Driving home for Christmas

Driving home for Christmas

So today I came home for Christmas. I was so excited to get on the train and ride away from the noise, pollution and craziness of London and see the rolling countryside. Half way through the journey I felt quite sad when I realised just how much I’m going to miss London over the next 5 weeks. Although I’m extremely excited to see family and friends I’ll miss the independence that living alone brings.

On the plus side, I have already eaten 2 homemade meals made by family! I haven’t had the chance to write as much as I’d like to lately so hopefully being off work will give me the chance to share my Christmas experiences.

Merry Christmas everyone!

 

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And breathe…

And breathe…

It wasn’t until I moved away from home and lived on my I realised how true the phrase “clean home clean mind” was. I usually do a little bit of cleaning each day, just the basics, and once a week do the whole ‘deep clean’ thing that mums seem to love. After teasing my mum for years about cleaning the house every day and getting to the point of being obsessed with it, I never for one minute thought that I’d reach that point in my life. Turns out I have.

Today my mind felt so cluttered and unorganised I needed to do something to restore it. Suddenly I got the urge to clean. I don’t mean potter about and dust clean; more like knelt down scrubbing the floor with bleach clean. So off to Waitrose I went and returned with a whole new lot of cleaning products – my old ones didn’t seem sufficient for my ‘deep clean’ mood.

After scrubbing my bathroom tiles to within an inch of their life I started to feel more relaxed. 2 hours, a full bottle of bleach and a gleaming house later, I feel relaxed, de-stressed and calm.

Now I think I understand why my mum cleans so much. I think she finds it therapeutic and relaxing rather than seeing it as a chore. I’m glad this is a trait I picked up from her as it is a simple and useful way of ridding the clutter from your mind. Also made a mental note not to tease her about it again.

Also realised I am slowly but surely turning into my mother!!!

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

AMAZING!! Amazing is the only word I have to describe Hyde Parks Winter Wonderland. There is everything you could possibly imagine all in one place (a very large place) from fairground rides, ice bars, food and drinks, market stalls and large entertainment arenas.

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Illuminous walkway 

As it was my first time at Wonderland I felt inclined to try every form of food and drink possible. Here goes the endless list; Baileys hot chocolate, German burger (not sure what makes it different), German hot dogs, mulled wine, German beer, Nutella crepes, mini Nutella pancakes and homemade mini pies. I know feel as though I’ve eaten my body weight in German food and as a result feel satisfyingly sick. It’s not something I’d do on a regular basis so I’m justifying it in that sense. Maybe living in denial!

 

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Christmas Bar – German beer

After eating a stupid amount of food we went to one of the entertainment venues to see The Nutcracker on Ice. It is safe to say that was one of the most magical, most beautiful shows I have ever seen. Twinkling lights against a dark background covering the entire room made it the most serene environment you could possibly imagine. During the show, the skaters put on not only an amazing skating performance but also a brilliant acting performance which captures the audience. That is one that I would definitely recommend.

 

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Dad and me

Most of all, the thing that made this entire day truly fabulous was spending it with my dad, who himself is the biggest self-professed Christmas fanatic! No matter what I’m doing or where I am, the experience will always be better if you’re surrounded by loved ones.

 

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Winter Wonderland

The whole place is far too big to get around all in one day so I will definitely be returning over the coming weeks to see the things I didn’t get the chance to see today. I am so glad I went to today to have the experience that I’ve gotten as it was truly magical.

 

 

 

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Exciting times

Exciting times

Today is the first official day of Winter Wonderland in Londons Hyde Park and I am super super excited. Tomorrow I intend to spend the full day eating mince pies, drinking copious amounts of mulled wine and attempting to find Santa! So I don’t seem completely sad and childlike I booked tickets to the Nutcracker on Ice for me and Dad. It was either that or a tour around the Magical Ice Kingdom (aimed at children) which was very appealing and made me produce a stupid giggle; yet I refrained and opted for the more appropiate, possibly cultured option. So, I will be taking lots and lots of pictures to post on my blog. Keep your eyes peeled for Christmas filled fun.

Able to breathe again

Able to breathe again

I last went back to my home town almost 6 months ago now. I don’t usually miss it but the last few weeks have been so intense that i feel i need the peace and quiet of a small town. Don’t get me wrong, i adore London and all its craziness but sometimes it can feel chlostraphoobic, almost suffocating. Today i went to a smallish town on the outskirts of London, bordering Essex. The drive there in the taxi caused a mixture of emotions. Whilst driving in central London i felt anxious because of the very crazy driving (why doesn’t anybody like their brakes in this place?!), annoyed and frustrated with the ridiculous amount of speed bumps then once we reached outer London i felt a sudden shift into a peaceful state. It was like a screen had been lifted and i could see and breathe again. Seeing fields, farms, animals and hills created a moment of awe for me. They’re all things that i associate with home so seeing them at a time when i am feeling most homesick was very welcoming. The lack of high-rise buildings, busy roads and cyclists was utterly amazing. These are only very minor things, but yet they’re the things that i take for granted a lot of the time. So yes, I am so excited to going back to my little town and sleeping without the sounds of sirens, walking down a street without bumping into all the other 100 people. Yet i know deep down, that once im home i’ll miss the chaos of this wonderfully large city.