Central America Day 1 – London to San Jose, Costa Rica

Hola chicos y chicas,

Today was a day full of travelling. After a lovely dinner and a relaxing sleep in the hotel we headed to Gatwick Airport.

One easy bag drop and a stroll through security later, all we had to do was to pick up a few bits of food for the plane (you can never trust plane food) and extra mosquito sprays (you can never be too careful) and then it was time to head to the gate. As it was a large plane we boarded quite early and everything ran very smoothly, before we knew it we were up in the air and starting our 11 hour flight to San Jose!!

Throughout the flight we all watched multiple films (thanks BA for top movie choices) and ate plenty of food, which we can all agree was the best plane food we’ve had, including my fav graze box (top marks again BA).

11 hours later we landed and we were swiftly introduced to the Tico’s “pura Vida” lifestyle. After a thorough passport control inspection, we went outside to find out transfer to the hotel. We found everyone in Costa Rica is so kind and helpful, helping us to find our transfer and calling our driver to see where he was. We were told to wait 5-10 minutes (which ended up being about 25 minutes, in pura Vida style) as there was bad traffic but this is simply the relaxed attitude they have – they never mean the time they say haha (definitely a test of patience for mum)!

Due to a taxi protest the traffic was awful but we quite enjoyed our hour transfer to our hotel as our lovely driver (Paulo) gave us lots of information and recommendations for the places we are going to be visiting.

After checking into our hotel (Don Carlos Hotel – run by the Don Carlos family for 4 generations) we headed up to our room to freshen up shortly followed by a welcome drink and some nachos and quesadillas to keep us going. By this time we were exhausted. With a 7 hour time difference it meant we headed up to bed at about 3am British time: as mum isn’t used to going on nights out this was absurd for her.

In the hotel we quickly realised just how much everyone in Costa Rica wants to help save the planet and the environment with signs all over the hotel reminding you to save water and turn off lights. And so, after a very quick shower we were in bed and more than ready for a restful night to prepare us for a busy day of travelling to our first destination.

Ciao x x

P.s. it’s been 1 night and I already miss Love Island.


Bumpin’ and Ballin’ in Cambridge

Last weekend I had the most lovely trip to Cambridge with my mum and my boyfriend, Joe. My sister, Lucy, is at the University of Cambridge and for the last year she has been Women’s Boat Club Captain for her college, Emmanuel. Each year there is a big rowing competition between all the colleges in Cambridge (there are a lot) and so this year we decided to go down and watch the final 2 days of the competition. My sister has kindly summarised May Bumps for me as..

“A rowing race in which boats start evenly spaced apart and try and catch (“bump”) the boat in front before they are caught by the crew behind. This happens over 4 days, and each day the crews that bumped the day before swap places and start in a new order, with the aim either to finish at the front (head of the river) or to go up a place every day.”


On Friday morning we drove to Cambridge and went to Emmanuel College to have lunch with my sister on their paddock. Turns out you have to be good at multitasking – eating whilst swatting away the ducks who are eyeing up your food 24/7.

We then had a wander around the city centre, as Joe had never visited before, and then drove over to the Airbnb that we had booked for the weekend. It was in an ideal location and we could walk to the city centre.

After this it was time to head over to the river to see the first day of Bumps and I was very excited as I have only ever seen one day of Bumps before, two years ago, but this year Lucy was in W1 (the top women’s boat) and they had already bumped the 2 days before and so they had moved up from 6th to 4th and potential to go up even further…

We decided to watch from The Plough at Fen Ditton, a lovely pub on the riverside who make a BIG deal of Bumps. They had multiple bars set up, a BBQ and a pizza oven with lots of seats just on the river side.IMG_6023 Continue reading

Road trip essentials

Last week I went on a road trip to Cornwall.  It is quite a far journey and I found there are definitely some essentials that can make journeys a whole lot better.

A car – Obviously. But also not forgetting a breakdown kit for the car – “touch wood” you won’t need to use it but it’s probably not worth taking the risk of not bothering to take it…

A Sat Nav – Very important when you have absolutely no clue where you are going, however you may want to consider turning the voice off or at least to a very low volume – unless you enjoy being told to carry along the motorway for 20 miles, 19 miles, 18 miles.. You get the idea.

Company – There is nothing worse than having to drive somewhere for hours on your own. It will drive you crazy. Try and arrange it so that you have someone else in your car – that way at least you won’t end up going stir crazy and end up talking to yourself for entertainment.

Good music – I rarely rely on the radio for music anymore: Who wants to listen to the same song played 3 times in an hour on Capital? In my opinion the best option is to create a playlist before your journey with a duration that is longer than the journey itself. Therefore, you are guaranteed to hear all your favourite songs and won’t get  ‘Galway girl’ played 10 times. Continue reading

10 things to do in New York


Last Week I spent 4 days in New York and it was gorgeous – we were even lucky enough for it to snow on my sister’s 21st Birthday whilst we were there. New York is possibly one of my favourite cities as there is so much to see and do. I have therefore come up with my 10, possibly favourite, things to do in new York if you do get to visit.

  1. Film & TV Tour

We decided to do this on the first morning we were in New York as you travel round on a coach which meant we could explore so much of New York city! My favourite parts of the tour involved visiting Washington Square Park, the Friends’ building and the Ghostbusters’ Fire Station, all of which they allow you to get off the coach and take photos. The best part is they play clips of the films which are set in the areas of New York you are passing, so even if you haven’t seen the film you can see the clip of it and see it in real life.

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Today we had another (deliberately planned) lazy morning, got ready and got to the central station in Naples just before midday… Only to find the service workers there were on strike until just after 1pm and there were no other ways for us to buy the tickets we needed.

We therefore decided to explore the shops in the station and get some lunch to kill some time before getting the train.

Also we found a whole crowd of decorated Mickey Mouse’s in the middle of the station – so cute and reminded us of our Disney trip in Paris!

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Day 17: 26,000 steps around Rome

Today we woke up again around 9am and headed down for another sugary breakfast!! We then planned our route for the day as there were many monuments that we wanted to see dotted around Rome and our aim was to walk the whole route and not take the metro!

(Both days in Rome Izzy has been the direction giver and I’ve been the water holder – such an important role!!) Continue reading