Friday, 25 September 2015

Prague! End of the Euro-trip!

I've come to my last Euro-trip post, sadly!

We ended our adventure in Prague which was probably the best place that we could have ended up in. As I said in my very first post, Venice and Prague were my favourite places that we visited. Prague was just so much fun and it was just such a relaxing way to end such a long and exhausting (but fun!) holiday. 

Despite saying that, I just spent about 20 minutes with Ashleigh trying to remember what we did there fore 4 days :/ I think we were so relaxed that all I remember is chilling out in our room and in the bar downstairs in the hostel and making friends and it just outweighs everything else. Plus it was the end of such a long trip and we had done so many things by then, that everything just kind of blurs into one when I try and look back on it. 


My favourite part of Prague, I have to say, was the hostel we stayed in and the people we met. If you're going to Prague and looking for a hostel to stay in, go to Sir Toby's Hostel [www.sirtobys.com]. It is amazing. The people who work there know so much about the city and are so welcoming and helpful and its clean and comfortable and there's a great pub downstairs where you can meet people and hang out. Its just such a fun hostel to stay in and its right next to a tram station so its really easy to get into the centre of Prague. Plus they sell tram tickets in the hostel reception and they're really cheap so its so easy to make your way around the city.


I feel bad that this post is going to be a really unhelpful guide to Prague because we didn't actually get up to much when we were there so I can't recommend many things to do. We of course went into the old town square and saw the astronomical clock and all the churches and things. And obviously we walked across the Charles Bridge and up to the castle. But if you end up going there, I suggest just relaxing and walking around the city and drinking beer/absinthe and having fun. Its just such a beautiful and fun city that you don't want to stress yourself out trying to find certain things to do and missing out on the relaxed vibe that the city gives off. 

Even though I haven't been very helpful about certain things to do in Prague, if you were on the fence about going or thinking about the next place that you should go to, hopefully I've convinced you to make your way to Prague. Its such a beautiful city and its so much fun. You definitely won't regret going. Especially if you stay at Sir Toby's Hostel. 

Despite what I thought though, my euro-trip lead on to more adventures seeing as I just got back from America after visiting someone I met in Prague... more posts to follow!

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Latteria Mozzarella Bar Part 2: Singapore

I have a list of places that I want to eat at every time I come to Singapore, and Latteria mozzarella bar has become one of those places.

I've written a post on this restaurant before and raved not only about the amazing food, but the amazing waiter that we had as well. Unfortunately at that time I couldn't remember his name so I couldn't give him the direct praise that he deserved. However, I went back a few days ago with Jess and there he was! Surprisingly he remembered me as well and I managed to get his card so I can tell you all who to look out for when you visit this amazing restaurant.

His name is Kirby and he's actually the assistant manager. If you ever come to this restaurant you have to ask for him because he is without a doubt, the best waiter I've ever had. He's so friendly and knows all about the food and is always making recommendations. He really helps to make the entire eating experience even better.

So come to this restaurant and experience the amazing food and service! Let me know what you think!

Friday, 4 September 2015

For Those of You Going Through a Breakup

Before I write my last post about my Euro-trip experience, I should probably write about my recent break-up. Well, it's not recent. It actually happened about 3 months ago. A few days before I flew out to Rome to start my adventure, and the night before my sister's hen-do. Great timing, right? He was very considerate on that front. [Note the sarcasm]. 

I won't go into details about what happened but lets just say it was very sudden and random and shocking. Because of that, I kept on hoping for ages that we would get back together seeing as things were great between us literally just the day before we broke up. When you go through a break up that is just so sudden and out of the blue, there is always the hope that you'll get back together because the feelings were there just the day before, how can they have disappeared overnight? How can someone who supposedly had such strong feelings for you be able to throw you away so easily? 
I made the stupid mistake of being in that frame of mind and thinking that he must miss me as much as I missed him and that he'd want to get back together as well, because we had seemed so happy together.
And so I messaged him a few times when I was away on my trip. No reply. 
Don't make the same mistake I did. Don't message them, because it just feeds their ego and makes you feel even worse. You just have to come to terms with the fact that maybe he just doesn't care anymore, and all the things you're feeling he probably isnt' feeling. It might sound really harsh, but read below:


Of course I was heartbroken and it did ruin my trip a little. When you go through a break up, it is constantly on your mind, and you're constantly thinking about him and it totally drew my attention away from parts of the trip where I should have been having the time of my life. Not only was I obviously mad at him for breaking up with me, but I was furious that he would do it when he knew I was about to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I still am actually. It was incredibly selfish.

Being away on the trip, I can't make up my mind if it helped or hindered the break up experience. I was emotionally exhausted the entire time we were travelling [not to mention physically exhausted] and I just wanted to be by myself and cry and let it all out. But staying in hostels with strangers kind of inhibits you from doing that. It also wouldn't have been fair to my friends to be constantly moaning and crying and talking about it, because that's not what they want to have happen on their Euro-trip. And so I had to bottle it all up. So although that was so hard, because I was away I was distracted a lot more than I would have been if I was just sitting in my bed in Glasgow. It made me skip over that wallowing period of the break up but I'm wondering if one day it will just hit me cause I haven't actually been able to go through it yet.
So maybe if you're going through a break up, the answer is to go on a trip with your friends! It'll help take your mind off it, but you'll also have to give yourself a few days to cry it out because you need that. You need to go through the pain. 

I've reached that point where I can logically look back on it and say to myself, 'you don't need or want to be with someone who would treat you like that'. Because I don't. He was so rash and impulsive and selfish and cruel about it and if someone can treat me like that, they're obviously not the kind of guy I should be with. What always hurt the most was that he didn't care enough about me to talk through it. He got angry and it was so easy for him to throw me away. If someone truely cares about you, they shouldn't be able to do that. They shouldn't be able to treat you like you're expendable. I read something on tumblr [good old tumblr] that I thought definitely put a positive spin on a crappy situation like a break up and I thought I would share it.
Because it's true. However long it takes, one day they will look back on it when they have matured a bit and realise what an idiot they were and how they lost something so important. But it's their loss and they should feel sad about it, but not you. The only thing you've lost is someone who obviously didn't care enough about you.

One last piece of advice before I sign off. Do yourself a favour and don't stay updated with those who you realised weren't good for you. You don't need to know how they're doing. Trust me, it just makes it so much worse. You see them enjoying their life and you sit there heartbroken, coming to the realisation that they're not thinking about you at all, let alone missing you. As hard as it is to resist, don't look them up on facebook/instagram/snapchat. Delete them off everything. You don't need to look at their snapchat stories and see them in bed with another girl. Yep, that happened. 

So good luck with getting through this difficult period. It sucks and hurts so much but you'll get over it. Even if it doesn't feel like it, you will. And one day you'll be able to look back and realise what a mistake they made and maybe even feel sorry for them.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Munich!

We're nearing the end of our Euro-trip and our seond last stop is Munich! Just like before, four becomes three. Cosmo was going off home to Romania after we finished our trip so to save her a rail journy on her interrail pass, she skipped Munich and went straight to Prague where we'd end up meeting her later.
I wasn't really fussed about going to Germany. It's never really called out to me as a country that I really wanted to visit but it was on Carmen's list of places she wanted to visit and its another country to tick off my list! I ended up really liking it though, even if we were only there for a very short time. Another thing on Carmen's list was visiting a beer garden. You can't really visit Germany without going to a beer garden to be fair! Luckily there was one about a 15 minute walk away from our hostel (which you can see a small part of in the picture above). 
The beer garden was massive and there were so many people there. It was in the middle of this massive park and there were loads of different stands serving different foods and of course, beer. I had to go for traditional German food seeing as we were in Germany so I went for sausages, chicken and pretzels. Didn't go for any beer though because unfortunately I absolutely hate beer. It was all delicious though and it was a gorgeous day so after we'd stuffed ourselves, we went to lie down on the grass in the park and chilled out there for a bit. For some reason, we were under the impression that Germany would be slightly cooler than the other places we'd visited but boy were we wrong! It was absolutely boiling and I'm pretty sure I got sunburnt sitting out in the sun, eating my typical German meal. Am I being a tad stereotypical?
If you're in Munich and don't mind having a very somber day, you should take the train and visit the Dachau concentration camp. It's only about an hour train journey, maybe even less than that and it is definitely worth it. It is so informative and so emotional and its worthwhile to go there and find out what the prisoners went through. It's also free to get in. We spent only about 2-3 Euros to get the audio-guide which is worth it. There are actual tour guides which you can attend but I think its better to go around at your own pace and really spend the time that each section deserves. The audio tour not only gives detailed descriptions of all the different areas in the camp, but it also has a huge amount of testimonies from survivors of the camp and some of the liberators which are very emotional to listen to. 
Dachau was the first of the Nazi concentation camps opened in Germany, intended to hold political prisoners but ended up holding all different kinds of prisoners. Dachau was the camp that was in operation the longest, nearly all 12 years of the Nazi regime, and during that time there were 32,000 documented deaths in the camp and thousands of undocumented deaths. Not only do you get to walk around the grounds and view where the barrack were, and see the crematorium, but the main building itself houses a massive exhibition which goes into extra detail about the camp. There is also a documentary that you can view at certain times that is harrowing to watch. In the grounds there are a few memorials that are so powerful to see. A pathway leads down between giant granite slabs and as you get lower down the downward slope, the sculpture by Nandor Gild looms over you. It encompasses fence posts, ditches and barb wire which are reminiscent of the security facilities that surrounded the camp. The human skeleton entangled in the barb wire commemorates those who jumped into the barbed wire fence, in order to commit suicide and escape the horror that they were forced to live in. At the lowest point of the pathway, the view to another monument opens up: a sculpture made up of giant chains that have triangles on them, symbolising the triangle badges that marked evey prisoner, showing what they were imprisoned for. Sadly, the memorial does not contain the black triangle that represents the 'asocials', the green triangle for the category of of 'criminal prisoners' or the pink triangle representing homosexuals in the camp. At the end of the monument the words 'Never Again' are written in Yiddish using Hebrew letters, and in French, German, English and Russian. An urn with the ashes of an unknown concentration camp prisoner lies before it, symbolising the tens of thousands of victims that died during the lifespan of the camp. 
There is also a giant sign after you enter the gates of the camp that states "May the example of those who were exterminated here between 1933-1945 because they resisted Nazism help to unite the living for the defence of peace and freedom and in respect for their fellow men." 
As you can probably tell, if you visit Dachau it will be a very emotional visit but also a very informative and worthwhile one.
To end this post on a happier note, it is obvious that Munich is the place for stag and hen do's. There was such a party feel in the main area that was really infectious. We even saw a party tram go by which looked amazing. I didn't even know those existed. I knew party buses were a thing, but not party trams. As soon as we saw it we immediately wanted to jump on but unfortunately we couldn't. We walked to the Marienplatz (the central square) and there was so much going on. So many people out drinking and having fun. I was in awe of the city hall as well. It was absolutely gorgeous. We found a little pub to have dinner and drinks in and afterwards, when we were walking back to catch the train back to our hostel, we could see the nightlife really coming alive. If we were there for longer I think we would have spent a night out in Munich but unfortunately not. It looked like so much fun though and I would recommend it as a fun weekend away with your friends even just by looking at the atmosphere!
If you're in Munich, you should also get the train to go and see the Neuschwanstein Castle. We unfortunately didn't go. I think it was on our list of things to see but we just didn't have enough time to take the train and go and see it. I didn't mind at all until someone we met in our hostel in Prague (he'll feature later on) asked us if we had gone to see the 'Cinderella Castle' and when I googled it because I didn't make the connection between the two places, I actually felt like crying a little bit when I saw it and saw how beautiful it was. Not gonna lie, I was a little heatbroken. 
I mean look at that, doesn't that look like a fairytale castle? Of course it wouldn't look exactly like that in the summer but it would still have been absolutely gorgeous. 

So there you go, a whirlwind tour of Munich. I wish we had spent at least another day there but cest la vie! Let me know if you've been to Munich and what you did when you were there, or what you're planning on doing!