Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Barcelonnnna! Una parte

Last Friday I woke up at 4am bleary eyed to catch a plane to meet Oli in Barcelona, Spain. I will admit Barcelona has never been a city I have eagerly wanted to visit....but I am so glad I did. All the praise I have heard the city recieves is so true!

I will break it down into two posts otherwise I think you will be a little exhausted. So Friday I met up with Oli in Barcelona and once settled into the hotel we ventured out. We bought a 2 day ticket to use a hop on/off bus tour, which personally I think is one the best ways to see as much as you can!

We circled round the red line and took in the city. We saw the Olympic stadium that hosted the olympics in 1992, we took a walk around the previous palace grounds and took a walk along the port. I can´t find the pictures from this day so will upload as soon as I get them Oli´s camera. I will say that that evening we were SO tired and slept like logs.

Then on the Saturday was our only full day in Barcelona and sunk our teeth into as much as we could!!! 

 This was when we were about to set off on the bus tour for the second day. We had headphones thtat told us about all the sites and basic facts. I loved it!

The only part of the day that was disappointing was that it rained - a lot. I had my hood up or brolly for most of the day which made it feel very cold. 

Our first stop was the Sagrada de Familia (Sacred Family). It is a very famous cathedral that Antoni Gaudi designed and is it stunning! When we first drew up to it you couldnt believe how stoic it was. It stands out so vividly! Work first began in 1882 and it is still being built today. 

Gaudi knew that he would never live to see it finished but having a strong Catholic faith he wanted to design something dediciated to his Saviour...and it is something amazing indeed!

I´m so pleased we visited there and when I return I will go inside. I am sure the inside is just as beautiful as it is on the outside.

We then headed to a place I have wanted to see for years. The Park Guell! I have seen scenes here filmed in movies and TV shows! It looked so pretty and I think this was my favourite place to visit when in Barcelona. It´s a shame it rained because I bet in daylight the scene would look magnificent!

Park Guell was designed by Gaudi too and it is where his house is situated. It looks like a gingerbread house hehe. Nature was Gaudi´s biggest source of inspiration. I loved the colours and shapes of the architecture. It is totally different to most parks you come across! I really could have stayed and had a picnic. The grounds are stunning!

We then took a tram line to one of Barcelona´s highest points. It was a century old and it was another one of those ´I have never done this before´moments.

After a spot of lunch we then did something totally ├ôli´. He supports Barcelona football club ´Camp Nou´so we went to their stadium and did a tour. He was in his element!

Last stop of the day was FOOD! By 9pm we were starving and went to the Hard Rock Cafe- om nom nom! I had a yummy strawberry cocktail and a huge burger which gave me a huge food baby. Yummy! It was a fun place with rock music playing.

Dos parte manana!

Friday, 27 January 2012

Barcelona here I come!

Today I am off to Barcelona in Spain. I love city breaks and I cannot wait to sink my teeth into the lifestyle there. Oli and I have a few things planned so I will share all when I come back next week. Plus, I really need to work on my Spanish....


Monday, 23 January 2012

When you need it most.

Last night was my first day back work in 2 weeks. It may not seem a lot but honestly the most sick days I've taken off being ill is 2 days max. I am better now after feeling like I had been knocked down by a bus for a fortnight.

This may sound silly but I was really nervous returning back to work. I just felt really out of the loop. Thank heavens I was working with Ali who made me feel at ease. During my night shift last night I had to sort out some paperwork at 4am and in my 'pigeon hole' I came across a card. I thought it was a Christmas card I hadn't seen and tossed it to the side. I'll keep it for this year I thought to myself. 

But because the envelope was blue I didn't think it was very festive! Okay maybe I was being a little over-analytical about envelope colours- but it was 4am and I was ridiculously tired. So I opened it and when I read it I cried.

I was feeling on edge all night and this just made me feel so much better. It's funny how when your feeling really down the simplest of things can make you feel a little more human again. I came across it when I really needed it the most.

This lovely lady who I cared for does not even realise how much this act of kindness means to me. 

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Happy. Very Happy.

Without reflecting too much on 2011, it was quite a hard year as much as I enjoyed it. There were some things that happened that I didn't blog about. This is only because there are some parts of life that shouldn't be blogged about or at least not plastered on the internet. 

They say always expect the unexpected and believe you me that certainly happened last year. But sometimes the unexpected is something that makes you very happy. Last month I met someone...who makes me really really happy. 

His name is Simon. He's 26 and works in the golf industry. He studied in America and not that I am bias or anything but he is very attractive too! We met through friends of friends so not the most exciting story...but to me he is exciting! Our first date was to see New Years Eve last month (which I loved) and I have seen him pretty much everyday since. One of my favourite things we have done is we went and saw the windmill used in the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang film (one of my favourite childhood films!). It was an awesome 'day date' thing to do!

I have had boyfriends in the past to the point that since I split from my ex I didn't want to be in another. I was happy for my friends in nurtured relationships but the independent thing was working very well for me! Then the unexpected happened and I met Simon. We click and we instantly had that 'spark' every movie raves about. We bounce off each really well and when I'm around him I have this incredible energy. He's really ambitious, creative and thinks outside the box which is what I love most about him. He's romantic and there isn't a day that goes by where we don't compliment each other on something. He was amazing last week when I was very poorly, always popping round and calling me to see how I was. He even bought me this bracelet the other day when he went away to see friends up north.

I could seriously do multiple posts on him but I will save him the embarrassment as I know he reads this blog. I just wanted to let the world know how happy I am right now. He may be a bit of a regular feature on my blog and in posts from now on. 

I'll get pictures of us soon too!

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Under the weather.

To say I've been a little under the weather this week would be an under statement. I can honestly not remember the last time I ever felt this ill.

I am still managing to read your blogs but I just don't have the energy to leave comments right now. In fact it's taken me 3 days to write this post because I write a paragraph and I am so tired I go back to bed to sleep.

It started off Monday with a sickness bug. I was sent home from work and then the next day my tonsils had blown up, could barely speak and I was in agony on my left side. I decided to 'ride it out' until Wednesday when I had enough and went to my doctor, of which I fell asleep in the waiting room!

Tonsillitis my doctor told me (which I knew) because if it were medically safe to so I would rip my tonsils out right now. But yesterday he called to confirm I had glandular fever and that my spleen was enlarged (hence the left sided pain). I have been signed off work for a week. It may just be a pride thing for me but I have never been signed off work in my life. In fact, I had to ask him what it even meant!

I feel pretty miserable and next to my bed I am like a mini pharmacy with my pain killers, throat soothers, decongestants, antibiotics etc. I just keep popping pills and literally countdown to the next dose!

So at the moment all I do is sleep, struggle to eat, throw up my antibiotics because my stomach is so sensitive and just generally feel so lousy! I just keep telling myself that there are people even more ill in the world (and I want to nurse them, not me!)...but this just sucks. I just find the 4 walls of my bedroom boring and I just want to be well again.

But I do intend to do one thing whilst I navigate this "sick week". To try and get through as many episodes of F.R.I.E.N.D.S as possible. My boyfriend has 'dared' me if you like to try and get through as many episodes. Your on Simon! (I will introduce Simon to the blog soon, promise!)

So far during the 6 days I've been ill I've made it to Series 1 - episode 6. Still another 254 episodes to go. Better get cracking as long as I don't fall asleep! Hope your all okay friends.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Dear 16 year old me.

One of my friends is going through a bad break up. You know the one where the girl breaks up after three years together the day before they're due to fly out to South Africa for Christmas kinda of break up? He's crushed, understandably. 

I've done my best to be a good friend and he is on the mend, slowly. However, he got me thinking the other day when he said:

"I wish I could turn back to being, like I dunno 16, and telling myself that this would happen. That way I wouldn't be so hurt or at least more prepared"

Don't we all wish we knew what was ahead ourselves sometimes? But what he said was true! There are so many things I would tell my 16 year old self, so I have listed them below!

  • Don't get that half blonde hair, half brunette hair ever again. It will be a nightmare to grow out.
  • Please don't date Brad, he will never make you happy.
  • You'll reach a point in your 2nd year of nursing where you will want to give up, please don't because you definitely reach the finish line in 2010!
  • You actually have to learn to practice in order to play an instrument.
  • When your 18 doctors tell you, you will struggle to get pregnant due to PCOS. This does not ruin your life so please don't fret!
  • When you go to Becky's neon party in 3 years time don't go as bright yellow. You'll have a hellish night of everyone calling you a 'highlighter pen.'
  • Wear a foundation that actually matches your skin colour! It will not be a good look at college.
  • Give your parents a break sometimes. They struggle just as much as you at times and you don't even realise it.
  • When you get that niggle to blog at 17. DO IT! You'll meet the best people along the way.
  • Perfection doesn't exist girl! So quit trying to be!
  • Double vodka redbulls for your 21st taste worst on the way up than it does on the way down. Just warning you.
  • When your 19 and at Reading festival don't let your "boyfriend's" mates smoke weed and snort heroin in your tent. It's okay to say NO! Never be afraid to say no Rebecca.
  • The world can be a dark place at times but know your never alone.
  • Take more risks!!! like riding that roller-coaster when you go to Disney in 2010 should have been done earlier!
  • Your going to learn there is no such word as Can't! You can only 'do'!
  • And FYI: You'll be pleased you don't get that belly piercing when your 20.
  • Please have tissues ready when you watch The Notebook, PS I Love You and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Otherwise you will have mascara stains all over you bed sheets.
  • Lastly: Don't try to fit in, just be yourself. Cause when your 22 you'll realise how being 'you' is the best person you can be. Smile even when it's raining, nothing is too big and know your loved, more than you'll ever know.
What would you tell your 16 year old self?

Friday, 6 January 2012

Kick Starting 2012

Happy 2012 everyone!

I hope everyone had a great start to the year. I've been a bit delayed in posting as I have been working quite a lot. So whilst I conjure up ideas for posts I will leave you with a guest post I did for one of my favourite bloggers, Holly, a few days ago.

It is quite well known that I don't believe in a religion. I 'class' myself as agnostic but I enjoy learning about other religions. Holly is like minded as I am and she is doing a blog series about people to deem themselves as secular.

It's really interesting and I have enjoyed people's post. It is not designed to be derogotory towards people who have faith in other religions. It's just to give a view of how people who are non-religious choose to live their lives. Fair right? What I don't think is fair is that people have stopped following Holly's blog because of this, which is a shame because her blog is so quirky!

This is my post and check out the rest of the series too! 

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