Please click here to read about my time in the French Alps
Please click here to read about my time in the French Alps
My second post for the joint blog for my uni group has gone live! Please click here to head over and have a read, hope you enjoy!
Please click here to read about my time in Berlin
WARNING: This post will contain spoilers if you have not seen the final of The Bachelor 21! Therefore if you have not seen it (let’s be real for a minute, who hasn’t seen it though?!) and don’t want to find out then do not read on.
So last week saw us the end of The Bachelor 21 and yes, though part of me is ashamed to admit it, but this year I have been initiated into Bachelor Nation. (*facepalms yet is also so happy inside*) It was thanks to my new American friends that I became exposed to this series this year (I do realise it’s like I’ve been living under a rock my whole life – please don’t judge me too harshly haha!)
For those of you out there who are not familiar with the show (and I know you guys exist because before this year I was one of you!), The Bachelor and The Bachelorette series is one of the ultimate series in reality TV which aims to help one lucky(ish) man or woman find love from a choice of 30 men or women. (I know you’re already cringing inside but so was I when I first heard about it). Each week there is a 1-1 date that the Bachelor/ette chooses and then a series of group dates where basically people lose all sense of shame in trying to be noticed and win the affections of The Bachelor/ette, all in the hope to get a rose (with the infamous question – will you accept this rose?) which will see them through to the next week and eventually to the final where (they hope) there will be a proposal/engagement.
So what happened in this series? Well what didn’t happen is probably more the question we should be asking! I was repeatedly told by my friend that (in the words of Chris Harrsion…) this was one of the most dramatic seasons yet! We found it hard to try to call what was going to happen which kept us hooked even more on watching every week! From Liz who had already had previous history with Nick to Corinne who still has a Nanny at 24 years old (no, I’m not joking.) I can safely say that The Bachelor 21 contestants did not disappoint in providing interesting entertainment to watch each week, finally ending with Nick proposing to Vanessa (and happily ever after?…maybe, we don’t know it’s still such early days in their relationship!)
My feelings on this whole saga was a mixed bag but ultimately I was left wanting to watch more each week!
What I liked:
What I didn’t like:
Overall I would say that yes I would watch another series of this! (definitely cannot wait for Rachel to be the new Bachelorette and for Bachelor in Paradise)
What are your thoughts on this series? Have you seen it before? Would you be interested in watching it? Let me know!
(Pardon the pun haha!) Yesterday (19.03.2017) I went with a group of friends to Verdon Gorge. It is situated in the south-east of France and is in the midst of the Provence, Alps and French Riviera region and is considered as one of Europe’s most beautiful river canyons. We stayed around the town of Quincon which is near to the lower gorge. There isn’t much more for me to say about this trip other than we had a great time exploring and the views were stunning! Here are some of the snapshots I wanted to share 🙂
I will be posting some more trip info soon of other destinations! Stay tuned!
For those of you who may know me quite well (and for those who have had a nosey around my blog) you will know that I am someone who loves a good book. Now yes I did read before coming to live in France but admittedly I did struggle (like so many others) to find the spare time to do it back home in Manchester.
If I had to summarise the types of books I read, I would say fiction over non-fiction and within the fiction bracket my go-tos would be a good romance novel, fantasy sometimes and I’ll always be up for reading a good comedy. Cliché I know but voilà this is my taste in reading haha. Never would I have thought I would be adding Crime/Thriller/Mystery type novels to my list until I stumbled across The Secret by Katerina Diamond.
I came across thie absolute gem whilst browsing the iBook store back in mid-January I think? Something about the cover drew me in (definitely the cake – always intrigued by cake) and I had a read of the description:
“Bridget Reid has a secret, one that could get her killed If she can escape the man who is keeping her locked in a basement bedroom.
DS Imogen Grey is good at keeping secrets truths she’d never reveal to her colleagues at Exeter Police. She worked hard to get where she is she nearly died for it. Now her past is catching up with her
As DS Grey and her partner DS Adrian Miles search for Bridget, they uncover a terrifying web of abuse, betrayal and murder. And they realise that some secrets are better left buried”
I am 100% not going to give you any spoilers or talk too much about the plot other than the fact it had me completely hooked, I could not put this book down. I think I finished it in about 10 days (I realise other people may have a booked finished in 10 hours but between work and other stuff this was a fast finish of a book for me). Word of warning: this book is quite brutal and I would say it is definitely not for the faint hearted, Diamond is quite descriptive with some of the scenes that happen in this novel.
The book itself is written in third person (this will make a difference to some of you out there). The way the book is written is quite cool in the sense that you have different parts of the overall story being told and they do link together somehow (the fun is definitely trying to figure it out and the satisfaction you feel once it all falls into place). Admittedly I did also find the book a little difficult to get started with because of this but once I got used to it, I was away and no one could stop me haha!
Towards the end of reading The Secret I discovered that Diamond had another novel The Teacher and researching a little further into them both, I think that this was actually the first novel she wrote (and this is now the book I am reading – so if you have read it please no spoilers!). Both books’ protagonists are DS Imogen Grey and DI Adrian Miles but the books are not otherwise linked with one another so it is not a continued story line (meaning you do not have to read one to be able to read the other). However I would recommend starting with The Teacher – just down to information you learn about the characters, think it might be better that way (not a major issue if you don’t, you should still enjoy them either way).
I’m going to stop myself here before I end up revealing too much! Do you have any good book recommendations? Please let me know if you get a chance to read these books and what you thought of them!
★★★★☆ from me!
Please click here to read about my time in Barcelona
In the words of Beyoncé, girls do…or so I thought. After international women’s day was celebrated far and wide across the world this week (08.03.2017) I was left feeling mixed emotions about it all. On the one hand I felt very proud to be a woman and proud of how far we have come already in fighting for equality. Seeing the sheer amount of social media posts from both men and women dedicated to IWD was just incredible. On the other I felt quite sad and dis-heartened. This was due to the way some women and men conducted themselves and continue to conduct themselves even to the point of you reading this today. I am honestly fed up of seeing people beating other people down just because we disagree, we don’t share the same views or ‘have different versions of the same thing’. (hence the reason why I am writing to share this with you all)
A prime example of this is the recent saga concerning Emma Watson and her relationship with feminism. For those of you who don’t know, she has been criticised quite harshly (I feel) about a photoshoot she has done for Vanity Fair. In said photo part of her breasts are exposed.
Now the main argument put forward by ‘critics’ and a lot of other people were that she has betrayed her feminist roots by posing for said ‘revealing’ picture. However Emma has hit back at these comments with:
“Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality. I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it. It’s very confusing.“
And I have to say I am with her on this, I think she has made complete sense in what she has said here. If we just sit and think for a moment, everyone fighting for feminism and equal rights but then we have some of the same people slating Emma for this photoshoot? Is that not a complete contractdiction to the cause that you are supposedly fighting for? Like Emma has said here, feminism is about freedom and liberation, so why not let people do with their body what they will? If she wants to stand butt-naked for a photo then she should have every right to do so! If you don’t want to see it then do not look for it. Me personally, I don’t think that this photo is a particular outrage as some people seem to think? She’s showing no more than other women have at high profile events like the Oscars or the Brits Awards. I don’t know, is it just me?
I get that not everyone will have the same viewpoints on what feminism means for them, but do we not feel like our time would be better spent and more productive by supporting one another instead? I don’t know maybe that’s too crazy an idea. Truthbetold this was not the only thing that happened that made me feel so deflated and frustrated with the world but I won’t bore you with the rest.
Personally I fell it’s about time we really started to make a conscious effort to put out more positivity and support one another in general, male or female, regardless of race or religion.Just sit and think of what humanity could achieve if we did this? I don’t know, maybe one day in my lifetime I’ll get to see this, who knows.
I’m sorry if this post is a little negative but I just felt like it was something I needed to come talk about on here (and after all that’s what this place is for!) Do let me know what you think! But do remember if you can’t say anything nice then don’t say anything at all. There’s a way to talk to each other to discuss different viewpoints and being nasty is not it.
It’s finally here! (and I’m 100% listening to it as I write this haha!)
So last Friday 03.03.2017 Ed Sheeran released his eagerly anticipated third album ÷ or ‘Divide’ (and in my opinion it has soooo been worth the wait!)
Casting your minds back a little bit, some of you (hopefully all of you) will be aware that in December of 2015 Ed Sheeran ‘quit’ social media so he could take some time to ‘stop seeing the world through a screen’. Totally get why he did this as sometimes I think that we’re all far too dependent on smartphones, computers and tablets but that’s another blog post completely. He did stress that it was not the end of his career but more of a ‘break’ and that ‘the third album was on its way and the best he’s written so far’. Still, reckon I could speak on behalf of a lot of people and say during this time we definitely missed him.
You can imagine how excited I was towards the beginning of 2017 when Ed drops an instagram post to say that he’ll be releasing new music soon. Understandably a lot of people go into almost meltdown mode at 1. the fact he is back on social media and 2. NEW MUSIC!
Now I was a huge fan of Ed Sheeran when he released his first album +, I love most of the tracks on that album. I kinda fell out of love a bit with him on X as I wasn’t blown away with as many of the songs and I don’t feel like it’s an album you can just listen to without skipping a fair amount of songs (I’m sorry to the hardcore fans that love every song but I’m only human haha). But don’t get me wrong there are some bangers on X but because I didn’t love this album, it made me a little nervous as well as excited for his new music to be released.
D-Day arrived earlier on this year (think it was the first week of January from memory) and being the babe he is, Ed treated us to not only one but two new singles. ‘Shape of You’ I fell in love with instantly, I loved the melody and the beat of the song (this went in straight to #1 in the UK charts and has stayed there since – 8 weeks total so far!). ‘Castle on the Hill’ I admit I wasn’t crazy about at first, but I feel like it’s a grower (the more you listen the more you like it). It was then a case of waiting for the album and like I said earlier I totally think it was worth the wait!
I’ve downloaded the deluxe version of the album through Apple Music but you can find it here on Amazon or here on HMV online store. The deluxe version of the album has 16 tracks on it and I can honestly say there is not one song I would skip through when listening to it! I think Ed Sheeran has managed to keep his ‘sound’ whilst including some new influences (like Irish Trad on ‘Galway Girl’). He has everything ranging from his ballad-type songs like ‘Perfect’ (which I reckon will become the new ‘Thinking Out Loud’ and be a massively popular first dance songs at weddings) to his hip-hop type style in ‘Eraser’. He also has plenty of songs that make you want to just get up and dance like ‘Barcelona’! He has everything covered from happy/sad to upbeat/slow ballad. If you haven’t had the opportunity to listen to this album yet (and in case you haven’t guessed) I would 100% recommend for you to go get it now haha!
★★★★★ from me!
So a few of us who study together at university have decided to get together to write a blog about our experiences of our year abroad so far and to offer some helpful tips and guidance for future erasmus students. Our posts are light hearted and quite funny reads, if you have 5 mins spare and fancy having a read at what we have written so far then please click here. We welcome all feedback and questions so don’t be shy.