Blondie Wanderlust

Sunday, 5 November 2017

FOODIE DIARIES: Las Iguanas - Bournemouth

Hello everyone,

I can't believe that it has taken me 2 months to write an actual blog post. It has been hard for me to find the time to write something about Bournemouth as I have 2 student jobs (soon to be 3), 2 assignments and a dissertation to think about!

But... Tuesday myself and my best friend Mikaela went to Las Iguanas in the newly built complex down in Bournemouth centre. We both love Mexican food so this place is just meant for us.

Everyone knows that I am a foodie, especially when I am a student and need a good meal in between my pot noodles and McDonalds.

So read more if you want to find a good Mexican restaurant that has the most incredible deals and meals!



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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Coming home from Travelling: The Next Chapter

Hello again...
So here we go…. Another new chapter to attend to! After 16 months away from this beautiful coastal town, I have moved back to complete my 4th and final year of University. I am not going to lie, it was weird driving through campus and seeing how much has changed was very unique moment.
I have a very exciting year ahead of me, a new job, new and exciting topics and some very nice trips planned as I enjoy my time and work very hard with my dissertation!
Read more below to see how I feel about being home and what my next plans are!
 
 
How I feel being back
It has been a massive mixture of emotions. For those who are planning to do their placement or study abroad, I am not going to lie to you about how hard it has been to be back.
But everyone has different situations, some may not have enjoyed their experience as much as me so it may be easier for them to come back home. Also, the place you will visit may be similar to the place you come from so it will be an easier transition to what could have been.
 
For me, I absolutely LOVED my time in Barcelona. It was everything that I have wanted out of a social and work experience. I met so many people from plenty of different countries and was able to improve my Spanish and Italian.
 
I had a great support network of friends who I created memories with and learned new things about Spanish culture than I ever thought I would. I also moved back to a village surrounded by fields and with only 2 pubs near me… I also had to walk 30 minutes to a food shop.
I know, I know… its not the worst problem you could have but it was such a drastic change to what I was used to!
 
 
For 2 weeks it finally hit me that I left, so I shut myself off of social media and my blog because it was a constant reminder. But I am back and can’t wait to explore more of Bournemouth.
Sometimes a staycation is just as good as going abroad!
Moving back to Uni
So, some may not know my story. I study Events Management at Bournemouth University. I have come back to finish my final year. I have moved back 2/3 weeks before I start my classes as I have 2 weeks training for my new job.
I am a port of call for freshers and helping them settle into university life. I don’t want to say too much about it because some things I like to keep private.
I could not wait to get back to Uni, I wanted to make the most of my final year and work hard to get my degree and graduate.
 
 
I am really excited to do 2 topics, Visitor Attractions Management and Digital Marketing. Because I lived right next to the Sagrada Familia and were surrounded by UNESCO World Heritage sites, it was amazing to be around such amazing talent. That is why I would like to do this unit, because I have experience as a local living near one and being a customer.
Digital Marketing is something that I didn’t expect to enjoy, it was my placement role and it was something I didn’t now anything about. I have learned so much and worked with numerous companies that it is something that I am really passionate about.
 
Travel and Festival Plans
Ok so it is a bit difficult being a travel writer when you don’t have the finances or enough time to travel, my timetable is Monday through to Friday, I have a job and student finances aren’t exactly giving me a millionaire lifestyle.
However, admittedly I did not appreciate Bournemouth as much as I could of during my first and second year of uni. First year, I was still very shy and wasn’t confident to do enough. 2nd year I worked weekly. So now is my chance to make the most of this lush coastline, the restaurants and nearby towns.
 
 
I also heard about this great company called srprs.me, a business which plans a destination for you. You tell them 3 places you don’t want to go to, you choose the types of holiday and the duration of that trip. So you don’t find out where you are going until you get to the airport, the best thing is that it is SUPER cheap. I plan to do a few of these trips during my time at uni.
My best friend Chloe also lived nearby to my uni and we haven’t seen each other for a while so a couple of festivals are in order for 2018.
 
Blog Plans
I am not going to lie, I found it difficult to be motivated to find and content during the months that I was home.
However… after my content being published on Contiki’s website and my family revealing how much they love reading it, I realised how much I really want to get back into it again. So alongside myself, my friend Chloe who loves photography wants to pair up.
We are both on the same course, want to continue creating content for fun and to make the most of our final year in Bournemouth. My actual job is to promote students getting more involved in University life, which is great as I will be able to share more with them too.
So as much as adjusting to life away from Barcelona, which nearly 3 months on I am still finding difficult. I can’t wait to embrace the change and make the most of my final year.
 
 
Thank you for listening to my drivel on!
Mol x

 
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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

I MISS YOU | LETTER TO BARCELONA

Hello everyone,

It has been over a month since I last posted. It also has been a while since I had been active on any social media. I don't know why it happened, suddenly over night I just had no energy to post anymore.

Posting previously wasn't tiring, I really enjoyed it. Suddenly, I stopped.

I can only putting it down to, the reality hitting me that I wasn't in Barcelona anymore. I thought it would hit me hard the first week I came back. However, that first month being home was crazy, euphoric and a whirlwind. I met family and friends I hadn't seen for a year. So I never had time to forget that I wasn't going back to Barcelona.

Now it has... and it sucks








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Thursday, 20 July 2017

10 Reasons to Visit Cornwall

Hey all,

Before moving to St. Ives over 8 years ago, I had been going to Cornwall for holidays for over 10 years with my family.

Including Bude, Polzeath and Padstow, we have been all over Cornwall as a family. By far, our Cornish holidays will always be my favourite type. We made tons of memories including treasure hunts, boat trips and attempting to surf.

St. Ives has been named as the top resort in the UK and its not hard to see why.

So here are 10 reasons why you need to visit Cornwall, not that you need any!



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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

MY PLACEMENT ABROAD STORY: Highlights, Regrets and Moving Home.

Hi guys,

I am late posting because it has taken me and still taking me a while to settle back into UK life. This post is a sentimental one and hopefully useful for anyone going on a placement abroad.

My placement abroad journey started 4 years ago, it was when I was going to university open days and asking my one and only question, anything related about the placement abroad we get in 3rd year.

Now I have completed my placement abroad, I wanted to write about the highlights, regrets and any advice for students who are thinking about doing a year abroad or those who are about to go on their placement year.

So far, I haven't cried... yet. So I hope you enjoy, find it fun, interesting and hopefully useful.




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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Best views of Barcelona: Bunkers del Carmel

Hello,

The way I said that "hello" in my head as I typed it, was the least enthusiastic "hello" EVER.

I love blogging and writing posts, because I love to document and keep memories of my travels and day to day life. However, today is a sad day.

This is my last blog post as a resident of Barcelona. I have had the privilege to call this fantastic city my home and do things I never thought I would. I am not going to ramble on, because this will be another post.

So I thought it was very fitting to dedicate this post to the beauty of the city, especially the Bunkers del Carmel.

If you want to see Barcelona, in all it's glory. The Bunkers will give you the best views ever.

So, I hope you all enjoy my final post as a Barcelona resident, I sure am very emotional writing this. God help me when I get on the plane home! Going to be a mess...

Someone, hand me a Sangria!

 
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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Nightlife in Barcelona: The Ice Bar

Hey all,

This past week has been so hot in Barcelona, so as the heatwave takes over, what a better way to cool down than to write about something freezing cold!

Back in my previous post - Nightlife in Barcelona, I mentioned The Ice Bar. I hadn't been there before, but I really wanted to go before I moved back to England.

It is a different experience to all the clubs in this beautiful city, it certainly gives the nightlife in Barcelona some good competition.

I was very grateful and lucky to be sent 2 entry and drink tickets from the company and couldn't wait to use it.

I must pre-warn you, they aren't the best quality photos I have taken. HOWEVER, you try taking a picture in -13 degree Celsius with no gloves because you can't press the button! It is very hard!



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