“To Travel is to Live”

SAM_0999

I’ve been lucky enough to travel to a few different countries over the years but times are tough at the moment so I don’t think I’m going to be feeding my hunger for travel anytime soon, so instead I thought I’d write a blog post on some of the places I’ve visited over the years and try and imagine myself being back there instead of being holed up in my room.

Gran Canaria & Tenerife

gran canariaGran Canaria is one of the Spanish Canary Islands based just off the coast of North Africa, it was the first foreign country I ever visited and as a family we actually visited it about 3/4 times, its a beautiful country, covered in palm tress and exotic flowers, with sand dune beaches and clear blue water.One of our favourite places to visit there was Palmitos Park, an animal park with a stunning aquarium and lots of free roaming exotic birds and parrots, I have a vivid memory of being chased through the park by some soft of Spanish turkey. It’s definitely a country I’d love to return to.

tenerife

Tenerife is also a Canary Island, I visited Tenerife in 2010 with my mum and my sister, I was actually responsible for booking the holiday so I was a bit nervous whether everything would go to plan but it turned out to be the nicest hotel I’ve ever stayed in, the swimming pool was actually on the roof of our hotel room, unfortunately we didn’t realise this until we had walked around the complex for 30 minutes looking for it before eventually asking a staff member who pointed the stairwell to us which was opposite our door.

tenerife 2One of the most unique features of Tenerife are its Black sand beaches, yeah you heard me right, the beaches are black due to the many volcanoes they have on the island. Now, as beautiful as they look they have one very big downfall, the sand is absolutely scorching hot. All you see is people running for their lives down towards the sea so they can cool off their burning feet. However, the beach that was situated by our hotel also had another problem, the sea was very rough, so rough that it broke off parts of the cliff every time a wave hit and big boulders would come smashing into unsuspecting visitors, I myself got a lucky escape when a boulder smashed into my leg only coming away with cuts and bruises. The lifeguards actually had to keep running up and down the beach with wheelbarrows collecting rocks out of the sea, let’s just say they definitely couldn’t relax and enjoy the scenery for one second!

Paris

paris-attractions-large

I’ve been to Disneyland Paris quite a few times but I’ve only ever been to Paris once, I went with my school when I was 12 years old, it took us 12 hours to get there by coach and the hotel we stayed in was absolutely dire, when we arrived at check in we were told there’d been a power cut so we had to lug are suitcases up the stairs in pitch black, it just so happened that they were painting the walls at the time so we also had to make sure we didn’t touch anything, I’m sure are teachers were relieved when we made it to our rooms without a fatality! However the rooms were just as bad, I remember my friend and I were woken up at 5 every morning because somebody had cut holes in our curtains and the sun would stream through, there was also an entire packet of digestive biscuits smashed up and poured over the whole entire top bunk bed, we were one of the lucky ones though, another room had bloody hand prints on the bathroom walls and one found their missing toilet seat in their bed. However, even though the hotel was like something out of a horror movie, Paris itself was like something out of a dream.

paris 1

We did all the touristy stuff, visited Notre Dame, went to the top of the Eiffel Tower, which by the way is terrifying if you have a phobia of lifts. One of the most incredible experiences though was taking a boat trip down the river Seine, they time it perfectly so just as you go past the Eiffel Tower it lights up, covered in thousands of sparkling lights.

Unfortunately I don’t have many pictures to reminisce as when I got my photos developed 80% were covered by my finger on the lens, never trust a 12 year old with a disposable camera! Oddly enough the only picture I have of myself in Paris is me with my head in a stock!paris 3

Orlando Florida

SAM_1471

My holiday to Florida was definitely a once in a lifetime experience and something I will always look back on with fond memories. I’d always dreamed of going there and still to this day I can’t believe I’ve actually been! Everything in America was bigger and better than anything I’d ever experienced, from theme parks, to food, to the personalities of the people we met! It was everything I’d dreamed of and more, my favourite part of the holiday was definitely visiting Universal Studios, most notably Harry Potter World.

SAM_1632

I’ve always been a huge Harry Potter fan so it was an incredible place to visit, it really felt like you had stepped into the Wizarding World, well except for the American accents and 30c temperature. There was one thing that I’d been waiting to do during the holiday and that was ride the Forbidden Journey ride, now let me tell you the que for this ride is worth doing even if you don’t ride the ride at the end of it, walking around  a life sized Hogwarts with holograms of the characters and real talking pictures were unbelievable and even though we were queing for an hour, I don’t even remember feeling like we had to wait at all because there was so much to do and see. Now when we got to the front of the que I remember the adrenaline running through me, this is what I’d been waiting for. Well the feeling was short lived because the ride itself is absolutely terrifying. I suddenly had this huge animatronic dragon breathing smoke into my face and then the spiders, oh god the bloody spiders, I’d been scared enough watching the film scene with them, it was another thing having them inches from my face so at that point I squeezed my eyes shut and didn’t open them again until the ride was over. It was still awesome though.

Anyway that’s a couple of my favourite holiday destinations that I’ve been lucky enough to visit, if you’re planning a holiday then I’d definitely recommend visiting one of the places, fingers crossed I’ll be able to travel some more one day but for now I’ve just got to try and enjoy the glimpses of summer here in the UK!

 

 

The B.F.G Movie Review

The-BFG-mvoie-2016-A-Steven-Spielberg-Film

Okay yes, I’m a child at heart but you can’t blame me for getting excited when I found out one of my most cherished childhood books was being made into a movie and naturally I had big expectations but were my expectations answered? Almost.

The film starts off with young Sophie being taken from her orphanage by the B.F.G after spotting him from her window, adventure ensues, as many people who have read the book would know.

Now, here’s my issues with the film, for starters I felt like the movie got off to a very slow start, after Sophie is taken by the B.F.G the storyline seemed to drag out alot without much development happening and then as it got towards the end everything seemed rather rushed, I feel like the film could have been balanced out much more.

Now for the characters themselves, whilst the character Sophie is clearly depicted as a smart, confident young girl I felt that the B.F.G did not live up to his ‘friendly’ name sake until the end of the film, he doesn’t really exhume friendliness until he is compared to the horrible giants and to be honest for the first half of the film I really didn’t like his character at all which was a shame considering how much I loved his character from reading the story as a young girl. Another issue was his accent, he has a very, very strong west country accent, luckily I am from the west country myself so I’ve grown up surrounded by people with thick accents but there were points when I even struggled to understand what he was saying, I can only assume that people that aren’t familiar with the accent will have real trouble trying to understand what he is saying.

It wasn’t all disappointment though, the second half of the film actually really turned my opinion around, the scene where Sophie and the giant are collecting dreams was beautifully done and the Buckingham palace scene was hilarious.

Overall I’m not 100% impressed with the film but I did end up enjoying it and it was nice to relive my childhood, if you were a fan of Roald Dahl books it’s worth checking out, just remember that book to film conversions are never what you expect them to be!

2.5/5 stars

99 Questions!

Today I thought I’d answer some questions which I found floating around here somewhere so you can get to know me a little better!
1:Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? I don’t have a closet, my bedroom is the size of a closet but definitely closed if I did!
2:Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel? I’d like to say no but my mickey mouse shaped shampoo bottles in my drawer from my trip to Disneyland are saying otherwise.
3:Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out? Tucked out, I’m claustrophobic.
4:Have you ever stolen a street sign before? No but I did once wear a traffic cone as a hat on a night out before, I put it back after 5 minutes though so don’t worry!
5:Do you like to use post-it notes? I wish I was that organised.
6:Do you cut out coupons but then never use them? I used to but I don’t even bother cutting them out anymore.
7:Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of a bees? A bear for sure, I’ve been stung by a bee on a few occasions and one sting is enough to make me never want to leave the house again.
8:Do you have freckles? No but I wish I did!
9:Do you always smile for pictures? Yes, It distracts from the shape of my square head.
10:What is your biggest pet peeve? People that put their bags on seats on public transport.
11:Do you ever count your steps when you walk? No, there’s an app for that.
12:Have you ever peed in the woods? I don’t think I’ve ever even been to the Woods.
13:What about pooped in the woods? See above.
14:Do you ever dance even if there’s no music playing? Of course, I’m always dancing!
15:Do you chew your pens and pencils? No, it grosses me out.
16:How many people have you slept with this week? None.
17:What size is your bed? A single, I miss my double bed but I needed a desk in my room.
18:What is your Song of the week? Up and Up – Coldplay
19:Is it okay for guys to wear pink? Of course! They can wear whatever they like.
20:Do you still watch cartoons? I watched Scooby Doo yesterday.
21:Whats your least favorite movie? I hate horror films, paranormal activity gave me insomnia for at least a week.
22:Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some? I wouldn’t bury it, I’d have to use it to pay off my student loan!
23:What do you drink with dinner? Water
24:What do you dip a chicken nugget in? Garlic Mayo or Honey Mustard sauce. Mmmm…
25:What is your favorite food? A Chicken Pesterella Burger with Skinny Fries from GBK.
26:What movies could you watch over and over and still love? Bridesmaids, I could probably recite that film word for word!
27:Last person you kissed/kissed you? I’m not sure!
28:Were you ever a boy/girl scout? I was a Sixer in Brownie Guides.
29:Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine? Never!
30:When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper? I have no idea, most of my letters are via email.
31:Can you change the oil on a car? I’ve never had to but I know how to.
32:Ever gotten a speeding ticket? Nope, I’m a careful driver!
33:Ever ran out of gas? Nope.
34:Favorite kind of sandwich? Greggs do an amazing Honey Mustard Chicken and Chorizo baguette.
35:Best thing to eat for breakfast? Pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, now I’m hungry!
36:What is your usual bedtime? 2am, I’m an over thinker so I find it hard to sleep.
37:Are you lazy? A little.
38:When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween? I had this cat costume which was just a pair of ears and a tail, I wore it every year until I was at least 12!
39:What is your Chinese astrological sign? Libra.
40:How many languages you speak? One, although I’m pretty good with accents.                   41: Do you have any Magazine Subscriptions? No, although I used to beg my mum to sign me up to the Groovy Chick magazines.
42:Which are better legos or lincoln logs? Legos, I have no idea what Lincoln Logs are.        43. Are you Stubborn? Not really.
44:Who is better…Leno or Letterman? Graham Norton
45:Ever watch soap operas? No I can’t stand them, why would you live in a village where at least three murders happen a year.
46:Are you afraid of heights? I’m not afraid of heights but I don’t enjoy them.
47:Do you sing in the car? Always.
48:Do you sing in the shower? Always.
49:Do you dance in the car? If somebody else is driving.
50:Ever used a gun? Never and I wouldn’t want to.
51:Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer? I had a headshot taken at college a few years ago.
52:Do you think musicals are cheesy? If anyone thinks musicals are cheesy they obviously haven’t watched Cabaret.
53:Is Christmas stressful? Yes, but the pigs in blankets are worth it.
54:Ever eat a pierogi? I had to Google what they are so that probably answers your question.
55:Favorite type of fruit pie? Apple.
56:Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid? I wanted to be a dog until I was 6 years old, it didn’t work out.
57:Do you believe in ghosts? I think so, I’ve had a few paranormal experiences.
58:Ever have a Deja-vu feeling? Yes, sometimes.
59:Take a vitamin daily? I try to but I usually forget.
60:Wear slippers? No, I get too hot.
61:Wear a bath robe? Every now and then.
62:What do you wear to bed? Shorts and a T-Shirt.
63:First concert? If you’re ignoring the time I saw Chico at a summer festival then Rihanna in Cardiff in 2011.
64:Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart? Wal-Mart.
65:Nike or Adidas? Nike.
66:Cheetos Or Fritos? Cheetos
67:Peanuts or Sunflower seeds? Peanuts all day every day!
68:Ever hear of the group Tres Bien? Nope.
69:Ever take dance lessons? Yes, for 10 years!
70:Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing? We all want to marry a doctor, don’t we?
71:Can you curl your tongue? I can indeed.
72:Ever won a spelling bee? Nope.
73:Have you ever cried because you were so happy? I’m not much of a crier when I’m sad let alone when I’m happy.
74:Own any record albums? Nope.
75:Own a record player? No but I’d like to.
76:Regularly burn incense? Never.
77:Ever been in love? I thought I was but I was wrong.
78:Who would you like to see in concert? Coldplay for sure, the atmosphere looks incredible.
79:What was the last concert you saw? S Club 7, it was the best night of my life.
80:Hot tea or cold tea? Neither, I hate tea!
81:Tea or coffee? Neither
82:Sugar or snickerdoodles? Sugar.
83:Can you swim well? Yes, I have my lifesavers badge and everything.
84:Can you hold your breath without holding your nose? Yes.
85:Are you patient? I’d say so.
86:DJ or band, at a wedding? DJ probably.
87:Ever won a contest? I won a contest to design my schools logo, it’s still the same logo 12 years on!
88:Ever have plastic surgery? Nope.
89:Which are better black or green olives? I don’t like either.
90:Can you knit or crochet? I used to be able to knit but I’ve definitely forgotten.
91:Best room for a fireplace? In the living room.
92:Do you want to get married? Yes.
93:If married, how long have you been married? I’m not.
94:Who was your HS crush? Tom Daley, that worked out well.
95:Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way? No, surprisingly I’m not a toddler.
96:Do you have kids? Nope.
97:Do you want kids? Yes, I think so.
98:Whats your favorite color? Coral.
99:Do you miss anyone right now? I miss quite a few people.

Well there you have it, 99 random facts about me. I hope I didn’t bore you too much!

Love Aimee xo

‘The Girl On The Train’ Book Review

girl on the train

I’ve always been an avid reader and like to have one sitting on my bedside table at all times, however I have a problem when it comes to reading books, once I’ve found a good one I can’t put it down and this was certainly the case with ‘The Girl On The Train’ which I ended up finishing in less than 24 hours, oops.

‘The Girl On The Train’ is a crime/thriller written by Paula Hawkins, it takes place in various locations in England, most notably Ashbury, London and Witney. The book is written from the point of view of three different women; Rachel, an alcoholic who catches a train to work every day and creates background stories for a couple she watches from the window everytime the train stops at a set of lights. Megan, the girl Rachel watches from the window and finally  Anna the mistress turned wife of Rachel’s ex husband Tom, who happens to live a few doors down from Megan and her husband Scott. The story follows what happens when (Spoiler alert) Megan goes missing, this just so happens to be the same night Rachel gets black out drunk and can’t remember any details of the evening.

I personally really enjoyed reading the book from three different peoples perspectives, it was surprisingly easy to follow the story even with the time jumping as it went from person to person. The chapters are short enough for you to be able to remember where each girls story has left off from and they all tie into each others as the book progresses. There are many potential suspects in the book, including the women themselves which leaves you constantly trying to figure out who’s to blame and who you should trust, making the big reveal at the end even more shocking.

I found myself easily emerged into the storyline and into the mindset of the three narrators, partly helped by the fact that the train ride that Rachel gets daily, is the same train ride I would get to London too. The writing was not too complicated too keep up with and is something that I would have enjoyed reading at night without having to be fully conscious to take in every detail, although of course I didn’t have the patience to read the book that slowly!

I would definitely say this book is one of my favourite thrillers that I’ve ever read and I preferred this much more than the popular ‘Gone Girl’ novel which I struggled to finish. I would 100% recommend this to anyone that enjoys this genre and I’m looking forward to the film being released later on in the year.

5/5 Stars

Love Aimee xo

I’m Back!

Hello! Apologies for my hiatus but I’ve finally decided to get back to blogging. I don’t really have an excuse for my lack of posts I’ve just been a bit busy.

So what’s new? Well in my previous posts I was excited to be performing in an upcoming songs concert with my theatre group, that was a couple of months ago now and it went really well, I only had one near death experience when I tripped over a chair and ended up going head over heels but that’s good for my standards (if any casting directors are reading this, just ignore that previous statement.)IMG_5955

So now it’s onward and upwards onto our next show which is ‘Annie’ I opted to just audition for an ensemble part for this one, as I am neither a middle aged woman or an eleven year old girl. I did toy with the idea of auditioning for’Sandy’ after my previous experience playing a Gorilla in Cabaret but apparently they’ve already booked a professional ‘Sandy’ dog for that part, who knew that was an actual dog profession.

Bath_Spa_University_logo.svgLastly, the most exciting update in my life right now is that I’m going to University. I took the plunge and decided to apply this year (or 4 weeks ago to be more exact). Now I didn’t expect to get in as I was so late at applying but I guess a joint BA in Drama Studies/Media Communications isn’t the most popular of courses, as a couple of days later I received an email informing me that I had an unconditional offer. So now I’m just running around  trying to get everything sorted before September and trying to get my head around the fact that I’m actually going. It’s just a massive relief off my shoulders to finally feel like my future’s a little more mapped out for me and I no longer have a million different career options floating around my head, now I just have about 10 but hopefully I’ll narrow those options down after a few years at Uni.

Anyway, that’s pretty much everything I need to update you with, so I’ll end this post here. Feel free to request any future blog posts in the comments!

Love Aimee xo

April Wishlist

Pinch, punch, first day of the month!  My March wishlist seemed to be quite popular so I’ve decided to do one on the first of every month now. So here’s a few items that I’ve spotted online recently that I’d love to add to my wardrobe, although my wardrobe is on the verge of collapse so I don’t think it would appreciate the gesture!

Miss Selfridge Flower Print Skater Dress – £45

wantlist 1

Spring has supposedly sprung, although you wouldn’t know it from looking outside. I’m going to remain hopeful though which is why my first item on my wishlist is this adorable skater dress. I’m definitely a dress kind of girl and anything floral is a bonus so this caught my eye straight away. I love the light blue colour paired with the pink blossoms (that is blossom right?) this would be perfect to wear on a special occasion such as a wedding or a summer party but I’m sure I’d find a reason to wear it on a normal day out too!

 

Topshop Tall Moto Washed Black Leigh Jeans – £38

wantlist 2

Jean shopping is serious business for me, it is an absolute nightmare trying to find a pair that fits me perfectly, unfortunately my beloved pair of black jeans are getting incredibly worn out and I fear an embarrassing tear down the back seam is imminent. It took me so long to find the perfect pair and I ended up purchasing them at the massive Topshop on Oxford Street in London so naturally I’m only going to replace them with the same pair, now I’ve just got to hope they have my size!

 

BooHoo Katherine Oversized Jumper – £12

wantlist 3

I do love a good jumper and I’ve been really wanting a plain jumper like this one that I can chuck on and style with accessories and for £12 this is a bargain. I always seem to forget about Boohoo.com but after seeing an advert for them last night I thought I’d check them out and they do have some really nice clothing items for sale, I’m definitely going to be checking them out more often and I might just have to treat myself to this jumper.

 

 

 

Urban Outfitters Detachable Borg Collar Parka – £45

wantlist 4

I bought a waterproof parka 5 years ago and I still have it now, I think it’s safe to say it’s probably about time I buy a new one, especially in preparation for those pesky April showers *cue Bambi flashback* . Now I would never even bother looking for a coat in Urban Outfitters because I’m lucky if I can even afford a pair of socks but this parka is on sale with 50% off so I’m definitely going to be umming and ahhing over this one tonight with my debit card in hand. I love the detachable collar feature, it’s very unusual and adds a bit of style to your look even when you have to do your coat up!

 

 

ASOS Halter Dress in Floral Print – £25

wantlist 5

Okay, okay it’s another dress but can you blame me? I just love this daisy print and the back is cross over halter neck style which adds a really cute touch to it, you could pair this with a cardigan for a comfy spring day look, or dress it up with a leather jacket and some heels for a special occasion. This is definitely a spring must have and I’m pretty sure it’s going to become another dress that I add to my collection, someone stop me!

 

 

Primark Grey Reese’s Pajama Top – £5

wantlist 6

When I saw this, I had to take a sharp inhale of breath. If you’ve come from my YouTube channel you’ll know how much of a fan I am of Reese’s peanut butter cups, I honestly should be their spokesperson. So when I spotted these on the Primark website I knew we were destined to be together, thank goodness my city has recently opened a Primark because first thing tomorrow I’m going to be hopping in my car to go and buy these, they have matching bottoms too. Now I’m craving peanut butter….

 

 

Anyway that’s the end of my April Wishlist, let me know what’s on your wishlist this month, thanks for reading as always!

Love Aimee xo

 

 

One Week to Go!

BLOGGGG

The nerves are starting to kick in now as the clock counts down to my first show with my theatre group. We’ve been rehearsing for three months now and at the start it felt like a lifetime away but now it seems like it’s suddenly sprung up on us! Of course I’m very excited as well, we finally get to show off our hard work to our family and friends, I just hope I can learn all my words in time! I’ll let you know how it goes next week!

Love Aimee xo