After a stressful year and an even more full-on fortnight of exams, my stepmom and I thought it would be lovely to spend a few days in Lanzarote to switch off and relax. I'd like to say we got up to a lot, but we really didn't!
I'm lucky enough for my dad and stepmom to own a little apartment on the island, it's only a one bedroom but we don't spend a lot of time there anyway so the space doesn't bother us too much - plus, we can't complain about having a property in the sun!! We arrived very early on Monday morning and left even earlier on the Friday so we had only had a few days to switch off, but it was definitely enough time for me to burn.
We spent most of our time relaxing by the pool and I managed to read a book for fun for the first time in two years (shoutout to A Level English), but we went for some lovely food too and we even spent one evening at the outdoor cinema, which is one of my favourite places in the world. I also managed to sneak some shopping in!
We had a takeaway from our favourite local Italian on our first and final night and headed out for a meal on our second night to a lovely restaurant on the harbour. The view was absolutely amazing and so was the food! I did have to be careful with my drinking, though, as I felt myself getting drunk after one cocktail which I'm pretty sure was 95% alcohol.
On our third/penultimate evening we headed to the outdoor cinema at the shopping centre that's about two minutes away from our apartment and we watched Ferdinand. Even though it was a kids' film, I still blubbed. I always love going to the cinema in Lanzarote because the film starts at sundown, so you get an amazing view of the sunset before you watch the film.
Overall, we had a lovely few days and it was so nice to finally relax after such a tense year. It was also super hot and I managed to burn my backside on the first day after (stupidly) falling asleep in the sun - good one Soph. I'm not back on British turf for long, though, as I'm heading off to New York in just under a week!