A Day in Cardiff

One of the great things about where I was in Swansea was being an hour away from Cardiff on the train. Sadly I didn’t really discover this properly until after Easter this year otherwise I think I may have visited more often! Swansea was OK… I mean it was good enough, BUT it is pretty naff for shopping which means if you want a proper shopping trip your best bet is to head to Cardiff for the day. So that is what I did a few weeks ago now. It wasn’t really for the shopping that I went, but really for a little day out to get away from uni work because I just needed a day off!

With a 16-25 railcard, a day return to Cardiff from Swansea costs only Β£7.60! πŸ˜€

So I got on the train and headed to Cardiff. Once I arrived in Cardiff I got off the train and got on the BayCar to Cardiff Bay, where I decided to ride through to the Doctor Who experience and walk back through the Bay.

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Cardiff Bay is honestly a beautiful place and I fell in love with it the first time I visited when I was about 12. I really would recommend a visit if you ever get the chance!

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The main reason I headed out to the Bay was to visit the Poppy display they had on at the Welsh Assembly building. It really was beautiful!

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I then had a little wander round the Bay and went on the big wheel they had there πŸ™‚

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After a wander round the Bay I got the bus back to the city where I did a bit of shopping. Thankfully I’ve always managed to go to the shops during the day so it has never been that busy in Cardiff when I’ve been, but I’m not sure I’d like to go at the weekend!

I didn’t take any photos of the shops/centre, but here is a photo of what I bought πŸ™‚ I had a bit of a shopping spree really!

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I bought a couple of scarfs from Fat Face. I already have a Fat Face scarf but I fell in love with the blue star one as it is less Christmassy than my scarf I already have! πŸ™‚

Of course I also visited Cath Kidston πŸ˜‰ (The purse was for my mum) as well as stopping off in Animal back in Swansea on my way back where they had 20% student discount! I wanted the coat but couldn’t justify full price, but when the 20% student discount came up I could no longer resist!

All in all I had a lovely little day out, I only regret not discovering how easy it was to travel to Cardiff sooner, otherwise I would have liked to have visited a few more places there! πŸ™‚

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Camping Essentials

The majority of the holidays I’ve been on, until I was 16 have been camping holidays. Pretty much every year we’d go camping on one big summer holiday, usually to France or Germany, as well as camping most weekends through May to July. I’d never really experienced a holiday staying in a hotel until I went to New York!

I was away camping last weekend so today I’d thought I’d share with you some of my camping essentials! Firstly I’ll point out however that our camping has mostly always been in a folding camper/trailer tent so it’s a little more comfortable than “proper” camping!

1.Microfibre Towel

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A Microfibre towel dries so much quicker than a normal towel and you can get them in different sizes. Plus they fold down really small πŸ™‚ OK they aren’t nice to snuggle in to once you’ve come out the shower, but they dry quickly and take up next to no space.

2. Blanket

Nights can get cold when you’re camping, so a blanket and extra layers for night can be a help if you want a good sleep!

3. Hand Gel

photo-23-07-2017-17-39-50.jpgCause you know, campsite toilets can be a bit… yeah! Also because camping can just feel a bit dirty! I’m using the Carex Moisture plus hand gel at the moment, I find it dries my hands out less.

4. Dry Shampoo!

Photo 23-07-2017, 17 40 35I forgot to take some with me last weekend though and I really really regretted it. My hair needed washing but the showers were cold. I just couldn’t bring myself to wash my hair in cold water! I use the original Batiste dry shampoo πŸ™‚ They also come in a travel mini size which may be more convenient for you! I want to try some of the Zerreau no wash shampoo (if anyone has tried it please do share your experience!) πŸ™‚

5. Flip Flops

I’m actually a Crocs kind of girl. Yes judge me all you want! But I adore my Crocs. They’re so comfy! Anyway, Crocs/flip flops = essential in campsite showers and are just easy to slide on and off!

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I mainly use these for cleaning my hands after putting sun cream on when I’m out and about. But wipes are very useful!

7. Sun Cream

Photo 23-07-2017, 17 41 32I’m ginger and have pale skin so I burn incredibly easily. Hence the factor 50+ kids stuff. I use the Boots Kids Play 8h protection sun cream, which really works. I’ve been using it for years and have never been burnt while using it. I also take a “normal” sun cream because although the 8h protection is great it is very thick and a bit of a pain to rub in. So I use the Nivea stuff as a top up cream or just something if I’m only out for a couple of hours. I honestly really do recommend the Boots Kids Play though!

8. Blister Plasters

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9. Lip Balm

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10. Moisturiser

Photo 23-07-2017, 17 42 02Camping can dry your skin out. Especially if you’re like me and suffer from eczema. The grass at the campsite we were at dried my skin out a lot, and combined with being outside just made me appreciate moisturiser. Yes I know again this is a kids product, but it is great for people with eczema as it doesn’t irritate. Plus it smells wonderful!

Are any of these products in your holiday/travel bag? Did you forget anything last time you went away and regret it? Β πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I’ll see you again soon πŸ˜€

 

 

Swansea Air Show

One of the great things about working on my research project is I have zero guilt about having weekends and evenings off (at the moment anyway). I love a good air show, and seeing as Swansea airshow was on this weekend at the beach over the road, I didn’t have much excuse for not going!

It was an absolutely beautiful weekend, it was so sunny so I took my book and camera down and sat on the beach a while to watch the planes πŸ™‚ So today I thought I’d share with you some of the photos I took.Photo 01-07-2017, 13 05 23

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I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I’ll see you again soon πŸ™‚

The Picture Tag

So last week Bea from BeaFreeΒ did the picture tag, nominating everyone for it. So I decided I’d give it a go today! πŸ™‚

A MESSAGE FROM THE CREATOR:

β€œBlonde’s Tea, creator thisΒ tag, got tired of seeing the same tags all around and decided to create a simple tag where you just have to post one picture ofΒ five different themes (e.g. your favourite picture of yourself, the best picture you have ever taken, a picture with your sibling, etc.) that will be given by your nominator. You don’t have to have photography skills or anything, it is just to spread lovely pictures on your blog and bring back lovely memories.”

RULES:

  • Paste the text about the creator and the tag (the text above).
  • Post the 5 pictures that stick to the themes given.
  • Nominate 5 people (or just as much as you want).
  • Give 5 themes for your nominees pictures.
  • Notify your nominees about their nomination.

Favourite Photo of Me:Β 

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This is probably my favourite most recent photo of me πŸ™‚

Photo of My Favourite Vacation

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I think my favourite holiday has to be to New York in 2010.

Photo of My Funnest Day

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My first ever trip to the WB Studio tour! πŸ™‚

A Photo of Your Pet

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This was a long time ago now, and I don’t have any pets anymore, but this is me with 2 of my guinea pigs (I had 4).

A Photo that Makes Me Happy

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This was the day I graduated from my undergraduate degree in 2015.

My Themes to You:

  • Favourite photo of yourself
  • Photo of you and your best friend
  • The best photo you’ve ever taken
  • A photo of your pet
  • A photo that makes youΒ happy

Nominees:

Everyone who reads this πŸ™‚

The Travel Tag

An Historian About Town nominated me for the Travel Tag πŸ™‚ An Historian About Town has a great blog and I love looking at her adventures and all the other things she posts about πŸ™‚

The Travel Tag is all about how and where you travel, and what you look for. I hope you enjoy having a look at some of the places I’ve travelled πŸ™‚

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What is your favourite place that you have visited?

I’ve been fortunate enough to visit quite a few places and as much as me and my brother used to complain about it when we were younger I visited most of western Europe at a young age. In more recent years I’ve been lucky enough to visit Bermuda, Norway, New York and Chicago so it’s really hard to pick one place!

I think if I have to pick one it would be Bermuda. It was absolutely beautiful there and I loved snorkelling on the coral reefs!

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If you could visit anywhere tomorrow where would you go?

Tomorrow?Β Erm… Pompeii? I really want to visit there to learn its history.

Would you rather go on a city holiday or a beach holiday?

City. I mean I do enjoy a few hours on the beach here and there and snorkelling is good fun but I wouldn’t like my whole holiday to be on a beach. I’m rubbish at sitting around doing nothing, I always have to be doing something!

My top three travel essentials are:Β 

1. My Kindle/Books. I love reading so always take books with me πŸ™‚
2. My camera. I take the occasional photo on my phone to send people/upload to social media, but my camera takes much better photos.
3. My little snail cuddly toy. Yes I may be 23, but he’s pretty special and goes everywhere with me.Photo 28-05-2017, 12 33 46DSCF2050

Are you an over packer or an under packer?

I either over pack or pack just the right amount. I like to make sure I’m prepared for a variety of weathers even if that does mean I’m over pack. I don’t think I’ve ever under-packed.

What is your favourite thing about going on vacations?

Getting away from things at home, as well as seeing new places. And learning new things.

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Would you rather go on vacation with family or friends?

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What is the most adventurous dish you have ever tried from another country?

Erm… Arctic Charr in Iceland I think? Also Norwegian smoked sausage.

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Now, whom shall I ask to do this……

 

Anyone reading this πŸ™‚ You can even post your answers in the comments below if you’d rather πŸ™‚

 

Doctor Who Experience!

A few weeks ago I saw on Facebook that the Doctor Who experience in Cardiff was selling tickets to go on a TARDIS and Doctor Who set tour. I wasn’t too sure about going as I’d been to the Experience already in December and I knew it wouldn’t have changed much. But as the Doctor Who experience is sadly closing in the summer, and as I am quite conveniently placed to get there, I decided this would be my best and if not only opportunity to do so. Plus my parents were visiting me that weekend so they could collect me from Cardiff on the way to Swansea.

The Doctor Who Experience is basically where you can go to see many of the costumes and props used in the Doctor Who series, ranging from the recent back to the classic series. It is a great visit if you’re in the area, and the start of your trip to the Experience will definitely be memorable (but I won’t ruin it for anyone who hasn’t been/wants to go).

I thought I’d show you some of my favourite parts from the Experience part before telling you about the studio tour.

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As you can see there is a reasonable amount to see! πŸ™‚

After I’d had a wander around the Experience it was time for the tour of the TARDIS set. This was great. You had to book especially on to the tour and there were about 20 of us, but they split us up into smaller groups when we got to the set.

After going through security we entered the BBC Roath Lock Studios, where several of BBC’s well known TV shows are recorded, including Casualty which I think we saw being filmed!

Once inside the Doctor Who studio we were given the chance to look round the TARDIS set and a couple of other bits while being given an insight into how everything works and how filming in the TARDIS set works, It was fascinating! I’m not sure I’ll ever look at a scene on the TARDIS again in the same way! πŸ˜€

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It was great fun and really interesting πŸ™‚ And I really recommend going for a TARDIS tour if the opportunity for doing so ever arises again! πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I’ll see you again soon πŸ™‚

University Field Trips

One of the great things about studying an environmental science is that you getΒ plenty of opportunities to get outside and see the world! It is great fun learning about nature, especially if it’s a lovely sunny day. The past 3 days I’ve been out on field trips, so I thought I’d share with you what was in my bag, as well as some photos about the sites! πŸ™‚

Obviously the contents of my bag would be different had the weather been really bad, but we were lucky enough that the weather was great for us! πŸ™‚

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What’s in my bag:

  • Extra jumper in case it gets cold
  • Waterproof trousers (just in case! This is Wales!)
  • Clipboard and pencils
  • Waterproof bag cover (again, just in case)
  • Water bottle (1L as we’re out all day)
  • Packed lunch (the most important part of the day)!
  • Suncream (I’ve only got a small bottle here as I’ve been putting on my thick 8h protection cream in the mornings, so this is just to top up if I need to)
  • Sun hat
  • Waterproof/Windproof coat
  • Tree/flower ID guides

So where did we go?

The first day we went to some woodland (Park Woods) on the Gower in Swansea.

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Day two, we went to what is known as Waterfall Country in Neath Valley. Where as the name suggests, we saw some waterfalls!

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And finally on the last day, we visited a conifer plantation in Neath Valley, which wasn’t anywhere near as pretty or picturesque as the first two days! But nevertheless it was lovely weather! πŸ™‚

So there we have it, a quick insight into my uni field trips and field work!

I apologise that I’m a bit rubbish at reading posts at the moment too I’m in the middle of an incredibly busy time with my Masters with coursework and revision and prepping for my research project so I don’t know how much I’ll be around on here for the next month or so, but I’ll do what I can! πŸ™‚

See you again soon! πŸ™‚