Monday, 10 July 2017

Five good things #9

lush sleepy body lotiom

1. We've booked another city break
I've spent my last three birthdays abroad - Perth, Phuket and Amsterdam - and my 26th in January is going to be no different. I'm not gunna spill the beans just yet (although I've already mentioned it on Twitter) as I've got a little post in the pipeline that goes into more detail so yeah, that'll be live this week.

2. Seeing Blink 182 at Leeds Arena
Blink 182 have been one of my favourite bands for aslong as I can remember and this was my fifth time seeing them live (My first time was when I was 12 - When did I get so old?!?) - I wasn't sure how it would be now that there is no Tom but I had nothing to worry about as they were fucking incredible. So much energy, loads of pyrotechnics and a shit tonne of songs, old and new. I ached so badly on Thursday from all the dancing I did!

3. The Warriors for PS4
The last few weeks have been pretty shit so to take my mind off things the husband decided to buy The Warriors for the PS4. After spending the day at Coney Island and watching the movie I'm now a mega fan and despite not being much of a gamer, I'm loving spending our evenings on The Warriors - Makes a nice to change to vegging out in front of the TV.

4. Lush Sleepy body lotion
My sleeping problem has reared it's ugly head again and when nothing else would work, I bought a pot of Sleepy body lotion out of desperation. Well it's worked wonders. I like to slap some on my arms and around my nose/temples before bed and within minutes I'm in the land of nod. I think it smells like a microwaveable heat bag and Jody thinks it smells like biscuits but we both agree that it smells devine. I'll deifnitely be buying a bigger tub next time.

5. Glitter Dr Martens
Dr Martens are one of my favourite footwear brands but due to the price I only own a couple of pairs (i.e. not enough). When I saw these babies (Affiliate) I knew that I neeeeeded them and thanks to my NUS card and a 10£ ASOS a list voucher I got them for 89£ instead of 110£. They are everything I thought they would be and more - They are basically me in shoe form.

And that's it for another week, happy Monday!
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Friday, 7 July 2017

Exploring NYC with a City Pass

TOP OF THE ROCK

NEW YOOOOORK CONCRETE JUNGLE WHERE DREAMS AAAAREEE MADE OF
 
I left New York City feeling like I had found another home - The only other places I've had that feeling are in Chiang Mai and (anywhere) in Scotland. I felt instantly comfortable there and navigating the blocks, riding the subway and walking around Times Square at 1am felt completely natural to me. After finally experiencing NYC for myself I definitely understand what all the fuss is about - Even my city hating husband was googling if we could live there which was more amazing that NYC itself.

Before we went we decided to spent £92 ($122) on a city pass as we knew we would want to see all of the touristy things with it being our first visit. I would say that the city pass definitely made our visit a lot easier (although you don't really get to jump any queues as everyone else has had the same idea) so if it's your first time I would recommend that you look into getting one as it works out much cheaper than paying for each attraction individually. 

Next time we go to NYC (cos there will definitely be a next time!) we probably won't bother with any of the touristy things (I tell a lie - Jody wants to go to the top of Lady Liberty's crown) but I think seeing these attractions is something you simply have to do when you first visit NYC.

STATUE OF LIBERTY

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (Circle Line cruises)
Seeing the Statue of Liberty was number one on Jody's NYC bucket list so we decided to do it on the first day. We have seen the statue in so many movies and tv shows so seeing it with our own eyes was actually pretty surreal. It was a lot smaller than I expected but that doesn't mean it wasn't impressive. Unfortunately we never booked Pedestal or Crown tickets (they sell out in months in advance) but we still got to have a good look at her. Not gunna lie, we got the boat to Ellis Island, walked in and pretty much walked straight out and got on the next boat back to Battery Park - We just weren't that interested in it.

9 1 1MEMORIAL

The 9/11 Memorial and Museum
The 9/11 memorial and museum affected me a lot more than expected as I'm known for being a bit on an ice queen. To see where the Twin Towers once stood was unreal as I never imagined them to be that big. Knowing that 3,000 people had lost their lives where I was standing was just so saddening. The museum itself is full of things collected from the debris - Crushed fire engines, people's belongings, even the buckled steel from where the plane hit one of the towers. The hardest part of the museum however was seeing all the missing posters and my heart broke reading every single one. I came out of the museum feeling pretty blue but I think it's so important to remember all those that lost their lives that day, and all those who are still suffering because of it.

AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

The American Museum of Natural History
The Natural History Museum in London is one of my most favourite places in the world but the AMNH in NYC was just too big. It was hot, full of school kids and badly sign posted so we kept getting lost. If you have the time/patience then I'm sure it's great but it just wasn't for me. I did love the animal/taxidermy displays though as they were much grander than the London ones - The ones here are all bundled in glass cases whereas the NYC ones have proper scenery.

TOP OF THE ROCK

Top of the Rock
Top of the Rock had a ridiculous queue but I tell you what, it was bloody worth it and probably my number one thing to do in NYC (just a shame about the crap weather we got). You can see Central Park from one side and the Empire State Building from the other which was really cool. We spent quite a while up there and if you put a couple of quarters in the binoculars you can spot Lady Liberty. If you do anything in NYC, do this.
Empire State BUILDING

The Empire State Building
We went to the Empire State Building at night so it was really cool seeing NYC lit up - We didn't see the stars the whole time we were there and after seeing all the lights I know why. We went at ten pm and it was still absolutely manic so I dread to think what it's like during the day. We had to queue to get to the railings so we could take photos which was a bit of a bummer but I suppose when you go to one of the biggest cities in the world you aren't going to have a private tour of everything are you?

Would you consider buying a city pass? Or would you rather wing it?
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