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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