Only 24 Hours in Amsterdam?

Only 24 Hours in Amsterdam?

Travelling to Amsterdam was spontaneous. I mean spontaneous in the most spontaneous way possible. My good friend had recently quit her job she felt displeased in, with an position in a company she desired (kudos to her)! As a treat to herself, she booked a week in Amsterdam, staying at the Banks Mansion Hotel. As we were chatting a few days before she flew out, she asked if I wanted to come for a few days. Naturally I laughed it off. 72 hours later, I found myself at City Airport, waiting for my flight to Amsterdam. I booked a flight for one night, staying in Amsterdam for less than 24 hours. I figured, hey why not - you only live once *trying to justify my actions*. Before I met my friend, I visited the Aya Sofya mosque in Amsterdam to freshen up and also to check it out as photos online showed it to be incredible beautiful, located on the bank...
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Top 7 Brunch Spots In London

Top 7 Brunch Spots In London

Brunching should be a new national sport, or maybe it's just a London thing? Gone are the days of celebrating a birthday or graduation over dinner, instead us millennials are opting for the late morning, early afternoon amalgamation of breakfast and lunch - brunch. Brunch isn't eaten at 8am, nor is it eaten at 4pm; it is more of a 11-1pm meal (although I have seen some restaurants with a brunch menu up to 4pm - shame on you). I must admit, I have entertained a fair number of brunch invites, and although sceptical at first, I now prefer to eat out for brunch over any other meal. London is particularly blessed in the brunch department, boasting a diverse number of resturants serving brunch some with bottomless beverages. Here I present my top 7 brunch spots that I hope tickle your taste buds by the end of this article! Happy brunching :)  1 : Clerkenwell Grind I visited Clerkenwell Grind (Barbican) a few months...
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Secret Places For Quiet Study/Work In London

Secret Places For Quiet Study/Work In London

The university libraries are full to the brim. All the rooms are booked out completely for the next month. The local libraries are full of young kids 'revising'. Your neighbours are always playing loud music. All you want is some peace and quiet to allow you to work and study. I felt like this at one point, and so made sure to find some places in London that would be perfect for some quiet study, somewhere not so isolating, and somewhere that I can enjoy London at the same time. I have compiled a little list of my top 5 secret (not-so-secret-any-more) places that I have been really enjoying whilst writing my PhD thesis. I try to spend a few days at home, and a few days at one of these locations to help mix things up a bit (and to get me out of the house really). Waterstones (Gower Street, Euston) This Waterstones in Euston is a huge bookshop that encourages...
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10 Effective Positive Affirmations

10 Effective Positive Affirmations

Ever heard the saying, thoughts become things? Well, Neuroscience has proven that ‘neuroplasticity,' the ongoing remodelling of brain structure and function, occurs throughout life. It can be affected by life experiences, genes, biological agents, and by behaviour, as well as by thought patterns. What does this mean? Essentially, by practicing positive thought patterns (affirmations) repetitively, we actually create neuroplasticity in the area of the brain that processes what we are thinking about. Through this practice, we can change the structure and neural pattern of our brain. The key is repetition so you flood your brain with the positive thought. | Follow my Instagram page @iaminaplace for daily affirmations | I have chosen 10 positive affirmations that I believe can help to change your mindset towards life and help redirect your mentality. The key topics are happiness, love, success, confidence, self-esteem, health, peace, mindfulness and inner calm. It is imperative that the environment around you is positive, filled with peace and spiritual nourishment.  1. Happiness is my...
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Packing Cubes: Gimmick Or Game Changer

Packing Cubes: Gimmick Or Game Changer

My good friend, Kyomi, introduced my to Packing Cubes through her amazing blog 'Wading Wade'. Her 'meet the traveller' series allow the reader to delve into the life of a traveller, and gain practical skills and tips. Kyomi interviewed me back in November - read here! Packing Cubes What are they? Packing cubes are zippered fabric containers, usually in a rectangular shape, for organising your items and making them easier to find in your luggage. They come in a range of sizes and are often sold as sets. How do they work? Using packing organisers has many advantages: Pack more efficiently – Each cube can be dedicated to a set of clothing, and it's much easier to pack when you know what goes in each cube. Packing with cubes can help reduce disorganisation and sporadic additions of clothes. Find things easily – Packing cubes can work like a drawer system. When away, you can take out the relevant cube rather than rummaging around at the bottom of...
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I Am In Milan, Italy

I Am In Milan, Italy

My resolution for 2017 is to travel to new places, and what else but travel more have I been doing! I was able to free up 4 days at the end of the week, so decided to travel to the North of Italy. I came across £25 return flights to Milan so decided to go ahead and book them! I didn't want to stay in Milan for all 4 days, so took a look around the region and planned a 4 day adventure through 4 cities. The first is Milan. I then visited Venice, Florence, and Bologna - keep an eye out for further posts detailing my trip. I only had 4 hours in Milan, and so managed to squeeze in the main landmarks and sights within that time. There really isn't much to do/see in Milan, so a few hours is definitely enough to see everything. 1. Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral)  The Duomo is the fifth largest Christian church in the world. The cathedral...
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My Dream Destinations 2017

My Dream Destinations 2017

I'm not huge on New Years Resolutions, but one thing I definitely think about is where I would *love* to travel to in the coming year. Here is my list of the countries (and cities) that I would love to be able to visit during 2017. At the end of 2017, let's see how many countries I managed to step foot into. I have a few months of student life flexibility left and really want to maximise on the opportunity of travelling (whilst writing my thesis of course)!  -Greece- Anyone who knows me knows how much I've been banging on about Santorini ever since a friend visited two years ago. After seeing all her photos and her raving positive reviews, I did some research and came to the conclusion that Santorini is my next go to. Santorini is an island featuring the infamous whitewashed cubiform houses. Not only is Santorini breathtakingly gorgeous, it also hold a deep history based on its formation from...
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I Am In Newcastle & Durham

I Am In Newcastle & Durham

A few weeks ago, I decided to travel to the North of the UK with a lab colleague from London. We have both made a concerted effort to travel more within the UK on weekends and Bank Holidays. This time, we decided to go to Newcastle as we had heard lots of good things about it and the weather that weekend seemed decent enough! We travelled by the National Express coach service, and this only cost £17 return, in comparison to £100+ by train! The only downside was the time it took to travel there - 7 hours. I managed to take some work with me and downloaded some programmes from the iPlayer app to keep me occupied for some of the journey. We left London Victoria at 7am and arrived in Newcastle at 2.30pm. As soon as we arrived, we began exploring the city, beginning with the Science Centre and surrounding areas. It was clear that all the students had arrived in the...
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How To Take Good Photographs : For Beginners

How To Take Good Photographs : For Beginners

As a generation, we consume much efforts to take photographs of things that attract us, to then post them online on social media sites, be it Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. I, for one, really enjoy taking photographs, and although I'm not an expert, I'd like to think that I can capture a decent image. Thing is, many people just CAN'T! For those who wish to become professional photographers, there are remote online courses or even part time college courses that one could subscribe to. Here are 5 very simple tips that I have learnt along the way and have led to enhanced photo taking skills. 1. Get a decent camera  I recently purchased a Canon G7X and highly recommend it. Having said that, the best camera is the one that is always in your pocket aka your phone. Most phones these days comes with a good camera with flash and can be used to take good photos. From experience of owning a DSLR, more...
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I Am In Germany – Frankfurt

I Am In Germany – Frankfurt

After spending 4 studious days in Heidelberg for the Biology conference, Malti and I decided to spend a couple of days in Frankfurt. We decided to stay at Frankfurt Hostel; this was the first time for me staying at a hostel, and I must admit, I was a tiny bit hesitant. I've always heard such negative things about hostels, regarding cleanliness and safety. But, we read some reviews online and considering Frankfurt Hostel cost about 3 times less than a hotel in the same central area, it seemed like an obvious choice. We booked two beds in a 6 bed female-only room, and it was very pleasant, spacious and clean. This hostel was also an ideal environment for meeting fellow travellers, as there was a common room with music, food and drinks. I would highly recommend this hostel for anyone planning on visiting Frankfurt on a budget. One of my best highlights of my trip to Germany was watching the sun set whilst sitting...
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