Obviously, you know what I got up to while I was there because I didn’t stop going on about it (sorry, hehe) but I don’t think I mentioned how much I felt I’d changed since going. As someone who goes to the same place on holiday every year and before September had never left the comfort of their tiny hometown, New York changed me massively.
I’ve not said this before, but I’m not a huge fan of central London. I find it hugely overwhelming, stressful and just plain busy. Of course, having these feelings towards the capital meant I was a little worried about visiting the USA’s city that never sleeps…how wrong I was. I know this is going to sound oxymoronic (get me with the big words) but somehow New York was heaving but also insanely chilled out. It had this sense of relaxation that is really hard to describe unless you’ve already been there
The only place that was painfully busy was Times Square – where my stepmum was dreading when we went to see The Book of Mormon. While I wouldn’t want to see Times Square on my daily commute, I didn’t actually find it too bad. All in all, the busyness of New York was something that made me love it even more…despite it being what makes me hate London.
Oh, and let’s not forget all the amazing things I did. My project for the summer is to finish the scrapbook full of our activities (because I somehow don’t have the time in my hectic 8 hour uni week) and it’s amazing to be able to reflect on the adventures we went on.
Would I do anything differently if I went back? Not really. Maybe get up earlier(oops) and I would really like to visit the Natural History Museum because we definitely didn’t have enough time when we went. Other than that, I’d do near enough the same…definitely another Broadway show, another art museum and of course I’d head up the Rockefeller again.
Overall, heading to New York made me open my eyes to the world a whole lot more and made me realise that I’m really not made for small towns. It’s wishful thinking, but I would love to live there in the future – donations will be highly appreciated. Have you visited New York? Or, have you been anywhere that really changed you? Let me know!
Overwhelmed by the options of rooms, we settled on the Cursed Carnival (I’d usefully forgotten about my fear of clowns until we arrived) as it had a three star difficulty rating and only one of us had done an escape room before. In hindsight, we should have probably gone for a higher difficulty, because there’s nothing like challenging yourself.
Of course, once we were in there we were scrambling around for clues and some of them were actually pretty simple, but only made it more difficult for you to get to the next step and there were a few duds that just aimed to waste your time – much like some lectures, may I add. The creepy carnival music that I forgot I love (Read: LOATHE) added that extra bit of tension that’s always needed when you’re under pressure.
You’re probably wondering how we did? Well, with two chemistry students and me and India (who almost have a brain between us) we managed to escape with a whole 15 minutes to spare. With that said, there was a screen in each room that gave us clues every so often and I think we would have been stuck in the first section if it weren’t for that. I’m not sure anyone would be able to get through it without some help – we did very little on our own accord. The screen also shows you how much time you have left, in case the music and general pressure of having to escape wasn’t enough.
My verdict? I absolutely loved it. There were no “jumpy bits” and the only clowns in sight were us- and some masks, but they can be removed on request. Breakout’s rooms are much more puzzle based than just rushing around to find a key, which I really enjoyed as it was nice to stretch my brain and not have to think about my course for a while.
A quick disclaimer: My friends and I were given free entry to Breakout in exchange for an honest and accurate review from me; as usual, all views and words are my own. I have had to nab the pictures from Breakout, though, as I wasn’t allowed to take photos in there.
The two staff members who I engaged with, Hazel, who looked after us while we were there, and Rei, who is in charge of PR and I had the pleasure of meeting at a bloggers event the next day, were both wonderful and super friendly. I can’t wait to go back!
After the stress of results day and university planning (a post will be up eventually, I promise) my mum and I headed to the seaside for a few days to visit some family. It was definitely well needed and really helped me clear my head.
We arrived in Bournemouth late on Monday afternoon and managed to settle in after a bit of a screw up with our hotel (they hadn't got our booking even though mum booked through their site). Once we'd switched off for a little bit, we headed for dinner at my great aunty and uncle's house.
On our second day, we headed to my favourite beach. You have to get there by a little ferry and it's covered in beach huts that people stay in for the summer. I managed to fall asleep for an hour or so and get really sunburnt, but the nap in the sun was definitely worth it.
For as long as I can remember, my dad and I have gone camping for a few days over my summer break. I always love these little trips because I always chill out loads and they're always so much fun, and this time was no different! We headed to Shell Island, a campsite in Wales, this year as it's somewhere we used to go when I was much younger and I thought it would be great to go again.
On our first day we chilled out at the beach and I (finally) started a new book. We arrived early-evening so headed back to the tent for some food and then enjoyed the amazing sunset.
Do you enjoy camping, or do you have other annual trips with your family? Let me know!
If you're new here and you didn't already know, I spent ten days in New York last month and I had the best time. One thing I haven't managed to talk about yet is the amazing food I enjoyed while we were there, so here are a few of my favourite places that we visited.
We went here twice while we were in New York due to it being so conveniently close to where we were staying and to all of the shops. We enjoyed lunch at the Mercer Kitchen on our first day and also headed out for breakfast there one morning, too. While the food was amazing, this restaurant isn't exactly kind to your wallet. The atmosphere definitely made up for this, though.
When we went for lunch, I enjoyed my first taste of America by having a hot dog and fries. It was delicious and I definitely appreciated the new found energy after all the walking we did! For breakfast here I indulged in a salmon bagel which was incredible. I am a huuuge fan of nice breakfast foods and this definitely did not disappoint.
I didn't expect to be putting a fast food chain in my 'favourite meals' post either, but here we are. We had Dunkin' Donuts for breakfast a few times while we were in NYC and to be honest I could have had one every morning. Obviously not for those wanting to eat healthy, but definitely for me! I had their turkey sausage muffin and a pack of hash browns (which were better than McDonalds', may I add).
The Standard Grill
We visited The Standard Grill in the Meatpacking District for a meal one evening and I loved everything about it; from the way it looked to the atmosphere to the lovely waiting staff, and obviously I can't forget the food. I enjoyed a delicious portion of squid to start and then a burger which was so big that I didn't manage to finish it. I would have loved a dessert, but I was way too full.
I can't wait to go back to New York soon and enjoy this delicious food again! Where's your favourite place to eat on holiday?