Sunday, 20 November 2016

Staying safe in the dark ♥

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The clocks have changed and it is now getting darker fast. It is sad to see that we live in a world where people will never be safe. Women are viewed as being weaker than men, and are therefore easy targets for crime. Many societies suggest that women should be indoors after dark to protect themselves. If you live in the western world then you will know that this is just not possible. We work long hours and it will be dark on our journey home. It is also the festive season so we will be attending parties which will start and finish during dark hours. I am somebody that is very cautious in the dark, and would like to share some of my tips with you. 

  • Carry Pepper Spray- This is illegal in England but you could carry a mini travel sized deodorant instead. Make sure that it is in easy reach so that you can defend yourself if anything happens. 

  • Change Direction- If you have suspicions that a car is following you then walk in the opposite direction. If you still see the car then you know for sure that it is definitely following you. I have done this before when being harassed by men in cars. 

  • Pretend to make a phone call- walk slower if you feel like somebody is following you. Then take out your phone and pretend to make a phone call telling someone that you are "5 minutes away". 

  • Keep your headphones in- But do not actually listen to music. This can sometimes deter dodgy men from tying to approach you in the street.

  • Avoid taking elevators alone with men- I'm speaking from experience with this one. I live very high up in an apartment building, and have to take the lift to get home. I once got in the lift alone at night with another man, who made small talk and proceeded to ask me what my name was and which floor I lived on. Since that day I will not enter the lift at night if there are men in there. I wait for the next one....because it's better to be safe than sorry. 

  • Always make sure you have enough battery on your phone- especially when you know that you will be travelling in the dark. I will turn my phone off if my battery is low during the day, to make sure that I can use my phone on the journey home. 

                              llondon leopard


Saturday, 5 November 2016

8 Hours In Cologne♥

The British Pound may have collapsed, but that is not going to stop me from travelling. It is a good thing that I have Tuesdays off work, and Tuesday happens to be the cheapest day to fly out of London. I managed to bag myself a £40 return flight to Cologne Germany.
Cologne's accessibility makes it a perfect destination for a day trip. You can reach the city centre from the airport within 15 minutes. So I hopped off my plane and straight on to the metro to Koln Hauptbahnhof (Cologne central station).

This pretty fountain was discovered behind cologne cathedral. The thing that I love about Cologne is that a lot of  the city's history is preserved. There are many areas that give you a mental picture of what everything looked like in the olden days. 

It is a 20 minute walk along the river from the cathedral to Lindt chocolate museum. I never actually realised that "Lindt Lindor" chocolates came from Germany. Before starting my tour of the museum, I decided to have a rest and sip on some hot chocolate in the museum cafe.

After filling my bag with chocolate from the museum gift shop, I took a 20 minute stroll to Hohenzollern love lock bridge. It's one of the most beautiful things things that I have ever seen. The whole bridge is covered in padlocks of different shapes, sizes, and colours.

My German adventures are not over yet. I will be in Frankfurt for a weekend in December, to see the infamous Christmas markets. Munich and Hamburg are also looking like possible day trips in the future.

        click here to check out my footage from Cologne

                                                           llondon leopard

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