20

Hello sweet peas,

It is official, I am no longer a teenager. I turned 20 last week and I love it. Most years you get another year older and not a lot changes unless you reach a milestone year like 18. But this year, I already feel like I have matured, gained knowledge only adults know and have given myself personal responsibilities that 19 year me would have simply disregarded. I feel so motivated and so anxious to learn, travel and influence others. I am more focussed on my studies, more conscious about making an effort with family and friends and mostly putting myself first.

Growing up is hard. Probably the hardest thing a person goes through is their teenage years. Your parents don’t understand you, and let’s be honest you don’t understand yourself either. You float in between different friendship groups, have unique and individual experiences that completely affect your perspective on life and still are expected to pass your exams with flying colours. It is the most intense years of your life; school becomes the central hub of your existence. The gossip, flirting, social agenda, aspirations and failure are all part of your school experience and in all honesty there isn’t much you control apart from waking up in the morning. I was very lucky throughout education. I loved school, starting as an eager 5 year old determined to show my teachers I was the best even when I wasn’t. This continued into secondary school where my ego was slightly bruised as I became a small fish in a very big pond. However I enjoyed every day of the five academic years, surrounded by friends, sports and subjects. School was a social experience for me. I never missed a day if I could try because I knew it would be full of laughter, passing notes in class, sharing lunches and hopefully no disappointed glares from teachers. However I was quietly competitive in class and in sports but overall I was a team player, and this definitely comes down to how I was brought up. Looking back on all this, I really enjoyed my teenage years despite the broken hearts and tears on irrelevant crushes and the bitchy comments from gobby girl gangs.

But now that I am 20, everything is different. I am planning ahead but not leaving anyone behind. I think I can honestly say that for the first time, I have my head screwed on. I want to be successful, to achieve as much as I can whilst enjoying life therefore a balance is needed now more than ever. I am one semester away from being halfway into my degree and in these next 2 and a half years, I want to make the most of what the university offers me. I need to start saying YES. This will be my New Years Resolution: to say yes. Yes to an all nighter at the library, yes to a walk in the park, yes to watching a French film on Japanese cooking, yes to everything in the hope I’ll learn something new about the world or about myself. I want to make my family, my friends and everyone else I know proud, to make a difference sounds cliche but everyone secrety wants to. I have the next 10 years to make the most of because let’s be honest, past 30 you are old and I want to never want to be old.

Keep smiling,

Love Poppy x

 

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Wanderlust

Hello sweet peas,

As the weather gets wetter, colder and just downright miserable, the thing I crave most is to head straight to the nearest airport and hop on the next flight.  Looking through holiday photos from summer makes me very nostalgic and deepens my desire to travel again once more. It reminds me of the happy times, adventures, excitement and laughter. I had such an incredible summer in Morocco, Cyprus and Portugal, I can’t begin to explain! I am always at my peak of happiness when I’m travelling and there is nothing better than knowing you have flights booked for your next adventure. Hence I am currently feeling slightly down, especially as my tan is finally fading.

Don’t get me wrong I absolutely love Christmas but apart from a few frosty nights, English weather is miserable. I would absolutely love to go abroad to experience a Christmas with different traditions and see a country full of festivities. Maybe Berlin to visit the famous Christmas markets with lots of snow or Barbados to celebrate Christmas day on the beach, anything new would be perfect for me.

In January I am going to Budapest for a couple of days with the girls from uni as a post exam celebration. I am so excited. I have not travelled much of Eastern Europe apart from Slovenia back in 2011 and I’m ready to explore some more culturally rich places like Hungary. But that just isn’t enough. I think having the most incredible two week roadtrip in Morocco back in July (check out my daily posts to see what went down!) has left me with this hunger to explore more.

Where to next you may ask? I am thinking island hopping in South East Asia, a Scandanavian adventure, a road trip of South Africa and visiting Brazil’s carnivals. This however all takes time, planning and money which as a student, I don’t have a lot of any. With all things considered, I am on my placement year starting next summer so will be travelling Spain and Italy anyway. I’m sure that can subdue my wanderlust for now I hope.

Have you guys planned any adventures? I’d love to hear so leave a comment!

Keep smiling,

Love Poppy x

 

Tea time

Hello sweet peas,

A common myth about the majority of university students is that we live off pot noodles, ready meals and toast. I am proud to say I have only had one of the three since being at university and that was for breakfast. I thought I’d do a short blog post giving you a glimpse of my average weekly dinners- if you want the recipes, comment below! I am not a culinary professional however I do enjoy cooking therefore try to have different meals every evening depending on what’s left in the fridge. Of course being a student means doing my own food shop once every two to three weeks learning the value of money and testing my common sense of planning ahead and not just what I would like for dinner tomorrow. Also living in a house of three, we tend to have joint dinners and take it in turns to cook which is handy.

The majority of my meals involve lots of vegetables and occasionally meat if I remember to defrost it- this is something I have not got the hang of yet: thinking about dinner before it is dinner time. Sometimes, to avoid the stress of work, I cook a large meal such as a tuna pasta bake for four people ideally to last me a couple of meals, a home made ready meal, ready to be eaten whenever you are hungry!

  • Monday: Chorizo, pepper, onion and courgette spaghetti.
  • Tuesday: Thai green curry.
  • Wednesday: Chicken Kiev and smiley potato faces.
  • Thursday: Tomato soup.
  • Friday: Fish finger sandwich.
  • Saturday: Chinese vegetable stirfry.
  • Sunday: Salmon Teriyaki with peppers, courgette and spinach.

The only real problem I have is making sure vegetables don’t go out of date. It is such a shame to waste good produce so I always try to plan ahead which vegetables need eating and make larger portions in order to reduce waste. I also don’t feel bad for having a large portion of salad or vegetables because it is still very healthy and bulks out my meals more. Since being vegan and pescetarian last February-May I have found myself using vegetables to replace carbohydrates such as noodles in stir frys and pasta with meat. Of course there have been evenings when it was easier to throw a fish cake and some potato wedges into an oven for half an hour instead of cooking, but I do like to cook and to have a colourful plate of food. 

As a student, what do you eat for dinner?

Keep smiling,

Love Poppy x

Second Year

Hello sweet peas,

Hasn’t 2015 just flown by? I have already finished my first year at the University of Bath and now onto my second year- it’s just mad. This summer I have been so excited to return to uni to see all my friends, start the new academic course and live in our brand new house off campus. It will definitely be a new experience and I’m sure it will be full of fun and mischievousness. I am living in a sweet three bed house on a mainly student estate behind the city centre with two other girls whom I lived with last year in halls.

It’s all very exciting doing grown up things like bills, applying for recycling bins etc. To any adult reading this, you must think I am ridiculous, but it is all new for me. Yesterday we tried to turn our heating on but we couldn’t work it out- aka cold forever but low bills. Slowly but surely we have managed to sort out all household essentials like wifi, TV and a kitchen bin. A necessary trip to Ikea for their infamous meatballs, and house accessories was of course due and now our house is pillows, throws and kitchen appliances galore. This is the problem with the Student Loan: you feel so rich when it first enters your bank account that by November, you are budgeted to £85 for three weeks- eek!

The transition from 1st to 2nd year is more significant than I previously thought. Even though in 1st year you feel like you have got complete independence, you still are looked after by the University whilst living on campus. Second Year is completely new kind of independence and it is scary to say the least. But it has been over three months and no fires or other hazards have occured apart from my wardrobe door falling off on the 3rd day. Henceforth, I think I am doing okay.

The work load has definitely increased this year but the real difference is that I am enjoying work more and actually like spending time reading around the subject. I am going out less for sure but the nights out are more spontaneous and overall more fun in Second Year. Halloween was great and I also saw Bonobo and Mount Kimbie in Bristol with a friend, definitely loving life. Everyone always says Second Year is better than First, and I’m undecided yet if it is. Whatever I think, I defintely now know who my long life friends are and hope that Second Year doesn’t as fast as the year before.

Motion, in Bristol with home gal pal Matilda.    Pop art Halloween costume.

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Scary pumpkin, half wolf/half woman and skeleton house.

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Creepy doll face paint, which I did when I was heavily intoxicated (oops).

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Emily’s glittery 21st birthday.

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Remember to keep an eye out on future blog posts about university life, work and advice. I am having an absolute ball.

Keep smiling,

Love Poppy x

London- my second home

Hello sweet peas,

This summer I have been in London a lot. Living only an hour away by train, it is so easy to go on day trips into my favourite capital city. The majority of my family also live in and around London so I am there a lot. Now being at university and making more friends further afield, London is a good central place to visit. I am very lucky to say that I am quite well traveled at the age of 19, but out of all the capital cities I have been to, London is my favourite, always.

There is just something about it that never ceases to entertain or excite me every time I am there. The buzz of the city and the manic rush hour commute on the underground. The diverse community who live there and their influence to the different foods, clothes and city culture. The iconic buildings of central London and their random names: the Gherkin, Cheese Grater and Walkie Talkie, that fill the sky. The swanky restaurants and hotels in Covent Garden and on Fenchurch Street, to the food markets and jazzy exhibitions at Spitalfields Markets and on the South Bank.

You can be a tourist for the day and do the London Eye, London Aquarium and the London Dungeons. You can go on a shopping spree down Oxford Street, Carnaby Street and Covent Garden for big and small brands. You can get lost in Camden’s markets, bartering for shisha pipes, jewellery and vinyls whilst eating some of the finest and most diverse food you could ever find in one place. You can hire out Boris Bikes and follow the history that surrounds the city including the royal family, whom I think keep England quintessentially English with the grandeur of royal weddings and changing of the guards at Buck House. Moreover if you still feel like you haven’t done enough, why not visit one of the many museums or galleries like the V&A, Natural History museum and the Saatchi which hold so many incredible pieces of artwork and fantastic exhibitions. You are spoilt for choice and that is only a drop in ocean of the other galleries across London.

I swear by the Time Out London for quirky and one of a kind experiences in London. Two years ago, I surprised Jordan by taking him to the International Pillow Fight day in Trafalgar Square. All I told him was to keep the date free and the night before, to bring a pillow- he had no idea. Part of me was worried that it wouldn’t amount to much however over 2000 people turned up with pillows and all you could see was white feathers. That is one surreal memory that I’ll keep hold of forever and have to thank the Time Out London that I casually skim-read through. I have done the majority of tourist things, many encourage you to do including numerous West End performances, the London Eye and the yellow London Duck Tours. But one of my absolute favourite things to do with my mum is go to Shakespeare’s Globe, located on the River Thames, and see a play. During the summer, they put on international performances which are so much fun. I have seen a Bollywood ‘As you like it’ in Gujarati, ‘King Lear’ in Belarussian and this summer I saw ‘Richard III’ in Mandarin Chinese. With £5 standing tickets and English prompts on screen, there is no reason not to!

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I would love to hear your London adventures and look out for my next post on London later on this year.

Keep smiling,

Love Poppy x

Payia, Cyprus

Hello sweet peas,

How has your summer been? Hopefully full of travel, relaxing and soaking up the sun. I have been super busy over summer and have travelled quite a bit. Back in August I spent 6 days in Payia, Cyprus, just outside of Paphos, with my family and it was bliss. The last time I visited Cyprus I was 18 months so it is fair to say that it was a new and exciting experience for me. Cyprus, in general, is a classic tourist beach holiday for most which is usually well deserved for many full time workers. Although I love being constantly on the go, sometimes it is the ‘lying by a pool reading a book and taking a dip in the sea’ holidays that are the best in terms of giving your body, mind and soul, a chance to truly relax and forget all your worries.

We stayed at this sweet villa on top of a hill with a large pool surrounded by palm trees. You could see the sea from our balcony and everyday the sky was a perfect blue. The surrounding area were fields of banana trees, pomegranates bushes, cactus flowers and melons. It was such a refreshing environment to be around, a lot more interesting than English corn fields. The heat was a constant 34 degrees and above, only dipping in the evening to 22 degrees. Thank goodness for air con because sleeping in hot temperatures is the worst! We lived a twenty minute walk from Coral Bay, the main tourist strip, which wasn’t bad at all because you could still feel the sea breeze. Coral Bay beach is described as a small piece of paradise and I could kind of see what the locals mean. The beautiful clear water with some gentle waves against dark sand made the bay very picturesque. It wasn’t very busy nor very big in terms of size but it made it a more relaxing place. Also I would definitely recommend Paphos water park to anyone. All the big slides and rubber ring fun means no matter how old you are, you still feel like a kid.

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Our family holidays are very chill. We eat out sometimes, other times we are in the pool till late whilst Dad is burning meat on the barbecue. One thing I love about holiday is the yummy salads, meats and cheese for lunch and dinner. So much flavour, spice and healthy eating that tastes delicious. Oh and of course plenty of watermelon and ice cream if you fancy something more. Yet in the local supermarket, there was a whole aisle of Tesco Value food so you never felt too far from home.

One night Jordan and I went out to Pafos for dinner and drinks. We took a long walk by the coast and watched the sun set before eating. The sky was lit with blues, purples and oranges whilst the sun was a bright red; absolutely mesmerising. Jordan took loads of photos, using different lens and filters, and he got some awesome shots. Hand in hand we wandered down the strip and ate at sweet restaurant with Cypriot live music. There wasn’t a huge choice of places to eat but the food was really good and the atmosphere is very chilled. We had some cocktails which are always fun before getting the bus back to Coral Bay.

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There is just something about lazing by a pool, reading and drinking, and soaking up the sun. I much prefer fun filled holidays with lots of travelling and sight seeing however a week of pure relaxation was definitely needed. The only thing that puts me off Cyprus is the 4 hour plane journey. It’s just too long and flying with Ryanair makes it even more uncomfortable. But I wouldn’t let that put you off! Interestingly enough, our taxi driver told us that Cyprus has a limited period of tourism, between June and September. Unlike Tenerife and the Carribeanan, there are no Christmas tourists looking for heat therefore only 5 out of 50 hotels in Paphos are open. How mad is that?

Only six days in wonderful Payia and I brought an excellent tan back to the UK. where did you guys go on holiday this summer? I’d love to know.

Keep smiling,

Love Poppy x

Road trip essentials and advice

Hello sweet peas,

Are you planning a road trip anytime soon? If the answer is yes, you have found the right blog post for you. Here are some travel pointers on road trip essentials for wherever you may travel. I am using my travel experience in Morocco so the point of this post is to give you ideas or inspiration on how to ready yourself for your own travels.

What I would recommend:

1. You don’t have to book up the entire trip. The thrill of not knowing how long you will stay in one place adds to the excitement of the trip. We booked the first four nights including camping in the desert before we arrived in Morocco, and then continued book places on Tripadvisor and airBnB during our travels. It meant if we liked a particular place we could stay longer and there was no stress to be in certain places at certain times. As long as you have got your flight home booked, do as you please!

2. Using a suitcase isn’t always a nuisance. Having a car meant it didn’t matter what sort of luggage we brought because it would all be thrown into the boot. Although our parents advised us that rucksacks would be easier and safer, I beg to differ. Living out of a suitcase for two weeks is much nicer than a rucksack, especially as we had our own transport. Obviously if you are going by public transport then rucksacks are the better choice however for us, a suitcase worked perfectly well. It is all a case of trial and error (pun not intended).

3. Travelling with someone you know is always fun. My boyfriend Jordan and I had the time of our life travelling together, there was never a dull moment. Whether you go with family or a friend, having someone close always helps in difficult situations and you will never feel alone. Of course travelling alone is also a lot of fun forcing you to meet people, it can also be more dangerous. Therefore for your first big travelling episode, do it with someone you love and the next adventure can be to really find yourself.

4. Lush’s 4in1 soap bar. Recommended by a friend, the soap bar is perfect to reduce packing space because it worked as shampoo, conditioner, body wash and for washing clothes. It is important to keep it dry otherwise it goes mushy and we had to keep ours in a plastic bag. We bought the bright blue lavender bar which smelt amazing; it also come in other colours. The only thing I would say about this useful travel product is that it takes time for your hair to feel good using it so I also used some extra conditioner.

What I would have done differently:

1. Bring a guide book. We relied too much on the internet, which has plenty of information, however sometimes it is better to trust an old fashioned well informed guide book. In Fes, an Austrian lady lent us her Lonely Planet guidebook of Morocco and I was astonished with how much information, travel tips and detail it held. It really helped us plan our visit to Chefchaouen, including things we didn’t know that we could do. Plus they don’t take up any room at all in your bag!

2. Print out detailed maps of the big cities. Having an idea of where you are going in a big city can reduce stress and time wasting especially if you are trying to find accomodation. Many cities have small back alleys which all look the same and you can feel like you are running around in circles. Also having a map eases confusion when asking a local where to go because you can just point to your destination instead of trying to ask.

3. Use airBnB more often. It is such a different, and sometimes cheaper, alternative to staying in hostels or hotels because you can really get a feel for the country by living with a local. It is so safe and a way to make friends with people you would have never met otherwise. Our first experience was in Rabat in northern Morocco where we stayed with Habib and his lovable pup Skimo. He was so hosiptable giving us both advice on where to vist and privacy when we wanted it. 

Travel advice:

1. Always take a photo copy of your passport- Just in case you lose yours or it is stolen. You may not be able to leave the country but at least then you will have some form of proof of identity that you can give to the British Embassy.

2  Take different currencies out with you- Always take the national currency of the place you are travelling to and your home currency, just in case of an emergency. It is always good to have extra money hidden away because you never know what will happen whilst abroad. Even more so, a credit card (with no fees) could suit you well if you are travelling for more then two weeks because you won’t have to carry all your money on your body.

3. Be respectful of the country’s traditions and customs- Every country has its own ideas of the world and society therefore clashes can occur frequently. Visiting very religious or third-world countries need more research on how to act and dress than most western countries. It isn’t just that but also for example: the Spanish eat very late in comparison to most therefore if you go out for dinner at 6pm, good luck finding a restaurant open. By understanding and immersing yourself into the country through food, language and culture, you will have a better trip than being ignorant. 

I hope this helps you in any way, shape or form with your road trip or any other travelling you do. I would love to hear where you are next visiting so leave a comment below and any more essentials I could add to this post! 

Keep smiling,

Love Poppy x

20 facts about me 

Hello sweet peas,

It suddenly occured to me that although you read my blog, you don’t know much about the person behind the screen. I thought I would share with you 20 facts about myself, just a small snippet of yours truly. The funny thing is thinking and writing down 20 facts was quite difficult because I began questioning whether or not the facts I had written down were even that interesting. I am not the most interesting person in the world, sadly lacking 10 olympic medals, a michelin star restaurant or an impeccable talent. However I love living, and believe laughter and an open mind are the key to happiness. Also it is always important to let you guys know that I appreciate your visits to my blog and leaving a like or comment really improves my day!

Here we go:

  1. I love spicy food.
  2. I am a deep sleeper/ bed hogger.
  3. I never want to stop travelling, we live in such an amazing world.
  4. I severely dislike mushrooms.
  5. I am a languages undergraduate, studying at the University of Bath.
  6. I have never broke a bone in my body or been to hospital (apart from being born!).
  7. I have performed on stage at the Thearte Royal, Drury Lane, London.
  8. I secretly love lying on my bedroom floor after a hot shower in just a towel for hours.
  9. I have birth mark on my right knee that only appears when I am tanned.
  10. I am in love with my best friend and luckily he feels the same.
  11. My favourite drink is a vanilla latte.
  12. I am not musically talented but love listening to music 24/7.
  13. I never get enough sleep.
  14. I am very lucky to have had such a great childhood, thanks to my parents.
  15. So far the best three place I have travelled to would be Australia, Malawi and Spain.
  16. I can touch my nose with my tongue.
  17. I was the first 10 year old in the world to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  18. Beyoncé is queen and I am a loyal subject.
  19. I can’t not smile when a photo is being taken.
  20. I still have a lot of growing up to do, but I like to be away with the fairies.

 

 

 

Keep smiling,

Love Poppy x

Morocco: what you need to know

Hello sweet peas,

Since being home in gloomy England, I am seriously having trouble with battling my travel bug. Apart from small holidays, the Moroccan roadtrip was my first independent holiday and I just want to be abroad again exploring. I could of easily taken a gap year to travel to my heart’s content however I knew I would probably never go to university and stay in the deep jungles of Borneo or something crazy. Anyhow I’ll just have to continue to fitting in travelling inbetween the rest of my life. For anyone inspired or planning to visit Morocco, I thought I would share with you what I noticed about the country because there was plenty of stop and stare moments.

1. The watermelons looked like they were on steroids.

I am being completely serious, probably bigger and heavier than a 5 year old. They were also delicious, we ate plenty whilst we were out there.

2. One thing Morocco exceeds in is fancy street lighting.

Especially in cities; Ouzazate, Chef Chaouen and Rabat were stunning cities and the obscure and intricate street lighting added to the charm.

3. If you speak more than one language, speak a different one instead of your mother tongue.

Whenever a local found out that I was a languages student, they were impressed and began blabbering at me in Spanish and Italian. Not only did it give me a chance to practise and improve my langauge skills, it also eased langauge barriers in difficult situations. Most Moroccans know at least 4 langauges: Arabic, Berber, French/Spanish (depending on North/South of the country) and English. They are such clever people, it makes me want to learn more languages.

4. The road is your friend and foe.

The only rule taken very seriously by Moroccan drivers is the speed limit however that is due to the numerous police stops on the road. The speed limit in general is quite slow, on average being 50-100km/h, with constant change. Due to all the police stops, many cars flash at you warning you to slow your speed as police are waiting around the corner. No one wants a speeding ticket. What I noticed also was the fact they let tourists off very lightly which is always a bonus. Apart from this, the roads are chaotic with cars, bikes and donkeys all racing along in no real order or fashion, so good luck.

5. The amount of litter in Morocco is astonishing.

On the beach, desert, in the medina and in the mountains- there is always some litter. It is such a shame the beautiful environment is a victim to plastic packaging, broken glass and bin bags of rubbish, but dont let that deter you from visiting Morocco because the overall beauty outweighs the waste. It would be a good idea if the government enforced more efficent waste and dumping laws in order to look after the planet but also to look after the country.

6. They love their king.

Or at least that’s what it is meant to look like. Pictures of King Mohamed V are everywhere; hanging up on the walls of restaurants and homes, on billboards by the road and everywhere else for that matter. In some of the pictures he looks particularly suave and in the Marrakesh Medina there is a specific entrance dedicated to the king himself. It was beautifully decorated with photos, lights and paintings, and just something Jordan and I randomly came across- definitely try and find it!

7. Be respectable by covering up.

Being a Muslim country, it is important to respect their traditions and customs. Both men and women, as tourists, should cover their shoulders and knees just out of politeness and to avoid hassle. Whilst I was out there, I wore a lot of strappy tops with shawls to battle the heat as well as dressing accordingly. I found the men gave me little hassle in comparison to other female tourists in short shorts plus baggy harem pants are cooler. Also by having shoulders, cleavage, legs etc. on show, the local women do not welcome you with ease, almost in the sense they are embarrassed for presenting yourself ‘naked’. You shouldn’t worry too much about what to wear, just be sensible. You can still look fashionable and respectful at the same time.

8. Travelling during Ramadan has its bonuses.

Although many tourists are put off by Ramadan because many shops and restaurants are closed during the day, I found it to be really nice not bumping into other tourists 24/7. It meant we could really experience the country without any foreign distractions and get to know the locals. Also everyone is very tired during Ramadan due to fasting therefore there is less street hassling and more day-to-day life.

I cannot emphasise how much I enjoyed travelling around Morocco and I am so excited to begin planning 2016 adventures. At this moment island hopping in South East Asia looks appealing but we shall see.
Keep smiling,

Love Poppy x

Day 13: Agadir/Marrakesh

Hello sweet peas, 

Today is our final night in Morocco before jetting off home early tomorrow morning. I have had so much fun in such a wonderful and diverse country.

Again we had a long sleep, breakfasted and played with the teeny tortoise before wandering down to the beach for some sunbathing. It was foggy but still really hot. This holiday has been so go-go-go that just laying on the sand was quite relaxing. We stayed there for a couple of hours and then headed off to Marrakesh to return the car and offically end our road trip. The car journey took longer than expected so we didn’t arrive until just after 6pm. However that wasn’t an issue because we have already spent plenty of time in the city esrlier on in the trip. I am not going to miss the bizarre driving in Morocco nor the many police stops which put me slightly on edge. 

Marrakesh was flocked with tourists, it looked so weird compared to the start of our holiday. Literally as soon as we got out the taxi, all you could see was white/burnt holiday makers in a wide range of clothing. Some women covered, others in next to nothing and generally more families and groups of travellers. We dropped our things off in the Mon Riad, where we had stayed before, and suddenly realised how burnt we were- and I mean red tomato burnt. We had sat outside in sun during the hittest part of the day but due to fog we didn’t bother with sun cream. Classic us to do that on our last day. We went out into the night market and it was so vibrant with snake charmers, monkeys on leashes and men selling orange juice. It was so different compared to during the day because everyone is sleepy from fasting and the stalls are bare. We were basically dragged to a small pop up stall for dinner but it was really tasty. Mixed grilled kebabs and Moroccan soup for less than £6 each, absolute bargain. Whilst we were eating, multiple people tried to sell us things and Jordan got sassy with them. It was nice to sit and eat with other locals instead of grumpy tourist, it is so much more enjoyable. Dont get me wrong I am also a tourist but I much prefer to be emerged with the culture and  not ask for chips. Afterwards we went for a walk around the Medina and it was so beautiful. We had visited it before but I forgot how colourful and brigh it was. The only problem is you can’t admire anything too much otherwise the shop keeper begins to hassle you and try to sell you things. Even though we had been before, we still got lost but we also found other parts we hadn’t explored before. 

We strolled back to our lovely riad, very content and warm (probably from the sun burn), and went to bed. Our flight is at 9:25am so we need to rise early and make a move. I can’t explain how much I had enjoyed myself these past two weeks in an exciting country with my bestfriend. I am so grateful to have had such a great experience and would 100% recommend Morocco to anyone as long as you don’t waste it all on a beach or by a pool. I really hope you have enjoyed my almost daily blog of my trip and I will continue to blog my travels when they come about. Next stop is Cyprus at the end of August and Portugal in mid September, so watch this space.

Keep smiling, 

Love Poppy x