A Weekend in Prague

In November I went to Prague with some friends and, six weeks later, I've finally finished the video! Here it is! :-)

Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour!

On 21st December, I went just north of London with a friend to see The Making of Harry Potter at Warner Bros Studios. I'd heard good things about it before from friends who have been, and thought going at Christmas when all the set is covered in snow would be something to get us in the festive mood. I was pleasantly impressed by how good the studio tour actually was!

It's mostly self-guided, which I actually liked as it means you get to spend as much time or as little time as you like on different sights on the tour. And there's a lot packed in - the different sets like the Great Hall and the Hogwarts Express, objects like the Philosopher's Stone and the Time Turner, all the different costumes, sketches and mock-ups of different settings from the designers, and background information on how different things were filmed such as with green screens.

I was a little worried that learning all of the "how-to" would take some of the movie magic away, but it didn't - it just enhanced the films for me, and made me want to go back and re-read all of the books and watch all of the films again haha.

Apparently Hermione always wore pink, Harry always wore blue, and Ron always wore orange or green as they were the Weasley colours! 

The fact it was Christmas themed was really great, too. I've not been when it hasn't been Christmas time, but Hogwarts looked amazing in the snow, and the Great Hall was decorated as if it was the Yule Ball. Here are a few more photos from the day - I really recommend going!

Reflections on 2017 - My Year in Review

I can't believe I'm at the point where I'm looking back on what I've done this year. Where has the time gone? Sometimes I think back to things I've done in 2017 and I think it must have been years ago, but it's only been a few months. This has felt like a very long year, but I think that, overall, it has been a lot better than 2016. 2017 has seen growth and change, and new experiences. Like any year it's had its ups and downs but I think it's tipping the scales closer towards positive than negative.

The first part of the year was interspersed with both stress and fun - I saw quite a lot of live music, saw Skream twice in February, saw Jackmaster in April, and lots of great artists in-between. This has been a very, very good year for music. As well as fun there's been stress! In March me and my housemates got evicted and ended up moving to a different town. But, although it was super stressful having to go through an eviction and the standard stresses of moving house, I'm much happier in the house and town we're in now. And I pay a lot less rent, and my bedroom isn't always cold now, so I'm warmer and happier, hah!

In May I turned 23, which was a lot of fun. I went to Southampton with some friends to see Skream again (I really need to stop with the obsession which seems a whole lot worse when I mention him so much in a blog post numerous times), which is always one of my favourite adventures.

With the start of summer came fun - going on a wine tour with my friend, going to the university's Grad Ball (even though I hadn't graduated), having a house BBQ, seeing live bands, fitting in fun alongside university (I don't finish uni until very late compared to most unis/courses).

In August of this year I went to BoomTown Fair for the first time, which anyone who knows me will know was probably the highlight of my year. It's been on my radar for years, and I have friends who wanted to go this year so I said yes and it's become my absolute favourite festival. I could go on and on about it, but my loving recap of it can be found here. I think from Boomtown my music taste expanded a bit too, and I started exploring hip-hop and more genres than before, as the music I was listening to in the second half of 2016 and first half of 2017 was almost entirely dance and electronic music. I also went to South West Four this year. Look out soon for my favourite music of 2017 blog post!

BoomTown marked the start of my summer as it was the weekend after I finished uni, and the weekend before I'd had one of my favourite days ever with my friends at Brighton Pride. It was a really great day. One of those days you look back on with a bit of nostalgia, even just a few months later, because it was spent in one of my favourite places with some of my favourite people.

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The start of September saw me and my friends going to Bestival again, this time in muddy Dorset rather than the Isle of Wight. I think I can sum it up with: great music, mud, wind, great friends, mud, mud, mud. Despite falling over all of the time I had a lot of fun, including going in a hot tub, bumping into some of the cast of Kurupt FM and seeing some great acts like DJ Shadow and Midland - some of my favourite music from festies this summer can be read here. I also went to Boundary Festival this month which sadly marked the end of festival season!

Halloween is always a high point of my year, and in 2017 I saw Noisia in Brighton and also went out with my housemates, and also swore from ever wearing fake coloured eye contacts again because they are so, so uncomfortable.

In November, I went travelling for the first time in a few years! (And already planning lots more adventuring in 2018. Think it's going to be a year of adventure!). I went to Prague with some friends, and I'm currently in the process of making a video about it, but it was a lot of interesting experiences stuffed over a few days (I may or may have not also seen Skream again this month...).

December has already been a busy month! At the start of it I went to Bristol with a friend for a job interview for when I finish uni next September. I'd never been to Bristol before so we decided to stay the weekend. The interview went well on Saturday morning/afternoon and then we went out for dinner and to Motion that evening which was amaaaaazing. I think the music scene in Bristol is very me, and on the Sunday we went for great hangover vegan food. And then a few days later they called me back and said I got the job which is both exciting and a little bit scary to think I'm going to be moving! I think me and Bristol are going to be a good fit.

I'm starting to think about what I want to do in 2018, what I have planned and what my goals are. It will be nice to have a place to document those goals, and to do more posts next year so I can look back at the end of 2018 and see everything I got up to. Especially as my memory isn't always great - there's a lot of things I forgot happened until I looked at all the photos on Facebook, haha.

What have your highlights of 2017 been?

Life update: December 2017

Good morning! I'm currently writing this post on a Sunday morning from the comfort of my bed back home, and can hear my dog snoring from the other room. Perfect Sunday! I thought I'd pop in to write a little post because I've been busy, busy, busy recently but the blog has always been in the back of my mind!

What have I been up to?

1. Got a new undercut for Halloween! 

A cobweb, thanks to the very steady hand of my barber. 

2. At the beginning of November I visited Prague with some friends, and it was a lot of fun. I don't really go on weekends away or travel that much (festivals are my summer holidays) so it was great visiting somewhere new, learning about a different culture, badly speaking Czech, discovering absinthe for the first (and last) time, hunting down good vegan food. We're toying with the idea of Budapest next year so hopefully that goes ahead.

Prague was very beautiful (as you can also see from the photo at the start of this post):

And here's some tasty avo on toast:

3. Lots of uni work! I'm currently doing my dissertation alongside an exam and essay due in Jan, so that's kept me busy. 

4. Another thing that's taken some time up recently but I'm really happy and still a little shocked about - I got a job! I visited Bristol for the first time for an interview for a job I really wanted when I finish my course in September next year, and I got offered it, so that's great! It was also a really fun weekend away. Which leads me on to...

5. I'm moving to Bristol! I don't know anyone who lives there and I've only been the once when I visited for the weekend for my interview, but it seems very "me" and I think I'll enjoy it there. I won't be moving until probably October 2018 but it's something to start thinking about! I also want to go travelling for a month or so in September 2018 before moving and starting my job, so I'll need to start thinking about that too.

An amazingggg vegan mac n cheese toastie at Vx in Bristol. Can't wait to gain a few pounds from this place becoming my regular, haha.

Lots of change, and most of it actually pretty positive! :-) Have a cosy Sunday.