Sintra: The Jewel of Portugal


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.
  • 11.12.17

I'm flying solo

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I'm going on my first solo trip and I'm happy, I'm nervous but I'm mostly HELLA EXCITED.
  • 13.11.17

Don't knock the 9 to 5

Motivational quotes on a desk.

Growing up, I never wanted to work a '9 to 5' as I thought of an office job as the grey cubicle, the dull repetition of menial tasks and being bored AF. I felt you couldn't be creative in that environment.

But yet, I find myself in my third office job and I'm enjoying it. And that's because my job isn't boring AF. I work in digital marketing, which basically means I'm on Twitter and Instagram all day lol jk, but social media is a big chunk of it. 

As I've mentioned previously, I've found my career path and see myself working in it for the next 10, 15 years until the robots take over.

Sure, every millennial's dream job is being a digital nomad; travelling the world, taking pictures and earning money to do so.
I'm sure most people choose it over working Monday to Friday; we've all read the odd "I quit my job to travel the world!" blog post and whilst it's not impossible, it's not that feasible.

Here's a few pros and cons of working 9 to 5 #whatawaytomakealiving:

PRO - SECURITY. 

Having a regular salary is my most important reason for working full-time, especially as I live in an expensive city. 'There's more important things than money' yes, we all know that, but food and rent do not come for free. 

CON - UNDER-APPRECIATION. 

You work hard to help someone else achieve their goals and it's not always recognised or appreciated as it should be. Working for yourself means putting all your time and energy into your own success AND benefitting from it.

PRO - PEOPLE. 

The people you work with impact on how much you enjoy your job, so it's great when you're working with a team of people that you get on with. I now consider some of my former colleagues friends and I'm grateful to have both met and worked with them. 

CON - ANNUAL LEAVE. 

25-30 days seems to be the average holiday employers give, so travel time is limited. You can't travel for months at a time and are often limited to 2 weeks in a row, unless you're in a higher position.

PRO - PROGRESSION. 

Not just being an intern and working your way up to a senior role, but also in terms of the experience and knowledge you gain from employment. 

CON - COMFORT. 

You can get too comfortable if you have a steady job with a steady income and this may reduce the amount of risks you take. That comfort can also lead to boredom and lack of caring, which isn't great as you're spending most of your time there.

CON - WORK/LIFE BALANCE

Working Mon-Fri does feel like it takes over your life sometimes and in all honesty, I don't think I'll ever have a GREAT work/life balance whilst full-timing and getting my all important 8 hours sleep.

Working full-time isn't for everyone, especially the younger generations, but coming from someone in their mid 20's who once hated the thought of it, it's not all that bad.
Even though I listed more cons than pros.

Do I want to work in an office until I reach retirement? No.
Do I see myself doing it for the next 10 years or so? Yes.
  • 9.10.17

Social Media Shutdown


As someone whose job heavily revolves around social media, taking a break from it isn't always easy.
  • 4.9.17

In Bloom


Summer came early this year when I took these photos in May. July was a disappointment and August hasn't been much better. Ah well, typical Britain.
  • 14.8.17

Barcelona Day 3: Bus Tours & Flamenco 💃🏾💃🏾


My third day consisted of...you guessed it...bus tours and flamenco!

Side note: It was also National Tea Day in the UK and being a Brit, I OBVIOUSLY started the day with a cuppa. Not that I don’t almost everyday anyway.


Going on a bus tour is one of the top recommended activities to do there and I can understand why. They’re a great way to see all the sights and travel around the city. 








We passed some of the major sights such as Park Güell, FC Barcelona, all the designer shops, the harbour, back to Montjüic and loads more that I didn't photograph!
The tour that we went on - Barcelona Bus Touristic - has three routes and can be used for a full day (or two) and you can hop-on and off whenever you like. 

During the planning stages of my itinerary, I booked most activities beforehand apart from flamenco as the prices were quite high and for only a short time. No trip to Spain is complete without it, so it was definitely something I wanted to see.

Luckily, there was a flamenco bar close by and the hostess approached and informed us of an upcoming show at a great deal, which we booked! 
Excuse the camera quality, I only had my phone...




It was amazing and it is an absolute must do in Barcelona (I’m sure I’ve said this on all my related posts but they’ve all been must-do’s!)
The day ended with paella and cocktails and whilst the piña colada was muy bien, the paella wasn't, which is disappointing as I love paella. Never mind.


  • 22.5.17

Barcelona Day 2: Montjuïc


If you're into amazing views like me and you're ever in Barcelona, then Montjuïc is the place for you. VIEWS FOR DAYS.

Montjuïc is Barcelona's famous hill that overlooks the harbour and has many other attractions such as the Magic Fountain, the Castle, Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya and the Olympic Park to name a few. 


 Olympic Park

More on MNAC in a future post!



I'm not big on hiking, so the cable car journey up the hill was an obvious choice.  
I booked it for the day of my birthday as previous birthdays in London haven't consisted of such beautiful scenery. A very welcome change.

Nearer the end of the hill is Poble Espanyol, the Spanish village described as an open-air museum. Another shining example of the city's gorgeous architecture, Poble Espanyol's numerous bars, museums, restaurants, in-house crafters and what feels like a million souvenir shops make it a great way to spend a few hours.





The day ended with the spectacular that is the Magic Fountain. 
Consisting of various fountains choreographed to a pairing of music and light, it's not one to miss and it's free! 



Quick tip: arrive early enough to get a seat on the steps and don't lean on the mini fountains as they also spray water. I'm sure the visitors who were sat on them weren't too pleased that they weren't aware of that prior. 

Stay tuned for Day 3!
  • 8.5.17

Birthday in Barcelona.


As the title suggests, I celebrated my birthday in Barcelona and it was amazing!
Outside of the West Indies, it's my favourite destination so far. The food, the sights, the culture...I enjoyed it all and future visits are 100% happening.

"Concrete jungle" is the perfect description of the city imo. Loads of buildings and loads of palm trees everywhere. Palm trees are kind of my thing, if you didn't know.




Because I get excited whenever I see my name anywhere. Still no keychain though.

I stayed at the Arago312 apartments with the fam in the Eixample district and couldn't recommend it enough. The staff were friendly, the apartments were clean and well provided, spacious and a great value for money (which I am all for.)

 View from the living room #housegoals


The location was a great choice if I do say so myself; walking distance to all the buzz and transport links, but far away to get a decent nights sleep.
I like staying in hotels, but I don't like having to follow a schedule i.e. "breakfast by 10" and the like, so much prefer apartments for that reason.


The streets are peppered with the work of Antoni Gaudi.

Plaça de Catalunya aka Pigeon Central. So. many. pigeons.


The narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter.

Although I was there for only 5 days, a lot was done, seen and photographed in that time, so I'm going to spread my trip over several posts, day by day.

My meal at Divinus during FC Barcelona's disappointing Champions League match...one goal is all I asked for. 

Apple cake with vanilla ice cream and caramelized walnuts. Yes.

More on this view - and even better ones - in my next post!

If Barcelona isn't on your travel wish list, add it now.
  • 1.5.17

Tat-Two.


More than two years in the planning stage and I've finally got tattoo number two.
I got my first almost 7 birthdays ago and whilst I won't be getting full sleeves, I've always wanted another one.

My first was on my foot and hurt like hell; 9/10 at certain points. I'm good with needles and pain so it was bearable. Just about. 
Bonier parts of the body (feet, ribs, ankles etc.) are the most painful, so I was surprised that the fleshy forearm wasn't as pain-free as I expected. Though I may or may not add more to it,
we'll see...

Awkward twisty arm pose..not the easiest to photograph!

The worst thing about getting a tattoo IMO is the itching and not being able to scratch it.
Like ermahgerd. Some good cream and mental strength is definitely needed.

So what does it mean? Travel, adventure, sunshine; a homage to my West Indian heritage.

But what it REALLY means is "I like palm trees and I like tattoos."
It doesn't have to be that deep 😊
  • 13.2.17