Friday, 31 March 2017

March in Numbers

 March is always a good month for me. From a lot of family birthdays to the weather beginning to brighten, there's just something lovely about it, and this month was no exception! It was a superb month and I still cannot believe we area now heading into April. I'm especially loving the brighter evenings and warmer temperatures...

6 family birthdays! March is a heavy birthday month for Dan and I.

birthday celebrations. We headed down to Gillingham to spend a birthday weekend with my lovely sister. We also had a family birthday party for my Grandma, who turned 80 this year, as well as going out for a meal with Dan's family including his dad, sister and nan who all had birthdays this month.

1 day in London. I took my sister to the Skygarden and Icebar as her birthday present from Dan and I!

5 books read. I read quite a few different books this month, including The Handmaid's Tale which was a very interesting read to say the least.

1 holiday booked - I'm off to Prague in August with my Dad for four days. I'm really looking forward to exploring a new country, with my Dad in tow!

3 cinema trips. After the move, Dan and I were a bit slow getting back into the cinema! However, this month we went to see Kong: Skull Island, Hidden Figures and Beauty and the Beast.

How has March been for you?


Friday, 24 March 2017

€30 of Pizza

 When you think of Italy (when I think of Italy), Pizza and Pasta are a few of the things that enter your mind first. It was certainly are the forefront of my mind when my parents kindly booked Dan and I a trip to Rome for my 21st birthday. Italian food is one of my all-time favourites. We have a running joke in our family that we are "pasta-powered people" because we love it that much. My Grandad's mother had Italian blood, and a love of pasta and olive skin has been passed down the generations to myself. My love of Italian food, and Dan's manly metabolism left us to research places to eat extensively before we went.

Pizzarium, which is situated near the Vatican, was definitely high up on our list of places to try. A short walk away from the Vatican, it was the perfect pit-stop for two hungry explorers. We'd read about it in our travel guide, and I'd also seen it mentioned on various blog posts. My birthday present from my sister was some money for a meal out in Rome, and she gave me some recommendations for places to go - unsurprisingly Pizzarium cropped up again!

If there's one place you should go to for lunch in Rome, Pizzarium has got your back. I'm a very fussy eater, and actually don't eat cheese, so I was very impressed that they had pizza without it. It can be so difficult to find this, so it was great. They even had white pizza which doesn't have tomato sauce!

Whilst there isn't anywhere to sit, it's the perfect place to pop in for lunch and head back to the centre of Rome, pizza in hand. For us though, we found a space on the standing tables outside...just in case we wanted some more! Obviously, we did and THIRTY EUROS later, Dan was happy. Considering this was effectively take away pizza, and relatively priced, thirty euros was a lot of money for one boy to spend on pizza and it's probably one of my favourite memories from our trip to Rome!

If you're heading to Rome and looking for some of the best pizza, I would definitely recommend Pizzarium to you. Delicious, filling and reasonably priced - what more could you want!

Have you ever been to Pizzarium?


Saturday, 18 March 2017

London | The Sky Garden

 Last Sunday I took a trip up to London with my not so little sister to celebrate her 21st. I had pre-booked for us to go up to the Sky Garden on Fenchurch Street. A mere 5 minutes walk from London Liverpool Street, it was the perfect opportunity for us to pop to Petticoat lane before heading south towards the River, and the Sky Garden!

I had booked us a slot at 1.45pm as I wanted to miss the lunch rush, and it was a great time to have gone up despite the drizzly weather. We both agreed that it was great that it wasn't too crowded, as these tourist attractions tend to be stupidly crammed full of other people. The Sky Garden was much less crowded, and it was perfect to spend an hour wandering about the bright space enjoying the plants and the views of the city. We even braved the balcony and we were pleased that we managed to get out there, as they actually shut it whilst we were on it due to the weather!

The sky garden has such a chilled atmosphere, and Sarah and I loved wandering round looking at the gorgeous plants and enjoying this little burst of nature in the centre of London. I'd happily go up there with a book in hand and spend and hour curled up next to the huge glass windows with views of London surrounding me.

With gorgeous blankets draped on chairs, sitting down was more than inviting and we were both very impressed that we got a seat on every occasion t hat we wanted to sit down! There was a bar at either end of the Sky Garden so plenty of choice for food and drinks, you could even choose to eat in the restaurant which is in the centre of the building.

With handy signs are you walked around, you could spot key London landmarks or if you fancy learn a little more about the plants you are surrounded by! If you are visiting London from another country, I'd definitely recommend the Sky Garden because it's a great way to see some the London skyline on a budget, which is a must as a trip to London can be pricey! As it's free, all you have to do is book in advance. Whilst this can get booked up quickly, I booked our slot only three weeks in advance!

All in all, the sky garden was a perfect addition to our day out in London. We were both really impressed by the organisation and ease of our visit, not to mention the fact that it wasn't overcrowded. If you've not been before, add it to your list of things to do in London. You certainly won't regret it!

Have you ever been to the Sky Garden?

Friday, 3 March 2017

Why I'm Moving Out Of My Comfort Zone

 I'm not very brave. I don't harness myself to a piece of machinery, and jump off bridges. I've never been on a zip-wire, and I don't intend to. Swimming in the sea terrifies me, and being a passenger in a car can be really difficult sometimes. As much as I'd like to, I know I will never set off with my backpack in tow to sleep in hostels across the globe.

One thing I've decided, despite my lack of bravery, is that 2017 is going to be the year that I step out of my comfort zone, and start experiencing things that scared me before. I'm constantly worrying about everything, and I think the best way for me to break that cycle is to put myself in situations which will worry me, to show myself that it will be OK, and it will sort itself out.

Number one on the list was changing jobs. Moving jobs was something that always terrified me, and whilst I did enjoy my first job I wanted to do something more suited to my personality. It's been an incredibly quick process and I'm really excited about what's in store for me next. There were so many things worrying me about making that change but deep down I knew it was right for me. I went out of my comfort zone and something amazing happened!

We've also moved out! Dan and I moved back in with my parents in 2015 after finishing university. 18 months later, and we're renting our own little house about half an hour away. I'm so excited for this change, but also apprehensive. We've been so lucky to have the support we've had from my parents, and moving out is going to take us out of our comfort zone, but this is such an exciting change! It's time to start adulting...

2017 is the year that I am going to continue to step out of my comfort zone. Only two month in, and already two massive changes; both of which are exciting and new. I'm really looking forward to what else is in store for the rest of the year!

Are you ready to move out of your comfort zone?
© Suitcase and Sandals. All rights reserved.
Blogger Designs by pipdig