QOTSA in Manchester!

On Sunday, Paul and I went to Manchester to see Queen’s of the Stone Age. I’ve liked their music for a while now, but I’d say that I’m listening to them more than any other band at the moment. I’m loving their new album Villains; and I’m also playing their previous album …Like Clockwork pretty much everyday. Masterpiece.

Because I only found out a few weeks ago that they were playing Manchester, I didn’t think I’d be able to find tickets; but I managed to bag 2 seating tickets — which I was a little apprehensive about if I’m honest, as I love getting myself involved in the crowd.

Paul usually drives when we go to gigs, but this time we decided that it would be nice to stay over and make a bit of a weekend (well Sunday/Monday) of it.  : )

Paul found a nice little hotel close to the arena, so we didn’t set off until late, and me being me took absolutely forever to get ready, so we only arrived at Manchester Arena about an hour before QOTSA came on!

I would’ve made more of an effort to get ready faster if the support band were decent, but a couple of minutes on YouTube made me realise that they just weren’t my cup of tea. We checked them out when we got there anyway, and one song was enough! The lead singer could not sing to save his life! I genuinley think that I could get the crowd going more than him. Haha.

Anyway, because we were late, and wanted a few drinks we drunk like 3 pints in an hour  and a gin & tonic/vodka coke. By the time Queen’s of the Stone Age were on, we were pretty pissed, or at least I was. As per usual….

The band came on to our favourite Queen’s song, If I Had a Tail; which is an absolute tune. As soon as the song started, the crowd were loving it!

The setlist mostly consisted of material from their newer albums, and some old classics thrown in there from their older stuff – as it should be! Stand out moments for me were: Sat by the Ocean, Feet Don’t Fail Me, I Appear Missing, Go With The Flow; and obviously the legendary No One Knows, which included a very long and impressive drum solo from Jon Theodore. He is seriously a beast on drums! Absolutely loved it when Make it Wit Chu came on, and just about every couple had their arms around each other! Even my Paul and I had a dance, and he rarely dances!

The rest of the gig is kinda fuzzy to me, as I drunk a few more pints. I had a rather hilarious moment, when I thought my pint glass was stuck to the floor; but to my horror, I was trying to pull the guy who was sat next to me shoe. So funny…He must of thought that I was a right weirdo, or that I  had a foot fetish or something!!! Cringe.

After the gig, we went to the Hard Rock Cafe around the corner. I went there with my best friend a few years ago, when we went to go see You Me At Six; and had some amazing cocktails! I ordered the same one..or two..or three for good measure called Electric Blue, which just about finished me off. I can’t actually remember anything else of the night, but what a good night we had!

I hope we get to see them live again next year, as they are seriously awesome!

Best rock band in the world *insert devil horn emoji* 😛

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Travel Journal: Viva Las Vegas!

Last week, Paul and I came back from a brilliant, albeit rather sweaty week away in Las Vegas. We had previously visited Vegas for a few days during a road trip, and absolutely loved it; so we were very excited to give it a proper go. Let’s be honest here, there’s no place quite like Las Vegas…

We arrived around 1.00pm after a surprisingly easy flight, which felt more like 5 hours than 10 (I think we’re getting too accustomed to flying :P). Security took fucking ages, as per usual with the US; which is understandable, but it doesn’t help that we were stood in front of some absolute bellends for 2 hours straight. Sigh.

We stayed at The Luxor, which is a very affordable option if you’re planning on doing Vegas on a budget. The hotel is in the shape of a black pyramid, and looks awesome in the skyline! Another really cool feature is the beam of light that shining in the sky – I actually read that it can be seen from space! Also very handy to find your way back ‘home’ on a night 😉  The pool area is also really nice, with 3 huge pools to choose from. The only gripe I had with the hotel was that there was a lack of lifeguards on duty, and this meant that the large pool was closed; but we were informed that we could use the neighbouring hotel Mandalay Bay’s pool facilities, which was very appreciated considering that it’s one of the best pool’s in Vegas!

When we arrived, we fought the jet-lag and managed to stay up until around 11 pm, which was a huge achievement; as we were absolutely shattered. We made our way to the main part of the strip, and seeing the lights were just as incredible as the first time!

After enduring the heat for a while, we  had a bite to eat – and of course a little go in the casino 😉 The heat was unbearably hot, it was still over 40 degrees even though it was at late at night! The weather was one downside to the trip, as there was a heat wave ; even locals were saying that it was far too hot! Some days it reached 46° so imagine how 2 British people felt! Hint: like we were melting!

The next day, we woke up feeling as fresh as daisy’s! We got ready and made our way down to breakfast, at what ended up being our regular spot for a deliciously overpriced breakfast. Yay! I had my usual: toast, hash browns, and sausage. Paul always went for a healthier option, which is probably why he lost weight, and I gained 4 pounds. 😦 We spent a few hours in the pool, the water felt so refreshing. I love watching Paul in water, he’s so elegant and beautiful. I call him my little water fairy, much to his dismay. Due to it being extremely hot, even with the water on our backs, we decided to have a little siesta; before heading out for a few drinks and a gamble. Standard.

The third day was the day when we found out that we could use the Mandalay Bay pool, so we headed over there and found a spot on the manmade beach that they’ve got there. With it being one of the hottest days we had, you couldn’t even sit for long as the sun lounger was scorching hot; so we ran on what felt like boiling hot coals to cool off in the lazy river, then made our way to the massive wave pool, which was just as fun as it sounds! 🙂

When evening arrived, we arranged to meet up with my friend Hallie, who I met in California – and has just recently moved to Las Vegas. I was very excited, as she had booked for us and our boyfriend’s to go in a limo down the Las Vegas strip, which turned out to be amazing! We met them at The Linq hotel, after a very stressful and boiling walk, which involved a lot of weaving in and out of the hotels, just to feel the air con (Yes, it was that hot.) We managed to get a good view of the Ballagio fountains, which looked even more spectacular than we remembered. We finally arrived at The Linq, and had time to introduce our boyfriend’s to each other over an extremely welcome cold beer, before getting in the limo. Going down the strip in a limo was a very surreal experience, and I am so glad that we did it. Thanks Hallie!  The chauffeur very kindly took us to the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, which was handy as that was something that we didn’t do last time, and wanted to do before we left. Afterwards, to our delight, we got a lift back to The Luxor, so we didn’t have to endure that horrendous heat (I am aware that I have mentioned the heat a lot, but seriously it was ridiculous). We had a few drinks with Hallie and Josh in the hotel bar, before heading to bed for a long day ahead…

The fourth day was indeed a long day, and that was because we did a 5 hour drive to visit The Grand Canyon. We could’ve gone to the much closer West Rim, but we figured that if we’re only going to do this once in a lifetime, then we may as well go to the National Park and see the real thing! The drive was pretty boring after a while to be honest, and usually I come prepared with a wide arrange of music to keep us occupied; but I didn’t remember to bring an aux cable, so only had limited music available which were on Paul’s phone. Thankfully Paul and I share a similar music taste these days with Arcade Fire being our favourite band, so luckily he had enough songs I liked to keep me from going completely insane.

The Grand Canyon National Park  cost $30 to enter. We were informed that the ticket is valid for a week if we want to revisit, which I think is pretty good value as there’s so many little vantage points scattered around the park. I think it’s pretty obvious that we didn’t return given the length of the drive, but $30 was worth seeing a famous landmark like the Grand Canyon, and the rangers do a fantastic job of looking after the visitors and the upkeep of the park.

We couldn’t believe the sheer size of the thing, and we just stared in awe at what was in front of our eyes. I personally enjoyed the views at desert view the most, and I particularly enjoyed going in the watchtower and getting an even better view! Another positive factor of the day was that the weather was a lot cooler in Arizona than it was Nevada, so it was definitely nice to get a break from the heat.

On our way back home we stopped off at a joined Taco Bell and KFC, much to our amusement as we’ve never seen anything like this – fast-food companies living in harmony, ahh the beauty ❤

The drive back was draining as hell, so once we got home we were that exhausted that we had our obligatory nightcap earlier than usual…

After the long day we had previously, we made sure we had a beast of a sleep in before having a couple of hours in the pool, before sticking to our plans which were to revisit our favourite hotels from last time that we had yet got to see since our return and also check out the hotels that we missed last time. Being the hottest day so far we grabbed a couple of beers to walk down the strip with. Paul chose a Bud Lite, and I went for the same but the lime version, which was so incredibly refreshing in taste, and also just holding the cold beer in our hands was simply amazing!

Firstly, we visited The Venetian, which we agreed is both our favourite hotel. I love The Venician, because you actually feel like you’re in Italy. Outside you’ve got a lovely little walkway towards the main entrance, which is surrounded by water and Gondola’s. Inside is when it gets well and truly magical though –  the ceiling is painted like a realistic sky, and you really do feel like you’re in Venice. You’ve also got the gondolas flowing down the river (yes, the hotel has a river flowing through) and you’ve got beautiful sounding singers serenading people in the Gondola’s. I think this is so romantic to watch, which is a really weird thing to say about a hotel lobby, but you need to see it to believe it.

After a mooch around the shops, we headed out towards Caesar’s Palace; which is another one of our favourites. I’d say that it is similar to The Venetian,as it gives you the illusion that you’re outside, but this time it’s based on the roman empire. The place is bloody huge, and we saw so much that we previously didn’t see. I think that out of all the hotels the shops are better at Caesars, and I enjoyed having a cheeky gamble in the impressive casino that they’ve got there. After spending a couple of hours wondering around – and getting lost –  then decided to brave the sweltering heat once again, before making our way to The Flamingo hotel, which was one that we hadn’t yet visited. The Flamingo wasn’t anything special if I’m honest, especially with how magnificent the previous 2 were; but I had read that they have actual real life Flamingo’s on the grounds, and as any sane person would – I LOVE FLAMINGO’S! After  we went to see the cute little pink lovebirds, we took a long walk back to our end of the strip.

On our usual weave in and out of buildings to feel the air con walk, we stumbled upon a quirky little shopping mall that had loads of restaurants and bars. Honestly, you could go on a night out here and never leave the shopping mall – its crazy! We were extremely hungry by this point, as we hadn’t eaten much at all, so we checked out the menu’s of various places; until we came across a place where all lunch items were $5.99! We thought this was some kind of sick joke or a catch, but it was absolutely true. If you have ever visited Las Vegas, then you’d know that food and drink is RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE. I mean 2 beers are $20 in most places, and even our extremely average breakfast and coffee in our usual deli spot in the morning is $25 for the two of us. You must now be able to understand that this was very exciting for us, especially when beers were only $3 too. I ordered Salmon with potatoes and Paul got some beef with some fries, and I can honestly say that it was the best food I ate all week, as I don’t really like the food in America after a few days; so it was nice to have something that I’d eat at home. The place that we ate at was called the Ocean One Bar & Grill, and it is located at the Miracle Mile shops, which is a part of the Planet Hollywood complex. Also, there’s a pretty cool rock bar there if you like rock music, aptly called…  The Rock Bar 😉

The following day was our last proper day, and so we spent a few hours enjoying the pool as much as we can, which was nice as it was a little bit cooler. I bought something called a sea-wag (gotta love that name) which is basically a sleeve that goes over your phone so your phone is waterproof. I’m proud to announce that my phone is still intact, and even though it was quite expensive for what it is, it’ll come in handy when we go to Bali as we’re planning on going white water rafting. Also we got some absolutely hilarious selfies of us underwater, as well as some nice photos of us by the pool to look back on in years to come.

We were planning to have a fairly chilled night on our night due to us having to be up early for our flight the next morning. Oh how naive we were! We stupidly had 3 or 4 beers down the strip, then made our way to Beer Haus. After playing Jenga whilst drinking out of a Stein, and getting thrashed by two 10 year olds at table soccer*ahem* football, we thought we’d go have one or two in The Rock Bar that I mentioned earlier. I enjoyed it in there as it was the first time that I’d actually listened to decent music in a bar since we arrived as Vegas unfortunately has a serious absence of rock bars on the strip. 😦 Of course if you know me, then you’d know fair well that one does not simply have a sophisticated night after a few drinks, especially on a Friday night in Vegas…

Usually Paul is sensible enough to prevent us for making bad decisions, such as going   full on party-mode, when we have to be up at 6AM for a 9 hour flight. Paul was not sensible, as Paul was around 5 pints in at this point *facepalm* I had the bright idea to contact Hallie and Josh, so we can say goodbye properly, and of course carry on the partaaaay. Hallie suggested that we go to bar called Gilley’s that was situated within the grounds of Treasure Island, a hotel we’d actually missed out on. I was a bit dubious about Gilley’s at first due to how rowdy it seemed initially, but it was actually amazing, and it’s a shame that we only came across it on the last night. The place is a real country and western bar, and I felt like I experienced the authentic America that I always dreamed of experiencing, with the thick southern accents: the cow-boy hats, the rodeo bull, and the line dancing. I was actually in awe at how in-sync the line dancers were with each other, and the music that they were dancing to was a real band, which made it even better. Hallie bought Paul and I some Fireball Whiskey (mm anti-freeze) for some liquid confidence, before we gave the line dancing a go. And yes, we sucked at it.

Ideally, we should have gone home afterwards, but we agreed to go to a shisha bar, or ‘hookah lounge’ as they call it over there, which I think sounds like pure filth haha. I only smoke when I drink sometimes, and Paul wouldn’t smoke if you paid him a million pounds; in fact I would go as far as saying he detests it. I shared a hookah (lol) with Hallie, and had a little dance whilst the lads had a pint together. I have no idea how long we were in there, but all that they played were gangsta rap, and uusually I would hate that; but all I can remember is I was ENJOYING myself, with the odd slutdrop and twerk in there for good measure. Damn, that anti-freeze must be good. 😉

We got to bed around 3AM after a rather embarrassing dispute with the lady behind the counter in the hotel shop… I genuinely thought she charged me $10 for a packet of crips, so after causing a scene, I rushed to find my trusty knight in shining armour, to rescue my seemingly rogue spare change from the clutches of this evil woman… Only to be told by my knight in shining armour that said change is hanging out of my pocket. Duh. Cue an embarrassing trip to the shop to apologise to the poor lady, I then had to try to drag Paul out of a bar that was showing the British Lion’s Rugby match, which didn’t leave him in the best of moods, but we did have to be up in 3 hours! Damn you, alcohol.

The next morning, or a few hours later shall I say, we woke up absolutely pissed out of our heads, I genuinely don’t even remember checking out of the hotel, lol. I was also convinced that I had left my bag of make-up (my literal nightmare right there) at the hotel once I was on the plane, making my plane home a very anxious experience, but luckily drunk Amy still had her priorities in check and remembered. 😉

As I’m writing this I’m giggling to myself, and I’m sure you are too, Paul. Afterall, it wouldn’t be a holiday to Vegas if you didn’t go slightly crazy whilst there. 😉

Love you baby xxxx

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I SAW ARCADE FIRE!!

I’m writing this on my phone, thousands of feet in the air,  travelling to America, so apologies if this isn’t perfect. 4 hours left… 

I was meaning to write this blog sooner, but I have been so fucking tired and busy. So… I FINALLY SAW ARCADE FIRE FIRE xD I am just going to put this out there right now, that this band are the best band on the planet right now, and are one of the best of all time in my opinion.

I’ve watched countless live performances by them on YouTube, which my boyfriend and I agreed that this could possibly leave us disappointed, as we really had high expectations due to the quality of the videos we had watched. If anyone has read my previous blog then basically I got tickets to go see them at Isle of Wight festival originally, as we thought it would be the only time we would get to see them this year. Oh how naive we was! They ended up announcing a show in Manchester in July, and then a warm-up show to last weeks IOW festival. The warm-up show was at Scunthorpe, which is absolutely crazy. They played at Scunthorpe Baths, which is only a 1400 venue capacity. Arcade Fire can fill arenas, and have pretty much headlined every major festival I can think of, so obviously as massive fans, my other half and I was ecstatic to of been one of the few who actually got tickets.

Fast forward a few weeks from when we booked tickets, we arrived at Scunthorpe at around 6.00PM on Wednesday the 7th of June. We had a pint of beer in a lovely little pub across the road called The Royal. I would’ve gone back there after the gig for a drink if I wasn’t travelling to the Isle of Wight the next morning, so if the unlikely event of them returning, I’d definitely give that a go.

So we went a little after doors open, but I think the band were still soundchecking as they were 30 mins late letting us into the main room. Whilst we waited I went to the merch stand, and bought a really cool t-shirt that has the new Arcade Fire logo on. There wasn’t much to choose from, but once the album is released then I’m sure that they will have some more designs. I really want them to make them Everything Now jackets they’ve been wearing available to the fans.

For the smaller shows, the band have adapted to a 360° stage setup. I personally really liked this concept, but I had a lot of anxiety prior to the gig due to the fear of having Win and Regine facing with their backs to us. I made a plan, and that was to head towards Win Butler’s microphone (pretty obvious which one was his with him being 6’5). The security were ushering everyone towards the left, but I scoped out Win’s mic and went opposite to the crowd which meant I was at barrier, right infront of Win. Now, if anyone knows me, then you’ll know that I absolutely adore Win Butler. I love the rest of the band obviously, but for me Win is one of my idols, and I was starstruck when he was literally infront of my face.

I can’t remember every single song off the top of my head that was on the setlist, but it was sure as hell full of bangers. I recall Everything Now being the opening song, which was awesome as since it came out not so long ago, I’ve been playing it non-stop. I was very happy to see Tunnels returning, as I noticed that it had disappeared from their setlist for a few shows. I thought that Rebellion was just as awesome as I expected, and the crowd kept singing the “ohh, ohh, ohh, ohh, ohh” part for like a solid 5 minutes afterwards. They also did an unplugged version of Wake Up, which was stunning.

I would say that the highlight of my night was definitely Reflektor. Obviously due to my blog name, you’d expect it to be a highlight, but the real reason is so much more cooler….

THIS HAPPENED. 

Yes, that is yours truly with Win! As you can imagine, I was pretty fucking happy after this. Basically, Win was recording the song on an old school camcorder, and whilst he walked past I shouted for him to have a selfie with me. He let me get 3 or 4 photos, which I thought was really nice. Anyway, overall it was the best live performance that I have ever seen. I never in a million years thought that I would get to the front, never mind getting a selfie with Win Butler.

The next morning was difficult, we was so tired from the previous nights antics. Luckily we only had a couple of pints, so felt good in that sense, but I literally danced my ass off all night, so we just felt like we needed a days recovery to be honest.  We set off for the Isle of Wight festival early Thursday morning, a long five hour drive, and an hour’s ride on the ferry. We stayed in a lovely little hotel called The Wight, and Friday we had a brilliant day checking the island out. We visited the Needles and an Amazon rainforest themed zoo. They had Sloths! Who doesn’t love Sloths. Definitely my spirit animal. 😉     

On Saturday we went on a wild goosechase for some Wellington boots, as we didn’t plan very well and me and the boyfriend are complete festival n00bs. We didn’t even need them in the end which was kinda bittersweet due to the fact that they’re highly unfashionable, but at least we didn’t have any rain… 

So we only got a 1 day ticket as the rest of the line up didn’t appeal to us and was very poor if I’m honest. We stumbled upon  an excellent act that consisted of 2 lads and their acoustic guitars. They don’t sing or use any more instruments. They slap their guitars inbetween strumming them for the beat. They played loads of old skool dance floorfillers, and finished on a really epic cover of Bohemian Rapsody. They had the crowd going crazy, and we saw the tent literally go from empty to full within a few songs. They’re insanely talented people, if you want to check them out then their name is The Showhawk Duo. 

Catfish and The Bottlemen put in an amazing set too. I’ve liked them since they released their debut, and their last album ‘7’ is so good! I’d definitely go watch then headline their own show. 

Aaaand next up were Arcade Fire. I must say that I was just as excited as I was at Scunthorpe. I also had around 8 pints at the moment, so that elevated my giddiness a lot, lol. Anyway, somehow managed to get right near the front again, not quite barrier but to say that we wasn’t even trying to get close this time it was certainly a massive achievement. 😛

It was awesome to see them in a completely different setting. I’d say I prefer intimate venues, but the stage set up and lighting were amazing and on a much larger scale. I think Creature Comfort sounded so epic live, and I can tell it’s going to be a fan favourite for many years to come. I also heard some songs I hadn’t heard the last time, such as The Suburbs, which is one of my favourites. I’d say my favourite song of the night was Sprawl II. I just think Regine absolutely smashed it, she’s so cute!

I actually cannot wait to see them in Manchester in a couple of weeks. I know it sounds excessive, but their music means so much to me for various reasons. BEST. BAND. EVER! 

* I am now sat around the pool in Las Vegas. Life is gooooood.

Travel Journal: Barcelona

My lovely other half & I went to Barcelona for my birthday.

WE HAD THE BEST TIME EVER! We were there for a few days, but we did so much! It was genuinely one of the best times of my life 😀

It’s such a beautiful place, and the vibe is amazing.

We checked in at our hotel, The Hotel Praktik Vinoteca when we arrived. I would recommend the hotel to anyone as not only was it a good price, it was immaculate. It’s a wine themed hotel (as you can tell by the name) so you get a free glass of wine when you get there. Nice! We arrived in the afternoon, so we explored La Rambla and the Gothic Quarter, and took it easy. I went to La Rambla as a kid, so it was great to revisit it. I was very excited to see that they had an NBA Cafe down there. I loved Basketball when I was younger, especially the Houston Rockets. I really enjoyed my burger too, so even though it was a little expensive, it was great fun to eat there. Afterwards we went to Casa Batllo, a house designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí. I would highly reccomened this, as it is pretty surreal how much detail is in this house, but it is very expensive too, so if you’re on budget then the outside looks just as good as the inside!

On the second day we went to Park Güell, which was disappointing as we didn’t realise that you had to pay to get into the main bit, and there wasn’t a time slot for hours, so we went for a little walk before getting the bus and changing plan. We had a look on our trusty tourist map, and chose to go to Montjuic, and ride a cable car to Montjuic Castle, much to the horror of my fella, who doesn’t like heights 😛 When we got to the top we had a lovely view over Barcelona. We then went for a couple of pints down La Rambla, before going for some food.

On the third day we went to Camp Nou, which is FC Barcelona’s ground. I did this as a kid with my Mum and Dad, so I already had very fond memories of the place. I was so young when I went, under 10, so I didn’t remember most of it, and obviously it has been updated since then… I think going back as an adult has made me appreciate the sheer size of the place, it’s an absolute beast! Even if you don’t like football, I’d make sure you visit, because it really is a great place.

The forth and final day = the best day, and possibly even one of the best days of my life…We visited the Sagrada Família, a large Catholic church designed by the Catalan architect I previously mentioned, Antoni Gaudí. I didn’t know too much about Gaudí before I came, but after visiting a couple of his work whilst in Barcelona, I now consider him to be an absolute genius.  I have never seen a building like it,  and even after 135 years in the making, it’s still not complete! If you see the building you’d understand the immense level of detail that is in this building. When it finishes in around 10 years, I hope to visit again to see the finished project!

Afterwards, we went to Parc de la Ciutadella, which we wasn’t going to do, but we saw in our guidebook that it looked really pretty. Wow, this place is amazing I wish we had a place like this at home, I’d spend so much time there! I loved the fact that nobody really gave a fuck what people thought, people were tightroping between the trees, juggling, jamming out on their guitars with not a care in the world. The best part was the Cascada Monumental, a beautiful fountain.

After we explored some more bits of Barcelona we hadn’t seen, we headed the our hotel to relax after a lot of walking. About 8.30pm, we headed back to the Montjuic area to view the amazing Magic Fountain! I actually saw this as a kid and I was mesmerised, so I couldn’t wait to experience this with the man I love 🙂  They were just as spectacular as I remember, and played some awesome music in the background, for example Wonderwall by Oasis, which were one of my all time favourite bands, due to my Dad being a massive fan whilst I was growing up!

What a perfect ending to a perfect holiday 🙂

I would recommend Barcelona to anyone, I’d say it’s my favourite european city I’ve visited so far.

Birthday Blog

This day 24 years ago I was born! I can’t believe my Birthday is on a Saturday, and I’m blogging! Usually I’d be out, but as we’re going away I really didn’t want to be hungover whilst travelling. My hangovers are dreadful, and I’ve had one today. 😦

I didn’t really make plans to go out as I’ve gone off drinking, and it makes my anxiety worse! But as it was my birthday weekend, I went out with a few friends. I just went to a couple of pubs, as I didn’t really fancy going out for a full on night out.

I had a few Beers and Gin & Tonic’s, played some Arcade Fire on the jukebox, had a little boogie and went home. All was good, until I cut 2 of my fingers open on glass 😦 I shit you not, blood was everywhere! All over our cream carpet. Luckily I had some Vanish and got some of the blood out, but when that ran out I did the most stupid thing ever…

I was that drunk I cleaned up with bleach. Fucking bleach. Let’s just say I have royally fucked my carpet up now. What once was an immaculate  carpet was now blood stained and bleached 😦 And the smell… I can still smell it now .:(

It’s safe to say that my Boyfriend was not happy with me in the morning. Luckily it’s my Birthday, so he was easy on me… I do feel really bad though seeing how much effort he’s put into taking me to Barcelona, and he got me some beautiful flowers too. I will make it up to him by making sure we have the time of our lives when we go. 🙂

So present wise I did very well. Obviously going on holiday is an amazing present on its own! I got some money to take with me, and some really handy presents such as socks, pyjamas, etc. That stuff really excites me 😀  I’m getting old. Haha! Also got another bottle of my favourite foundation, Armani Luminous Silk.

Tonight I had a great night. I went to see my baby Brother, as I couldn’t not see him on my Birthday! He really is coming along so well, and he’s saying a few words now. I am so proud of him! My Mum also goes on holiday 2 days after me, so I’m not going to see him in nearly two weeks! I have seen him a couple of times a week since he was born, so it’ll be weird not seeing him to be honest.

Afterwards I had a girly night with my 3 favourite ladies; my Mum, my Gran and my Best friend! We went to one of my favourite restaurants, Maxi’s Chinese. Yummy! Cashew Nut FTW!

Well it’s officially not my birthday anymore! Pretty glad I can go to bed now and get an early night. Got a very action packed week next week. I will blog when I’m back from Barcelona

-Amy ❤

 

My Second Attempt At Blogging.

When I first started this blog I was so determined that I’d update it regularly. I actually have quite a few drafts that never saw the light of day; a result of poor motivation. I have a lot of spare time now due to my hours at work changing, so I am going to aim to update it every 2 or 3 weeks, or even more frequently if I feel inspired to do so.

I read that the last post I wrote was a little under a year ago, just after my 23rd Birthday.  As we all know, a lot can happen in a year. I don’t want to write in too much detail what I’ve been doing over the past year, as the sole purpose of this blog was to use it in the form of journal, a diary if you like, to reflect on my life and to look back on memories.

So life’s pretty good at the moment. I’m 24 on Saturday, which is crazy. I guess I’m a full on adult now. I think 24 is a good age, it’s where you are still young, but old enough to have gained some maturity and experience in life.

I have a very exciting Birthday weekend coming up. I’m going for a couple of drinks tomorrow night with friends, then I’m going for a meal with my family on my actual Birthday. Then my partner is taking me to a lovely spa hotel on Sunday, and then has booked 4 days in Barcelona after. I can’t believe someone would actually put that much effort into a birthday for me 🙂 I can’t wait to go to Barcelona. I went for a day with my parents when I was about 9 years old, we were staying in a town called Calella not too far away when we visited. I only remember visiting Camp Nou and watching the amazing fountains. They are the two memories that stick out to me from that holiday, so it will be interesting if any more pop to my head!

Since I last posted we went to the beautiful Malta, and a trip round California/Nevada which was just amazing. Las Vegas is officially the best place on earth! Honestly, travelling is the way to live your life. I’m so glad I have found a man who wants to see the world as much as I do.

In October my Mum gave birth to my little brother, the apple of my eye ❤ Alfie is such a cute little guy, and I can’t wait to watch him grow up! 23 and a half years between us though. How crazy is that? Kinda funny as my relationship has a rather large age gap as well. Lol!

Work-wise things are doing good. I finished my NVQ, finally! I am starting my level 3 soon, and then who knows? I am quite happy as I am at the moment though. My jobs quite straight forward most of the time, and it is great fun. I will probably carry on working with children as I do find it rewarding. I just need to get as much experience and qualifications I can so I can make something of myself in a few years. Right now I’m just focusing on finishing my level 3 before making any decisions.

Ummm, not much else to say really… I started playing guitar at Christmas and I’m progressing well. I can play a few songs here and there. The reason I wanted to play guitar is because I love Arcade Fire’s songs so much that I wanted to play them myself. I have just learnt ‘Windowsill’ by them, which is one of my all time favourite songs. I must admit, I am feeling rather chuffed with myself for learning it!

I’m going to leave it at that now anyway.  Until next time.. 😀

 

LA Travel Blog

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CALIFORNIA LOVE

Ever since I remember, I’ve always wanted to visit the United States. Every time my parents spoke of going on holiday, I always cheekily hinted at America. My Mum never fancied it, and I doubt they’d be able to afford it anyway. The good thing about growing up is that you get a job and you earn money, and then you can go follow your dreams. I saved for about a year, at the time I was working at ASDA and so money was really tight and my social life declined, but it was worth it in the end. I went with my cousin who earned quite a bit more than me, so in hindsight I would’ve picked a cheaper hotel, but as it was my first time I was desperate to go. I bit the bullet and saved saved saved! So here is my action packed week in Los Angeles..
DAY ONE: I arrived about midday and checked into my hotel nice and quickly, I stayed in the iconic Roosevelt hotel on Hollywood Boulevard, I couldn’t wait to see it as I’ve always been interested in the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and the 60’s, and the hotel was actually where the first Academy Awards was held, so this was very exciting for me. I wasn’t disappointed, it looked amazing and the path outside the entrance was the hall of fame, it felt a million miles away from the cold and rainy Yorkshire that I am used too. I was equally impressed with how beautiful the interior is, it felt so glamorous and classy. I’m far from a classy girl, and it was a world away from my local pub.

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Outside Hotel Roosevelt

When we arrived  in our rooms we was extremely tired, so we opted for an early night after we’d eaten. We was across the road from the Hard Rock Cafe, so we got some food from there. I got a beer and some nachos, which are the two things that I love to consume the most. The nachos were so nice, but I prefer lager back at home. We then checked out the Chinese theatre, as it was just across the road. We went back to the hotel and relaxed by the pool, the pool is absolutely amazing! It had fairy lights on the tree as you go in, palm trees and a real exclusive feel to it! I never ate from the pool bar as I found it overpriced, but I did enjoy some cocktails when the weekend came along. I slept like a log that night, the room was very spacious and had a lovely bathroom. The room was overlooking the Chinese theatre which was pretty cool, and I woke up to the most gorgeous sunset.

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Our hotel pool
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Our hotel lobby

DAY 2: As I said above, I woke up to the most gorgeous sunset. I didn’t even feel jet lagged or tired. I was buzzing! We looked at a few stars down the Walk Of Fame, I screamed every time I saw an actor that  I loved :’) I was probably the most annoying tourist in a long time, but this was so surreal to me. I am a massive Tom Hanks fan, he’s my childhood hero and I’ve always wanted to see his star, I couldn’t see it but I knew I’d find it at some point but there was more stars than I could ever imagine! Firstly, we went into a cool little souvenir shop called Lalaland, there was so much to choose from and I bought some novelty Oscar statues for my Mum, Brother, Grandma and Boyfriend, so I didn’t have to worry about what to get them. It’s safe to say that the presents went down a treat, and made them all laugh when I got back. We headed to the Chinese theatre again, and in my opinion this is so much better than the stars down the Walk Of Fame, it has their hands and feet printed onto cement and their signatures, and had old legends from Marilyn Monroe,to modern legends like Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint from the Harry Potter films. I’m just going to point out that the second time I came to the theatre was so much better, the first time I got there it was absolutely packed, but on the second day I came very early and avoided the large crowds and was a much calmer experience and there was a very polite worker showing us around so I managed to find who I was looking for with ease.

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We went for a walk around the shopping mall, and to my delight I found a Hot Topic store. We need this store in the UK, it’s full of band merch and nerdy things. I am a massive fan of twentyonepilots, and so of course my first purchases in the USA looked a lot like this…

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Can you save my heavydirtysoul?

Fast forward a few hours of exploring Hollywood Blvd, I now proceed with my plans for the evening, which are pretty awesome to say the least. My cousin managed to get us some tickets to see The Hollywood Vampires at the Roxy theatre, and for anyone who isn’t sure who The Hollywood Vampires are then it’s basically a supergroup that consists of Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, and Matt and Duff from Guns N Roses. Pretty awesome, right? There was also surprise guest appearances from Ke$ha and Marilyn Manson, the latter being pretty hilarious, as it was the end of the gig and an American couple who loved my Yorkshire accent had bought me sooooo many free drinks and I felt absolutely wrecked,  I had so many beers and jagerbombs, and by the time Manson came on drunk me just couldn’t handle the fact I was in the same room of him! What I really liked about the Roxy was that it was so small, it’s something like a 500 people capacity venue, and I was right at the front, but I must say that it was full with absolute CRAZYS! I’ve been to so many gigs in my lifetime, but this was the rowdiest. I witnessed drinks being poured on people, pulling of hair, people throwing punches and all sorts. I have never seen this in the UK, but to be honest I don’t even think it was anything to do with the fact it was in the US, I think it was the Johnny Depp fans, they were acting like they were thirsty for his blood, man they were the true vampires of the night. I mean he’s a great actor and attractive and all that jazz, but Alice was the star of the show for me, he’s 68 now, and still as rock and roll as ever. I feel genuinely blessed to have seen him live.

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After the gig my cousin wanted to meet Johnny, but I was too drunk to care and wanted to party, so I went next door into a bar called Rainbow. I’m not going to talk too much about it because I am so naive going into a bar in an unfamiliar place thousands of miles away, but I got freaked out because it’s such a different lifestyle to mine, and I felt so out of place and didn’t really feel safe. I couldn’t find my cousin after and panicked, and so when I did I called an Uber and went to bed.

DAY 3: I’m pretty certain day 3 was my favourite day, I felt soooo hungover and so a big breakfast and a lazy day by the pool was definitely on the cards, as I wanted to feel fresh for our night time plans  which was something I’ve been looking forward to for ages. I’ve been a big fan of American sport for years now, especially NFL. I got into it by playing a Madden game on my Playstation religiously, I learnt the rules and I’ve always enjoyed watching  the Super Bowl, but unfortunately LA doesn’t have a team, which I thought was crazy, and the whole franchise thing is so weird to me.I had a look at the other sports and there wasn’t a Basketball game on either, so I chose Baseball. I didn’t know anything about baseball, so wasn’t as excited as I would have been for another sport, but I fell in love. I was confused as hell at first, but I figured out the rules and had a great time! What I loved was the kiss cam and the mini games they had with the crowd, it’s just so different to the way the knobheads in England behave at sport events. If you go, then I highly recommend trying out a Dodger dog, it was the best hotdog I’ve ever tasted. I wouldn’t recommend drinking alcohol though, it was so expensive so I didn’t bother. The Dodgers won, and we went on the pitch at the end to watch Friday night fireworks. I follow the Dodgers on Twitter now, I consider myself a fan 😀 I even bought myself a jersey, I got talked out of buying a foam hand though, I think that’d be getting too into it 😉

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Dodger Stadium

DAY 4: On the forth day we went to Universal studios with some American friends we’ve met over there, we had such good fun with these guys! I had a great day with everyone, but all in all I am not theme park fan, nor do I like to spend long queuing, so it was my least favourite day.  I wouldn’t of gone if my cousin didn’t want to go. The highlight of the day was the fire show, although we got soaked! And the studio tour was good, we saw sets and props from the likes of War Of The Worlds, JAWS, Fast & Furious and many more, so that was interesting. I ate in Krusty Burger (Simpson’s) and that was good fun, purely for novelty reasons and not really the quality of the burger.

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After Universal, we still had plenty of the day left and so I suggested that we went for food. I’ve always wanted to try Taco bell, and my American friends found that hilarious so we went. In England, we’ve literally got about 2 in the whole country and they’re far away, so this was exciting for me. I had a hard shell Doritos taco with a cool ranch sauce, put it this way, I had 3 in a row for the next 2 days. It was beautiful, and so worth the $1, and even the soda was amazing! I never knew you could get Strawberry and Blueberry sprite, why don’t we have all these cool flavours in the UK? I envy you so much, the citizens of America!  =/   That night we had drinks by the hotel pool and it was absolutely amazing, it was packed and the DJ had all the tunes going out, it felt surreal because everyone was so posh! The only downside was that the drinks were a little on the expensive side at $14 a cocktail, but that’s expected at somewhere like the Roosevelt. I can’t say I remember much of this night. I certainly made the most of my Saturday night in Hollywood, that’s for  sure.

DAY 5: On day five  went to Griffith Observatory and on a hike to the Hollywood sign (Which we didn’t make!) I must admit, I was very reluctant to do this as  I felt like horrible from  from all of the shots I did the night before, but it was the one thing the lass I went with wanted to do. We got an Uber  up to the observatory, it was really high up and the view was breathtaking, easily the best view I’ve ever seen. I thought the inside was lovely, I love space so it was right up my street. After spending sometime exploring inside and around the grounds, we set off on our walk to the Hollywood sign. Admittedly, I moaned about this a lot, but I am so glad that I did it, as it was the most beautiful walk. I recommend that you go so you can see the sunset, it was so relaxing and I took some awesome photos on my DLSR. It was getting too dark too carry on, and after a few hours we was exhausted, so we made our way back down and phoned an Uber. I am just going to write a little bit on my experience of Uber, and in a nutshell it was diabolical! At least 6 cabs cancelled on us during the course of the week, and we even got in one and they got us lost! On this particular day we really didn’t need this trouble, we’ve been walking hours in the California heat and just wanted to rest, but our phones were on the last leg of battery. Uber cancelled on us, and we couldn’t ring them and had to walk ANOTHER hour to get home. What a bad ending to a great day. 😦

Here a few photos I took on my DSLR from the hike

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DAY 6: This was one of my favourite days, we went to Santa Monica pier and Venice Beach and had a nice, chilled day. We met up with our new American friends, and went swimming and attempted to build some sandcastles 😛 I was slightly disappointed with the sea, it wasn’t as blue as I thought.  I think this is partly because I am from England, so countries like Greece and Cyprus are only a mere few hours away, and these countries have the most incredible beaches with the bluest Mediterranean sea, but I didn’t come to the US for the beaches, I came for everything else, so I wasn’t too bothered.

To my delight I found a taco bell on the pier, so I had my favourite  taco (or 3..) After eating we went on the rollercoaster, and as a gamer and a fan of GTA, this was cool as that’s an iconic spot in San Andreas 😀 It was a fun ride too, and we also went  carousel which had starred in a bunch of films so that was really cool to experience.

 

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So since I came to America, I really wanted to get some cornrows after I saw a girl with 3 and it looked really nice, yet simple. I couldn’t see anywhere around Santa Monica, so we went to Venice Beach and I found a little shop that did it for $20  and it looked great! I wanted it to stay in forever, but my hairs really thin and it only lasted a week. Venice beach was an eyeopener, there was people doing all kinds of crazy shit to make a living, there was artists, a crazy man on rollerblades with a double electric guitar, even a man stood in a trolley (shopping cart) using a big stick to pull him selves along, asking if people want a go, and whilst this was hilarious, I felt bad for these people because it must be hard to get a job if they’re having to do that, but fair play to them. We went back to the hotels to have a drink or two, and to my shock my American friend brought in something that looked like a regular energy drink, but to my horror (ok wrong word, excitement;D) it was 12%! That’s insane! Surprisingly  it tasted really good! I had a couple and that was enough for me, didn’t want to spoil the last day with a raging hangover.

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My hair, taken the next day.

DAY 7

 

So day 7 was the last day, it had been such an action packed week I was knackered by this point, and I missed my boyfriend tremendously so I was glad in a way that I was coming home. We was flying overnight, so we had time to do do something, and our plans were to go watch the Late Late Show with James Cordon live in the audience, this was a pretty awesome experience, especially since James is such a national treasure in England, it’s great to see him doing so well! I can’t actually remember the guests names, one was a comedian and one was an actress from American Horror Story, I have never seen that but my cousin was quite excited to see her, but it was the music guests that were the stars of the show for me, and to my delight I got asked to be on the backdrop whilst they’re singing my favourite song of theirs (Figure It Out) What an end to my Hollywood trip, being on TV! My Grandma also saw it from England a couple of hours later, how cool is that? Anyway, the show was very short and we headed back to the hotel to check out, and to make our way to the airport to go back to rainy England.

 

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Me on telly, perfect way to end a trip to LA!

Thanks for reading! It was my first travel blog, so apologies if it wasn’t as informative as others, but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it.  Next up, Malta! And then I’ll be back to LA in September as a part of my California trip.

Much love. Amy xx