A Rainy Afternoon in La Boqueria

Hi chums!

If you read my last post, you'll know that I went to Barcelona a few weeks ago and I have to say it was amazing!

Barcelona has been on my list to go to for the last few years. I've seen countless pictures on Pinterest and Instagram and was so excited I got the opportunity to go.


This was a super last minute trip - we literally booked it on a Wednesday and flew there on the Friday. I love a good spontaneous trip so I was ready!


When we arrived unfortunately the weather was doing its best to imitate England's classic drizzle. Although we were disappointed the sun wasn't shining, we still wanted to make the most of every second we were there so we went to an indoor market on La Rambla called La Boqueria.



This market is an abundance of peppers, oils, meat, sweets, nuts, cheese, bread and every other kind of food known to man. I personally tried to steer clear of the fish section because the smell was beyond revolting.



I could have picked up a loooot of food from this market (not fish) but seeing as we were going out for tapas later, we restricted ourselves.





La Boqueria was really fun to go round and it was the perfect thing to do in the rain, as Barcelona doesn't have a tonne of things to do inside, so I was grateful that this was our only rainy day.

More Barcelona blog posts are to come very soon!

Love as always,

Emma
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Let's Learn from Barcelona

Hi chums!

I'm not usually one to comment on politics or world events because I feel like I'm not the most knowledgeable person in the world in that respect and in general I like to keep my blog happy and light-hearted.

That being said, I wanted to write this blog post about the recent events in Barcelona because, being a Spanish student and having visited Barcelona just a few weeks ago, this is something I feel strongly about.


For those of you who don't know, on Sunday hundreds of pro-independence protesters filled the streets of Barcelona, most notably La Rambla (this newspaper article has more information).

Catalonia has wanted independence from Spain for years and though I am not going to share my personal political views, I cannot help but express my shock and disappointment at how the situation was handled.

More than 850 people were injured during the protest and although I sympathise with the Barcelona  police department for the unimaginable pressure they must have been under, I find no reason to condone the violent way in which they responded to the events. Many people were brutally beaten and the photos that have been released of this event are truly shocking.

I do not blame the police, nor the protesters, however I truly believe that there is a better way of maintaining freedom or speech along with peace and unity.

The world we live in today is one of fear; the recent Las Vegas shooting, the terrorist attacks in Manchester, in Paris, and so on. 

The only thing we can do to fight this kind of cruelty is to show more love and kindness to one another than ever before. Smile at strangers, message a friend you haven't spoken to in a while; even the smallest actions can make a big difference.

I had been preparing some blog posts about my trip to Barcelona before these recent events took place. Once I heard what had happened I was unsure whether to post them and have delayed finishing them. However, I have decided I will be posting some later this week to show how beautiful the city of Barcelona is and to show how much fun I had with fear not dictating my life.

When I decided to write this blog post, I was unsure how to start. I thought it would be hard to write as it's not by usual type of post, but having sat down just 10 minutes ago I am already finished and I think this is a testament to how passionate I feel about it.

No matter what your religious, political and social views are, I encourage you to respect others and share some love - it's what we all need at the moment.

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you are all having a great week and keep an eye out for some happier Barcelona posts coming later this week.

Love as always,

Emma
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Everything I did in my 3 months in Florida

Hi chums!

I had the best summer ever in Florida and I was so lucky that I got to do so many fun things on my days off while I was there.

I kept a diary of everything I did while I was there so that I am able to remember every single thing. I decided that I would do this blog post as a way of remembering all the things I did.


So without further ado, here is a list of everything I did...

Work
  • 3 days of life guard training
  • Work x47
  • Volunteering (food bank)
  • In-service x4
Parks
  • Disney Springs x2
  • Magic Kingdom x8
  • Epcot x9
  • Hollywood Studios x6
  • Animal Kingdom x3
  • Citywalk (dinner or shopping) x13 
  • Universal Studios/ Islands of Adventure x15
  • Character Breakfast at the Grand Floridian
  • Busch Gardens
  • Seaworld
Other
  • Cocoa Beach
  • Orlando Eye
  • Downtown Orlando
  • Pool party for my American friend
  • Wild Willy's Airboat Tours
  • Mini Golf at Universal Studios
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not
  • Clearwater Beach
  • Cinema in Citywalk to see Dunkirk
  • Just Puppies
  • Farmer's Market by Lake Eola
  • UCF Football Match
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Wekiwa Springs
Shopping
  • Florida Mall x3
  • Premium Outlets x3
  • Walmart x2
  • Publix x6
  • Mall at Millenia x2
Restaurants
  • Cheesecake Factory x2
  • Wendy's
  • Alehouse x9
  • Peach Valley for breakfast
  • Longhorn Steakhouse
  • Hard Rock
  • Olive Garden
  • Bahama Breeze
I learnt so much from my summer abroad and I really appreciate being able to spend so much time in a country I have always loved spending time in.

I would really recommend going abroad for a summer if you get the chance. No matter what you end up doing you'll learnt so much! 

A lot of people of the program I did didn't make the most of their time in Florida. I would recommend really utilising the time you have abroad to do everything you can and want to do!

Love as always,

Emma
xxx



Photography in Jurassic Park

Hi chums!

I was so lucky that while I was working for Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando that I got free entry to Universal Studios seeing as the hotel was one of the 5 properties connected to Universal.


Seeing as I got to spend to much time in the parks I decided I would go a couple of times just to take photos and so the following are some of my favourites from the Jurassic Park area of Islands of Adventure.







As a huge fan of both the original Jurassic Park movies and Jurassic World, I really love this area of the park and I really enjoyed wandering around taking photos.

Love as always,

Emma
xxx

Visiting the Kennedy Space Center

Hi chums!

A couple of weeks ago we decided to make a trip towards the East Coast of Florida and visit the Kennedy Space Center. I had been to there when I was younger but my memories of the place had faded and so I was excited to experience it all again!


With a voucher which got us $7 off a ticket, we paid around $44 for a ticket which isn't the cheapest day out I've ever had but in my opinion it was well worth it!



As soon as you enter you can see the Rocket Garden (below). You can also sit inside some model air crafts and see how cramped astronauts really are in the rockets.


There is a bus available which takes you around some of the main launch pads. We even saw the launch pad which was preparing to be used on Thursday 7th September which was really cool!


One highlight we weren't expecting was when the bus driver stopped to let an alligator walk across the road and into the bushes. I have never seen an alligator out of water in the wild so I was snapping away like mad!





One of the things I loved the most about the Space Center was how they put everything you saw into perspective. For example, there are a few videos you can watch before seeing different rockets so that you really understand where they've been and their purpose for being launched.





One of the parts of the Space Center that I found particularly interesting was the Space Race between the US and Russia in the Cold War. The rocket in the pictures below is the first rocket to land on the moon and it was absolutely massive. Two thirds of the rocket was just fuel.




Being a language nerd I also loved seeing all the foreign newspapers with the headline of the moon landing!







We were told that the astronauts have to sit in their rocket like in the photo below for two whole hours before they take off.







Below is a picture of an astronaut suit which was worn on the moon and we learnt that the grey dust on it was actually moon dust.









One of the last things we did whilst leaving was to go on the slide (and by we I mean just me because the others didn't want to go on it).


Going to the Kennedy Space Center was on our list from day 1 so I'm so glad we got the opportunity to go there. I found it so interesting and would definitely recommend going if you have the chance!

Love as always,

Emma
xxx
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