If you haven’t noticed already, summer has finally arrived to the UK! Granted it’s a tad on and off but the sun definitely came to say hello. Dillon and I decided to take full advantage of the weather and the new found freedom of my car (how have I lived without it). So in traditional British fashion, we went camping. However we couldn’t just go anywhere, we had to go to my favourite place.
Since I started at the University of Portsmouth back in 2014 (eecckkk) my mum and I have been dying to go up Spinnaker Tower. Now thats no surprise to anyone as it is one of the most popular attractions in the city but we weren’t just going to admire the view. Unknown to some, Spinnaker has much more to offer than just being a great landmark. One of these options is Hight Tea, 100m above sea level high! And thats exactly what we did!
Another hidden gem and one that you could be walking past. On the end of Palmerston Road in Southsea you can find this unique bar: Hong Kong Charlies (HKC). Known in Portsmouth for its one of a kind, made in house vodka. HKC offers flavours of all different kinds; from fruits like Cherry to sweet-tooth choice like Starburst (I recommend Fizzy Cola Bottle). And wow do they taste incredible! Shot on their own or mixed with lemonade/coca cola the flavours will never fail to put a smile on your face.
For those who follow me on social media (@emmasoffagain) you know how much I love this place. The Garage Lounge is undoubtedly one of my favourite spots in all of Portsmouth and a regular choice for catch ups. Its definitely one of the best ‘pearls’ I’ve found and one you must go visit it!
For 7 weeks in summer, I was lucky enough to travel all around America with two of my best friends. How I hear you cry!? Amtrak; a company that has trains racing all across America daily, creating an easy and sometimes cheaper option for travel. It certainly gave us more convenient routes into major cities then flights and airports, as well as giving us the opportunity to view the changing landscape across the country.
However these journeys can be veeerryyy long so here are some top tips to get you to your destination:
So as you can tell from my previous blog posts and social media snaps, I had an amazing time in Uganda, back in June. I went over to volunteer with EAP as well as trek to find gorillas (read blog posts about both experiences here and here). We also had the choice of an extension activity in-between the trek and opening our playground. I (nervously) chose ‘High Adrenaline’ which meant I spent 2 days white water kayaking the rapids along the Nile with Nile River Explorers followed by a relaxing day on The Hairy Lemon. It was AWESOME! So of course I had to share it with you all.
Well, its been an interesting year for Planet Earth to say the least…but I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas time and are looking forward to next year. And of course I’m now (naturally) reminiscing and in all honestly its been a pretty great year!
In 2016 I….