Missing Munich

 munich, germany, artchitecture

 The post travel blues really do suck. I realised yesterday that I’m a lot happier when I’m travelling than when I’m static at home. I crave new social interactions and I love learning about different cultures, histories and languages. Travel enables me to do all four everyday!

Ah well, only 14 more weeks until I set off on my big trip. My next task is to learn basic Arabic to help me get by when in Dubai.

Bigger is better in Germany! A massive beer and a massive pretzel! Mmmmm…
Me in a typical Bavarian hat!

I have bought my (perfect) Backpack!

perfect backpack, osprey, travel

I have finally bought my backpack, one of the most important items for my round the world trip!
After reading various travel blogs and advice from friends who have travelled I decided to buy the osprey kestrel 68. I have only heard good things from osprey and the bag is really light with loads of cool features such as pockets on the hip belts and it sits away from the back to avoid getting the dreaded sweaty back!

Decisions

I was torn between the Osprey Exos 58 and this bag. I decided on this one because the straps and hip belts have more padding and it has a handy sleeping bag compartment at the bottom of the bag so I don’t have to search through my backpack to find things!

Cost

I bought it for £130 from Cotswold in Liverpool. They guy was really helpful when I bought it and I tried a few bags to compare how they felt with weight in. I initially tried the s/m but I could immediately feel the difference when I tried the m/l bag on. It felt so much lighter! I also tried a Berghaus to compare but I felt like I was going to topple over! It’s well worth spending more for a decent, well designed backpack!
I will leave you with some photos of me looking very pleased with my purchase 🙂

It’s the perfect size!
Osprey Exos 68
What features do YOU look for in your perfect backpack?

Germany here I come!

Germany, Munich, street

Today I am going to embark on my second solo adventure! It’s different to the last one because I have nothing arranged once I get to Germany. I’m just going to get to the hostel and see where life takes me!

During my time in Germany I hope to practice photography and see some of the amazing museums and architecture. I also hope to visit Salzburg (where the sound of music was set!) and Dachau concentration camp.
I’m not going to lie, I’m also looking forward to trying German food and beer!

Prost!!!

My pint of Stella at the airport, my holiday tradition!

Remember remember the fifth of November…

fireworks, red, November

In England the 5th of November is known as ‘bonfire night’ or ‘Guy Fawkes night’. It’s is a celebration of the fact that Guy Fawkes, a member of the gunpowder plot was arrested whilst guarding explosives that were placed beneath the House of Lords. It celebrates the fact that king James the 1st survived this. In 1605 people lit bonfires around London and England carries on this tradition to this day. Although now we manly set off fireworks to remind us of this historical event

I love bonfire night, I have many happy memories of celebrating it at home in my parents garden. We would buy boxes of fireworks and rockets and have our own mini display whilst eating autumnal comfort food such as scouse and loaded potato skins!

This year I decided to go to a local fireworks display with my friend Brandi held at Sephton park in Liverpool. After a long walk from the train station we made it to the park and watched the 20 minute display and accompanying
Music. It’s one of my favourite British celebrations, I think it’s a very English
thing to celebrate!

Vintage fashion and Fireworks!
My friend said that I looked like a Russian Princess!
Brandi; an American celebrating a very English holiday!
Have you ever celebrated Guy Fawkes night in the UK? What did you think of the Fireworks?