From London to Leeds.

11.6.18

Travel doesn’t always have to mean leaving your home country, right?

I’ve lived in London, England my whole life and realised that I’ve seen very little of the rest of the country. I’ve been to a few places, but not enough to take me out of the bubble that is my city.
I figured it was time to change that, so I booked a semi-solo trip to Leeds over the bank holiday weekend. I plan to move out of London at some point and use my solo trips as mini tasters to see where my potential new address could be.

I’ve heard a lot of great things about Leeds and was excited about my first trip to the northern city.
I stayed in a room in an Airbnb which I’m unsure whether I’ll do it again. Not that there was anything wrong with the room but it was just hella awkward!
I didn’t know who else was staying there and didn’t get to meet the hosts, but I was only there for two nights and wasn’t about to pay a lot for a hotel room when I only needed a place to sleep and shower.

 Airbnb cats. Don't let the cute kitten fool you, it was constantly starting fights with the big one 🐱🐱🐱

I didn’t actually spend that much time in Leeds as my only full day was spent on a trip to York with my friend (post soon) but I enjoyed what I saw...except the public transport. No shade Leeds, but I’m spoilt with the underground and am yet to become a driver, plus 30-minute wait for a bus is a bit much for me!

Most of my first day was spent at Roundhay Park which is one of biggest parks in Europe; I was there for a few hours and feel I only saw about 50%, it's HUGE but it's such a beautiful park. The weather was great, it wasn't too busy and it was the perfect chill spot away from the city.


This is one of the main reasons I went to Leeds; to chill. June is an insanely busy month for me and I knew I needed a break to clear my head beforehand.

Have you travelled to different parts of your home country before? Where was your favourite?

Travel doesn’t always have to mean leaving your home country, right?

I’ve lived in London, England my whole life and realised that I’ve seen very little of the rest of the country. I’ve been to a few places, but not enough to take me out of the bubble that is my city.
I figured it was time to change that, so I booked a semi-solo trip to Leeds over the bank holiday weekend. I plan to move out of London at some point and use my solo trips as mini tasters to see where my potential new address could be.

I’ve heard a lot of great things about Leeds and was excited about my first trip to the northern city.
I stayed in a room in an Airbnb which I’m unsure whether I’ll do it again. Not that there was anything wrong with the room but it was just hella awkward!
I didn’t know who else was staying there and didn’t get to meet the hosts, but I was only there for two nights and wasn’t about to pay a lot for a hotel room when I only needed a place to sleep and shower.

 Airbnb cats. Don't let the cute kitten fool you, it was constantly starting fights with the big one 🐱🐱🐱

I didn’t actually spend that much time in Leeds as my only full day was spent on a trip to York with my friend (post soon) but I enjoyed what I saw...except the public transport. No shade Leeds, but I’m spoilt with the underground and am yet to become a driver, plus 30-minute wait for a bus is a bit much for me!

Most of my first day was spent at Roundhay Park which is one of biggest parks in Europe; I was there for a few hours and feel I only saw about 50%, it's HUGE but it's such a beautiful park. The weather was great, it wasn't too busy and it was the perfect chill spot away from the city.


This is one of the main reasons I went to Leeds; to chill. June is an insanely busy month for me and I knew I needed a break to clear my head beforehand.

Have you travelled to different parts of your home country before? Where was your favourite?
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Maya and Eiffel Tower

Paris, France. Hailed as one of the most amazing cities in the world and somewhere you absolutely have to visit during your lifetime.

Having gone to Disneyland over a decade ago without venturing into the city, I felt I should check it out, so I chose it as the destination for my second solo trip. A decision which I kinda regret.

Locks on a bridge
Confession: Paris isn’t that great.

I’ll try to not be super negative about the city because most of it is beautiful and I can understand why people flock to it, but I think it's overrated and highly romanticised.

Notre dame

Ferris wheel on a river

Saint Chapelle
Sainte Chapelle, the highlight of my trip

I stayed in Alfortville, which is 20 mins outside the hustle and bustle of the capital.
I chose to stay here A) because I'm a light sleeper and B) I vowed not to do anything touristy.
But that didn't last long as I wasn't sure on what else to do tbh, so I went to a few of the sights (Eiffel, Notre Dame, Champs-Élysées) and had some tasty crepés.

I have a thing about dirt and I’m rarely without something antibacterial. Again, I don’t mean to generalise the whole city, but 80% of where I visited was in dire need of a good Febreeze, ESPECIALLY the subways which all possessed the fragrance of public toilets (sorry, but it's true.)
I was quite shocked and it was one of the main reasons why I didn’t enjoy my time there.

Pigeon newlyweds at Notre Dame

Snowy streets

I love a diverse city, so that’s always a win and the people I came across were very polite.
It was cold, rained almost daily and snowed on my last two days, which might have slightly contributed to me not enjoying it as much, but I doubt I would’ve loved the city if it was 30°C. People have said to me that Paris is best explored with people, but I went to Lisbon alone and had an amazing time, sooo 🤷🏾‍♀️

Maya on a bridge

Paris is really pretty at night and I took some decent photos, but overall, I left feeling very underwhelmed and have no plans to return anytime soon.

Have you been to Paris? Do you think I'm being totes rude or nah?

This isn't my first 'so it's been a while' post and probably won't be the last.

Even though I've been quite busy with my job, I don't think lack of time is the only reason why I haven't been blogging. Like I've said many times before, I do enjoy it but it'll never be a top priority for me and sometimes, I just don't know what to write about and can't find the motivation.

I want to read more books, write more poetry, start learning a new language; I want to achieve as much as I can in my spare time and move closer towards my goals.

I've recently returned from Paris on my not-so inspiring second solo trip (post soon) and I've got a few more posts in the pipeline, but your best bet is to catch me on Instagram and Twitter where I'm more active.

Still refocusing.

26.3.18
This isn't my first ' so it's been a while ' post and probably won't be the last. Even though I've been qui...
La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia in all its beauty...

DISCLAIMER: I had this post ready a few months ago, but felt it would be inappropriate to upload it considering the recent attacks and the unrest. Barcelona is a beautiful city and though we live in scary times, we can't let hate stop us from exploring new cultures, countries and people.

These three La's frequently popped up when I was planning the itinerary for my trip to the Catalan city last April. Yes, it's great to go off the beaten track but there's some things that can't be missed...

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia

I'll be honest, I wasn't too bothered about including LSF in my itinerary as I'm not that into churches/cathedrals (so I thought), but a trip without visiting the most popular attraction might be a waste, so I changed my mind and WHAT a great decision that was.

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia

Designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, construction began in 1882 and is still going on to this day. These photos do zero justice; Google it or better yet, visit yourself because it is a masterpiece; one of the most spectacular buildings I've ever seen. Tip: buy your ticket online beforehand to avoid long queue times.

La Sagrada Familia
Local crafters

La Ramblas

La Ramblas stalls

Your typical tourist market. Overpriced souvenirs, an abundance of postcards and your not-so typical genital-shaped plants that you can grow at home.
I was staying quite close to La Ramblas and having passed it quite regularly, I don't think it was ever quiet during the day. It might not be an absolute must, but it's well-known so at least you can say you've been (though shop elsewhere as it's pricey than most places!)

La Boqueria




Fruit stall

The inside market was INSANELY packed. We lasted about 5 minutes before realising we weren't going to move very far, but definitely got a good feel for it and saw some great displays. Chocolate flip-flops, anyone?

Have you been to Barcelona and if so, what else would you say is a must-see?

The Three La's of Barcelona

22.1.18
La Sagrada Familia in all its beauty... DISCLAIMER: I had this post ready a few months ago, but felt it would be inappropriate to up...
Cascais beach

November isn't one of my favourite months, mainly because it's always super cold in my city, so being on the beach in 19 degree weather was a welcome change.

This beach is located in Cascais, a cute little fishing town on Lisbon's coastline. I didn't see much of it as I was also visiting Cabo da Roca, so on my next visit, I'd like to explore it a bit more. 

Cascais beach

Having checked the weather before I left, I still managed to be an idiot and wore black jeans and a jumper whilst most people were in shorts and bikinis...but the beach is my favourite place and couldn't leave without spending at least an hour soaking up the sun. I then made my way to Cabo da Roca, which meant a sand-filled 30 minute bus ride.

cabo de roca

Cabo da Roca is the most westerly point of mainland Europe and that's probably the only reason to visit. There's not much to see and you'd probably spend an hour here at most, but it does provide Insta-worthy pics, so I suggest going when visiting Cascais or Sintra as it's accessible from both.

There's very little protection around the edges of the cliffs, so trying to walk whilst you're holding a camera and a tripod with a bit of wind takes a lot of concentration. 

cabo de roca

cabo de roca

It was one of my must-sees for my trip and I recommend anyone visiting Lisbon to add it to their itinerary, especially if you're on a budget as it's free to attend (though the bus fare is €4 each way)

Have you been to Cabo da Roca? If not, would you want to visit?

Cabo da Roca: the edge of Europe

9.1.18
November isn't one of my favourite months, mainly because it's always super cold in my city, so being on the beach in 19 degree ...

When planning my trip to Lisbon, Sintra was top of the list.
It's often referred to as the "Portuguese Disneyland" and after visiting, I can see why.

Sintra is located around 40 minutes outside of Lisbon and is easily accessible via the train. The main attractions are dotted across the steep hills of the picturesque town but thankfully, the 434 bus was designed for visitors to see all the sights.



I went during the low season and on a Monday, so it wasn't overcrowded but was still fairly busy. I arrived early afternoon, which isn't enough for all five sights, so my top choices were Castelo dos Mouros and Pena Palace, both of which I had plenty of time to explore.




The Castelo dos Mouros was one of the highlights of my trip and provided me with some of the best views. Again, great views come at a price as there's a lot of walking involved, but definitely worth it!




Pena Palace is responsible for Sintra's Disneyland comparisons and was an absolute must during my 6 days in Portugal. My camera died and isn't the greatest, but it still captured the beauty of the architecture.

Quick tips:

  • Go early in the morning and on a weekday if possible 
  • Bring extra cash for the shuttle bus to Castelo dos Mouros (or walk up another hill)
  • BRING FOOD - other than the town, there's hardly anywhere to eat around the sights 
  • Buy a combined ticket for the sights as it's cheaper
  • There's a lot of walking involved, so wear comfortable shoes
The architecture, the details, the nature - Sintra is a beautiful town and will definitely see me again.

Sintra: The Jewel of Portugal

11.12.17
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Lisbon solo vlog

It's only been a few days since my first solo trip and I've jumped right back into work, so I'm still processing it. Update below!

Upon my arrival, I was greeted with sunshine and palm trees, so I started my trip on a good note. I stayed in Alfama, one of the older and STEEPEST districts, and as beautiful as it was, my calves have never worked so much! 


Public transport is super effective and WAY cheaper than London but the Portuguese city is best explored on foot, so comfortable shoes are an absolute must  if you plan on sightseeing and especially if you plan on visiting Alfama.

I took a fairly different route to and from my Airbnb almost every time due to the maze-like streets - basically I kept getting lost - and discovered some pretty cool artwork and cute cafes by the dozen.

My favourite thing about travelling are views like this. I could do nothing else on my travels but see views like this (and eat, of course) and I’m happy. Viewpoints are dotted across the city; São Jorge Castle has some of the best.














I took virtually no photos of any food as it was so good, I dived straight in. Bacalhau was my favourite, a fish cake of sorts, and as a lover of seafood, my options were endless. Salmon, cod, prawns, sardines...endless.


Confession, though I did plan on trying a pastry from Pastéis de Belém, I didn’t because that queue wasn’t worth it for I’d probably dislike. Next time.











I find it quite difficult to condense a trip into a blog post without it being super long or dragged across several posts and found making a vlog much easier. I have more photos over on the 'gram.

Upcoming Lisbon posts on Sintra, Cascais and the best in street art, so stay tuned.