tourist Information and the Youth Hostel. (I would highly recommend if you are looking for a budget place to stay in Stirling then the hostel is about a 5/10 minute walk from the castle and a 10/15 minute walk from the Train station.)

When we finally got to the Castle we found out that there was 3 or 4 bus loads of school kids. This was not something that we were expecting however we were able to sneak around them and queue up for tickets quite easily.

Also on the way in we managed to grab a cheeky selfie with the statue outside of the Castle entrance.

The line for tickets was reasonably long for a Friday but the weather was still pretty good so we didn’t mind.

While waiting we started chatting to a friendly American lady who was in front of us in the queue. During our conversation we found out that she was on a tour that was going around some of Scotland as well as some of Ireland and that she had traced back her ancestor’s to Ireland. When they were on the tour she actually got to see one of her ancestor’s grave stone.

After our lovely chat and getting our tickets (we managed to get a discount (10% I think) with our Scotcards, so if you are going to Stirling Castle remember your Young Scot Cards as you’ll get a bit of a bargain!) we headed into the Castle. Now this is quite a big castle and we didn’t really know where to start.

So we began at the front and worked our way round all of the different sections and rooms. In one of the corridors there were different rooms where you could interact using your different senses so there was one all about paintings during Ye Olden Days so there were boxes for you to smell and guess what was in it. There was also a room where there were a few musical instruments to play and Phoenix’s favourite room was the dress up room.

There was a pile of medieval clothing for kids and adults. Phoenix excitedly tried on two lovely dresses however I passed on this opportunity. But here, presented to you is Princess Phoenix.

After spending most of the morning in the Castle we headed back down the hill to find some food. We ended up passing a Weatherspoons which we decided to go in for lunch as it is lovely and cheap.

I decided to get a BBQ Burger which has chips and six onions ring also including a drink and this only cost me £6.40. NOTHING! Absolutely nothing!!! In addition to that it was a pretty good burger as well!

As we were now quite full and still had some time to kill we headed down to the shopping centre to have a little look around. There was a shop that I recommended to Phoenix which is called the Flying Tiger and basically it is a Paperchase however it is really affordable and has a lot of lovely bits and bots that are great for little fillers for presents.

While we were in the Flying Tiger, I was quite controlled and only bought some pens and that was it. After that we headed to Primark to go and try a few things on. Phoenix continued to point clothes out and go “that’s pretty, do you wanna try it on?” so we both ended up heading into the changing rooms with a small handful of clothes. Both of us weren’t very successful however we looked through the PJ section after coming out of the changing rooms and I manage to find a pair of cute Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them PJs. Also I found a PJ top that says “I dreamt I was human, then I woke up.”

We walked through quite a number of shops trying to use up some time and we both managed to pick up a few little things for example I bought some cute socks that were on sale in New Look. Phoenix managed to buy gifts for the next few birthdays that are coming up that she needed to get things for.

After feeling quite tired from trailing around the shops we went and had some food in McDonalds then picked up our bags from the hotel and headed to the train station.

We still had about an hour/40mins until our train but we just went through the gates and waited patiently. However we both started to really need the toilet so Phoenix decided to so hunt for the toilet. Thankfully she found it however when she came back she looked a bit shocked.

She had dropped her phone down the toilet but it was still working god knows how. As a just in case she mass sent all of her photos from Stirling to me through WhatsApp. Her phone was okay but on the train journey is was the most dramatic phone ever as it died and then came back alive and then died again.

Thankfully she didn’t loose any of her photos or anything and managed to get it sorted out the week after we came back.

The train ride home was quite quick and as we went through Perth the rain began to pour!! Which was perfectly timed for us as we already had the three days of sunshine we needed!

When we arrived to Aberdeen we both wearily got off the train and headed towards my mum was waiting for us, ready to take us home.

I had an absolutely lovely time and it was a well needed break during study leave as after I came back I felt a lot more focused and ready to revise my but off for my German exam.


Thank you very much for reading my post and coming on my blog if you would like to read more of my adventure that I have been on if you click here for that.

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And finally just to give you a little update, I will be doing 2 posts a month as part of my Queens Guide Award so be prepared for some amazing content that may include some food ideas, travel tips and lots of other interesting blog posts (*crosses fingers*)

Lauren x

 

 

 

Now We Wait…

After over a month of study leave and completely al of my exams without having a complete breakdown, I now need to wait for 2 very long months until I receive my results. The results will mould the next portion of my life and decide whether I stay at school for another year or start a University degree.

This is a big deal….

I really, really want to go and I also think that my exams went quite well however I don’t want to hype myself up and set myself up for disappointment. One way or another there will be tears on 8th August whether they are happy or sad depends on the letters on that piece of paper (well, erm digital paper first). Thankfully I have signed up for an email and text message so at 8am on the 8th August all will be revealed.

But first I need to plod through these 2 months.

*crosses fingers*

Why Feminism is needed in the 21st Century?

In 2016 not many people know the true meaning of feminism or what feminism is as a whole. The majority of people seem to fear the word and see it as man hating or females thinking that women are superior. As the world has grown strongly against this word women in particular have ignored the true definition and why they should proudly call themselves a feminist. These are the reasons why I think Feminism is needed more than ever in the 21st century.

The actual meaning of feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. I understand this as the equal rights of both men and women not about women thinking they are better than men but equal. In the 21st century more and more female celebrities including Emma Watson and Nicole Kidman have joined forces with the UN for Women and have become ambassadors of this charity where they are “dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women” and are global champions for women and girls.

The UN for Women have started a movement called HeForShe which is for gender equality pointed towards men who want to join the feminist movement. On the website men can sign up to the HeForShe commitment, “I am one of billions of men who believe equality for women is a basic human right that benefits us all. And I commit to taking action against gender discrimination and violence in order to build a more just and equal world.” I completely agree with that statement and if I was myself a man, I would sign up in a heartbeat.

Feminism is for both genders. The stereotypical idea of being a “man” is to be strong and not to show any feminine qualities, such as crying when they are hurting or feeling emotional. This is not right. Men shouldn’t have to deny their emotions because that it’s what is to be “manly”. Men should be able to show their emotions. In a speech ambassador Emma Watson referred to suicide being the biggest killer of men between the ages of 20-49 years old in the UK. In 2013 the percentage of suicides by men was 78% that is a drastic increase from 1981 when it was 63%.

It has come to a point where men and women can’t act or say as they wish. Society says men and women have to fit into a certain box. I should be able to grow up and be who I want to be. I should be able as a female to choose a career because I am interested in it. I shouldn’t be judged as strange or automatically seen as a tomboy because I want to a job that is stereotypically for men such as a Policeman. Men should also be able to pursue their passion for hairdressing and not be called girly or gay.

Inequality is still out there in the world. In many countries women are not allowed to have an education. But an inspirational young woman decided to fight for her right for an education. At the age of 15 Malala Yousafzai was targeted by the Taliban, a middle-east organisation because she wanted to be educated. Malala was shot on a school bus in the North West Pakistan by one of the Taliban. After being in hospital for a week Malala woke up, this was the start of her campaign of trying to get education for women across her own country. Her hard work and dedication to this issue gained her the Nobel Peace Prize of 2015.

In the majority of history females are seen as second class citizens. It wasn’t right for women to have a career because they were supposed to stay home and look after the children. Eventually women became fed up and fought for equal rights, these women were known as Suffragettes and theses were they first feminists. These were the first females to question why they were being treated differently but in the 21st inequality still exists. Women don’t get paid the same wage as men do. In 2011 a male doctor would earn an hourly rate of £35.45 but a female doctor would earn £25.35 that is a difference of 28.5% and they are doing the exact same job.  In recent years the gap between wages has closed slightly but still not equal. Women shouldn’t be treated differently to men. We are all human and it does not make sense to me that a women who is doing the exact same job as a man will be paid less.

However many women are completely against feminism. The campaign Women Against Feminism has lots of support from women who don’t need feminism. On their website they say that feminism is “A “movement” that advocates for the rights of one gender over another is sexist and inequal by nature…”

Many of the women who support this organisation have said that they don’t need feminism because they aren’t a victim. If there wasn’t feminism in history women wouldn’t be able to vote, have a job or be able to choose how to live their life. They may not be one of those many women who are under payed because of their gender but without feminism Women would be under strict rules and regulations.

Additionally women don’t need feminism because they don’t want women to be superior. Feminism isn’t a female orientated matter it was started by women and is for both genders. Feminism is the advocacy for equality of the sexes. If you believe differently you don’t understand the definition.

In conclusion I would proudly call myself a feminist because I believe and understand that feminism is about equality. I completely disagree with females who don’t need feminism because without it we would be in a very different world. Feminism is for everyone. All we want it equality and that is what we will get one day.

 

Round up of 2016

At the beginning of this year I set myself some goals….

Let us just say I haven’t done very well on my goals for this year. I think I have completed 4/10 possible 5 but definitely four.

This year has been an extremely busy year. I have been in London three times this year. I went to my second Briefing Weekend for Roverway 2016, then in the summer I went to the actual event of Roverway 2016 in France. During that amazing event I canoed, cycled, walked and met some incredible people who I hope to keep in contact.

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In addition I have attended SS16 where I again met a great group of people from Orkney and Perth. I drank tea and fell in love with maple glazed gammon!!

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In September I had the absolutely amazingly magical experience of seeing Harry Potter and The Cursed Child in the beautiful Palace Theatre in London.

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Early on in the year I had played a huge city wide came of Monopoly in Aberdeen where I spent a day running around Aberdeen with two girls I had never met before and an inflatable alligator!!

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At the moment my 2017 looks a little bit emptier that this year of 2016 but my priorities are on my school at the moment as if I want to leave after summer then I need to pass all of my highers!!! However I am always trying to find something new to do.

So for my resolutions/goals for 2017

  1. Read More

For 2016 I set myself the goals of reading 50 books because I managed to read 30 in 2015 so why not 50 in 2016. What I did not see coming was a gigantic book slump that took up the majority of the year. This does not mean I did not read absolutely nothing but 13 books is not an awful lot at all. I also started the very irritating habit of starting a book but not finishing it. At the beginning of 2016 I started Enders Game but I sadly still have not finished it.

2.  Write More

I don’t completely know what I entail as write more but I have a lot of thoughts and ideas in my brain and the only way to get them out it to write. This will probabaly mean to try and write more reviews on this blog as I have done a terrible job of writing posts in general. I will probably just free write on a regular basis to try and find new projects.

3. Actually Make Films

If you did not know I really want to be a film maker but the only experience I have had is editing different clips through the year and adding music to it. The worst part is that I do have ideas but the combination of procrastination and the fact that I usually over think the whole thing I have never actual made a video/film with a script or an actual format. This will change because the only way to learn something and to improve is to do the thing first!!!!

4. Pass All Exams 

At the beginning of September this year I would like to University but to enter I need to pass my 5 Highers. This is going to be a bit of a challenge as I don’t have a great view of one of my subjects. I am really hating maths at the moment and I would be quite happy to achieve a C just so I can say I have passed Higher Maths!!!!

5. Take More Pictures

By pictures I don’t mean take selfies every single day but during some days and moments I would like to capture those memories so I can have the photos of my everyday life along side the ones of my adventures across the globe. I am going to try and scrapbook  more and collect different trinkets that will spark of the different memories of 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

Roverway 2016 – Paris

This is the third and final part of my Roverway 2016 Adventure…. So if you need to catch up check out the links below.

The Beginning

Briefing Weekend 1

Briefing Weekend 2

The Road

Jambville


After a 2 hour bus journey from Jambville we arrived at Gard Du Nord train station. We took a few moments to figure out how to get to our hotel but finally after two metro rides and a 10/15 minute walk with carrying full kit we found our accommodation for the next two days.

For a little side note.

While we were at the different Briefing weekend we were encouraged to build our own adventure whether that is to come to France earlier than Roverway started. Or in our case, we decided that as we were getting dropped off in Paris we might aswell spend a few days exploring the city because when in Paris!!!

Once we went into our budget hotel, we decided to make a plan for the rest of the afternoon so we could try and use our two days very carefully.

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The first thing we all did was use the lovely warm showers. The best part was that you didn’t have to be as quick as possible because there was only two of you sharing the one hot shower. I was very happy to be lovely and clean and finally gave my hair a well needed scrub.

After that we took the metro towards Notre Dame and found an Italian restaurant to have our first dinner in Paris!!!

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Then we went for a little walk around the streets of Paris and bought some snacks.

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That night I had a wonderful sleep on an actual mattress. The next day we got up bright and breezy, bought a delicious pan au chocolate in the bakery on the way to the metro.

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We went on the metro to the Louvre. I fell in love with the old metropolitan signs.

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Then we walked through part of the Louvre to see the glass pyramids that I have seen many times in pictures but now have seen with my very own eyes.

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It turned out that near the Louvre there was a macaroon place that Eleanor had been to before and recommended that we went. It was beautiful.

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After buying some absolutely delicious macaroons we headed for Shakespeare and Company. We walked along the Seine river.

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First we went to see Notre Dame Cathedral again but this is daylight.

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Caitlin then remembered about a crepe place that was close so we went and had a snack of some yummy crepes. I chose a simple crepe with sugar and lemon juice.

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After our food we went to Shakespeare and Company.

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This is a lovely bookshop which you see all over pinterest and it is adorable. You weren’t allowed to take pictures inside because this is some people’s local bookshop so it is just respectful. I had to buy something and as it is Shakespeare and Company I decided to buy something Shakespeare. I chose Macbeth because it was the first Shakespeare play I read. I obviously got it stamped so I can prove where I bought it. Also I bought a lovely tote bag which has been used many times already!!

After daydreaming in this beautiful bookshop and waving to some other scouts we spotted, we headed to the Eiffel tower. On route we picked up some bread, cheese and ham so we could have a picnic underneath the Eiffel Tower.

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We enjoyed our picnic in the shade under the amazing Eiffel Tower. A little story is that, while being in Paris we all had neckers on to make sure we could spot each other easily, when we were having our picnic there was a small group of some girls and boys who sat near us in the little grass area and they asked us if we were scouts. Turns out they were also Scouts and we ended up chatting with them. The funny thing is that they hadn’t been to Roverway!!! Which just made it even stranger but amazing at the same time.

It also turned out that some the Austrians from our Road had stayed in Paris with Elias and we ended up meeting up with them on front of the Eiffel Tower.

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After had a small chat with the Austrians we headed to the Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees.

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During the day we found out that the majority of our Tribe was still in Paris and Elias was having a little party that all of the Tribe was invited to. As we didn’t have time to go back to the hotel and change(I didn’t even have anything of party material) we decided to try and find a shop of some kind. We ended up going into H&M where I bought a lovely summery dress which is now known as my Champs Elysees dress!!!! Which makes it fancier than it is!!

After spending a few hours at my first ever house party, a few of us went back to the hotel. I had to deal with my backpack that managed to explode all of my clothes all over the hotel room. I spent a good hour sorting out clothes that I couldn’t remember how many times I had worn!!!

The next day we finished sorting out our backpacks and headed to the Garde Nord to drop off our bags in the lockers so we could explore a little bit with the small amount of time we had left.

Some of our patrol were a bit grumpy from partying a bit too hard the night before and decided to hangout in the Macdonalds while the rest of us walked up to the Sacre Coure.

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After our very sunny visit we headed back to the train station and get ready to head home. We sat in the non- air-conditioned train station while completely sweating because of the temperature being 30 degrees!!!!! That is something I am not used to!!

When on the way home we played buckaroo with Caitlin by balancing some pieces of paper and a pringle on her head!!! After 2 hours on the Eurostar we arrived in London where we had our quick goodbyes. Surprisingly, I did not cry at this farewell. I don’t really know why, I think it may have been a mixture of exhaustion and the happiness of being in the same island as my home.

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I then went on a train to Sheffield to meet up with my parents and to see my cousins who I had missed out on a family reunion by being away in France. During the train journey I used the free wifi to chat with my tribe. We discussed who had the longest to travel and messaged the delightful news that they had arrived home. By this time it was probably about 11 or 12midnight. I was extremely but happily typed away on my phone at the same time as trying not to fall asleep, in fear that I would miss my stop. I however did not win that battle of conciseness and nodded off a view times while mid message!!! By the time I arrived at Sheffield I was wearing my Champs Elysees dress, trainers that were dirty and did not match with my dress at all and my Roverway UK contingent jumper.

I must of been quite a sight for my mum as I stepped off the train carrying three bags and looking slightly tanned. Even though I was very tired I was very happy to see my parents after 13 days away from my family. While driving back to my relatives house I started telling them about my adventure. When we got to there house I fell asleep nearly immediately and did not wake up until 10.40am the next day!!!


I have to saw that even though this is the end of my Roverway adventure, it is really the beginning. This has to be one of the best experiences I have had, so far, and I think this is just the beginning. I now have an amazing circle of friends who I am still in contact and there is nothing better than having like minded people who you have managed to grow close to over 2 weeks. This was my first experience of travelling abroad without my family and even though being my first time away for an extensive time I didn’t feel home sick. But when I finally arrived back my small home town I was very happy to crawl back to my bed.

Through signing up and going to Roverway 2016 I have pushed my boundaries and my comfort zone. I have travelled on a plane by myself, I’ve managed to get around Paris with a group of teenagers without getting completely lost and I have found out that I can make a very interesting presentation!!!!! If anyone that is reading this is thinking about going forward for any opportunity that is similar to Roverway or not, just go for it!!!!! What could go wrong!!!! You may be nearly in tears with fear while watching towards TSA by yourself in an airport or panicking because you don’t know how to start a conversation with people who aren’t from your home country but this is when you found out who you truly are as a person!!!

I hope you have enjoyed this little series and I hope there may be another one.

At the end of this year I decided to start my Queens Guide Award, if you would be interested in reading about what I plan and what I do end up doing to work towards this award then please leave a comment!!!

Once again thank you for reading!

 

 

 

The Christmas Tag – 2.0

It is December!!!! WWOOOOWW!!! Let us welcome the carol singing, the sweets treats and lovely crisp air. I thought to get me in the festive spirit I would do The Christmas Tag!!!! So enjoy!

1. What is your favorite Christmas film?

I absolutely love Miracle on 34th Street. I love it so much but it has to be the most recent one because that is the one I watched first. It is such a lovely story and the first time I watched it I was convinced that Santa looked like that.

2. Have you ever had a White Christmas?

Yes I have. I think I have had two. It must of been 2011 or 2012. It snowed so much and I was off school for a whole week because of the snow. That was the first time I every went sledging. I remember accidently bashing into fence and had a huge bruise on my leg.

3. Where do you usually spend your holiday?

At home in the warmth usually in pajamas with my family.

4. What is your favorite Christmas song?

I think it would be Kelly Clarkson – Underneath the Tree or Wizzard – I wish it could be Christmas everyday. They are just both good songs but the ITTTSS CHRISTMASSS is iconic and it makes me smile.

5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

Usually I am allowed to open one. But its usually after me going just one please just let me open one. This year my family have done a secret santa and we are going to open those on Christmas Eve.

6. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Prancer, Dancer, Blitzen, Donner, Rudolph, I cant remember anymore…

7. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?

All of the food, I just love all of the food and decorating the living room.

8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

Fake, it is a small tree that when you plug it is there are bits that change colour. It is probably 3 or 4 years old. But there are some small ornaments that I usually decorate it with.

9. What is your all-time favorite holiday food/sweet treat?

Food would be Pigs in Blankets. If you are unaware what this is. It is a pork sausage wrapped in bacon and it is delicious. For a sweet treat I love candy canes I just really like them.

10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?

I like organising what I am giving people and then seeing them open them up and being happy with what they have received.

11. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received

I remember when I got my DS Lite when it was really really cool and it was pink and I absolutely adored it. Oh I got my first ukulele for Christmas!!! I named him Phil!!! That has to be the best one.

12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

I really want to go to Germany. I study German and I want to see the lovely Christmas markets and it just looks beautiful.

13. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?

I love wrapping presents. I had to teach my friend how to wrap presents and she tricked me into wrapping my own present. I own a tin that it filled of ribbons and bows and labels (I actually need to get some more bows) but it has some tissue paper and I have a few options for wrapping paper.  I will make sure all of the wrapping it matching and everything. What annoys a lot of my friends is that I usually wrap everything separately. I once wrapped a small handcream tube and I put ribbon and a bow on it.

14. Most memorable Holiday moment?

There was one Christmas where we had the whole entire family in our house and we spent the whole morning in our pajamas which was lovely.

15. What made you realize the truth about Santa?

I kind of figured it out but when my mum officially told me I cried.

16. Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them?

I actually started making a list of things I would like to achieve through the year instead of just resolutions.  If you would like to see my list for this year then click here

17. What makes the holidays special for you?

I enjoy being with my family and giving all of the presents. I quite like all sitting a lovely dinner aswell. It just a lovely time and very chilled.

Okay!!! That is all the questions. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year!!

Roverway 2016 – Jambville

Catch up on the first part of my Roverway Experience here – Roverway 2016 – The Road

Or go back to the very beginning – Roverway 2016 – The Beginning

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After a two and bit hour drive in the bus we arrived at Jambville!!!!

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We were shown our campsite which was part of the Moulin Rouge sub camp. We set up our tent for the final time on once again solid ground. Our campsite was under trees so I decided to give up on guy ropes for the sake of my sanity and my pegs.

After we had set up our campsite we were given the task of building a table for the tribe. I had no idea how we were going to build this table so I stepped back and watched. In the end we had an oriental style table as it was easier than making seats.

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We then decorated the table with our flags.

After that we met up with the rest of our UK contingent so we could go to the open ceremony together and take some group pictures. We were given an update about different bits and bobs and then we marched!!!! Well… walked to the open ceremony while singing. Oggy oggy oggy and Everywhere we go. Both are very noisy and make sure that everyone can hear us.

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After our group photo we ate and then it was the opening ceremony!!!

At Jambville as part of our entertainment there was the Rover Band which was made up of Roverway participants, two of which were from the UK contingent!!! The first thing played was the official Roverway song which everyone danced along to. The Rover Band also played other songs including champs Elysee and  Imagine by John Lennon. During the opening ceremony I was pulled along into multiple congas that intertwined through the group.

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When the Opening Ceremony finished all of the cafés opened. These included the Rainbow Café and Moulin Orange which was set up by the Dutch Contingent. There was also the silent disco which me and Hannah went along to first. After dancing to some questionable music I decided to go to sleep because I was extremely tired and it was just after midnight.

The next morning we were wakened up by music. EXTREMELY LOUD MUSIC. One of the songs was the Circle of Life. So you can try and imagine a very tired Lauren trying to wake up and all you can hear is AAAAAHHHHHHSWENYYAAAAAAAAAAA. There was a lot of grumbling from me that morning.

During that day we had different activities that we could choose to do. I went, with the majority of patrol, to an activity that was about the badge Free Being Me which was made in a partnership between WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) and Dove (A soap company). We had to certain things to achieve this badge. One of the activities was that you had to write down three things about your body that you like. I said my eyebrows, my eyes and I think I said my hands. Then we had to walk around in the group we were in and then stop and say one of the features you liked about yourself and why. So basically you had to say, to the majority of these people I had never met before, Hello I like my eyebrows because they are nicely shaped and I like them! This was a bit awkward but I now have the Free Being Me badge and I have a lovely wristband aswell.

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In the evening we had some more music and went off to the different cafes and such at night and then went to sleep.

The next day we were all very tired and quite exhausted after again being wakened by loud music. As a patrol we decided to go to an activity that we listened to this really friendly man talk about minerals. I felt quite sorry for him because I was nearly falling asleep and I was consciously trying to make sure I didn’t fall off the bench. But I am just not that interested in science so when he is talking about different things I was just thinking that I could do with a nap.

After we finished listening about minerals I headed back to my tent to have a sleep so I could enough energy for an activity in the afternoon.

The activity we did in the afternoon was one of my favourites. It was another WAGGGS activity but this time we were talking about gender equality and as a feminist myself I found it really, really interesting.

The final day was a bit strange. We did an activity which resulted us being in groups which resulted in that group to make your own culture. As part of your own culture you have rules, song, monument and clothes. I chose to do the rules and we had a really interesting conversation about politics and such. I didn’t really know what to make of the whole activity but it was fun anyway.

In the afternoon I found some of my patrol and we went and got an ice pop from the Rainbow Café which was well needed as it was a very, very hot day.

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After our ice pops were devoured we tried to nap in the shade but Eleanor and I couldn’t sleep but while Caitlin was asleep we started to put bits of grass and twigs to see if she could sleep through it which she did!!!

We were then reunited with the rest of our patrol and played some more Frisbee. I at some point used face paint and painted a lovely flower on Matt’s arm.

That night was going to be the kind of closing ceremony as the next day we were parting ways with everyone. However there was still the night to dance away. But as I am not really a party animal and because it was a bit of an early rise the next day I decided to go to my bed early and try and pack my bag. I ended up having to remove a cricket and a spider from my tent as they managed to get in somehow. However that isn’t strange part of the night. I was all snuggled up in my bed (sleeping bag and blanket) and I started hearing Matt half whispering half shouting LAUREN, SCOTMAN MOVE OVER. I thought he was outside my tent and was just being a bit annoying. But half asleep I looked down to the door of my tent and there is a bright light being shone in my eyes. Once again LAUREN MOVE OVER SO WE CAN GET CAITLIN IN. So I groaned rolled over and fell asleep instantly. The next morning I woke up and stared at the side of the tent. I started thinking of the night before and tried to figure out if it was real or not. I turned over to see a pile of tin foil which had Caitlin underneath it all. I later found out that Caitlin had a bit of a fainting spell and they were trying to get me to move over because I was right in the middle of the very small 3 man tent that we were sharing. When I told the rest of the patrol that I thought it was a bit of a dream they found it highly amusing.

Because the night before was so eventful the majority of the UK patrol was tired and the thought of having to strategically fold a tent to fit into a bag was very hard to think about. Thankfully we had the wonderful Austrians. I have never seen a tent been taken down so quickly and folded once and then put in the bag without any struggle. I asked if they wanted to come home with me and come to all of my camping trips but they refused (must be the weather). Also because Caitlin was still not completely 100% from the night before the wonderful Austrians offered to carry her backpack…. At the same time as carry their own.

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The funny part is that when we were walking to the bag drop off points they were miles a head of us and they were carrying more!!!!!

After dropping bags off we decided to take a tribe picture underneath the Jambville Eiffel tower.

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A thing that Caitlin pointed out, that also made me smile was that if you look at this photo you can see that we are all mixed up there is a complete mixture of uniforms.

What this photo doesn’t show is the aftermath… About 5 minutes after this photo was taken I started to cry a little and did a very bad job at hiding my tears behind my sunglasses. This was the beginning of the end of Roverway 2016.

After I mopped up my tears we headed down to the stage for the actual closing ceremony where the baton (well a baguette) was passed onto the Dutch contingent who are hosting the next Roverway in 2018. The Rover Band played a few songs including Imagine – John Lennon, Champ Elyse and I’m Yours – Jason Mraz.

We all said our promise together which sounded like a mumble of different types of promises but was a lovely moment all the same. Then the words were said. “Thank you all for coming to Roverway 2016 and we hope to see you all in 2018”

I was okay for a few moments. I took I deep breath to try and stop water works happening. But I turned around and spotted that Elias had started to try and that was me off. I was sobbing my heart out. I gave up on the sunglasses because they weren’t helping in any shape or form. I think I hugged nearly everyone in our tribe. Some people I hugged twice because we just kept on crying. Eventually I ended up hugging Matt and Joe because I was just crying and couldn’t really stop. Matt then called my the Crying Scotswomen a few times while we were trying to get away but still hug everyone. I eventually walked away and took a deep breath. But as we were waiting for Caitlin to finish her good byes I was asked by one of IST who were with Matt and Joe if I was okay which I answered with a little sob and a no. I then received another hug which was very appreciated.

We then got our lunch and had to sit in the hot sun for a couple hours waiting for our bus to go into Paris which we would then build our own Adventure.

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