Gender reveal party

Gender reveal party time! Is it a boy or is it a girl? We have been asking ourselves this question ever since we found out I was pregnant. As it’s our first baby we had no preference, we just wanted a healthy baby, but we couldn’t wait to find out! Here in London you have a scan at 20 weeks and that’s when they tell you whether you’re having a little boy or a little girl. 20. Long. Weeks.

However, we were supposed to find out a little bit later as our friends wanted to arrange a gender reveal party. The plan was to ask the doctor to write on a piece of paper what we were having but as usual things don’t go as planned. At the scan the doctor told us that they were not allowed to write it down for us. They can tell us in person there and then or not at all. We did not want to wait until the delivery to find out so we asked them to tell us at the appointment. We were not prepared to find out that day, but when we did it was a bit of a surprise for us.

I couldn’t control my tears, I started crying because this baby suddenly felt so real and I could picture us three and our future together. My boyfriend thought I was crying because I wasn’t happy, but it was the contrary, I was so happy. Just overwhelmed with the fact that this was actually happening.

We decided to tell our parents and closest family straight after the appointment as they were desperate to know. They were all but my partner’s sister, on team girl. Now all we had to do was to organize a party and celebrate with our friends. My best friend and I were responsible for the decorations and the boys were responsible for the BBQ. In the beginning, we asked everyone to vote ‘boy’ or girl’ and most of our friends voted girl. I think there were only 2 people who thought it was going to be a boy.

Finally, it was time for the reveal and… it’s a boy!!!! We were both shocked when the doctor at the scan told us. For some reason subconsciously we both thought it was going to be a little girl, but no, we are going to have a son. I’m going to be a mum to a little boy! I can’t wait to meet him and see both myself and the man I love in him. There is one thing I am sure of and it is that this boy will be so loved. Both our families are so excited for him to join the crazy mix of a Polish – Spanish family.

Love,

K.

Mummy’s getting big!
IT’S A BOY!!!
Mum & Dad <3

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Finding out that we were going to have a baby

Hello All,

Hope everyone’s having a great Friday. Time for part 2 of the story I posted last week. Today I’ll tell you about how and when we found out we were going to be a baby, our initial reactions and the first changes to my body.

Like I have mentioned previously, we have decided to finish the contraception I was on and change after my period – that must’ve been early to mid January. However, those of you who have PCOS know that your periods can be very irregular so I wasn’t sure when that would happen. I have booked a surprise Valentine’s trip to Budapest for us earlier in the year and I remember looking at myself in the mirror in Budapest thinking ‘damn my breasts look huge, my period must be coming soon’. After we returned to London I booked an appointment with my GP to get the new pills as I was convinced it was coming any day now. For some reason they didn’t have an appointment that worked for me so they finally booked me in for mid March. I remember talking to my mum and telling her that my period is taking forever again, but I didn’t think twice about it giving my PCOS.

Then, in the beginning of March I was speaking to my best friend telling her how long it’s been since my period and she asked me if I took a pregnancy test. That hasn’t even crossed my mind and I’ve never ever in my life done a pregnancy test. I know, I’m weird. I told her it was impossible, but she convinced me to do it just so we can rule pregnancy out. On my lunch break at work I popped out to the shop to get a test, went to the bathroom, peed on the stick and within 3 seconds I saw it. The line.

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I was so shocked I had no clue what to do. It had to be a mistake, but I suddenly felt like I couldn’t breathe. I went back to my office trying to keep it cool and let me tell you one thing – I was faaaar from cool. My first thought was calling my boyfriend and telling him, but he was away in Brussels with work so I was on my own with this. I obviously told my best friends because I had no clue what to do. Am I really pregnant? Could I really be pregnant? Do I call the doctor? Do I need vitamins? How far along am I?

I wanted to do another test just to be sure that the test wasn’t a false positive or broken so I started drinking litres of water. Took another test and the same thing happened.

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Now I was pretty much speechless. I was desperate to go home, but I still had a couple of hours left at work. My best friend said that she would stay with me and she would pick up some digital tests on her way to mine as they’re supposed to tell you how far along you are. I then called my GP and said I might be pregnant and they asked me about my last period. When I told them it was in the end of December they said that it looked like I was 11 weeks pregnant. Ummmm… Excuse me? They booked me in for a midwife appointment and scan a scan a week later. It all seemed very unreal to me, but I was coping. I had a lot of questions, but I started thinking about my boyfriend and his reaction. I felt really anxious about it because it wasn’t something we planned or were thinking about in the near future. For some unknown reason this is what made me panic the most.

I spent the evening with my best friend and although I couldn’t sleep at night, the next day I felt ok and in my head I started thinking in the categories of… could I? Could I really be pregnant? However, there was another hurdle – telling my partner. I had no clue how I was going to do it. It wasn’t going to be one of these – ‘our dreams came true, we’re having a baby’ moments. He was coming later on in the evening so I got home from work, started cooking dinner for us as I haven’t seen him on over a week and really missed him so we planned a nice dinner together. While I was cooking I completely lost it. I started crying, terrified of what his reaction was going to be. I also realized that the smell of parsley that I was using was making me feel violently sick so I was crying and gagging – charming.

Before he arrived, I managed to calm myself down, sat him down on the sofa and almost threw the test at him. He went pale and we started talking about it and the difficulties we were going to face. I’m not going to get into details here because it took a while for him to come to terms with it, but no, it wasn’t a movie-like reaction. At all. We went to the scan a week later and we heard it – the baby’s strong heartbeat. It turned out that I was only 6 weeks pregnant rather than 11 which made more sense to us.

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It took us a while to accept what was happening and how our life was about to change forever. We didn’t expect this baby, but life knew exactly what it was doing. I’m a big believer in the saying that ‘everything happens for a reason’. I was blessed with a baby – something I wasn’t sure would ever happen to me. It was my miracle and I will forever be grateful for it. I can’t wait for this baby to come into our lives.

I am going to be a mum to my perfect baby. 🙂

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13 weeks pregnant

Lot’s of love,

K.

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Falling pregnant – part 1

Let me start by saying thank you for all the congratulations and sweet messages. I had my final year exams at uni this past weekend so I may have not responded to everyone yet. But I will! I just really wanted to focus on this as I can’t afford to fail any exams. I will be 8 months pregnant when I will be able to retake them if I fail. I certainly don’t want to and shouldn’t fly in the last trimester. Now that it’s all done and dusted I wanted to share with you the story and our journey of falling pregnant with our first baby.

The reason why I wanted to share the story of this pregnancy with you is because it is quite an unusual one. There is a reason why we consider this baby our little miracle. 🙂 A bit of a back story first though… At the age of 19 I was diagnosed with the polycystic ovary syndrome. Back then I had never heard of it before, neither did I know anyone who had it. I started researching, reading about it and many things suddenly started making sense to me. What was surprising to me was the fact that many women suffer from it, but none of my friends have ever shared this with me or spoken out about their problem. I knew I had a problem and that I needed to adjust and change a couple of things in my life if I wanted to be healthy. The crucial thing was changing my diet and exercising routine as this can really help with the symptoms. I stared reading about it and working on myself but believe me, this was a long process. Once I finally had this more or less in order and started taking regular contraception, which regulated my periods, the symptoms weren’t really affecting me that much. It’s true that my hair isn’t as thick as it used to and my skin can get oily but apart from that it is all manageable. I consider myself quite lucky in that respect.

Fast forward to January 2019, I went to the doctor for a regular belly scan and while he was doing the scan he was asking me questions which I found slightly bizarre. He started off by asking me if I was currently on contraception. I told him I was on the pill. He didn’t look convinced and asked if I had just started. I said that I have been on hormonal contraception for a few years now. Then he asked me if I recently had a break and started the pills again. Again, I said no, I have been on contraception for a few years now.  After the scan he told me that my body doesn’t look like I have been taking any contraception at all. My pills weren’t working and he told me I needed to change them as soon as possible. He also  said that my polycystic ovary syndrome was pretty severe and that I would really struggle to get pregnant and if I started thinking about kids we would need to start hormonal therapy and I needed to consider IVF.

It was a bit of a shock for me and a huge disappointment because if there was one thing I was sure about in this life, it was that I wanted to be a mother. I called my boyfriend and we had a long conversation about this because I also felt like in a way I was disappointing him because he did tell me he wanted to have children in the future. I’ve only briefly mentioned ‘hormonal issues’ to him before. He was very understanding and very positive that when the time was right the baby would come and he had no doubt that we could do this when we decided this was something we wanted. I sent him a few links to read about the syndrome that I have so he understood a bit better what we were dealing with and he was very much on board especially looking into the PCOS diet. We decided to finish the pills I had, I think I only had 3 pills left in that box, wait for my period and start taking different pills.

I will end here for today as this post has ended up being much longer than I expected. 🙂

If you have any questions about the above or have had the same problems, please know that you’re not alone. Plenty of women struggle in silence as the symptoms of PCOS can me embarrassing to some.

K.

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Our third day in Budapest

Good afternoon to you on this gloomy day!

It’s time to tell you a bit about our third day in Budapest. After a nice breakfast in our hotel room we set off to the Fisherman’s Bastion. This was the first thing on our list that day. The Fisherman’s bastion was the place I was most excited about. From the bottom of the hill it looked like a magnificent castle that reminded me (obviously) of Hogwarts. We were very lucky with the weather again, however, it attracted many other tourists. I am not sure whether this is typical, but it was absolutely packed. We tried to take as many pictures up there as possible as it looked like a building straight from a fairy tale. Not to mention the breathtaking view of the city down below us.

Matthias Church
View of the Parliament from Fisherman’s Bastion

We then walked around the area to see a bit of the old town and the Hospital in the Rock but decided not to go into the latter. It was then time to cross the Chain Bridge again and make our way to Szimpla Kert – the most popular ruin pub in Budapest. It’s located in the Jewish Quarter. I remember being there a few years ago at night and I thought it was quite creepy. Being there during the day this time it made sense why I would it a bit creepy when it was dark. We spent some time there just walking around the rooms and toward the end, we played a couple of rounds on the indoor football table.

Entrance to Szimpla Kert
Until next time Szimpla Kert!

We found a Hungarian restaurant, Gettó Gulyás, close to Szimpla Kert and decided to go for Hungarian food again. Out of all the places we’ve been to this one must have been my favourite one. They had a lot of vegetarian options and they were delicious!

My usual – lemonade
His usual – goulash soup
Hungarian cheesecake

It was difficult to get up after this meal as we both indulged in a starter, main and shared (well, my boyfriend got one but we ended up sharing – the usual) a dessert. However, we were both very excited about the next place we were going to see – Heroes’ Square. No matter how many times I go to Budapest, I am convinced this place will have a similar effect on me every time. For those of you who have never been there, it is the biggest square in Budapest with the Millenary Monument in the middle. And statues of Hungary’s kings behind it. My only regret is not seeing it at night as apparently it’s beautifully lit up. Next time!

As you leave Hero’s Square and go towards the Park you will see the beautiful Vajdahunyad Castle on your right hand side. You will also see a wonderful outdoor ice rink just by the castle. That area must be absolutely magical during Christmas with the snow, ice rink and Christmas market all adjacent to the castle.

My camera died after we got to the castle so apologies for the lack of pictures. We ended up walking around the park for an hour or so, but as soon as it started to get dark we headed towards our hotel.

On our way back we just had to stop and admire the beautiful Parliament at night. All the pictures were taken with our phones so the quality is not great, but trust me when I say, you do not want to skip this when you’re in Budapest! It’s the most impressive building both during the day and at night.

If you’d like to see what we were doing on day 1 and 2 to please click here and here. 🙂

Love,

K.

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Budapest – day 2

Good afternoon!

Did you all have a nice weekend? I was working on Saturday, so I used Sunday to do things around the house. And spent the rest of the day on the sofa eating and watching TV series.

Now, it’s time for our day 2 in Budapest. If you missed day 1, you can find it here.

We woke up nice and early on our second day in Budapest because there were quite a few things we wanted to see before it got dark. We left our hotel with coffees in our hands and made our way to St Stephen’s Basilica, which is the largest church in Budapest dedicated to their first king St. Stephen. Technically, it’s free to enter the church, however, there was a gentleman by the entrance making everyone pay some sort of voluntary donation. It was quite funny to watch him tell people off for entering without paying even though it said free entry. 😀

St. Stephen’s Basilica

After leaving the Basilica we found some nearby garden to walk around and then made our way to the magnificent Chain Bridge, the first permanent bridge across the Danube river connecting Buda and Pest. The views from the Bridge our incredible and the Bridge leads us to the Buda Castle. I took some pictures from the bridge, but they really don’t do the view any justice.

View of the Buda Castle from Chain Bridge
View of the Bridge towards Pest

Our next stop was the Buda Castle. As soon as we got off the bridge we were approached by people offering a shuttle bus that takes you to four places, including the Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, Old Town and the gardens. We thought it was a good deal so we bought our tickets. That wasn’t the smartest thing to do as we later found out that there were regular buses that went up there so we could’ve just used those as we had a pass. Anyway, you live and you learn. At least you won’t make the same mistake! Of course, you can also walk up there, but as we had limited time we thought it was more time-efficient to take a bus.

The Caste from the bottom of the hill
In the shuttle bus on our way up
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The castle in all it’s glory
Taking it all in…

It was lunch time after this and we have found and restaurant that many people have recommended. Sadly, when we arrived, they told us the next available time is on Tuesday (it was Friday) so remember to book in advance when you’re there! 🙂 We decided to go to any restaurant at that point as we were in a bit of a rush to get to the Szechenyi Baths before it got dark. We came across Börze which looked nice and cosy.

There weren’t too many vegetarian options and the ones that they had I wasn’t very keen on so I ended up only having some soup and watched my boyfriend eat his Goulash soup again and a tasty looking main. At least my strawberry lemonade didn’t disappoint!

The Borze restaurant
Finally time to eat!

Rested and fed we walked back to our hotel to grab our swimsuits and finally go to the most famous thermal baths in Budapest – Szechenyi Spa Baths. This was another surprise for my boyfriend as I had booked it well in advance. You can either book a ticket and a locker or a ticket with a cabin. I went for the cabins as we had our shoes, jumpers, cameras with us and I was worried we wouldn’t fit it all in the lockers. It’s also more convenient for changing into your swimsuit as you basically get a little room for yourself to store all your belongings.

There were 3 pools in total, one of them strictly for swimming and the other two for enjoying the warm water and steam. The temperature of the water was 32°C and I swear I could’ve spent all day there. The temperature outside was around 6°C so beware, running from one pool to another was torture. I took a lot of pictures with my go pro but as it was very steamy the quality isn’t great. I took a couple of videos which I am editing and I will post them once I’m done.

Szechenyi Spa Baths
Entrance to the baths at night

It was time to get back to our hotel as we were pretty tired. And ok… I admit. When we arrived, we ordered pizzas, attempted to watch a film (but my boyfriend was asleep after 20 minutes) so I switched it off, stayed up for a bit going through some pictures and said goodnight to our second day in Budapest.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about Budapest or the places we visited.

Love,

K.

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Valentine’s weekend in Budapest

Hiyaa!

Can you believe it’s already March? Time is flying! How are you? Did you do anything special for yourself or for your loved one on Valentine’s Day?

This year I surprised my boyfriend with a trip to Budapest. I only told him at dinner the day before we were flying so we stayed up late packing and getting ready. I have been to Budapest a few years ago, but this time it was a very different experience for me. I don’t think you really take in and appreciate the beauty of the places you visit when you’re younger. This time it had a completely affect on me.

We flew out on Valentine’s Day (Thursday) and stayed until Sunday. It will be impossible to include everything I want to share with you in 1 post so I will divide it into days.

Here’s the breakdown of day 1 🙂

Our flight was slightly delayed so we arrived at Ferenc Liszt airport around 12.30pm. The flight was fine, but even so, I still had a little anxiety attack in the beginning. I hate that! Anyway, we landed in sunny Budapest and bought our 72 passes and an airport shuttle bus ticket. Be careful as the shuttle bus ticket from the airport doesn’t honour the 72h pass, but you can use any transport link when you’re in the city so it’s still worth the money!

We arrived at out hotel, but our room wasn’t quite ready yet so we decided to go and have some traditional Hungarian lunch. I did some research before we left and found a place called Matula Bistro. They serve traditional Hungarian food and they had very good reviews. We just about missed the lunch deal, but nevertheless the food was very affordable. My boyfriend ordered Goulash soup for a starter and a chef’s special for the main. There were a few vegetarian options and I decided to go for mushroom and cheese bites and a cucumber salad. I must say… my boyfriends food looked much better than mine. I don’t think the food I ordered was very traditional…

Try lemonade when you’re there! It’s nothing like the one you get in London (aka Sprite with lemon) it’s fresh and delicious!
Hungarian goulash soup
All the soups are served with bread just like in Poland 🙂
Cucumber salad – not my favourite! The cucumbers were drowning in vinegar.
The mushroom and cheese bites I ordered. The smaller ones on the top are made of potatoes.
Chef’s special with a huuuge plate of fries
Getting ready to eat all of the food

After lunch we went back to the hotel to unpack and rest a bit after the journey. Our hotel and room was beautiful! It was more like a studio as we had our own little kitchenette. When we unpacked and laid down on our king-size bed, we both passed out. We regretted that later on but it was very much needed! I pre-booked a night cruise down the Danube river so we got up just about on time for that. When we arrived, we sat down, we were given our drink of choice and enjoyed the view. It was breathtaking. Everything was wonderfully lit up and I couldn’t stop thinking how lucky people in Budapest are that they get to see this every day. We learned a bit about the history and managed to get a sense of where the things we wanted to visit were.

Wine – our drink of choice 🙂
View of the parliament from the Danube river

After the cruise, we decided to skip the bus/ metro and to walk back to the hotel. It was a bit chilly by then, but not too cold for the walk to be unpleasant. We popped into a shop on our way back to get some dinner and returned to our hotel.

This was the end of day one. Hope you enjoyed this. 🙂

K.

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A week in London with my brother

A week ago on Saturday I took an early plane to Warsaw to pick up my baby brother up to spend a week with me in London. It was exciting for both of us as he’s never stayed with me this long without my parents. Let me clarify that my brother is 9 years old, there are 18 years difference between us. 🙂

I wanted this trip to be memorable for him so I have planned an activity a day for us. I was hoping I would be able to take him to the Harry Potter Studio however, it was closed all week so I had to look at other places. But where do you go with a 9 year old without him getting bored?
Well… This is what I came up with and I think he was pretty pleased, I certainly had a great time. It’s nice to be a tourist in a city which has been your home for so many years already.

  1. Shrek’s Adventure

It was an early and rather cold morning for us on Sunday as we made our way to Westminster to Shrek’s Adventure. I was expecting this to be strictly for children, but my boyfriend and I ended up having a great time. It was very entertaining with a bus ride to the land of Far, Far Away and meeting all the principle characters. Apologies for the lack of pictures, but you’re not allowed to take pictures inside. I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you either!

a week in London with my brother
Towards the end there were some interactive games for kids
…and (clearly) for adults 😀

2. Madame Tussaud’s Museum

We started our week off at Madame Tussaud’s Museum as to me this is absolutely a must-see! We were there just before midday and there were no queues whatsoever. This was my second time there and both times there were no queues to get in. While I was walking around kissing the likes of Brad Pitt and George Clooney, my brother was most eager to meet Han Solo and other Star Wars characters and (obviously) the Avengers. As both my brother and I are big fans of Sherlock Holmes I paid an extra £5 each for the Sherlock Holmes Experience, however, I enjoyed it much more the first time I went there. I felt like it was slightly rushed this time.

My boy <3
Yeah…I made him take that picture.
He was so excited!

3. Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N

On Tuesday it was time for the Avenger’s Station at the Excel. And let me tell you… If you are a Marvel fan you will absolutely love this! The exhibit is interactive and there are plenty of costumes, weapons and props. You get to fight enemies like Iron Man and at the end you pick your Avenger of choice and along with other Avenger’s defeat the big boss. We spent about an 1,5h there and then made our way home to have some pizza.

4. Trampoline Park

My parents were due to join us on Thursday, so we ended up going to a trampoline park. My brother has never been to one before so he was super excited but I could not keep up with him. I am definitely getting old! I have never been to ZAPspace before, but as we were there in the morning it was pretty empty apart from a couple of babies with their parents. I thought the place was slightly run down but it was spacious and the variety of trampolines and the death slide made up for it. I absolutely LOVED the fact that they were playing Disney greatest hits in the background. 😉

All in all, I had a great couple of days and I am missing my brother tremendously already! It was nice to re-visit some of my favourite places in London and get to know new ones. If you have any questions about the places we have visited, please let me know in the comments. 🙂

K.

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My New Year’s Resolutions

Hello everyone!

I know I’m a bit late to join the party this year, but last weekend I had exams at uni so I’ve been studying for the best part of January. However, my brother is visiting me in London now so I will be off work all week with some time to focus on me. 🙂 

I always make New Year’s Resolutions. I see the New Year as a fresh start and an opportunity to change something about yourself or your life.  There have been years where I completely forgot about my resolutions after January the 2nd but I’ve noticed that as I get older I keep getting better at them. I guess it’s got to do with the fact that I’m a little more realistic and a little less hard on myself.

Anyway, this is what I am hoping to improve this year:

  1. Be healthier

I know how cliché this sounds, but I really want to focus on eating less crap and workout regularly (minimum 3 times a week). When I cook at home, I usually eat very healthy, but I tend to be lazy and end up ordering takeaways or buying sandwiches in my lunch break. I would really like to change that as what I eat really affect how I feel, how I look and how much energy I have for the rest of the day.

  1. Visit 3 new places

I love travelling and I want to visit as many places as I can before I start a family. I’m sure travelling starts to be a bit more difficult then. The first trip is planned for February, not long left now! Can’t tell you where I’m going yet as I’m trying to surprise someone. Shhh! 🙂

  1. Film more and take more pictures

I know how weird this sounds, but you it’s so true in my case. I’ve always hated pictures and videos because taking them makes me feel insecure and uncomfortable. However, there is nothing better than looking back on old videos and pictures and reminiscing about all the special adventures, places and moments. Especially the videos so I will try to do a bit more of that.

  1. Post more regularly on the blog

Given that I talk a lot (really, a lot) then this is probably the best way forward for me. I’m sure my boyfriend, close friends and family members will be pleased that I will have someone else to talk to. They get to rest and not listen to my chit chat when I type. 😀 Also, it’s also a nice way to share what I do and where I am with my friends back in Poland or those scattered across the world.

5. Do something new

I always like to try to do something different and new each year. You know what they say.. ‘It’s better to regret what you have done than what you haven’t.’ And I don’t like the idea of never even attempting to do something I’ve always wanted to do. Sooo…this year I have decided to learn a new dance – I have signed up for belly dancing. I start next week and I’m super excited! I may hate it or love it, who knows !

  1. Last but not least, read more books

I have been pretty good with that in the beginning of last year, but as the year went by I’ve got worse and worse. Well, this is no more! Not in 2019! I need to put my phone down more when I’m at home and read before bed more often. I blame Netflix and all their amazing series (Have you seen ‘You’?! I mean.. It’s so good and addictive?!) for this, but I will try to be better. Please feel free to recommend good books you’ve recently read. I am really into all the books about bettering your life, yourself or staying motivated at the moment.

Well… Let’s see how many of these actually stick this year! I will update you in a couple of months and tell you how I’m doing.

Is there something you’ve been wanting to do/change in 2019? Let me know! 🙂

Hugs,

K.

 

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Kensington Gardens

Hello everyone,

There are theee weekends where you have nothing big planned and you just want to enjoy a lazy morning at home and watch movies all day. This was one of these weekend but I’m also the type of person who always wants to do something, even if it’s going out for a walk so I don’t feel like I’ve wasted the day. I never regret that in London because I always end up discovering a street, a coffee shop, a park or a restaurant that I wouldn’t have come across otherwise.

Recently we have ended up in Kensington Gardens and it’s crazy to say that I have never been there before. I lived in west London for 3 years but I had Holland Park round the corner so it was always my go to park. It was actually a bit of a tradition for me and my best friend to grab a coffee and then walk around the park. Once we got tired we would sit on our favourite bench and talk for hours- it was always the same bench.

Anyway, I could not be happier that we ended up in Kensington Gardens – it was absolutely magical! We were quite lucky with the weather because although it was quite chilly the sky was clear blue. And the best part of all – animals! There were beautiful green parrots (that I spent way too much time with), swans, ducks and other birds.

Kensington Park looks like the perfect place for running, walking and I can’t wait to be back in the summer for a picnic. I thought it was stunning now, I’m sure it’s even more beautiful when the flowers and plants are blooming. Regrettably, be didn’t have a chance to visit the Kensington Palace so it’s just another excuse to go back! 🙂

In case you were wondering… Yes, I am Snow White.
Nope, wasn’t a fan of the pigeons. Sorry guys!
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Harry Potter Studio Tour

Happy (late) Halloween!

I have been obsessed with Harry Potter every since I have read the first book years and years ago.
This is why when my friend asked me whether I wanted to go with her to the Dark Arts special tour at Warner Bros Studio, I must have given her my fastest ‘yes’ ever.

I have been to the studio for the first time ever last year in September, but I’ve been thinking of returning for a while. The Dark Arts special was a perfect excuse to go and experience the magic all over again.

We bought our tickets well in advance as the tour gets booked up quite quickly. Last year my tour was booked for 1pm and it was absolutely packed inside. If you are looking to book a tour I would recommend booking the earliest time slot available. This time we booked the 9am tickets and it was much less crowded and you could wander around without bumping into people and queuing up to see the exhibitions. Your time when you start the tour is unlimited so you can be there all day, although in my experience it takes about 3h to see everything. If you’re with kids or would like to stop for lunch, then it may take you slightly longer.

Sorry in advance for the long post but my friend takes amazing pictures so we took plenty.

The tour starts with a quick introductory video and then then visitors enter the Great Hall. This time it was beautifully laid out for the Halloween feast. The inspiration for the Great Hall comes from the Great Hall at Christ Church College in Oxford which I have visited a while ago. Please see link here.

Next you enter huge room with plenty of movie props, costumes and different movie sets.

 The Gryffindor common room

Take your pick!

Dumbledore’s office

I had to take a dip into his pensieve!

Hagrid’s Hut

The Burrow

Ministry of Magic

Entrance to the Forbidden Forest

My new pet

On board the Hogwarts Express

Last year I didn’t have the chance to try Butterbeer as the queue was extremely long and I thought there may be another cafe later on. This is the only one so when you get to this point make sure to join the queue. In all honesty, it was not my favourite thing however, the Butterbeer ice cream was heavenly!

Wishing I was Hermione…

The next part of the tour was the animatronic department. The attention to detail was incredible.

At last we strolled down Diagon Alley

And at last, Hogwarts in all its glory!

Our last stop was Ollivander’s so I could pick my wand (or should I say so the wand could pick me!)

Hope you guys enjoyed this and are booking your tickets asap. I had the most amazing day, I feel like a little child every time I’m there and get to experience the magic.

K.

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