Two Days in Venice

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I don’t think anyone can turn down a good holiday, especially to one of the most beautiful cities in the world. So when mum suggested a weekend break to Venice, I’d be silly to turn it down.

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To add a bit of humour to your lives, this trip was suppose to be a 21st birthday present but we went in June and I’m still 20! So when mum was telling everyone it was my birthday the whole trip and singing to me, I was a little confused.

We arrived in this beautiful city on the Thursday evening, and with no time to waste we went exploring, and of course found a bar. We saw the Rialto Bridge, and just had a general wonder around the narrow streets and bridges. Relaxed after a long day of travelling and treated ourselves to some authentic Italian food.

Friday was our only full day in Venice, and we tried to squeeze as much in as possible. We woke up super early and got to the Doge’s Palace for when it opened, which is located in St. Mark’s Square, a major tourist spot in Venice. This is where we walked over and saw the bridge of signs, where ancient prisoners would get their last glimpse of freedom before they were locked away in prison.

After our culture filled morning we had lunch along one of the small canals, followed by a gondola ride around the back streets. I would recommend taking a gondola around the back streets as opposed to the main canal, as one their cheaper and two, you get to see more of the culture. We then ended the day with cocktails on a rooftop bar before heading out for dinner and drinks again.

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As we’d had our action filled tourist day we decided to end our weekend break by using the final day to take our time to observe and appreciate this beautiful city. We had breakfast along the grand canal, and a leisurely stroll around the back streets before heading back to the apartment to get ready for our flight.

I don’t think this post has done this gorgeous city justice. From the architecture to the food, I have fallen in love with Venice. To anyone asking whether it’s worth going, I would say Yes! I don’t believe you need anymore than a couple of days in this city before you’ve exhausted the sights, but if you plan your trip well Venice definitely has a lot to offer. There are many more day trips to neighbouring islands so if you go for longer don’t be afraid you won’t fill your diaries.

All my love,

Georgina xx

 

 

Taking a leap of faith

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The last couple of months for me have been sh*t, to say the least, and it could’ve come down to a lot of things, but ultimately it’s my job. I have been working in a pub for the last couple of months and I just can’t seem to crack it. Which then led me to have to make a decision, do I stick it out for the summer or take a leap of faith.

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Let’s fast forward to the very beginning. My beautiful boyfriend and I decided that for the entirety of the summer we would spend it together. This all seemed well and good before we realised we needed money (I know right, it ruins everything), so we both got jobs. Harry (the said boyfriend mentioned above) had bagged himself a nifty 9-5 job Monday to Friday, and I had taken the only place that offered me a job, working evenings and weekends in a pub. This was the first mistake because it meant that we didn’t see each other, which caused great regret to the fact we could’ve just gone home and leached off our parents.

The second problem was money. I was use to a very nice job at home working in a care home earning a healthy wage, I then traded that for under 21’s minimum wage. Which is fine, but it didn’t cover my rent. Enter dilemma two.

The rest of the problems could’ve easily been liveable if it weren’t for A and B, but they ended up being big deciders in my “leap of faith” plan. I spend my days waiting for Harry to come home, to spend a hour with him and then go to work, spending most of the time crying in the toilets. I felt like I didn’t fit in at work and found the management poor, plus I really didn’t like getting hit on by old men.

I kept thinking to myself that I could just stick it out for the rest of summer, so I put it off and put it off, but one day I couldn’t put it off any longer. I went into work intending to do my 10 hour shift and walked out 10 minutes later unemployed.

Sometimes you just have to put yourself first and take the plunge. Yes I do feel like I’ve waisted 3 months of my life on nothing, and yes it may have taken me another 2 weeks to find myself a new job but I am so much more happy in myself and with my new job Harry and I can finally have the summer we both wanted. I learnt that things don’t always go right the first time, and its better to do something about it than live with the unhappiness.

Cheers to that,

Georgina xx

Official Member of the Twenties Club

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If any of you know me, you’ll know it was my birthday the other week, and if you didn’t know then where have you been? I am ordinarily not really a big birthday person, don’t get me wrong I love all this celebration stuff but I prefer it when I’m not the one who’s birthday it is.

This year however, I wanted to do something a little more memorable than my usual Chinese takeaway evening with my close family; as this one is a little more special than the usual. I reached my third decade of living and this called for more than the average. Don’t jump to conclusions though it still wasn’t anything as extravagant as someone else would class as a normal celebration.

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I started my day off with the traditional ‘being-woken-up-by-my-mother-singing’ which led into a morning of gift exchange. I was spoilt to say the least. Myself, my mother, grandmother and brother then enjoyed a lovely lunch out at one of our local fancy-pants restaurants. It was a lovely way to spend the day, with the people I deem closest to me.

The evening began the real fun part, and since I’d already done the whole ‘going out and getting smashed’ thing on my 18th I thought it was time for something more grown up and civilised. I invited a handful of my closest friends round for girls night in with wine, snacks and great convocation. We ended up talking for hours and I deemed it to be one of the best ways to end your birthday!

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The day after my birthday, or as I like to call it My Birthday +1, myself and my mother went to Bicester Village for a well needed shopping spree. For those who don’t know what Bicester village is, its basically a designer outlet outdoor shopping centre, it holds some of the most beautiful brands for a fraction of their original price. I am very lucky to be able to live so close to such a popular tourist spot. I think it was safe to say myself and mother spent a great deal of time and money here on the Saturday and came home with some marvellous purchases, including a birthday present from myself to myself; a Kate Spade bag which I am in love with.

My 20th Birthday was a success and I am looking forward to what this year has to offer me. Its time for a fresh start! Here’s to another year filled with love and laughter.

Love Georgina xx

Reunion in Christchurch

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At the beginning of summer, I thought I would spend my summer holidays making loads of money, going on holidays and road trips with all my friends and just overall having a good time. As it would seem I’m more than halfway through my summer, I’m still as broke as when I started, while also working 40 plus hours a week and I haven’t seen any of my friends from University.

This plateau of a summer seemed to come to an end when me and my two best friends went for a long weekend away to one of our houses in the sunny town of Christchurch next to Bournemouth.

Judging from my lack of summer fun I bet you all can tell how excited I was to finally have something on my social calendar other than taking my Grandma to Sainsbury’s and back. I was packed about a week prior and my car was filled with petrol all ready for my long 4 hour journey down to the south coast.

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Day 1: Our first point of reference when hitting this gorgeous city was to head to the beach (obviously) and since we arrived late evening we brought some fire wood and some roasting equipment; i.e. some sticks and marshmallows, nothing fancy, and had a bonfire on the beach. This seemed all well and good at first until I decided it was a good idea to light twigs on fire and wave them around my head, but lets skim over that part.

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Day 2: Since we Britons were going through a bit of a heat wave late July, early August, we thought we’d make the most of it and have an all day visit to Bournemouth beach to top up our tans, (or start one in my case), as its not everday England sees temperatures reaching near 30 degrees centigrade. This seemed like a good idea at the time until the idiot that I am forgot to apply sun cream to certain areas of my body, which resulted in some serious sun burns, some of which I am still recovering from 3 weeks later. I think its fair to say I learnt my lesson. Always wear sun cream kids!

Following on from our day of beach galore, in true student fashion we hit the town for a well needed night of dancing and (sensible) drinking. It only seemed fitting as this was primarily what our friendships were formed on.

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Day 3: As you can imagine we started the day off with a morning of recovery, which then turned into a whole day of lounging around until we finally plucked up the energy to wonder around the New Forest. It was refreshing having spent the previous day on the sand to suddenly be wondering around the countryside. Dorset really does have the best of both worlds.

That evening myself and one of the girls proceeded to cook dinner for the whole family as a thank you for letting us stay and cause havoc in their home. It was safe to say it was a huge success and I managed not to poison anyone which is always a 50/50 chance when I’m behind the stove.

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My time by the seaside, although a short visit proved very well. Not only did I have a wonderful time seeing the sights of the Bournemouth and Christchurch area but I got to see my two very best friends.

Thank you for reading,

Georgina xx

 

Turning Twenty

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HELLO to yet another year! Time is passing so quickly I can barely keep up with it! Today is my Birthday, I’ve made the big jump from being a teenager to a full fledged member of the twenties club. It scares me to think that my teenage years are behind me, there are no excuses now, I’m an ADULT! Jokes aside though… I am happy to be moving into this new phase in my life, and I hope life as a twenty year old suits me well.

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The last 365 days have probably been one of the best ones yet. I have loved my time blogging and creating content. I have really gotten into the whole photography element recently, hopefully you’ve noticed. My biggest change from last year has to be my transition from living at home to living independently at University, I have really come into myself and I owe this year to that.

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This new time in my life is going to be one of the best ones yet, your twenties are the years where you really come into yourself and I’m excited to find out who Georgina really is. Just thinking about what could happen is unimaginable, but I’m ready to put my best foot forward and begin to adult in a way I didn’t realise I knew how.

Here’s to another year.

Laughter Makes the World Go Round

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We all love a good case of the giggles, the kind where your stomach starts to hurt, or the kind that makes you run to the toilet in fear, or the silent laughter you do while pulling a face for radio. The latter being my unconcious go-to. It’s a great love in all of us.

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There is nothing I love more than the company of people who can make me laugh uncontrollably. If you can find someone who can make you forget about the boring parts of life and create a new happiness. Those are the people you want to spend time with, and those are the people you want to surround yourself with.

I have only recently realised this!

A couple of months ago a big thing happened between me and another individual, it was no ones faul, it just happened. As a result of this, I lost a lot of friends. I lost people who I used to call my best friends, people I use to spend my entire summer with; just gone. It made me realise the importance of real friendship and I how when you went to school you were friends with the people you saw everyday, for no other reason than that; you saw them everyday. My first semester at University served to be fine, but after this ‘incidence’ things just started to disolve. I noticed things I didn’t previosuly. I behaved the same before and after but it was them who ultimatly made the final decision.

The past weeks I have then only surrounded myself with the people who make me smile, the people I can truly be myself around. Going through something this difficult makes you realise who is actually there for you and who was just around for the ride. Because we both lost something, and the fact my ‘friends’ decided to make the choice for me to leave upset me, but now I know I’m better off.

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The moral of this story is that laughter comes from being truly comfortable and happy, so only surround yourself with people who do that!

Love Georgina xx

 

 

Elegant Ending to a Memorable First Year

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My first year at Univeristy has come to and end. This past Saturday I packed up my University dorm room and headed back home. It was heart breaking. Leaving a room to which I lived in for one of the most exciting years of my life. I cannot emphasise enough how fast this year has gone, or to think about how scary it will be that come September I will be a second year student.

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It is true that all good things must come to an end… at least for now! I am acting like I’m leaving forever but in reality I will be back in couple of months. I just hate goodbyes.

On a serious note thought, Univeristy has taught me so much in only a year, and I have no doubt these lessons will continue. I have grown up and changed considerably since last September, it has aided not only my educational growth but my own personal growth. There are things that I have achieved this year that I never would’ve ordinarily thought would happen. Everything has been for the better.

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I have come to make so many new friendships, some I know I will treasure throughout Univeristy and for many years to come. I have become part of a society which has helped me considerably with my confidence and allowed me to meet many more new people.  I am surrounding myself with people who are like me and can accept me for the weird, bubbly person that I am.

I know, I know! It’s only first year! First year’s, yes do have a fair bit of work and exams, but for most Universities it counts for very little if any of their degree. I still have another couple of years before I finished this wonderful journey, but as this year has demonstrated it is approaching far sooner than I would’ve thought. It seems like less than 2 minutes have gone by when I was awkwardly standing in the halls on Freshers week trying to make friends with every face that walked by.

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The end of the academic year is the time to reflect, not just our own personal development but on how others around us have shaped who we are. At the time I thought I hadn’t learnt much about myself, but the reality is looking back I have. Academically I know I could’ve done better, and there are many things that I know now that I will change going into my second year. Things like doing more outside reading, or writing up the lectures as soon as I get it, rather than just having a nap (we all do it). Saying that there are also things I am proud of this year, and hope will continue through my years, things like putting myself out there a little more and not being this shy awkward girl standing in the background.

First year was one of the best years of my life. This is one of the easiest statements I have ever had to say. I am looking forward to what the next couple of years have to offer. Bring on second year.

Love Georgina xx