Exclusive Helicopter Tour Above Central London!

Exclusive Helicopter Tour Above Central London!

To celebrate my graduation (and marriage), my siblings surprised me with a HeliAir Helicopter fight over London (link here). They told me to keep that weekend available, so I knew they were planning something; a helicopter ride over London was the LAST thing on my mind. We were driving for over an hour towards the (for me) unknown destination. I was told to dress comfortable and warm. So I did. The weekend before, I purchased a hat and gloves - yes, I do not otherwise own these cumbersome items. Anyway, as we approached the helicopter base, I started to get clues and as we drove into the carpark it hit me! I was going to fly inside a helicopter. To cut a long story short, I was overwhelmed and couldn't believe the kindness of my siblings. We were first briefed by the pilot, told all the safety information and we were ready to go! We walked towards the field and there it was,...
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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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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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Forbes 30 Under 30 2017 : A Source Of Inspiration For Our Youth

Forbes 30 Under 30 2017 : A Source Of Inspiration For Our Youth

The Forbes 30 under 30 list for 2017 was released yesterday, and what an inspiring list of 600 young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers it was! I stumbled across the Forbes list release whilst browsing trending key words on Google. The list represents individuals across a wide spectrum of industries including science, music, sports, education and finance. Being a strong advocator of education, STEM in particular, I was exhilarated at the prospect of learning about ventures undertaken by others of my generation. Scrolling through the list (particularly education and science), I was amazed by the sheer talent, drive and innovation the individuals demonstrated through their work. I truly believe that this list SHOULD be showed to students in Secondary School to inspire them and demonstrate the creative aspect of education/STEM. Speaking from experience, I have sometimes felt blocked from being creative in my field. Especially in STEM, there are such high walls when it comes to jumping out of textbook knowledge and into a...
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Top 7 Free Things To Do In London!

Top 7 Free Things To Do In London!

I'm a true advocator of being able to enjoy life without having to spend a penny. There are many-a-time when I have an amazing day out with friends, without breaking the bank (or even opening the bank at all)! London, of all places, is ideal for finding cool quirky places to visit, and all for FREE! Yes, for FREE. Changing Of The Guards (Buckingham Palace) Watching the changing of the guards is unique to London, happening daily from 11am (see here for timetable). The New Guard takes over from the Old Guard, displaying a long-standing British tradition. A definite must-see, even for us Londoners! The Sky Garden I've rattled and rambled a LOT about the Sky Garden already. You must book your visit online - visiting is free, and arguably boasts the BEST skyling view of London. Trust me, I've been there many times. South Bank Centre The South Bank Centre is a hub of talent, especially this time of year. It is a complex of artistic...
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10 Exciting Things To Do This Winter in London!

10 Exciting Things To Do This Winter in London!

London is a beautiful city at the best of times, but my favourite time of the year in London is definitely the winter. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely detest the frozen fingertips and other bodily extremities, foggy mornings and dark evenings, BUT I truly believe the festivities and lights of the winter make up for the cold weather. We have reached December, meaning we have 31 days left to complete 2016! It is really beginning to get cold now, but that doesn't stop me from going out, and enjoying myself around London. In this post, i'll share with you my top 10-ish places I love to go and things I love to do during the winter season in London. Many of these things are exclusive to London, making it a perfect post to direct you to the fun within London this winter. I took my camera out with me most days for the past two weeks and captured the latest views within London. I'll...
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The Chess Valley Walk, UK

The Chess Valley Walk, UK

Last weekend I decided to partake in a 10-mile walk on a glorious Saturday morning. The Chess Valley Walk is a 10 mile linear walk through the Chilterns following the River Chess from Rickmansworth to Chesham. It passes through the beautiful scenery of the Chess Valley and several attractive villages and at times gets close to the clear sparkling waters of the River Chess, one of the Chilterns' famed chalk streams. My friend came across this walk online and suggested starting from Rickmansworth and walking to Chesham. I've done many long walks within Greater London and the UK, especially this year, and so I wasn't too worried about the length of the walk. We got to Rickmansworth at 10am via the Metropolitan Underground Line. I would highly recommend downloading the PDF map of the walk as a guide, as some points during the walk, there is no Internet Network and signage isn't great. We had planned to pack lunch from home as we didn't...
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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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I Am In Harar, Ethiopia – Part Two

I Am In Harar, Ethiopia – Part Two

One would think that two weeks in Ethiopia would suffice, but when you have family members all over Harar, even a month seems too short. Be sure to read Part One to see the first part of my trip, and keep reading to hear about the rest! Harar has the greatest number of mosques per square meter. When I heard this fact, I thought nah, it can't be! But when you actually visit, and hear the call to prayer echoing from mosques on every street corner, it's easier to believe that this is true. Most streets within the old city of Harar have a mosque / place of prayer. The white and green mosque below is the first built mosque in Harar. It has recently been refurbished, but it is a very small mosque with a green interior. This narrow pathway is known as the 'street of reconciliation'. This pathway is so narrow that one one person is able to pass through at any...
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I Am In Harar, Ethiopia – Part One

I Am In Harar, Ethiopia – Part One

Harar, Ethiopia : the land where my parents were born and raised. It is a historic town in Ethiopia and considered the fourth holiest city in Islam, after Makkah, Medina and Jerusalem. The first time I visited Ethiopia I was 7 years old, and since then I've returned three times. Most of my uncles, aunties and cousins live in Harar including my maternal grandmother, and so visiting Ethiopia is always a fun-filled time with lots of love, culture and tradition. The last time I visited was 2012, and so I had been craving to return either this year or the next. It just so happened that my cousin announced her wedding date as planned for the end of July and I jumped to the opportunity to book a flight and find myself in the middle of a Harari wedding dance floor! Don't forget to check out my blog post detailing the ins and outs of a Harari Wedding (you'll be surprised...
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