My African Adventure

My African Adventure

Hey all,

SO, after after months of posting about my fundraising and the potential China trip, I reached my deadline. Unfortunately, for the China trip I had been preparing for, I didn’t hit the fundraising target that was set by the charity I was working for. However I was offered a place on another life-changing trip, working with the charity  ChildReach International to help build a school in one of the Berber Villages of Morocco. At first I was so sceptical, how could pale old me deal with going to Africa??? But I took on the challenge, booked my flights and off I went, not knowing any other volunteers going or what to prepare myself for.

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Last month I returned back to England after being in Morocco for just under 3 weeks and I can’t even begin to list everything I saw and learnt on my trip but here I am attempting anyway.

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One week was spent within the village, living amongst the locals, learning their way of life whilst working with other construction worker to help build walls. The money that each volunteer raised ( I managed to raise £1,800 roughly if you were wondering *proud face*) helped pay for the wages of the other builders, the construction materials, towards other project around the world and a few personal expenses. Obviously this was a daunting task- imagine little old me carrying bricks and doing manual labour. However with my team of 8 other volunteers we worked together every day making cement, moving bricks, and painting the walls, even painting a beach scene on one wall.

Life in the Berber village was a pretty big culture shock, the community live literally just on a mountain so everything requires clinging for dear life climbing. The lack of toilets or showers was probably the biggest shock: although my squat game has improved recently, going for a poo in a hole in the middle of the night to me was pretty unforgettable but to them it’s pretty normal (sorry for TMI). Another thing that surprised me was the sheer sense of belonging we felt within their community, random villagers would welcome us and our guides into their home for tea and food without a second thought, they even threw a party to thank us for our helping 20160914_125108hand at the school. The lack of internet up in the mountains probably did me good, me and the other volunteers had so much time to hang out and get to know each other- luckily we all got along so well even after 3 weeks stuck together.I have to thank ChildReach International for letting us join this amazing project and Rare Adventures for looking after us so well.

For the rest of our time we were given the opportunity to travel freely and visit the rest of the country. As someone who hasn’t done “the travelling” thing before I was pretty anxious but as group we travelled around Marrakesh and explored the Markets, visited it’s famous Ouzoud Waterfall (talk about some amazing insta photos) and then to a city called Essouria, which was more coast based, for beach days and camel rides. I tried many new things in this time; haggling in markets, cocktails on a rooftop bar and even arabic McDonalds (Exotic, I know). Whilst travelling around, I learnt a lot, mainly that I probably wouldn’t be very good at backpacking (too much walking around soz not soz , but also a lot about myself … the classic stereotype of “finding myself” whilst travelling springs to mind.

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I am now back in the swing of normal life back at university and working, I didn’t even get a tan to remind me of my trip (pale people problems). There are some times when  I look outside the bus at the rainy weather outside and miss the beautiful country. I’ve taken home so many memories and (hopefully) 8 new friends. Certain westernised traditions were sorely missed; cups of tea and flushing toilets mainly. This whole fundraising experience, which I started all the way back in October last year, has been stressful to say the least but overall I am so glad I took this challenge as I never would have imagined myself doing some of the things I’ve done had I not. Who knows what this new adventurous side of me will lead to, but I know for sure now I’ve had a taste of travelling I am eager to explore more….

T x

Why I won’t be buying a Bullet Journal

Why I won’t be buying a Bullet Journal

Hi everyone, hope all is well, I’m currently procrastinating from revision but ah well. This post is about the increasingly popular Bullet Journals that are sweeping across the Blogger community. If you haven’t heard of the trend, it’s basically the idea of keeping a reaalllyyy detailed journal based on certain themes and organisational systems.

I have been delving into the world of all you Vloggers (even though I’d NEVER be confident enough to do that king of things myself, thanks to my manly voice and un-photogenic face- I’ll stick to typing) however I’ve been enjoying watching loads of your videos  and I’ve noticed the sheer amount of the Bullet Journal videos.

Now, my opinion may be completely invalid here, as a serial hoarder and unbelievably disorganised person, but I am gonna post it anyway *insert sass emoji*. I can appreciate the amount of time and effort the users have put into their journals and, honestly it’s like art with all the different titles and colours.The main reason why I haven’t included any examples of bloggers’ bullet journals is so I don’t offend anyone or devalue the work bloggers have put into their intricate planners. However, personally (without meaning to offended anyone)…. I just.don’t.get.it.

The different sections recommended for these journals are task lists, day by day logs,  future month planners, finance planners, goals and aspirations (and so many more) plus an in-depth key system but, to me, these just seem very unnecessary and useless.  I understand the importance of a planner ( holiday dates and to do lists are my basics) but the over-complications that this scheme presents for a simple task such as remembering to call someone ( which MUST be in a specific section and keyed with a specific symbol) just seems pointless. I don’t understand the need to write down the plan for a single day (obviously trip itineraries and stuff are exceptions- planning is good) but honestly, who needs note of what they have done in a days? If I was to keep a journey, I would just have several “Netflix and Chill” days planned for the week ahead ( such an exciting life!).

Furthermore, the prettiness and variety presented by these journals (although an adorable idea) make me people seem absolutely obsessed with making it look perfect. I’ve seen whole pages ripped out or things being stuck down to cover mistakes, as if people are ashamed to make god forbid  a spelling error and all for what? The sake of a pretty looking page? I know some people love their work etc. to look nice but this seems so unnecessary and almost obsessive to me.

Maybe I don’t understand this kind of thing as it’s something severely lacking in my  extremely disorganised life and maybe I NEED this level of organisation to help my blog take off. Hats off to anyone out there who has the time/patience for these journals but I don’t think i will be starting a bulelt journal of my own any time soon.

T x

 

Things I’ve learnt about clubbing.

Things I’ve learnt about clubbing.

Hey all,

Since turning 18 I’ve been to a fair few clubs, from Leeds to London and believe me, in my time I have seen a lot. Here at my top ten lessons in clubbing:

  1. Nightclub photographers are hired by satan to make the memory of your messy night last forever. But they are always fun to make friends with..
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Having a great time with the photographer at Jellybabys Coventry
  • Jager bombs have, and always will be, a good idea.
  • Absinthe shots aren’t and never will be one.
  • Go and see all the acts at your student union, you never realise how much of a good time Cascada can give you until you’ve lived it.
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FYI- best night ever!! He played a remix of frozen.
  • No matter how fancy you are dressed, it is impossible to stay classy whilst being on some boys shoulders. Believe me.. you will do it regardless
  • VKs are life- enough to keep you going when you’ve already spent £30 on Jagers.

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  • You’d think going out on nights out with my boyfriend and 4 other boy housemates, would make me a boy repellent  but they will still try. Pretending to be too drunk to string a sentence together, pretending to be a lesbian, forcing the boy to partake in a dance off… just some of the many inventive ways to make it obvious that you aren’t out to pull
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My finest rejection caught on camera in SIN.
  • A drunken friend in the toilet is a true friend for life.
  • The aftermath after you get home from the club is the fun part. The ringing ears, the drunken snacks ( chicken nuggets anyone?!) and those who have to sleep by the toilet (sorry, Chris).

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  • Everyone can shuffle when they’re drunk enough, (this is my drunken specialty).
  • A club having a cheese room is so wrong!!!(But so right)
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Can anyone say “Squad Goals”?

Despite many a good night there’s still many things I have yet to experience….(Such as making it to 3am).

What’s your night out highlight?

T x

My fundraising journey

My fundraising journey

Hey everyone,

So I know literally nobody reads my blog, but one thing I have learned is how close the blogging community is and that’s why I need your help.

imagesI’ve decided to embark on a challenge that will be the hardest thing I’ve ever done, I am planning to WALK THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA, in aid of fundraising for ChildReach International, an amazing charity who help children less fortunate than most in our country. Currently, they are helping to rebuild school for those destroyed in the Nepalese earthquake disaster.

 

The Hike on the wall will take 7 days and will probably kill me but my aim is to raise £2985 (some of this will go towards the trip expenses)for this charity, and boy, that’s a lot of cake sales. So far (at time of writing) i have reached £600 which in itself is so impressive, and although every day I get more excited about China, the huge target is always at the back of my mind (I have even asked for donations whilst drunk).

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Our first of many cake sales for the University of Hertfordshire christmas fare.

For just £1 a 1Kg bag of seeds can be bought for farming school schemes in Africa, so imagine the impact us bloggers can have if we all swapped one make up purchase (which I know all of us spend more on then we’d like to admit ;)) this month in place of a donation for this charity. Donations can be pledged on my giving page here : Donations

Meanwhile, I’ve been at the gym attempting (attempting being operative word) and enjoying scrolling through lots of sexy practical hiking gear.

Update April 2016:  I have hit my first April target of £880 for the charity (YAY) through many raffles and public collections, but motivation is running low. Got to keep going!!

Update May 2016: I have reached over £1,000 and It’s all being pretty real now. Imagine how much a grand can help people in need!! And now we are starting to plan the China trip, got to keep going!! 🙂 I have achieved this through selling some of old clothes on Facebook, raffle tickets and a “fandom” event we hosted in my Student Union Pub- Think Marvel, Lord of the Rings and Walking dead fan -girling and guying  for charity.


Thanks you all for your time, please give this post a quick share so we can spread the word

T x

Friends ( and not just Joey, Ross, Phoebe, Rachel, Monica and Chandler)

Friends ( and not just Joey, Ross, Phoebe, Rachel, Monica and Chandler)

Hello all, hope you’re all well! Today’s post is a little bit different from usual, I’m taking about friendships..

Before heading off to university I’m sure every single person used the term “we’ll definitely keep in contact”, with full intentions of keeping such promises. As I finish off my first year of university I look back and realise how quickly, although unintentionally, the breaking of such bold statements can happen. 3am deep chats about everything and anything become once-a-monthly conversations, reminiscent of the old MSN conversations beginning and ending with “what have you been up to?”.

At first I was devastated, the friends I had been so close with seemed so far away. It’s not that I wanted to stop being friends but life had gotten in the way. And even now, I see old pictures and get teary eyes but  I have learnt to look back and accept that as your life changes so do the people closest to you, an idea that my parents have always tried to drill into me (after moving halfway across the country when I was 12).

I’m sure friendship’s drifting apart is more common than people think, it happens in the blink of an eye without a second thought, although it can be sad, memories are never forgotten and the loss of certain friends make way for an array of new friends in the future. This time a year ago I was comfortable in my friendship group and held onto the hope that it would never change, but now I kind of find it exciting to be unaware of how different my life will be in a few years time..who knows which wacky friends I will end up with?

Tx

15 thing I have learnt since the start of uni

15 thing I have learnt since the start of uni

We are always told that a University education is super important but since having been a Hertfordshire for nearly a whole academic year I have come to realise there is SO much more to being an adult than lectures. Here are some of my biggest revelations (and some photos of me personally experiencing them):

  1. Putting on a bed sheet by yourself is HARD.
  2. Cheese is bloody expensive.
  3. Waking up at 3pm and still feeling tired happens…a lot.
  4. A diet of chicken nuggets and ASDA smart price yoghurts is more satisfying than you’d think.10628758_10204418602918466_2887754952028307542_o
  5. Being top of the chunder chart is a good thing… apparently
  6. Going to the library doesn’t necessarily mean any work will be done- no matter how close the deadline is.
  7. 1403529_10204418582557957_6529440355609950578_oASDA own brand vodka IS NOT a better alternative to the more expensive branded one.
  8. Adding 3 days onto any use by date is acceptable.
  9. Nicking plastic cups from a club is not theft, it’s genius.
  10. If you’re in a group on your way out somewhere singing about ZANTE CARZORLA over and over again is inevitable.
  11. Making each other cups of tea in exchange for a favour is a very serious binding contract.
  12. Never be in more than 2 club photos per night, you wake up and regret them instantly.
  13. Leaving your door unlocked WILL result in consequences.11079618_1060650747283920_2182176098826175136_n
  14. Shuffling should only be attempted by masters once on the dancefloor.
  15. They are essential for pre-drinks but you NEVER own a full set of cards ( where do they all go?!)

Now these are realistically the rules of my life and I am proud….. Sort of .What have you learnt from University?

P.S  I’m trying to get more followers on Bloglovin as some think it’s  more popular blog platform, follow me here https://www.bloglovin.com/people/tamsinludgate-12604137

T x