Wrapping Christmas Presents

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Hello!!

Today I finally got around to wrapping my Christmas presents for my family and friends!

I’m so glad it’s finally Christmas time as this year has been so utterly crap that it’s nice to finally have something exciting and joyful happening…

I still haven’t quite finished my Christmas shopping in all honesty as I still have a few little things for pick up for one or two people but it’s nearly DONE.

I really enjoy buying gifts for people. I love seeing their reactions and opening my laptop and spending hours trying to find the perfect thing, it’s…therapeutic?

I’m also hoping to put up our Christmas decorations tomorrow as well, so then it will feel really festive in the house haha 🙂 ~

I hope everyone is safe and well but also feeling festive if you are someone who celebrates Christmas.

~ Charlotte x

Visiting the Birmingham Sky Bar

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Hello and I hope you are having a wonderful December first! I haven’t posted much on here lately as England went into a second lockdown at the start of November and I didn’t want to post something just for the sake of posting, ya know?

Happily, that lockdown finishes TOMORROW (Dec 2nd) so I want to post a lot of Christmassy content this month (well at least I intend to…we’ll see haha).

BUT before I do that I want to write about last March when the literal last thing I did before the Rona took over was visit a sky bar in Birmingham!!

Food area of Selfridges

It was my friends idea as she’s lived in Birmingham for a couple years now and really recommend it for a fun evening…

Before we went we had a day shopping and eventually got tapas at a Spanish restaurant, which was incredibly divine. Of course we also had some cocktails 🍸

We headed up to the bar around 10:30pm and sat outside with a view of the city ~ inside they had a piano and places to dine and it was honestly just a really lovely place to go.

It’s weird that it’s March again in 3 months…this year has gone so fast because none of us have done anything!!! I hope 2021 brings back some normality and adventures.

~ Charlotte x

Pumpkin Calving

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Hello! I hope you’re having a great week and are excited about the current Halloween season (I certainly am like always!).

There is something really epic about Halloween for me as every year I get crazy excited to celebrate it…

Admittedly, I don’t look like someone that enjoys gothic horror…but I promise you I do haha

I think it’s because I’m in love with anything and everything gothic, eerie, dark and spooky. Movies like ‘Van Helsing (2004)’ and ‘Sleepy Hollow’ are some of my favourite films to watch and this time of year I have an excuse to watch them!!

I decided to calve some pumpkins this year (the small one turned out cuter than the other haha).

It’s super messy and time consuming but honestly a huge laugh and a lot of fun!

I’ve noticed a lot of people in the UK doing it this year which I’m happy about as the UK isn’t that big on Halloween usually!

My boyfriend came round a few days ago and we also baked some Halloween pumpkin biscuits together which was a lot of fun ~ he also wants to calve a pumpkin so I’ve bought two more for us to do together in the week (including a stencil kit this time as that orange pumpkin turned out to be a massive failure)…

My bf wasn’t happy I put sprinkles on ‘his’ biscuit …

-Charlotte x

Montenegro

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Heya, I hope if you are reading this that you are having a great day and all is well with you…

I want to write a short post about Montenegro as I went there last summer and LOVED IT!

So many chic photo spots…

It’s about a 3 hour plane ride from the UK and is not a typical holiday destination here in the UK. I stayed in Kotor and it is very quiet and friendly and extremely hot if you go in August I found out haha (expect 40 degrees Celsius + this time of year).

The bay is a popular swimming spot for many of the local people

The vibe (and the food for that matter) is very Italian (think Lake Como) and the country just boosts elegance. Expect white yachts in fancy harbours and fine wine on balconies overlooking the bay.

…This country was certainly perfect for the setting of Casino Royal!

I spent a lot of my time fussing the thousands of local cats that hang around the bay, while also dining in restaurants on the bay where little houses are nestled into the bayside.

Montenegro is worth a visit for the scenery alone and I would highly recommend a visit here. It’s the perfect romantic get-away or anniversary holiday!

-Charlotte x

Reminiscing Cuba!

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In terms of traveling, 2020 has been one of the worst years imaginable. Having to quarantine for two weeks when you return from many destinations; being scared of cancellations and losing money on flights and hotels; and only wanting to book last minute are all but a handful of deterrents that have made us stay put this year.

I completely adore travel and getting to experience new places and escape the everyday routine is really important to me, so I’ve found it strange not being able to venture out of the UK this year 😦 . One of my favourite places to travel is the Caribbean. I love the warm humid air, the laid-back atmosphere and pretty turquoise waters. Cuba in particular is one of my favourite places in the Caribbean, and one of the safest Caribbean Islands you can visit!

I stayed there for two weeks back in August 2018, after I graduated from university, and it was so very beautiful…

This beach at Guadalavaca is supposed to be one of the best in all of Cuba if I remember correctly.

As you can see, I spent my days on the golden sands reading my book under the shade of the palm trees drinking fresh lemonade from the beach bar. Me and my family would often buy the locals drinks and talk with them about their lives on the island. Cuba has two currencies, one which it uses on the island (peso) for those who live there and one that is given to tourists etc when they visit the island (the convertible peso). The reason for this is that the peso is practically unconvertible and has practically no monetary value outside of the island. This makes it hard for the Cuban people to ever earn enough money to leave Cuba, as they are on average paid the equivalent of less than $US100 a month.

Cuba is therefore a really fascinating place, as it is like the island is stuck in time! The cars on the island are mainly old American cars from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, and its really surreal to visit a place where these types of cars are the main mode of transport.

The gardeners at my hotel would collect coconuts from the grounds and give them to the guests. They were so divine…the water inside was sweet and cool (shame about the plastic straw mind).

In terms of transport, traveling through Cuba is actually very difficult. The roads remain mainly unsigned and are not well maintained, making long journeys very confusing and uncomfortable! Not only this, but the train the goes from the East of the island to the West is (apparently) very slow and has no air-conditioning…therefore if you wish to visit opposite ends of the island, getting a small plane is recommended.

I really enjoyed my time in Cuba, and stayed in the East of the island in a place called Guardalavaca. In Spanish, this literally translates to ‘guard the cows’ as years ago pirates used to often come to shore here.

When I staying here I stayed on the edge of a small nature reserve where I got to see lizards, giant caterpillars, large spiders, butterflies, red crabs and hermit crabs (very cute!).

The red crabs where EVERYWHERE and would often find their way into your shoes on the beach :). Many times I noticed them wonder into the hotel to which I would gently lift them into my hands and take them outside. If you are gentle with them they will sit calmly in the palm of your hands and left you take them outside. Some of these red crabs were absolutely massive and would actually crawl up the hotel walls at night haha…

There was also someone who showed me a picture of a bird-eating spider in the female toilets which made me quite paranoid for many days, as I have a huge phobia of them!

Look how gorgeous the colour of that ocean is…
You could travel for miles along this road out side my hotel before you came to anything!

On one of the days we were in Cuba we also visited a local farm which had some of the biggest avocados I have ever seen! They also had a variety of fruit that I had never seen before such as the ‘sugar apple’ which you can see above to the left. Even though it looks quite bizarre it’s actually ridiculously delicious.

I would certainly love to visit Cuba again but there are also so many other island in the Caribbean and elsewhere that I would love to see. Visiting St. Lucia would be amazing and other places out side of the Caribbean such as Tulum.

I hope you have a great day and enjoyed this post about Cuba ~

-Charlotte x