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My 2012 Highlights

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2012 has been yet another great year for me overall and I’m extremely grateful for that. I have had great fun with many good friends along the way. I have managed to do a little travelling with Spain and Barcelona being my main holiday this year which included lots of great excursions. Disneyland Paris was somewhere I’ve always wanted to go and it certainly made me feel like a kid again… everyone needs a little magic in their lives. My long weekend to Devon was a welcomed break from the norm and left me feeling refreshed.

I attended three fantastic conventions with this year being my first experience of conventions too. Bitten 3 weekend, the Entertainment Media show and the London Film and Comic con all had some brilliant guests. Other highlights included seeing Michael McIntyre at the o2, The Harry Potter studio tour and the amazing annual West End Live which I will no doubt be at again next year.

Obviously my brother’s wedding has to be one of the biggest highlights of this year. It was a lovely occasion and one that I will remember for a long time to come. Meeting the coolest couple on YouTube Charles and Ali Trippy at the Contiki meetup in London with my niece was exciting and I hope to meet more of the YouTubers that I watch next year. Seeing one of my favourite bands Evanescence was long-awaited and I’m pleased to say that I have actually finally seen them live.

I tried my hand at poetry and really enjoyed it so I plan to submit more poetry into any online magazines that will accept them and see where I get. I completely failed on my other blogs for reviews and art but I’ve decided to just add everything I do to this blog in the future. Oh, and that book I bought back in January is still unfinished… what am I like!

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Spain 2012

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Yesterday I arrived home from my two-week holiday in Salou in Spain. I had a fantastic time with 3 of my friends; Emma, Hayley and Mandy as we passed the time with many activities and good nights out but now I can honestly say I’m glad to be back home. There’s no way I could have stayed there any longer than two weeks. There were certain things that got right on my nerves such as many of the Spanish people who were just plain rude. I’m not saying that the majority of them are rude but many of the locals in Salou, Tarragona and Barcelona that I personally encountered were a little ignorant. They would just push passed you without saying anything or try to push you out of the way to get to various attractions. I know that the English may not be the most popular visitors to your country but manners cost nothing these days.

one of the other things that really annoyed me while in Salou were the club and pub promoters. The night-life was pumping and there are an array of different bars and night clubs to suit everyone’s tastes. We found a couple of places that soon became our regular haunts (Chaplin’s and Danny Boy) but due to competition, everywhere we went we got harassed by promoters trying to get us to go to their bars/clubs. Some even got a bit rude or aggressive when we wouldn’t take the flyers they were handing out. Our nights out always seemed to start out as a mission to avoid them. On one occasion, as we were walking past one quite quickly, he tried to put his arm around me and I moved it away abruptly telling him not to touch me. Physical contact shouldn’t be permitted. He didn’t know the reason why I didn’t want him to put his arm around me but at the time I had sunburn on my arms which was painful to the touch.You just don’t do things like that.

Anyway, that’s enough ranting… back to the good stuff. We managed to fit a lot of excursions into our two weeks starting with meeting the dolphins at Aquapolis in La Pineda. We went to the Theme park, Port Aventura on 3 occasions and rode on Shambhala which is the highest and longest rollercoaster in Europe. We also went on a Jeep safari through the mountains, swam with Sea Lions, and sailed on a Catamaran. One of the main highlights was House of Illusions where we watched some talented magicians, we were so impressed the fist time we ended up going back a second. I’ll be writing some reviews about venues and excursions when I get the chance.