Standstill

#267: For a moment today, time stands still — but you can tweak one thing while it’s stopped. What do you do?

EASY… remove the sickness virus that my Editor brought into the office! He caught it from his kids, which I know many people will say “that can’t be helped”… but my friends, it really could have been helped and very much avoided! He could have visited them next weekend instead, thus avoiding infecting the office during press week! Oy vey!

I’ve already been off for a few days last week because of a nasty cold that’s hit me pretty hard, so what with my immune system already being fairly low (and the fact that I sit opposite him), I think my chances of avoiding it are severely slim. I’m antibac’ing my hands as if there’s no tomorrow, have consumed a multivitamins drink and two flu capsules, which hopefully have enough in them to subside the virus for a while.

No one likes a sickness virus but I really can’t afford to get it – I’ve got a few events at the weekend that I can’t get refunds for and next week my parents fly out to Italy for a short anniversary holiday (as it was their honeymoon destination). I’ll be so hacked off if they get this virus and have to cancel their trip. Just have to hope and pray!

Six of one, half-a-dozen of the other

#253: Write a six-word story about what you think the future holds for you, and then expand on it in a post.

Success, happiness, travel, love and family. 

OK… so I cheated. I couldn’t work out a suitable story that would sum up my future in six words – it will be interesting to see how other bloggers approached this one-line challenge. However, the words included are things that I hope my future holds… and no doubt everyone else wants similar things. Thinking back to the Luxurious blog prompt from the weekend, everyone measures things differently. So, where I’ve listed success, I would class myself as successful when I secure either a writer/sub-editor role within a company I love – anything above, for example owning my own publication, would be a bonus! This theory applies to the other words, too. Happiness is something that comes and goes, but everyone hopes that there will be more happiness than sadness in their lives – although, thankfully, I’m someone who finds happiness in the smaller things. Travel is an obvious one… who doesn’t want to discover new parts of the world in their life?! And then there’s love and family, which kind of come hand in hand. 

Ballerina, fireman, astronaut, moviestar

#217: When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up? What are you now? Are the two connected?

Not that I can remember my dreams and plans 15 years ago at all vividly, but I think at that age I had just gone abroad for the first time to Disney World Florida. Whilst out there, we went to Discovery Cove – when I was younger, as in 4-years-old younger, I wanted to be a Mermaid (what kid doesn’t?!), which I think fuelled my fascination in the creatures found under the sea. So be taken to swim with the dolphins… I was in heaven! It was one of the best days of my life. It was from there that I wanted to work with dolphins – either as a dolphin trainer, marine biologist or a dolphin rescuer. 

15 years on… I’m the Editorial & Marketing Assistant at NG Kids magazine UK. The two aren’t directly connected, but we have our ocean special currently on sale where we mention dolphins… so there’s a very minute link. Not that I was asked to write the dolphin pages – I wrote a double page spread called Shore Shapers instead, which was about the little creatures found along the UK’s coast line.

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There’s no place like home

#201: If you had the opportunity to live a nomadic life, traveling from place to place, would you do it? Do you need a home base? What makes a place “home” to you?

Only for a short period of time as I don’t think I could manage living out if a bag for more than a few months! Whats makes a place a home, even though it sounds so superficial, is where my stuff is – my bed, my clothes, my family photos etc. My home base however, will always be where my family are. At the moment, we’re all only a 20 or so minute drive away from one another, which is lovely. Although when I move into London (which I’m desperately hoping will be before this year is out), the journey time will increase to around an hour – which is why I would never be able to love to Australia!

Fly on the wall

#200: If you could be a “fly on the wall” anywhere and at any time in history, where and when would you choose?

This is tough as there are so many things I’d want to see. That said, I’d either chose between the discovery of Tutankhamun alongside my Great Nan’s Uncle, Howard Carter, or my other Great Nan’s wedding as she was just so cool and I only got to have her here for 24 years (which sounds like a long time but it was only a quarter of her life) or, more recently, I’d want to be a fly on the wall at one of the recording sessions of The Big Bang Theory. I’ve been trying to get tickets to this for months but they always seem to get snapped up within 5 minutes of becoming available! Even though it’s in LA, I am more than willing to fly all the way from the UK just to see my favourite TV show being recorded live. Nothing could make me happier!

Stranger in a strange land

#198: What’s your favourite part about visiting a new place — the food? The architecture? The people watching?

Hmm… this is tricky! I don’t think I have a favourite as they’re all equally exciting! All of those things make a new adventure truly amazing. Take Barcelona for example… not only do you have the incredible food with its unbelievably fresh fruit and cooked to perfection tapas, but you have the mind-blowing architecture from the ingenious, albeit ahead of his time, Gaudi and amazingly talented street performers to watch (as well as watching the locals go about their day).

I love Barcelona… and Spain in general. I want to go back!

Local flavour

#82: Write a piece about a typically “local” experience from where you come from as though it’s an entry in a travel guide.

Hertfordshire, located just outside of the capital, provides visitors with easy access to the heart of the London as well as being close enough to wander through the streets of the iconic towns, Cambridge and Oxford. Since this county is considered a Green Belt, with half of it owing to countryside, you’re never far from a peaceful river valley, a flourishing farm or a dense woodland area for you to explore on foot, by bike or even by canoe!

Restaurants

Aside from your chain restaurant favourites Pizza Express and Chiquito’s, for fab tasting food guaranteed every time, head to Raj Vogue in Cheshunt. You will never have had an Indian meal like it – tender lamb chunks, covered in deliciously spiced sauces, alongside perfect garlic rice and a melt in the mouth garlic naan… Oh and can’t be forgetting the fresh mango chutney!

Attractions

For the thrill seekers, there’s the Lee Valley White Water Centre, which was one of the venues for the London 2012 Olympic Games. For family fun, head to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo as they’ve got big cats, giant pachyderms and teeny, tiny insects! Not forgetting theatre-goers, there’s always a good night to be had down at the Broxbourne Civic Hall in Hoddesdon… I should know, I’ve been in one!

Stranded

#81: You’re stranded in a foreign city for a day with no money and no friends. Where do you go; what do you do?

I’d wander around the city, admiring the wonderful architecture and churches. I’d join buskers (obviously with their permission), sing my little heart out and hopefully earn enough money to buy myself some lunch. Not only would I be making friends by doing this but when eating/drinking, I’d make friends there too. Sounds cliche but how can you have no friends when you’re surrounded by millions of people?!

No, thanks

#62: Is there a place in the world you never want to visit? Where, and why not?

In all honesty, there isn’t anywhere specific that comes to mind but I’d always say that I wouldn’t want to visit any war zones… for obvious reasons! I do think that I’d explore everywhere – jungles, forests, deserts, mountains, glaciers etc. You name it, I’ll give it a go!

Places

#61: Beach, mountain, forest, or somewhere else entirely?

Even though I hate creepy crawlies, I think I’d always choose forest for the incredible sense of adventure and simply the sheer wonder of it all. I’ve never been a lounge on the beach/by the pool kind of girl and I’ve never felt the urge to conquer a mountain (although if the opportunity arose, I would well and truly grab it with both hands!). I have two big travel dreams that I’m hoping to achieve whilst still in my 20’s; that is to travel to the depths of Borneo to witness wild orangutans in their natural habitat as well as to volunteer at an orangutan rehabilitation centre/sanctuary. My second big dream is to fly to Egypt, not only to enter King Tutankhamun’s tomb (due to my connection with Howard Carter) but I’d also want to embrace all of it’s famous ancient landmarks – the Valley of the Kings, Abu Simbel, The Temple of Karnak, Pyramids of Giza, Luxor Temple, Deir el-Bahari, Ramesseum… the list goes on and on!

If anyone’s been to either of these two locations and has any tips or recommendations, I’d really appreciate it 🙂