Trip to Croatia (part 1)

Two of my friends and I recently went to Pula, Croatia for a week long holiday. It was not my first time in Croatia, but it was my first time in Pula.

This city did not disappoint with it’s beauty or the friendliness of it’s people……or the price! Our flights, accommodation and car hire came to less than 300 euros each. I then spent another 300 or so whilst I was there. Not bad considering I ate like a queen every day! Hey I was by the sea and to say I love seafood would be an understatement!

We arrived in Pula at around 6:30pm on the Saturday, picked up our hire car and headed to our apartment for the week. We had a few issues finding the apartment because someone (me) did not check their GPS to make sure it actually had a map of Croatia.

However, we eventually made it and were greeted by our super lovely landlord who took our bags upstairs and showed us around our home for the week. We had decided to forego staying in a hotel for an apartment because it was cheaper and we liked the idea of having somewhere to make meals if we wanted to.

Our first night was pretty quiet. We went out to try and find somewhere to have dinner. We found a lovely restaurant just around the corner from our apartment and decided to eat there. At the time we thought the prices were pretty cheap, but I think it was the most expensive meal we had all week…..still cheap by Luxembourg standards though. I think mine came to 30 euros with tip. Yes that includes drinks!

Our second day, we decided to explore Pula. We ended up finding a really nice lounge bar a stone’s throw from the beach to have lunch and take in the view. If you’re ever in Pula, I highly recommend this bar. The food is really good and the staff give you service with a smile and are very attentive.

After lunch, we decided to check out the beach and enjoy some sun before heading into the centre to do more exploring and have some food. We went to a restaurant that came recommended by trip advisor but I have totally forgotten the name. Probably because the meal wasn’t on par with the lunch I had. So it didn’t stick out for me.

Then it was home to relax, watch some English tv, which is a bit of a luxury if you’re from Luxembourg where the news channel may be the only English tv you get on cable.

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My trip to Guernsey

This week I went to Guernsey to visit my mom. She moved to Guernsey last year for work. However, this was my first trip to the island.

I have to admit that it was not quite what I was expecting. I thought it was bigger for some reason. However, it is a beautiful little island filled with lots if super friendly people.

Whilst in Guernsey, my mom took me to a lovely little chapel. It is covered in broken china pieces and sea shells. It really is a beautiful sight to see.

There is a jewellery shop next to the little chapel which I of course went in to see! They make all the jewellery sold there upstairs in the shop. I picked up a few stud earrings which were a bargain at £4.50.

We then decided to go to this shop called Guernsey pearl. There is a little craft shop close by that sells items made from wool and other little trinkets that are also handmade. When I was there, I was lucky enough to see the ladies of the shop putting together the jumpers they had knitted. It was pretty cool to watch.

After, we went to have a look in the Guernsey pearl shop at all their beautiful pearl jewellery. I went in expecting to see prices that I couldn’t afford. I was pleasantly surprised when that turned out not to be the case at all!  The prices were very reasonable and I walked out with 2 pearl necklaces.

My other days in Guernsey were spent catching up with my mom and just general looking around the island. It was lovely to be so close to the sea and being able to smell that fresh sea air. I cannot wait to go again in summer, when, I am told is when the island really comes to life and shows off its beauty.

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My experience of the 30 day fit app

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I found this app by accident. I was searching for an app to keep track of my 30 day squat challenge and came across this. It is free, so I thought why not try it?!

I just wanted something that I could do quickly, and would get the heart going a little. This did just that. You start off fairly simple only doing 10 squats. However, by day 30, this app will have you doing 100 squats.

What I like about it is that I get a daily reminder and there is a photo which shows the technique for the squat you do.

I have now completed the 30 days and would definitely recommend it. I can definitely see the improvement in my stamina. If you had asked me on day 1 if I thought I could do 100 squats without stopping to catch my breath, the answer would have been a “hell no “. Now I know i most definitely can!