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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Views

Hiya,

I have recently moved in to a new apartment and I love it deeply! I feel sooo, so happy in my new place. Can you imagine that I have been sharing a flat with people ever since I moved to London 4 years ago? It feels so good to finally have my own kitchen, my own bathroom, my own sofa and all the things in the flat where I want them to be. After sharing the communal areas with people for so many years you appreciate the silliest things like walking around naked without scarring anyone for life or waking up, going to the living room and staring at the wall trying to wake up without people thinking you’re a weirdo. Or am I? hahah

One of the things that really attracted me to the flat is the massive terrace. You don’t really get a huge amount of outside space in London so our terrace is a real treat. I can’t wait for spring to invite our friends over to do barbecues or just sit outside in the evenings with a glass of rose. Not to mention the views, I’m completely in love with the views from there… I rush home from work every day just to watch the sunset. I don’t think I will ever get used to the view.

What’s your favourite thing about your home?

K.

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Slutty Brownies

A few years ago I was browsing the internet for some dessert ideas and I came across ‘slutty brownies’. I thought the name was quite funny, the recipe was fairly simple so I decided to give it a go. And oh loooord, it was the best decision ever because they truly are heavenly! No, really.. They are.
They consist of three delicious layers: chocolate chip cookie dough layer, oreo layer and brownie layer.
It probably takes up to 45 minutes to make them including baking time. I like to serve them warm and gooey with vanilla ice cream on the side (my mouth is literally watering while I type this).

I don’t do a lot of cooking at home as I usually eat simple things like salads during the week and if we do cook at home my boyfriend does most of the cooking as (yes, I admit) he’s much better at cooking than I am.
However, I am pretty good at baking and this recipe really can’t go wrong so I recommend it to everyone. Even those of you who don’t feel too confident in the kitchen.

Let’s get started then!

This is what you’ll need:

2 eggs
water
vegetable oil
1 box of chocolate chip cookie mix
1 box of brownie mix
2 packs of Oreos

Yes, I know I could make my own cookie dough and my own brownie mix but come on… Ain’t nobody got time for that! And this is just as delicious.

 

Before you start with the cookie dough, preheat your oven to 180C.

Step 1

Follow the instructions on the chocolate chip cookie mix box. All you do is add water, oil and an egg.

Step 2

Layer the cookie dough on the bottom of a baking pan. I forgot we just moved into a new flat and I didn’t have the baking tray I usually use so I used the dish we make our lasagna in. It worked just fine.
Press it down firmly so it covers the whole baking tray as this will be the base for your brownies.

Step 3

Layer the Oreos on top of the cookie dough. I just use the whole cookies, I don’t break them in half to fit as many as possible but I know that other people do that. It will be sweet enough as it is, trust me!
I also use the double cream Oreos because I like my brownies as creamy as possible.

Step 4

Now it’s time for the brownie batter. And yet again simply follow the instructions on the box and stir to get rid of as many lumps as possible. The batter will not be completely smooth so don’t worry if it’s not perfectly smooth, it shouldn’t be!

Once your batter looks more or less like this, pour it over your Oreos.

Voilà! Now it’s ready to go into the oven!
I bake it in the oven for thirty minutes but if you don’t want yours to be as gooey as mine then keep them in the oven for an extra 5 minutes.

Step 5

Enjoy! 🙂

Let me know if you tried making it yourself and if you enjoyed them.
Happy (fat) Friday!

K.

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Oxford

Hello,

London is beautiful and I absolutely love this city but whenever I get a chance I like to escape the city rush and explore other beautiful places England has to offer.

This doesn’t happen very often as recently I have been working quite a bit on Saturdays. If I am working on a Saturday then I like to use my Sunday just to relax, do a few things at home and simply be lazy. However, I will not be working for the next three Saturdays so watch this space – who knows where I’ll be going to next!

This weekend we have decided to go to Oxford which is just one hour outside of London. My boyfriend has been there before and told me beforehand that I will fall in love with it and he was right. The city is jaw-dropping gorgeous! I could stroll around the beautiful streets for hours, there’s something to discover and admire round every corner.

One thing that had to happen whilst we were in Oxford was the Harry Potter tour. I am the biggest Potterhead and it was so exciting to visit the filming locations from the movies. I took as many pictures as I could – apologies for the quality of some, I am not the best photographer but I did my best!

This is the library where Hermione told Ron and Harry about who Nicholas Flamel was. And most of the Hogwarts library scenes were shot here. Unfortunately we couldn’t go inside as you need to be a student to access it.

Remember the room where Professor McGonagall was teaching the Gryffindors how to dance? It was shot here! They also used the room above as Hospital Wing.

This is where Mad-Eye Moody turned Malfoy into a ferret before McGonagall told him off.

After the tour we walked a bit more around the city and finally went to see the Christ Church’s Cathedral and the dining hall which were absolutely spectacular.

 This dining hall and the paintings were JK Rowling’s inspiration for the Great Hall at Hogwarts.

After all this walking we felt a little peckish so we stopped for a quick lunch and cocktails at a Thai place. We didn’t do any research on the restaurant and although it satisfied our hunger, I don’t think I’d go back there. We enjoyed the food but it wasn’t the best thai place I’ve been to.

Rested and fed we have decided to make our way back to London as it started raining as we walked out of the restaurant. All too soon in my opinion but I promise I will be back! 🙂

K.

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Why do we settle for less than we deserve?

Good morning 🙂

Woke up feeling so sick today, can’t wait for the weekend! :S

When I was in Tenerife I met a 45 year old man who was there organizing a stag for his nephew. This was a man who has been happily married for many years. I had a conversation with about relationships which really opened my eyes to something. He asked me why nowadays young people settle for partners who they know are not good for them for the sake of being in a relationship.
This made me think as I know many people who are miserable in their relationships but still stand by their partner. Why are we ok with this? Why do we remain in less-than-satisfying relationships with people who we know are not good for us? Why do we cling onto something which is less than we deserve.
I had a conversation about this with a few of my friends and these are the reasons I came up with.

  1. Fear of being alone

There are people who can’t stand being alone. The idea of doing the things they’re used to doing with their partner alone petrifies them. We are dependent on the other person and going shopping alone makes us feel anxious.

fear of being alone

  1. You want to change your partner

We all like a challenge. I’ve done this far too many times. You are in love and you want it to work, but if you have a list of things you’d like to fix about your partner it might be time to move on.

  1. Loss of security

We’re scared of the unknown and a relationship brings stability and security.

  1. Fear of dating again…

… and being afraid there’s no one better out there.

  1. Breakup

Sometime we’re not happy, but we don’t want to hurt the other person. Every excuse is good and we end up postponing it and hoping for the best. The truth is, there is never a good time to break up.

Ending a long-lasting relationship is something that requires a lot of courage, but letting go means putting yourself and your happiness first. It means finding the joy and happiness we all crave.
Many people are in relationships, but their partner has no idea how you actually feel. Maybe it’s worth taking a stand for yourself, speaking to them and telling them what you really want?
We are all worthy of happiness and life is too short to be miserable!
Do you agree on the above? Have you ever been in such a relationship?

wrong people, right things

Love,

K.

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Morning rituals. Ideas on how to start your day right.

Good morning Everyone,

Let me start by saying that despite the title of this post, I am definitely NOT a morning person. I have learnt though that the way you start your day has a huge effect on the rest of the day.

I’m sure most of you are guilty of waking up with lots of plans and theoretically nothing in the way to realize them. However, time passes and at the end of the day we realize that the only thing we actually did do is stalk Gigi Hadid’s Instagram feed all day. ( soooo guilty!)
A properly organized morning, helps to start the day positively and avoid wasting time. I have certain morning rituals which help me to avoid lack of productivity. It is not easy and it is a small battle I have to fight every morning. Today, I’d like to tell you a few words about a routine which I started implementing a few weeks ago and it works very well for me.

1. Make plans the day before

If you can get something ready for the following day – do it! I try to go to the gym at least 3 times during the week. To not waste time in the morning I get my work clothes and gym bag ready the day before. Whatever it is, it will certainly save you time the following morning. The less things you have to do in the morning, the better.
I also make a list of things I want to do the following day and a timeframe of how long each of the things will take me to complete. Time management is very important because you don’t want to give yourself a list of 10 things to do and end up doing 3 because you ran out of time. A list also helps you prioritize.

to do list 2

 

2. Happy thoughts

I struggle with this part of my routine the most but it’s certainly worth trying. Instead of starting the day with “fuuuu*k not again” try to think of a positive thing that’ll happen that day. Maybe you’ll be having lunch with your best friend? Maybe a new episode of Game of Thrones comes out today? Maybe your favourite football team is playing a game tonight?
There are many little things which can improve your morning mood. 🙂

3. Sleep

Bad mood doesn’t just come from nowhere. Some people say you need at least 6 hours of sleep and some people say you need 8. I only need 6 but I believe this is personal and depends on your body. Make sure you have enough sleep, how many hours it may be, to help your body fully recover from the previous day and wake up full of energy otherwise your concentration will suffer.

4. Exercise

No, I don’t mean going to the gym every morning because only very few of us have time for that. Try to do 10 squats, sit-ups or push-ups. I try to go to the gym before work 3 times a week. Otherwise, I do a couple of sit-ups before I get dressed. Boost those endorphins and smile at strangers! 🙂

5. Music

Huuuuge part of my morning routine. I’ve actually got a morning playlist on my phone. There are a few songs which just make me want to get up and dance so staying in bed is not an option.
A song which is recently my favourite is Better Place by Rachel Platten.
For some reason it makes me feel positive, beautiful and full of energy! Hope you like it.

 

6. Find a drink which will give you an energy boost.

Only a few months ago I thought I wouldn’t be able to start my day without coffee. Once I realised I was drinking 3 coffees a day I decided I needed a substitute and I needed it now! I then started drinking water with lemon and let me tell you, I am never going back. It’s not only a huge energy boost, it helps to increase your metabolic rate and it’s better for your skin. Green tea would work well as well, but I know coffee is usually the first choice for most of you and there’s nothing wrong with that. Whatever floats your boat. 🙂

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Not all the above will work for you, you need to create your own routine which will mean trying many different things and picking the ones that work for you. Once you find it, I guarantee it will be worth it!
I love reading about other people’s rituals and I always look for new things which may work for me.
If you have a morning routine that works, I’d love to hear about it! 🙂

And remember…

Love,

K.

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