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A Quick Look Back On My 2013

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I consider 2013 as being a good year looking back. I have been on two amazing holidays and made many happy memories. The Spain and Canary Island Cruise in May was awesome and it was lovely to spend time with two of my very good friends during this time. We did have a lot of fun and we laughed until we cried a lot of the time. Some people may of even thought we were a little mad but we didn’t have a care in the world. Thinking about it makes me want to book another cruise for next year but as I have some crazy saving to do I don’t think I’ll be booking anything.

Disneyland Paris is never a let down (in my opinion anyway) and I was lucky enough to take my niece Jordan on her first trip there. I’m not sure who exactly was the biggest kid but I’m pretty sure it was me. I love all the rides and meeting as many characters as I can. Despite going at peak season and having to face the crowds of people and the queues, we still had a great time. I would have loved to have returned next year but that also looks very unlikely.

There has been a few events that have stuck in my mind from this year including the annual ‘West End Live’ in Trafalgar Square, conventions such as ‘Collectormania’ in Milton Keynes ‘London Film and Comic Con’ ‘Hyper Japan’ and ‘ToyCon’ were all enjoyable and I hope to return to these events again next year. Another event I enjoyed was the charity football match between ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Les Miserable’.

This year saw me try my hand at creating things with Polymer clay which goes well when I have the time apart from when I burnt two tea light holders in the oven much to the horror of my mother who had to clean the blackness from her oven the next day, oops! I also joined a amateur operatic society and performed in my first show which was successful. Unfortunately because of the lack of young talent and men, the society will be closing after our next show in March. It has left me wondering what I should do next, if I even feel like doing anything after that.

There has been some events I have been to which I haven’t mentioned in my posts like Seeing various bands live at Wembley Arena and the London o2 such as ‘Paramore’ ’30 Seconds to Mars’ and ‘Boyzone’. I have also been to a couple of WWE events and loved it… more for next year I think, including some more gigs and shows that are already planned. So far I’m rather looking forward to 2014, I hope you are too!

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La Palma, Santa Cruz

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Day 9 of the cruise and we had no excursions planned. Instead we decided to explore the town a little because fortunately it was walking distance from the ship. I’m so glad we made this decision as I completely fell in love with the town. Its traditional buildings and pretty balconies draped with flowers made it pleasing on the eye and I got a little snap happy with my camera. There were lots of touristy shops that we happily popped in and out of scooping up our much-needed souvenirs. apologies for the way these photos are displayed, I’m having problems with the layout and it’s winding me up big time.

 

 

Vigo, Spain

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Our first port of call on the cruise was Vigo on the 6th May. This was a disappointing and rather dreary destination partly due to the weather but mainly because there was very little to do or see there. It’s helpful if you need to go shopping for things that you have forgotten to bring with you on the ship but other than that, I didn’t see the point in stopping there.

We were greeted by noisy protesters wanting Europe to help their banks or something to that effect. We had a look around some shops and I managed to capture a few interesting pictures. I’m sure there must be nicer parts of Vigo to explore further out but I have to admit that I wasn’t impressed and would have no intention in going back there. apologies to Vigo residents. If you have your own views, please include them in the comments below. Find out more about Vigo HERE on Wikipedia.

Harbour

Statue

Church

Bell tower

Spanish backstreets

traditional Spanish Square

Water Feature

Statue

part of the statue in more detail

Another Statue

Close up

Independence of the Seas – Spain and Canary Island Cruise

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Independence of the Seas

Independence of the Seas

Myself and friends Heidi and Debbie boarded the ship around 12ish on 4th May, just in time for lunch. The security checks were quick and stress free so we had plenty of time to find our state-room and explore the ship a little before we left Southampton. We were greeted by friendly and very cheerful staff so we knew from the beginning that we were going to be looked after very well. The ship departed at 3:30pm and we made sure we were up on deck to wave goodbye to the small crowd that had gathered to see us off.

The ship itself was amazing, we couldn’t comprehend the size until we saw it in real life. In total it has 15 floors… the 15th being the skylight chapel where small wedding ceremonies can take place. Each floor is maintained to a high standard and their level of cleanliness was impeccable. The care of their customers was obviously (from what I had observed) of up most importance and I couldn’t fault that.

Our inside stateroom was tiny which was something that I wasn’t expecting. The three of us were constantly bumping into each other so it was a good job that most of the time we were either roaming the ship or out on excursions when docked. There was lots to see and do both on and off the ship. We were confused about our sleeping arrangements until someone had to explain to us that bunks can be pulled down from the ceiling which we found rather amusing.

Inside stateroom

Inside stateroom

inside stateroom 2

inside stateroom 2

In my next post I shall include photos of in and around the ship.

 

I’m Back

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Well I’m back from my cruise with Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas and I can honestly say I had an amazing time. Unfortunately because the wifi was a little too pricey I was unable to blog throughout the trip so that put a stop to my holiday diary idea. But I’m still going to give you an insight into my 14 night stay on the ship and post photo’s of all the destinations we stopped at along the way. I took so many photo’s so I’ll be sorting them into a number of different posts over the coming days. I will keep my writing to a minimum as there is just too much to say but the photo’s are pretty self explanatory. If you would like to know more about the destinations I shall be providing links with all the information (if I can find it).

Compliments go out to all the staff and crew on board the ship that provided us with a fantastic service and helped make our stay a comfortable and happy one. I would without a doubt cruise with Royal Caribbean again. I’m not looking forward to returning to work tomorrow and getting back into a normal routine. I’ve already woken up in the middle of the night wondering where on earth I was, I thought I was still on the ship and couldn’t seem to recognise my own bedroom. I can’t wait to start sharing my adventures with you all so stay tuned 🙂

A Moment in Time

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We’ve all had those moments when we wake up with a raging hangover and vowed to ourselves that we will NEVER drink again (until the weekend after). Well I had one of those many moments again this morning after a night out with the family celebrating my mum’s 70th birthday. But this time I’ve decided to put it to practice and test my will power. It’s not like I haven’t done it before. I once gave up alcohol for about 2 years and as I’m not a particularly big drinker anyway, I’m hoping I can stick to it. The only main events I need to overcome is Christmas and the two-week cruise I’m going on next year.

I’m not only doing it because I hate hangovers and I don’t seem to be able to handle them as I’m getting older but I want to be healthier. Sometimes I feel really guilty when I’ve drunk lots the night before, like I’ve done something bad to my body and it’s punishing me for what I’ve put it through. I want my 2013 to be the start of a healthier me.