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Happy 1st October!

One of my favourite months of the year is now upon us, and I can’t quite believe that we have just three months left of 2017! How the HELL did that happen?! I’ve had a whirlwind of a summer and been fortunate enough to travel to some amazing places, but now I’m looking forward to winding down a little bit, swapping sunny days for cosy nights in and embracing all things autumnal before our long cold winter inevitably hits. September has been another crazy month for me, I went on my interrailing adventure visiting 4 countries and 4 cities, and have also bought myself a brand new car and started a brand new job! Here’s what’s been happening over the past 30 days…

 

I became a god mother for the first time

 

 

I’m sooo proud to announce that I am now (fairy) godmother to beautiful little Halle, daughter of one of my best friends! The christening took place a few weeks ago now but it was so lovely and Halle looked so adorable. I was so honoured to be asked to be her godmother, it’s something I’ve never had the privilege of doing before and I cried as soon as I was asked! I promise to love you and look after you forever little Halle bean <3 xx

 

I went interrailing around Europe for ten days

 

 

Last weekend I got back from one of my biggest trips of 2017; I interrailed around Europe for 10 days with another of my best friends and we had SUCH an amazing trip! We flew to Warsaw to start off our adventure, enjoying walking tours, traditional Polish food and learning about its war history along the way, before heading over to Prague for our second stop. It was my second visit to the city and I fell in love with it even more than I did the first time. We partied until the early hours, wandered around the biggest castle complex in Europe, and spent time gazing in awe at the beautiful Old Town Square.

 

 

Our third stop was the stunning city of Salzburg, home to strudel, sacher-torte and of course, the Sound of Music film set. We took the funicular up to the top of the castle complex where we were treated to incredible panoramic views over the entire city below, and then sang our hearts out on the wonderful Sound of Music Official Tour. The fourth and final stop of our interrailing adventure was the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, somewhere that had been on my bucket list for such a long time. Again, we took a funicular up to the top of the castle to watch the sun set, then spent time wandering around the cobbled streets and meandering along the river. Our last full day was spent at the nearby Lake Bled, which seems to be top of everyone’s go-to lists at the moment! We had the most amazing trip and I wish we could go back and do it allll over again!

 

I treated myself to a new car

 

 

Last month my lovely little corsa gave up the ghost after 5 short years of us being together and I was totally gutted!! Sadly a bust head gasket meant that we had to part ways, so to cheer myself up I treated myself to a brand new, 67 plate Vauxhall Adam and it has definitely put the smile back on my face! After a month of having no car I’m fully embracing being back behind the wheel and am loving whizzing around in my new purchase.

 

I started a brand new full-time job

 

 

Most people think getting a new car is a big enough event for one month, but not me, I only went and got myself a brand new job too! After 18 months of travel, 12 months of freelancing and 9 months of part time work, I felt the time was right for me to have a new challenge and ease myself into a career in the travel industry. As much as I’ve loved blogging and travelling almost full time over the past year and a half, I realised that I needed to catch my breath, slow down and build a career in the industry I am hugely passionate in. I’m by no means settling down, and I’ll still be making the most of my weekends and annual leave by traveling as much as possible, but for now I’m really excited to have a new challenge and am looking forward to becoming a Villa’s Coordinator at a luxury travel firm in Cheltenham… Wish me luck!

So that’s how my September went… How did yours go? I’m hoping to have a quiet October where I can save some money, spend some time with my friends and family and just enjoy being at home for the next few weeks. Weirdly, I don’t actually have any new trips coming up which is kind of a strange concept for me, but I just want to settle in to my new life and see how things go. You know me though, I’m pretty sure I’ll book some kind of spontaneous getaway before 2017 comes to an end πŸ˜‰

Love Jess x

 

Remember, Remember Fifth of November…

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Hi Everyone,

I haven’t done a themed blog post for a while and, considering Bonfire Night is my FAVOURITE time of year, I thought I’d put something together for you all! Last bonfire night I was in Iceland and the year before I was in Disneyland Paris so I’m never normally at home for the occasion! It was however nice to spend it with my family this year and watch some spectacular fireworks light up the beautiful Oxfordshire skies!

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Bonfire night takes place every year on 5th November,Β where the historic London tradition traces its roots back to Guy Fawkes’ failed gunpowder plot in 1605. Fawkes, along with a groupΒ of other conspirators,Β had planned to destroy the Houses of Parliament and the Palace of Westminster but were caught out before the explosive plot had time to unfold. Fawkes was hung, drawn and quartered for his crimes and so began the tradition of burning an effigy ofΒ a ‘Guy’ on a bonfire, hence the celebration of bonfire night. The famous poem synonymous with this historic event is as follows:

Remember, remember fifth of November

Gunpowder, treason and plot

I see no reason why gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot

My fireworks extravaganza began with my task of writing a new post for The CultureΒ Trip. I was asked to compile a list of Top Places for Fireworks Displays in London and so I began scouring theΒ net for the best promos andΒ the most entertaining line ups. From this I put together my final listicle which I’m pleased to say looked visually amazing once it was published live! A big thanks to the companies who I featured.

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On Friday 6th November I headed to RAF Brize Norton for their fantastic fireworks display- I’ve been going with my family for the past ten years and they are amazing! They put on a fantastic show and each time I visit I have such happy memories! Their brilliant 2015 display lasted around 25mins and its was truly magical from start to finish!

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I hope you all had a wonderful fireworks night wherever you spent it… I’d love to see your best sparkly shots!

Love Jess x