29/31 Enter the cave of wonders…

29. Where have you travelled?

That’s a bit of an open-ended question… is that travelled today, this year or travelled in my lifetime? We’d be here for a while if I opted for the latter that’s for sure…

So instead I’ll write about the last press trip I went on before I left NG Kids last year. I was sent to Slovenia in October to check out Postojna Cave and the mysterious olm that live there.

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Postojna Cave was discovered in 1818 by a local caver, called Luka ČeČ. This vast underground kingdom boasts extraordinary natural sculptures that sprout from more or less every surface. It’s so huge that you have to take a train to get into the main part of the cave! The stalactites and stalagmites here begun forming as far as two million years ago, by the water seeping through from the Pivka River. An easy way of remembering which formation was a stalactite and which was a stalagmite, was all thanks to one letter. Stalactites hang from the ceiling and stalagmites form on the ground. Clever right?!

Then there’s this little guy, which are thought to live up to 100 years old! Nicknamed the human fish, it was once thought that they were the offspring of dragons. These cave-dwelling salamander have adapted to life in the darkness in the most peculiar of ways. Although born with eyes, they soon stop developing. By the time they are four months old, skin begins to grow over them. They are still sensitive to light though, which is why it’s so tricky to get a decent picture of them. To combat the loss of vision, their hearing and sense of smell is highly developed. They’ve even got electroreceptors in their heads to help them hunt for food!

Talking about food… that’s one thing I did thoroughly enjoy – even though we were given way too much of it! Each day we were given a four course meal for both lunch and dinner, and each course came with a different wine. Needless to say, I was severely ill the second day of the trip because my body just wasn’t used to that much food – I felt I had to clear the plate each time otherwise I was given a disapproving look and asked if I didn’t like it. No pressure! However, here are some of my favourite dishes… I can’t remember exactly what was in each of them now but I just remember how amazing they tasted – especially the desserts!

On the trip, we also took part in extreme caving, visited Predjama Castle and even was given a tour of the caves underneath the castle, where there were loads of bats!

 

 

7/31 What kind of animal was that?!

7. Your pet hates

Originally I thought I’d reply to this prompt with people spitting in the street or when you’re on the tube (London Underground) and someone catches their sneeze, but then proceeds to use the same hand to hold on to the handrail, but yesterdays events changed all of that…

IMG_3616I was in my room getting ready to go out to celebrate one of my best friends birthdays when I saw how late it had gotten and realised I still hadn’t eaten anything. As I entered the kitchen, I saw this mess. Anyone would think that this was just the drunken leftovers of the night before, but freakily I’d been the only one in the flat for a few days and the front door was still on the chain as I hadn’t gone out yet, so it couldn’t have been a person…

It didn’t look like a pigeon could have done it because, quite frankly, it most likely would have pooed everywhere. Plus their table manners are shocking – they would have shaken the chocolate and wrapper everywhere and not been able to unwrap it so neatly. And then I saw these…

The culprit had left evidence… footprints! Or maybe, paw prints…

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Somehow, and this is my theory, a squirrel managed to scale the front of our block of flats to the seventh floor and hopped through our kitchen window to pinch the last remaining (unopened) Kinder Bueno bars that were on the kitchen table. There had been two left and the above was all that was left. I think the squirrel had tucked into the first one and realised how much it enjoyed them. That’s when it decided to make off with the other full, unopened bar, too!

So that’s my new pet hate… thinking you’re safe leaving the kitchen window open because the city was hotter than Ibiza this weekend, to find your treat stash mysteriously plundered!

 

6/31 Do you hear what I hear?

6. Your 5 sense right now

Well I’ve just finished watching the semi-finale for RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8 so I’m on cloud nine right now…

Sight: It’s dark outside at the moment, so all I can see is my screen (of course) and my room, but it’s been glorious weather this week.

Hearing: After watching who made it to the top three on this seasons Drag Race (SPOILER ALERT: my two favourites Naomi Smalls and Kim Chi made it woo), I’ve decided to continue the fabulousness and am now listening (and lip-syncing) to RuPaul’s new album The Rusical… available on iTunes!

Taste: Umm… There isn’t a prominent taste taking over my palette right now but if I had to say something, it’d be toothpaste from brushing my teeth a few hours ago.

Smell: Chocolate. There’s some chocolate biscuits that are casually lingering on my desk, frequently catching my eye. Only one way to get rid of them… *nom nom*

Touch: The keys… ?!

Simply the best

#298: NASA is building a new Voyager spacecraft that will carry the best of modern human culture. What belongs onboard?

Wait, where is this spacecraft actually going? Or is it just going to orbit a few times and then disappear into the solar system?!

That point aside, onboard would be…
– an iPod loaded with the greatest songs of all time (and of course some earphones and a charger!)
– an iPad with the great movies on it (ditto to the above brackets)
– Galaxy chocolate (no pun intended!)

This is actually pretty tough because I don’t know where it’s going (if anywhere) or who it’s intended for (again, if for anyone). I’ve taken this prompt to symbolise a time capsule type idea, but I always associate those with little kids drawings, currency and photos… Far from the digital age we live in now!

You’ve got the power

#163: You have the power to enact a single law. What would it be?

Hmm… this is tough as there are several laws I’d like to introduce:

– Spitting on the pavement, into bushes, just in general would be against the law. It’s a revolting habit and if you want to creep yourself out thinking about it, people step in it and then walk into their homes, thus spreading other peoples disgusting spit germs!

– Employers would have to provide their employees with a fruit allowance e.g. two pieces a day. A healthy workforce is a happy workforce in my book!

– The idea of work experience/internships that last longer than a week, would have to be paid minimum wage for the work they do. It’s so easy for young people to get trapped in these schemes as they don’t want to speak up for fear of being replaced.

 – Lastly, a silly but fairly reasonable one, it would be against the law to dislike Choccywoccydoodah!

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Ripped into the headline

#161: Write about something that happened over the weekend as though it’s the top story on your local paper.

WOMAN HAS BEST DAY OF HER LIFE

A woman claims to have had the best day of her life, even though she is only 25. On Saturday, she visited London’s Choccywoccydoodah branch with one of her closest friends and introduced two new “recruits” (as she calls them), her close friends boyfriend and another close friend from work. She was recognised immediately by staff due to how many times she visits and introduces new people to the wonders of Choccy. Everyone loved the cake, although there was no doubt in her mind that they wouldn’t… Favourite food. Favourite friends. If only there was a way to enjoy this event every weekend without getting incredibly obese and/or inducing diabetes.