Ebay selling extravaganza

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Call me a hoarder but I just can’t throw away books, be they GCSE revision guides or not. So it so happens that they usually end up on my Ebay account at very low prices (hint hint) along side other products that I never use and decided to give away. So if you’re interested in any of the above mentioned things, click here!

 

Thanks 😉

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Island in the sun♬

I feel guilt as I’m writing this post; I know it seems hard to believe I’ve been away to Greece for what? 4 weeks because I haven’t but I’ve been so so busy lately that I genuinely didn’t have the time to sort the photos and crate this travel diary entry. I guess what I’m trying to say is sorry ?!

Anyways… my holiday in the Greek island of Zakynthos was amazing and one that I will surely remember for some time. It was the perfect combination of sizzling hot weather, perfect beaches and Greek food – all of which are impossible to dislike. 

Just as a side note, these photos have not been enhanced in any way which means that yes, that is the actual color of the water! This part of the island, which is on the northern peak of the island is probably the most famous of its touristic attractions : the blue caves and Shipwreck beach (named so after a ship ended up in this gulf in the 1980’s or so) which are only reachable by boat. The tour we took from Makris Gialos beach was really good and because the sea was quite ‘choppy’ as the captain put it, it was a really bumpy 3 hour cruise. To get to the beach, I had to jump off the boat which was pretty scary, I’m not going to lie. The water is very deep and the waves literally pulled me under so I think I’m a bit crazy when I say that was such a fun adrenalin rush. It’s a truly beautiful place so there’s no way it shouldn’t be on your Zakynthos to-do list.

Dafni beach was definitely the best beach I have been to in the past years. It’s not commercial at all so you get to enjoy the fine sand and crystal clear warm waters in peace which is great. It’s also a good place for diving or snorkeling, there are tons of pretty fish swimming about. One of the highlights for me though was the taverna – the best Greek food on the island, no jokes. Here I’ve completed my 10 day challenge of eating only fish and I fell head over heels in love with their crushed biscuit and lemony Greek yogurt desert as made by the owner’s family’s grandma. I literally had around 5 portions and could have really had some more but it felt a bit weird asking for more. Although I did get the recipe. Also, we had the unique and very lucky opportunity to see Careta Careta baby turtles come out of their eggs and swimming into the ocean and being ready as I was I swam with one as well…absolutely the cutest thing ever!

Other places include Xagio beach – very picturesque but also quite crowded

Porto Roma beach and taverna were also very nice, they had an endless list of available fish cooked in any you could possibly want.

Another completely different experience was renting a boat for the day from Keri beach and seeing all the southern coastline basically. The sea was quite calm in the morning which meant that a) it was perfect for tan-time! b) we could take focused photos c) I got to drive too. The later went pretty well I was so impressed with my steering qualities that I’m now considering a sailing course. Yeah, we’ll see how that goes… Back to the boat, it was such a fun day out, we got to see an adult turtle swimming about and we also dived a lot so I’d definitely recommend the boat renting.

I’d also recommend you see Keri church, it’s surely nothing I’d have expected from an orthodox church. In a way it looked quite Spanish which made for an interesting architecture compared to the one you can find on the island. Also, the medieval olive trees. No story could be found about them, but they looked old and knotty…

Koiliomenos was a favorite place of mine. A small small village in the more rocky side of the island, it was so charming and typically Greek that I wanted to live at their local tavern, which was run by some locals including the village’s oldest resident. While there, stop at the tourist shop in which you can find really tasty olive oil and traditional things like halva and nut jam with honey. And when I say tourist shop, I mean the stone room in the village center in front of which there is always at least one old woman, gossiping about her neighbors I suspect.

Some other nice places include these ones here:

In the evenings, we usually went out to a different part of the island considering it takes about half an hour by car to get from the south to the north. The most impressive views of the sunset can be found in and around Aghios Leon and Exo Chora where  taverns line the high cliffs that enter the Mediterranean. The drive there is also very picturesque.

There are also cities in Zakynthos! Shock, I know! And by cities I actually mean one… Zante is a nice town, with a calm port and narrow streets, lots of merchants and great tavernas. Although it does have some shops, it’s not a great shopping destination but there are a dozen souvenir shops. Out of the less commercial and thus more quality oriented one I’d recommend the Eco Artist shop (where I got my beloved ankle bracelet from) and the market hall, both located on the main street. Also, stop at yo.co for the best Greek frozen yogurt there can be.

Just looking at these photos make me want to go back. But it could be worse, it could be raining in London….

Analyse – The Cranberries

 35 hours of work and 10 of missed sleep (anticipation and a fright of being late more so make me wake up a few hours before I actually need to)…and now my work experience at FreshMinds Research is done.

I will definitely miss the hour long tube ride to Holborn and the daily strolls through Covent Garden for lunch (the paella there is to die for) and that feeling of maturity and independence which will fly out the window from next Monday when I start my lazy week schedule – so many things so little time.

On a more serious note, I’ve really learnt a lot. And I’ve been nicely surprised that my GCSE business studies knowledge actually applies to the real world – SHOCKER! I know that won’t be the case with Pythagora’s theorem though…

To conclude, a big thank you to everyone up on 3rd and 4th floors of the Kingsbourne house who have kindly taken me on this past week!

P.S – Can I pleaaase keep my business beeping card thing? It’s so cool 🙂

Teen Age Riot

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 *me and my friend Maddie*

Boring black school shoes have been violently thrown in the corner of the shoe room and blue pumps have taken their place. I could not have been happier to be pretty honest! And no, I don’t just walk in heels for no reason… that would be close to suicide. The whole dressing up bit was for a party which claimed to be ‘fancy dress’ so I went all out. The trench coat I’ll admit was a last minute addition considering that weather in London is a painful 10 degrees Celsius with wind that tests the quality of your hairspray. I did use some, but no effect….

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          * me and my friend Sonya*

I was wearing: Uniqlo trench coat, Banana Republic t-shirt, Zara scarf print skirt, Chloe clutch, my mom’s shoes 🙂

Amsterdam day 7

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My ideal moment: listening to Dustin O’Halloran while reading L’Officiel ( in actual french that is ). Not to mention the amazing hazelnut croissant bought in Brussels intended for this moment exactly.
I’m working on the photos as we speak…it’s like prolonging the holiday really. Very therapeutic considering the GCSE revision I have to get on with. Oh well …

Amsterdam day 2

I am eating my last macaroon as I am writing this, which may affect the accuracy of my post :)).

Today we were meant to go cycling in a tulip park but the lovely temperature of 5 degrees and strong chilly winds kinda stood in the way. So instead, we visited the former royal palace called Het Loo ( yep, it doesn’t mean what you fellow Brits think 😉 ) which is considered Holland’s Versailles. It was really nicely renovated and the collection of vintage cars on exhibition in the stables was pretty cool too, but personally I wouldn’t go as far as dubbing it a ‘Versailles’. It must be because of its more modern history and lack of French flamboyace that influenced my opinion, but what’s done is done.

After that, we drove off to Utrecht through a very nice natural reservation and by now the Sun was up. We walked around Utrecht and what struck me the most, appart from the idyllic canal, was surprisingly the melody of the tower bells, which sing from a huge tower that can be climbed to see apparently stunning views. If you feel up to the challenge of going up some 500 stairs! Naturally, we didn’t:).

We did however have a lovely dinner of lobster soup, terrine of brie and haddock in saffron sauce, followed by an amazing cup of hot chocolate with espresso. And to top off a perfect evening, I found the cutest and most comfortable pair of red suede flats! That demands a post of its own that’s for sure.

Ana x

Amsterdam day 1

That is if you don’t count the day we spent getting here!

Today was a little slow at first, but it’s always like that when you get to a new place. I for one was soo unbelivably tired that 8 hours of sleep were merely enough. So we basically got to the streets at a quarter to 12 and since it’s a quarter past 10 now, that makes 11 hours of non-stop walking… Fast maths to match the fast pace:)! We’ve basically seen everyting from the outside of Anne Frank’s house (which I’ll visit on Friday morning because of  the two hour long que) to the Dam square and the flower market. Sadly, I have no means of posting the amazing ( and I’m not even being cocky here) photos, but I’ll tell and show you more once I’m back in my natural habitat where I have all I need :D.

However, I can show you some pixelated photos taken with my Ipod from the canal boat trip we’ve just been on. It does give you a taste of what it looks like but I promise to show you the better versions in a week’s time :). ( Ok, I had good intentions of posting photos but that doesn’t seem to agree with my Ipod, probably not the most efficient way of updating my blog. So even more anticipation ’till the photos are posted. Soz! )

Wish me luck tommorow! I’m going cycling in Holland’s biggest tulip park 🙂

Ana x