London Leopard

Solo traveller who has been travelling regularly since 2016. I have a full time job but choose to use weekends and work holidays to explore. The world is my oyster🌍...you're only young once.
Living in: London, United Kingdom
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    Day 2 in Bordeaux, France

    October 13 in France ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    So today was my last day in Bordeaux. I had a night flight so I had the full day to explore. I started the day with a trip to the market. Sunday morning markets are one of my favourite things about France. It was so windy but I was happy to see that many locals go there. So I bought some dried thyme and ate a couple of macarons. I really wanted to try oysters for the first time...but just didnt have the courage. I'm slightly put off by the fact that they are alive and raw when you eat them. I observed locals dislodging them from their shells, and just decided i'm not that brave.

    So then I headed off to the water mirror and wandered around the narrow mediterranean streets. I found a crepe place and ate an egg, ham, and cheese crepe for brunch. Then did some more wandering around and now I am in a public garden drinking french wine. I managed to get a mini 250ml bottle of bordeaux wine for €1.50 from the supermarket.

    The day hasnt had much purpose but I had a lot of fun. Good weather, good food, and a positive atmosphere is all you need to have fun in France. It's the kind of place where you can just wander around and end up somewhere fascinating. I have like 3 more hours before I have to leave for the airport. So i'm just going to see where the day takes me.

    Au revoir.
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    Day 1 in Bordeaux, France

    October 12 in France ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    So I am in Bordeaux France for the weekend. It is very hot (30 degrees celcius). I think i'm going to make a habit of visiting southern France every October now.

    I started my trip by exploring an urban area called Darwin Ecosystème. They had a market there where I bought an eco friendly bamboo toothbrush. Then I took a bus into the city centre to explore the main shopping street. It was overcrowded which is why I generally hate going to main shopping streets in European cities.

    After this I went to the Le Bar à Vin. Its a popular wine bar in the city centre. The prices are really good and you can get wine for €2 or €3 per glass. I tried all 3 wine flavours...and underestimated the strength of French wine.

    So I had to try and sober up by eating food. It's a good thing that I am in France because I got to eat my beloved moules frites (mussels and chips). I have noticed that food and drinks in Bordeaux is actually reasonably priced.

    Anyway...after eating I went back to my hostel and finally checked in. Nobody was in the room so I could comfortably get ready for bed. The bed was not the most comfortable but hostel is cool so ot doesnt matter. They have a bar, they serve food, the kitchen is huge, and the atmosphere is really pleasant. So i'm can't complain about a lumpy bed that costs £25 per night.
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    Day 2 in Tallinn, Estonia

    September 22 in Estonia ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    So i'm at the airport and my trip has come to an end. It's strange because I have mixed emotions about Tallinn. I can't decide if I love it or hate it. I thought the old town was beautiful and I love Nothern culture. But then it was hit and miss with the locals. They were either very warm and friendly, or very cold and hostile.

    I didnt sleep much last night because the hostel was noisy. It seemed like everyone was partying and walking around the building all night. I shared a room with 2 other solo females but never met them. They came in whilst I was in bed at night.

    In the morning I decided to visit a supermarket on my way to the airport. I was determined to try "Kohuke" and I finally found it!. So kohuke is an Estonian snack, which is basically cheese curd covered in chocolate. It sounds bad but trust me the taste is wonderful.

    I am now at the airport enjoying a "kiluleib" (sprat sandwich). There is one hour left until I fly back to England.
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    Day 1 in Tallinn, Estonia

    September 21 in Estonia ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    I arrived at 12 after an awful 3 hour flight. Sitting near the back with Wizz Air means smelling the toilet everytime the door opens.

    Anyway... I took a tram into the city centre and did some exploring. Tallinn has the most authentic old town I have ever seen. You can see that many buildings are still in the same state they were years ago (wooden doors, cracked exteriors).

    There are lots of Russian people in Estonia. I went to a market that was selling things from Ukraine and Russia. So of course I had a shot of Russian liquor for €1.

    The weather was actually okay today. It started to get "nordic" in the evening, but many restaurants provide outdoor heating and blankets anyway. So I enjoyed a meat soup and honey beer outdoors with a blanket.

    I am slightly surprised that Estonia is the most expensive Baltic country I have been to. Latvia and Poland are a lot cheaper. Luckily I already bought amber in Latvia for half of what it costs here.
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    Day 1 in Brussels, Belgium

    August 31 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    So...this city brought back a lot of memories. Brussels was my second ever solo trip when I was new to travelling. I remember my first trip actually got cancelled due to terrorist attacks and I had to rebook it.

    So today I hoped on a train to Belgium, after being stuck in England for the last 6 months. My travel bug has been re-ignited! I came here specifically to stock up on beauty products. I tend to use French products because they work better with my skin. They are more natural in comparison to the crap that we have in England.

    So after beauty shopping, I did some sightseeing. I saw most of the sights that I have seen before...the peeing statues, Atomium, Grote Markt. I also ate a waffle and some frites. Funnily enough they didnt taste as good as the ones that I had on my last trip to Belgium. I suspect this is because I got them from the central touristy area. On my last trip, I didnt eat in the central area.

    The beer is still good as always. I bought a few to take home, but I think I might buy some more tomorrow if the supermarket is open in the morning.

    Overall...Brussels is not one of my favourite cities in Europe. It never has been. But i'm glad that I have seen it twice in different seasons. My first trip was in the winter and this one is in summer. It's a completely different atmosphere. I definitely preferred the winter. It was less crowded so I got to actually observe/ learn about the locals and their culture.

    Anyway...it's 11.27pm and time to sleep.

    Au revoir
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    Bristol, England

    May 26 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    So I haven't been able to go anywhere for the last 5 months. It's Bank Holiday weekend for us in England, so I decided to book a day trip to Bristol. I haven't travelled around the country much (ridiculous right?). But I realised that there are actually really cheap coach tickets available for trips outside of London. This ticket cost me £16 for a return fare...and I booked it just a week in advance.

    Anyway...It took 3 hours and I arrived at 11am on a grey rainy day. This is typical UK weather so I am used to it. I wandered around for a while and then went to a famous pie restaurant called "Pieminister". It's very popular and began to get busy within 30 minutes of opening.

    Then I wandered around Bristol Harbour and found a free museum that talks about the history of Bristol. It was interesting to learn that a lot Scandinavian people were brought to Bristol as slaves from Iceland.

    The weather made it difficult for me to follow my plan. When it started raining heavily I had to seek shelter until it stopped. I did a 30 minute hike up some very steep roads to reach Clifton Suspension Bridge. It was definitely worth it to see that view. It reminded me a lot of Luxembourg.

    I really enjoyed my day trip to Bristol...and i'm definitely considering some more "domestic tourism" trips whenever i'm on a budget.

    Ciao for now.
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    Day 2 in Gdańsk, Poland

    January 20 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    My flight was at 2.30pm and I had to leave for the airport at 12. So I only had a couple of hours in the morning to explore. I got up very early and went to Ułica Dluga (long market). It was interesting to see that they still had Christmas trees up in January. I also saw a few locals still wearing Christmas jumpers.

    I found a really big souvenir shop and ended up buying some souvenirs. Then I went to get breakfast. I had sausages with bread, which tasted really good. I also ordered a liquor coffee...which was pretty much just liquor. It was so strong! It was like pure liquor topped with cream.

    My time was up after eating and I had to rush to thr busstop. I can't wait for my 3rd trip to Poland. Warsaw is next on my list.
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    Day 1 in Gdańsk, Poland

    January 19 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    I landed in Gdańsk at around 12pm and went to get a local bus. Whilst waiting at the bus stop a Polish girl approached me and started talking to me. She asked where I was from and gave me some advice for expling Gdańsk. She also gave me the heads up that today was the mayors' funeral (he was stabbed to death a week ago). I was surprised at how friendly she was because slavic people are not the most warm.

    It was too early to check in when I reached the city centre at 1pm. So I left my suitcase and decided to go and find lunch. I went to a small local café and ate some meat pierogi. The café was run by old people who didn't speak much English but they tried their best to communicate with me.

    By the time I was finished it was time to check in. So I put my luggage down and went out again to explore. I wandered around the water and then went to eat some Żurek (rye soup with egg and sausage). After this I went to the world war 2 museum.

    This was the best museum I have ever visited in my life. Nothing is sugar coated...they go in to so much detail. It is also very sad and I had to walk away from some displays. Hearing about what the Germans and Russians did to Poland was too much.
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    Day 2 in Vienna, Austria

    December 21, 2018 in Austria ⋅ 🌫 -1 °C

    There is definitely an issue with race in Austria. I don't want to spend paragraphs talking about what happened. However, I will definitely make a blog post about it. But for now I will share what I did today.

    I started the day with a visit to the Naschmarkt which is an extremely long market. Then I went to wander around the schonbrunn palace gardens. It was too cold so I sat in the cafe and had a "wiener melange" (traditional Viennese coffee). To be honest...it was nothing special. It tasted like a latte and it definitely wasn't strong.

    It didn't feel as if I did much today but I must have because my feet are hurting so bad. After the coffee I watched a strudel making demonstration...and then went to the natural history museum. It's the best one that I have ever seen.

    For dinner I tried schnitzel. It looks massive but it's actuallly very light. When I saw it my first thought was "how am I going to eat this?". I did struggle but that is probably because I ate early...and ate a lot during the day in general.
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