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Life

The list – 30 things before 30

So I’ve been thinking a lot about this turning 30 thing. I’m not obsessing, I swear. It’s healthy (kinda). Anyway, now that I’ve decided to embrace this new decade that is hurtling towards me, I’ve been focussing on some things I want to achieve before then. And I know, with only 6 months to go (well, 5 1/2 now), there’s only so much I can probably do. So here I am sharing them with you. This is very different to making a list of things I ...
Adventures

Bermondsey Adventure

I seem to find myself in Bermondsey fairly often these days. Part of that is definitely due to Maltby Ropewalk Market, which I’ve already written about. But there are also some other gems in this area that lead to the Bermondsey adventure being quite a regular affair in my life. I always start at London bridge and make my way down to Bermondsey Street. On Saturdays this street is really happening; there are people everywhere but it always ...
Life

Life’s struggles

I have had one hell of a week. I went to the dentist on Tuesday, and have ended up having the nerve taken out of my tooth, I’ve had people cutting into my gums twice, so many needles, and I am currently waiting to see if I have to go to A&E later today in order for them to cut into the roof of my mouth and try to drain an abscess that has decided it wants to live there. It’s the worst the dentist has seen in a very long time. I might ...
Adventures

The Ropewalk, Maltby Street Market

Everyone always goes on and on about Borough Market, seriously, I’m sick of hearing about it. People fail to realise that there is a far better market not that far away – Maltby Ropewalk Market. This, my friends, is where the magic happens. Set up in the railway viaduct, fit in around pieces of scrap metal and planks of wood, tucked away from any main roads and protected by rows of flags… this is one of the best places to spend a Saturday or ...
Life

The Age Crisis

A realisation has hit me over the last couple of weeks. I am 29. There, I said it. I have spent my whole 20s pretending I’m not getting older. ‘21’, I would say when people ask me how old I am. I got away with it until my 29th birthday when I decided I would turn 23. Seriously, no one believes me if I say my real age, which is nice. But it has occurred to me recently that I no longer want people to think I’m turning 21. To me that now means ...
Outward bound

Kenshō Boutique Hotel & Suites, Mykonos

As promised in my last post, I really need to spend a few moments discussing my favourite hotel in Mykonos (hell, probably in the whole world!): Kenshō. We lucked upon this place last year, and knew it would be extravagant, but I don’t think we realised just how fantastic it would actually be. Staying here really makes a trip to Mykonos perfect. Anyone who follows me on snapchat would have seen how amazing this place is (if you don’t, you ...
Outward bound

The island of Mykonos, Greece

Oh Mykonos… never have I felt more relaxed than a few days spent on your shores. First things first, I’ve only ever been to Mykonos during off-season. October, May. The sun is out, the island is still awake, but it is not filled with youngsters (cringe at how old I’ve become) getting drunk and being stupid. Don’t get me wrong, I love getting drunk and being stupid too, and I would love to go to some of the summer parties at Cavo Paradiso ...
Outward bound

Getting the hell away from it all

I just love travelling. Everything about the destination and reasons for travel aside, I love to fly (I especially love the thrill of take-off). I love the buzz, the excitement around airports. I always make friends with airport security. Even if you’re there at 5am in the morning (and even if you’re slightly drunk because you stayed up all night drinking instead of going to bed), they are always ready to have a chat and a laugh. They’re at ...
Coffee

Cricks Corner

Hidden away in Archway/Dartmouth Park Hill is quaint little haven known as ‘Cricks Corner’. A tiny café surrounded by flowers, with a bike out the front announcing its presence, the sun always seems to shine on this little part of the world. This café is one of my happy places. The staff are lovely, and there are often dogs popping in to say hi. The food menu is simple but delicious. Now for the coffee: I have had fantastic coffee here, and ...
Adventures

Marylebone Adventure

Marylebone is one of those nice little inner city places that people know for things like Sherlock Holmes and Madame Tussauds (creepy wax figures? Sorry, but gross). More important though, are the tucked away little cafés, bars, and various spots that make it special. As soon as you leave the tube station at Baker Street, you encounter our old friend, Sherlock Holmes. A trip wouldn’t be complete without a quick photo of him towering above ...