Sunday, 31 December 2017

2017 Reflections: The Good The Bad And The Ugly♥

What made me happy and inspired?
We all know what my top answer is going to It is pretty much at the top of my list for happiness.  To be honest travel has also inspired me in many ways. It has inspired me to be brave, to be confident, to be flexible, to try new things. I always vowed to myself that I would only feel safe travelling solo in "western countries". But this month I have reflected on all my travels and just thought...why limit myself?. So I booked a trip to Turkey for next year.

So many other things have made me happy, and it is sometimes just the every day simple things in life. The Autumn leaves, the Spring flowers, the blissful silence as I watch rain drops trickle down my window. I am happy when soaking in a colourful bubble bath. I can just be free and let my body float away, as my mind drifts off in to another world. Cocktails made me happy. Airports made me happy. I always feel like a supermodel who is walking down a runway with her suitcase. Seeing friends and family made me happy. Knowing that I am progressing in life makes me happy. Journaling my thoughts feelings and dreams made me happy. These are the things that I need to hold on to next year.

What made me sad, irritated and uninspired?

Bitter people made me sad. But I have learnt to ignore the snide remarks and keep as much distance as possible. All the war has made me sad but I realise that there is nothing that I can do to stop it. The increase in food prices has irritated me. The fact that we are leaving the EU has left me uninspired. It is my generation who will suffer the consequences. Colds, flus, and the usual winter bacteria have left me irritated. 

What have I learnt in 2017?

I have learnt that you should do whatever makes you happy...not what makes society happy.
I have learnt that hard work will pay off eventually. 
I have learnt that it is important to save money because you don't know what the future holds.
I have learnt that bubble baths are really good for relaxation.
I have learnt that I am happy with who I am as a person. 

Habits to keep
Travelling frequently
Saving money
Buying more vegetables than meat

Habits to ditch
Spending money on lunch at work
Sleeping too late
Forgetting to floss

                                                             llondon leopard                                                         xoxo

Friday, 29 December 2017

My Travel Resume ♥

The year is almost over and I got this cool idea from a travel blogger to write my own travel CV. Have a look at mine to see where I have been...

Personal Information
Name: Zainab 
Date of birth: 25-02-1994
Place of birth: London, England 
Nationality: British 

The world (1994-present)

Relevant travel experience 
-Wales: Llandudno

-Pakistan: Islamabad, Gurjranwala, Jhelum


-America: Philadelphia, Maryland, New Jersey, DC


-Uganda: Kampala, Entebbe

-Netherlands: Amsterdam 


-Netherlands: Amsterdam (again)
-Spain: Barcelona


- Greece: Crete
- Switzerland: Geneva, Zurich
- Scotland: Edinburgh
- Wales: Cardiff 


- France:Paris
- Belgium: Brussels, Bruges  
- Germany: Berlin, koln, Frankfurt
- Denmark: Copenhagen 
- Norway: Oslo
- Spain: Madrid
- Ireland: Dublin, Belfast 
- Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Pattaya 
- Laos: Don Sao Island 
- Slovenia: Ljubljana, Bled,
- Montenegro: Podgorica, Kotor, Budva
- Kosovo: Pristina  

- Denmark: Copenhagen (again)
- Bulgaria: Sofia
- Italy: Milan, Rome, Venice
- Luxembourg: Luxembourg city

- Portugal: Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais  
- Netherlands: Amsterdam (again) 
- France: Marseille
- Poland: Krakow, Oswiecim


- Climbed mount Triglav in Slovenia.
- Taught English to some sexually inappropriate... Typical teenage monks in Thailand. 

- Found accommodation within 5 minutes of being kicked out of the hotel in Montenegro. 

- Became an expert at communicating with people who cannot speak a word of English.

- Survived a kidnapping attempt in Bangkok.

- Taken selfies with over 100 tourists who have never seen a black person before.


-10/10 scam raider
- Cheap flight expert

- Master of solo travel
- Outstanding trip planner
- Elephant riding
- Camel riding
- Flirting to obtain freebies/discounts
- People watching

                  llondon leopard 

Sunday, 17 December 2017

The Little House Of Hygge Subscription Box ♥

I have never been one to purchase subscription boxes, but I also feel like everything is worth a try. I wanted to purchase a travel themed subscription box but they are all based in the US which means that shipping costs are ridiculous. I am a lover of Scandinavia and it is currently the Danish "hygge" season. So I bought a one off Christmas subscription box from The Little House Of Hygge

    It came in this beautiful box which was decorated with ribbons.

...and this is what the box contained. There is a tealight holder in the shape of a house which is really cute. There is a Christmas candle which I have been burning all weekend. It smells like gingerbread and cinnamon. There are also some cute cookies in the shape of Christmas pudding...I will be saving those until 24th December. There is a gingerbread man bath bomb that I cannot wait to use this month. Then there are two hanging decorations and a Christmas tree decoration, which I have placed on my bedside table. I think it's a cute seasonal box which is definitely going to liven up my December. 

llondon leopard


Saturday, 9 December 2017

5 Reasons I Will Never Go Back To Venice ♥

It's not very often that I come across destinations that I don't like. I have enjoyed almost every place I have visited...and trust me there are MANY. Before Venice the only other place I did not like was Oslo, Norway. Now I will have to add Venice to the list. It's okay to not have the same opinion as everyone else, which is why I am writing this post. 

Venice is expensive. Switzerland is very expensive but it provides value for money, whereas Venice really doesn't. You can argue that going outside of the tourists areas is cheaper but the value is still bad. I paid 20 Euros for a 1 day ticket on the local bus boat. The food is also expensive and has to be the worst food I have ever tasted in Italy. I don't know what they cook in Venice but it's certainly not authentic Italian food. For example, I ordered spaghetti alle vongole from a restaurant which is popular with the locals. It was expensive and happened to be the worst vongole I have ever tasted in my life. I also ordered arancini from a snack bar and it tasted like plastic!. Oh and you have to pay extra to eat/drink in at many places including bars. I think it is absolutely  ridiculous.Things are expensive but the quality never seems to match the price. 

Venice is overcrowded. Many places are crowded with tourists but Venice is just something else. You have to queue for like 10 minutes just to get a nice photo because there is an army of 500 tourists trying to get the same photo.  It's hard to find any local Venetians, and that is something important for me when travelling. I like to avoid tourists and prefer to observe and interact with the locals. 

Venice is a tourist trap.  The whole city is like a theme park specifically made for tourists. Almost every shop in the city is a souvenir shop selling the SAME souvenirs. You would expect that from places like Paris or Rome but no. They only have souvenir shops near the attractions. Where is the Italian culture? that is what I came to see but everything is focused towards tourism. It was such a disappointment.

Venice canals stink. Okay I will admit that i'm exaggerating with this one. Yes the canals do smell but it's not that bad. You will occasionally inhale a gassy smell from canal but It will go away after 10 seconds. 

Venice lacks toilets. It is not easy to find a public toilet in Venice and most snack bars don't even have a toilet (because many things are strictly "take away"). There are only a couple of public toilets in the whole city!

                       llondon leopard


Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp

My main reason for visiting Krakow was to see Auschwitz concentration camp. It is in a town 1 hour away from Krakow called Oswiecim. I tried to prepare myself by watching the movie "Schindlers List" before my trip. But nothing could ever prepare me for what I was about to see. The entrance of the camp is labelled with the words "arbeit macht frei" (work sets you free). Most of those people would never be free, nor would they even have the opportunity to work. 

I saw many things that made me feel physically sick. I heard many stories that made me feel physically sick. One of the pictures above shows a pile of suitcases taken from the Auschwitz victims before they were gassed. Their names and places of birth were written on the suitcases. I saw a display case full of hair from the victims. Their heads were shaved and the hair was used to make socks and cushions. I am still struggling to understand how human beings could be so evil. 

The first photo shows pictures of the victims, the date they entered Auschwitz, and the date they died. There was a man who only survived three days. I have been back in England for 2 weeks but I still can't get the images of those prisoners out of my head. I deliberately went to Auschwitz in the winter, so that I could try to imagine how cold they felt. Dressed in nothing but a pair of striped pyjamas.

I could go on for days talking about this place, but that is not the purpose of this post. I just want to stress how important it is to see this place. I think it is something that every human needs to see. There are so many horrible things going on in the world and I would hate for something like this to happen again. I just wish that humans could be at peace with each other. 

                    llondon leopard

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Photo Diary: Krakow Poland ♥

I have just returned from my first trip to Poland which was a weekend in Krakow. I absolutely loved it and I want to visit Gdansk next year. There were horses in the main square ready to give rides to tourists. The Galleria Krakowska is a beautiful shopping centre connected to the main station. The prices of clothes were pretty much the same as the rest of Europe! So why does everybody think that Poland is dirt cheap?. Well the food and transport is certainly cheap but not the clothes. 

 Sukiennice cloth hall is definitely a must visit. It's an indoor market full of souvenirs and clothes. I came here twice during my visit to Krakow (that is how much I love this place). As you can see from the top picture, there is a lot of amber stalls. I am not too sure whether it is real but I bought an amber necklace and matching earrings. I also bought some wool winter slipper socks, gloves, a tote bag, a Krakow t-shirt, and wooden box. 

Polish food is amazing! I ate pierogi (dumplings stuffed with meat or veg) on my first day. It was at an outdoor restaurant which was covered with a glass roof and had fire heaters to keep everyone warm. I also tried a mushroom bread bowl soup which was a little bit disappointing. There are many carts in the city selling Obwarzanek krakowski which is like ring shaped bread. I got one with cheese and brought it back to England. Oh...and don't forget the vodka. It is really cheap in Poland and comes in many different flavours. I went to a vodka bar and got 6 LARGE shots for 30 Zloty (roughly £5). 

                    llondon leopard

Friday, 27 October 2017

How I Get More Out Of My Day ♥

1. Wake up early
Waking up early really does make difference to your day. I personally function better in the morning (given that I have had at least 8 hours sleep). I run errands early and have the rest of the day to myself. This is also how I managed to balance university with my travelling. Waking up early everyday meant that my work was always completed ahead of time, which gave me a few spare days to meet up with people or travel abroad. 

2. Eat breakfast
skipping breakfast is definitely not wise. I find that I function better when I have had something in the morning. It does not have to be a full English, a simple croissant or some fruit with a hot drink works well. How does it allow me to get more out of my day?...well It gives me more energy which motivates me to get things done.

3. Create a to do list
This is the most important thing for me. It really helps when my tasks pile up and it is a busy month. Having a "to do list" allows me to have a clear plan. Ticking things off one by one motivates me to try and complete the list as soon as possible.

4. Cut off negativity
Negativity can come in many forms. For me I cut off negativity in terms of people. I started to get more out of my day when I wasn't surrounded by drama and negative people. It is easier to focus on what you need to do when you are surrounded by positivity. 

                                                          llondon leopard


Saturday, 21 October 2017

A Weekend in Marseille France ♥

I've decided to try and visit more of France before "Brexit". Marseille was included in the list of cheap flights on Ryanair's website. So of course I booked myself a £25 return fare and a weekend in Marseille. It is one of the most dangerous cities in Europe but that does not bother me. Anyway...take a look at the photos from my trip. 

Palais Longchamp is absolutely beautiful! and guess what? It is free to enter. I am sorry to say but this is a lot better than Trevi Fountain in Rome.

Have you noticed that I literally eat sea food everywhere I go?. Marseille was no exception considering that it is a Mediterranean city on the coast. 

I think the look on my face represents the disgust of being "photo bombed" by the couple (haha). This beautiful striped building is "Cathedrale La Major". 

Soap seems to be the main souvenir in Marseille. They come in so many different flavours. I bought olive oil and lavender soap. 

Vieux port...probably the most famous attraction in Marseille. It is lined with restaurants and souvenir shops. Definitely a tourist trap but it's worth visiting. 

So I have now visited Paris, Marseille, and Annecy in France. I am still hoping to visit Bordeaux,Nice,and Grenoble. 

                    llondon leopard


Thursday, 28 September 2017

Autumn Inspirations ♥


So my first inspirations are "culottes" trousers. They are very odd looking but I really like them. I bought a pair in black and want to get some striped ones too. Tan bags are another Autumn favourite seeing as they blend in with the beautiful leaves. The last fashion inspiration is "over the knee" suede boots. I love them they are so comfortable.


The next set of inspirations involve the love of my South America and Australasia/Oceana are the only continents I am missing from my travels. I am planning on visiting Brazil next Summer if I can get enough money together. The next inspiration is to walk to work more. I dont go to the gym so walking to work sometimes would help me to be more active. Autumn is the perfect time to walk before it starts to get too cold. My final inspiration involves purchasing a travel scratch map. I would love to have something like this hanging from my bedroom wall. 

I would definitely like to read more. I used to read a lot as a child and grew out of it when I became a teenager. Now as an adult I feel like my writing and vocabulary has gone down hill. My second inspiration is minimalism. I briefly wrote a post about it a couple of months ago. I am still selling clothes and have made roughly £100 so far. I also sold a pile of DVD's I dont need(the internet has them for free). Candles are also one of my Autumn inspirations. I love the cosy feeling of relaxing to the smell of a sweet candle. 

                         llondon leopard


Sunday, 10 September 2017

Lets Talk About Amsterdam ♥

What is not to love about the Netherlands? I recently came back from my third trip to Amsterdam. The first time I went there was back in 2012 with my friend. We barely explored and it was our first time ever travelling out of the country alone. The second time I went there was in 2014 with a different friend, and my most recent trip was a solo one. I have a love/hate relationship with Amsterdam but I guess there is a lot more love than hate. I am already planning my fourth trip which will hopefully be during Spring to see Keukenhof gardens.

5 things I love about Amsterdam 
1. The atmosphere is definitely high on my list. There is something about the city that reeks of calmness...and no it's not the marijuana. I don't know what it is but I cannot say the same for any other European city. 

2. The beautiful canals are second on my list. Everywhere you go there are canals for you to wander along. You can also see many house boats where some local people live. 

3. I feel safe everywhere in Amsterdam...even when walking through the red light district. To be honest I feel safer in Amsterdam than I do in my own city (London). 

4. Cultural diversity is fourth on the list. You can see local dutch people of many different ethnicities working. I see white, black, and Asian Dutch people every time I visit. The same applies to restaurants. There are many Chinese, Argentinian and Mexican restaurants in the city. 

5. The day starts late. The city is very quiet until 11am. During my first trip we thought it was weird when we came out to get breakfast at 9am and the streets were empty. Try going out at this time in London or Paris and you will be squashed between people. 

5 things I hate about Amsterdam
1. It is a very expensive city...anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. Eating out is expensive, accommodation is expensive, and attractions are expensive. I was horrified to pay 5% city tax per night when checking in to my hotel. This meant that I ended up paying an extra 6 euros per night. It also costs £17.50 to enter the Rijksmuseum.

2. The roads are chaotic and there are bikes everywhere....Amsterdam is literally the capital of bikes. It can sometimes be a death trap to cross the roads because 5 bikes can just come pedaling towards you at full speed. There are also trams, motor bikes, buses, and cars all on the road at the same time. It is basically the European version of Bangkok. 

3. There are lots of sleazy male tourists wandering around. I was "sized up" by groups of male tourists on many occasions when walking back to my accommodation. Sometimes you will see solo old men wandering around the red light district with their camera ready...but I guess this is something to be expected because prostitution is legal there.

4. The preconceived notions many people have about the city. A lot of people assume that the only thing there is drugs and prostitutes. When I tell people I am going to Amsterdam the conversation usually proceeds like this... 
them: "are you going to smoke weed?"
me: "no I dont smoke weed"
them: "so why are you going there? that is what the city is for"
me: "actually there is a lot of things to see there...I would not pay for a flight just to sit in a shop and smoke weed all day"

5. The weather is awful. It is exactly like England with constant wind and rain. I have been to Amsterdam twice in August, and both times it was cold with heavy rain. It makes it very hard to enjoy the canals and flowers. 

                                                                                          llondon leopard

Friday, 25 August 2017

The Ramblings Of An Introvert ♥

Believe it or not... i'm shy and I am an introvert. Yes I travel a lot and mostly travel alone, but i'm still shy. I don't mind socialising with people but I wouldn't say that it is at the top of my priorities. A lot of the time I would much rather keep to myself unless the group conversation appears to be of some sort of value (yeah...I sound like a stuck up bitch). Particularly when it comes to females I can't sit down and talk about celebrities, makeup, and hair. Those kind of topics just don't interest me. I would much rather sit with a group of nerdy men and talk about history, conspiracy theories, and travel. 

 I am an introvert and get a lot of slack for it but I believe that there is nothing wrong with it. How boring would the world be if everyone was exactly the same? could you imagine a world where everyone was so outgoing and eager to socialise  24/7?. It would be boring...and that its why I believe that there is nothing wrong with introverted people. The world needs to have a balance. I think there is a belief that we don't have fun, but that is certainly not the case. I just think that some of us like to take our time to sniff people out before we get comfortable.

 I personally like to listen more than I talk. A common comment which I get after people have spent more time around me is "wow I didn't know you were so fun". I think that people should take the time and get to know introverts before completely writing them off. There are many people out there who are just like me, and those are the ones who will identify with what I am trying to say.

This post was pretty much just a jumbled up collection of thoughts and probably does not make much sense.  I am not trying to criticize extroverts in any way shape or form. It just irritates me that society views it as undesirable to be an introvert. I personally believe that nobody needs to "be" or "act" a certain way. diversity and difference is what makes the world beautiful. You should not have to worry about your personality, as long as you are not causing harm to anyone.

                     llondon leopard


Sunday, 13 August 2017

Travel Diary: Portugal ♥

Monday 7th August 2017

I made it to Lisbon and words cannot describe how happy I am. This year I have managed to visit two of my bucket list countries. Italy and Portugal were both very high on my list for Europe. Do you want to know what I think about Portugal so far? It's great. It is very different to the rest of Europe in a good way. You can see culture and diversity everywhere and everybody seems united. Portuguese people come in all different skin tones...they sort of remind of of Brazilians. Some are white with blue eyes, some are olive skinned with dark hair, some look mixed race with afro hair, some are black. That means that I blend in and it's not obvious that I am a tourist. 

When my plane landed I tried a Portuguese tart (Pastel de nata). The country is famous for them so of course it was the first thing I wanted to try. It was not that tasty...but that could be because I bought it at a train station. They tend not to have the greatest versions of food. So I am going to try one every day from a different place to see if the taste varies. Anyway, after grabbing my tart I hopped on the metro to my accommodation. I'm staying in a guesthouse which looks like a hotel. After check in I freshened up and then went to explore. One thing I have to say is that Lisbon is the most hilly city I have ever been to. It is borderline dangerous I almost slipped so many times.  I also saw many other people losing their balance whilst trying to navigate through the steep hills and roads. 

I went to Sao Jorge castle which was cool and had a lovely view. After that I went to a shop called "A Vida Portuguesa" and bought some soap. I was going to also buy some port wine but decided not to because i'm trying to budget. After that I went to the time out market for dinner. I had Bacalhau with a tomato rice. Bacalhau is like dried cod fish fried in batter. This was pretty much the end of my first day. I got the metro back home and took a long shower. Tomorrow I am going to the beach all day to relax after all those steep roads. It has been a great first day in Lisbon and I am looking forward to what tomorrow will bring. For now I am going to sort out my photos from today and catch some sleep. 

Tuesday 8th August 2017

Wow I am so tired. I went to the beach today which should not have been tiring. I took an overground train out of Lisbon to a coastal town called Cascais. It was nice and peaceful to just watch the waves go by. There were some creepy guys who kept on staring at me and trying to talk to me. THEN they started taking photos of me in my bikini. What the hell! I am not sure where they were from but I don't think they were Portuguese. After this I decided to get dressed and come off the beach for a while. 

After doing some research online I tried to get into the restaurant which supposedly has the best octopus. Unfortunately they did not let me in because they only had one table left and it was a table for 4. I suspect that they weren't too keen on solo diners considering that the restaurant was full of big tables. It annoyed me but I found a less touristy traditional restaurant within 5 minutes. I ordered Octopus with rice and some green wine. I have been waiting to try octopus for ages. Do you want to know what my verdict is? It's actually very nice. It is a bit chewy and tastes like chicken and fish mixed together. 

I texted Josie earlier to let her know that I am in her country. Turns out she is back in Portugal and we are meeting on Friday. Remember I said that I would try another Portuguese tart? well I didn't have one from a shop today. But I went to the supermarket on my way home and bought a pack of 4. It tasted a lot better this time. There is not really much to report on because all I did today was visit the beach and eat octopus. Tomorrow I am going to be a tourist and go on a day tour to Sintra. It is like a town/village in the mountains which has many castles and palaces. I think the tour leaves early at like 9am so I need to get an early night. Tchau :).

Wednesday 9th August 2017

I am back from my evening shower and refreshed. So I did my trip to Sintra today. It was good because we had a great guide, he was friendly and went out of his way to talk to everyone. We visited Pena Palace in Sintra mountains which was beautiful. It is so beautiful, I have been to many palaces in Europe and nothing tops this. It is mainly bright red and yellow but has some Moroccan patterns as well. I learnt that Portugal has a lot of North African style decorations from when the Moors moved to Spain and Portugal. After visiting the Palace we went to Sintra village to have a break for lunch. Two Italian girls on my tour asked if I wanted to join them for lunch because I was travelling solo. So we went to eat chicken crepes and tried the famous Sintra pillow pastries (travesseiros). They taste amazing! a lot better than the "pastel de nata" tarts.  

So after eating we went went to try a shot of "ginjinha" which is like cherry liquor. Then we back to the tour bus and made a few more stops along the way. It was so windy to the point where the van was shaking. The police closed off some of mountain roads due to the extreme winds. Our tour guide said that Madeira airport has been closed for 5 days due to the extreme winds. Madeira is also another place I would like to visit some day. I wore shorts today and everybody was staring. I sincerely hope that my bum cheeks were not on display. I kept checking in mirrors to make sure that shorts were not showing my cheeks. But that wind is extreme so you never know. On Monday I wore a skirt and the wind kept on blowing it up. I'm pretty sure that half of Lisbon has seen my ass. Just before the tour ended we had some free time and I went to browse the shops. I went to Zara and got an olive t-shirt and nude bag for 11 euros. That would have cost me double the price at Zara in England. It is a Spanish company so their products are cheaper in Spain and Portugal.

Anyway, so after the tour our guide drove us back to Lisbon and dropped us off near a square. From here I went to a local restaurant called "Bonjardim" to try piri piri chicken. It tastes so much more real than the piri piri chicken in England. I even went to the supermarket afterwards to buy some piri piri seasoning. 

Thursday 10th August 2017

I had a nice day today which started with a food tasting walking tour from 10-3pm. I rarely do tours when I travel, so it's shocking that I have done two in Portugal. It was a great tour because we got to eat and see the city at the same time. I had nice people on my tour and got to talk to everyone. We got the boat to another town called Cacilhas on the other side of the river. I can still smell the fish on my fingers. On this tour we got to try sheeps cheese, port wine, sagres beer, vinho verde, shrimp, bacalhau, and a fish pastry. To be honest these are things that I could have tried anywhere and I didn't really need to do the tour. Like for example I had already tried vinho verde, sagres and bacalhau. But I guess it was a nice way to meet people and share travel experiences with other travel/food enthusiasts.

So after the tour I went to Carmo convent because I did not get the chance to go on Monday. It was cool because it is not something you get to see everyday. It was also not packed with tourists and had a low entry fee of like 4 euros. Definitely worth it in my opinion. Then I wandered around the shopping area and went to Zara agan. This time I bought a nude coloured dress. Then I went to have dinner and had the cheapest meal so far in Lisbon. This included olives, grilled fish, salad, rice, potatoes, and a glass of sangria. Guess how much? 9 euros. The manager even gave me a shot of Ginjinha and a shot of port wine for free after my meal. If I ever come back to Lisbon this restaurant will definitely be my first stop. Now I am back at my accommodation and need to shower and pack. Tomorrow I am meeting Josie in Belem and leaving for the airport at night. 

                   llondon leopard


Sunday, 6 August 2017

Cloth Period Pads: My Experience ♥

                      What are they?
They are reusable pads, which can be used for your menstrual cycle. They come in many different shapes and sizes, and are designed for different types of flows. They are usually made from cotton or bamboo materials.

                     why do I use them?

I found out that regular period pads and tampons have chemicals which are supposedly linked to dryness, cancer, and hormone disruption (research further on google). I don't want to put my body at risk, and regular period pads are expensive to buy when you have a heavy flow (like me). I combine them with organic tampons and find that it provides me with a "happy period". I will wear the cloth pads during the night, towards the end of my period, and to catch any possible tampon leaks. 

                 Pros of using cloth pads

Can be reused. All you have to do is rinse them out in the sink, store them in a wet proof bag, and put them all in the washing machine when your cycle is over.

No smell. I found that sometimes a weird odour is created when the blood reacts with the chemicals in normal period pads. This is not an issue with cloth period pads. 

Snap buttons. These keep the pads securely in place, and there are usually two buttons depending on how tight or loosely you want the pads to sit. 

                 Cons of using cloth pads

Expensive to invest in. When you first buy them you'll likely be spending £30-£50, because you need to buy enough to last for a whole period. But it is a life long investment. 

Leakage. I personally find that the bamboo topped pads allow the blood to spread to the buttons. This means that your thighs will sometimes feel moist...and disgusting. I tend to avoid the bamboo topped pads on heavy days for this reason. 

Stains. Sometimes there are stains on the top layer of the pad which will not wash out. You cannot use regular detergent on most cloth pads which also makes this harder. But I am a "raggo/free spirited" kind of girl...and do not care about the stains. It's only me who will see them anyway. 

                                             llondon leopard

Saturday, 29 July 2017

12 hours in Nuremberg ♥

This is called weissgerbergasse and it is a traditional old German street. I always like seeing things from the olden days because it makes me wonder what life was like. Surprisingly it wasn't crowded so I had plenty of space to snap some selfies. 

I decided to try a German bretzel with salt. I flicked a lot of the salt off because the taste was too strong, but it was a nice cheap snack at €0.55
This is a fountain called "Schonner Brunnen" and it reminds me of the shrines they have in Thailand. 

Rostbratwurst mit sauerkraut...or sausages with cabbage as we would call it in England. Wow German food is extremely heavy, I genuinely struggled to stomach all of those sausages. 

Posing by the way of human rights. It is a collection of pillars which have the universal declaration of human rights inscribed on each pillar.

Nuremberg is my favourite German city so far without a doubt. It was like the German version of Luxembourg. Everything was able to be viewed within a day because it is compact. Most of the attractions are within walking distance, and some are even clustered together. It was more than worth the £20 return flight.

Happy Travels 


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Hamburg Diary ♥

                   Saturday 8th July 2017 
i'm on the coach on my way to the airport. There are protests in Hamburg so I'm a little bit scared. What if my flight gets cancelled? Will I be safe out there?
i'm at the port of Hamburg eating "fischbrotchen", which is apparently a popular snack in Hamburg. All my photos are coming out hideous due to cloudy weather and lack of bottom eyeliner. Anyway I ordered a prawn sandwich which was difficult to eat. Imagine trying to eat that on a date. The bloody prawns were bursting out. Then there is the infamous German stare haha. They stare at everyone and everything. But they stare more when you are a tourist. Anyway my time here is limited I need to go and explore. 
i'm at the airport now. I tried to go in to ST. Nikolai's memorial church/museum. It was closed because of the G20 protests. My last chance was to try and go to the warehouse district and wander around the red canals. This failed because the riot police had blocked the entrance, and I somehow ended up in the middle of the protest. I sort of felt scared but a hint of excitement at the same time. I followed the protest for a while and then went back to the airport. 

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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

10 Random Confessions ♥

Photo: Barcelona, Spain- August 2014

1. During my second trip to Copenhagen, I did not buy a train ticket on the way to the airport. 

2. I used to deliberately pee in the swimming pool when I was a child.

3. I don't know how to take the shell off I don't eat them at restaurants. 

4. The first thing I do every morning is search for cheap flights.

5. I am not the biggest fan of American tourists.

6. I rarely shave my legs during the winter. 

7. I have been contemplating going commando during summer. 

8. I have a thing for ginger guys.

9. I have no shame in letting out silent farts in public. 

10. I once "accidentally" elbowed the hairdresser who kept burning me while she was straightening my hair. 

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