Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Trip to Berlin/Queens of the Stone Age Gig June 2013

A couple of weeks ago I went on holiday to Berlin with my friend Claire. It was my third trip there.
Claire and I visited in November with our other friend Jo. You can read about that here!
We had enjoyed our trip so much we'd decided we definitely wanted to visit again, but perhaps in the Summer to see it in a totally different light.
We also really wanted to see Queens of the Stone Age. The only date they were playing in the UK at that point was at Download, so I thought I'd have a look to see if they were playing anywhere else and discovered that they were going to be playing a show in Berlin.
We bought gig tickets and then went from there...!
Starting as we meant to go on in the airport... We booked cheap flights from East Midlands...
Last time we stayed in a hostel, which was brilliant but we decided to try renting somewhere through airbnb as we'd used it in the UK.
I found this apartment which was located in Kreuzberg and it was absolutely brilliant for us!
Martin was a lovely, friendly and helpful host. He provided us with lots of useful information when we arrived and allowed us to arrange a late check in too as our flight was a later one.
The apartment was modern, light and clean. It was absolutely perfect for our stay and everything that we needed was provided (including towels etc - everything you would expect if you stayed in a hotel really!)
The apartment is actually a lot bigger than I expected too so we had plenty of room.
The location was ideal for us too and there were lots of amenities close by, including a supermarket, u-bahn and plenty of little cafes.
We will definitely be staying there again in the future!

We'd planned to get some food in to have at breakfast/make packed lunches but on our first morning we went to a little cafe around the corner from where we were staying.
I had a slice of vegan cake and a matcha green tea latte and it was heavenly! Definitely set me up for the day...
We decided to go for a trip to the Berlin Zoon on our first day as we'd heard it was pretty good.
I was completely tickled by the animals in the petting area who were using their initiative and helping themselves to the food...! ☺
The weather was glorious too so it was nice to wander round in and out of the shade.
There were a lot of cute animals so it was a fun day! I especially liked the nocturnal zone as there were Slow Loris! Amazing! ♥
Claire & I wanted to go back to one of our favourite places we found last time, called Santa Maria.
After an epic walk (I've totally mastered the U-Bahn but my map reading leaves a lot to be desired...) we found it!

I love the decor of the place... Sugar Skulls/Day of the Dead galour! ☠

They do awesome food - the burritos are ENORMOUS!

Their cocktails are pretty sweet too...
We visited the Ramones Museum while we were there.
You get a badge instead of a ticket on entry ☺
Entry was 3.50 Euros or 5 Euros with a beer. So obviously we got a beer...
The museum itself is pretty small but crammed with Ramones memorabilia. If you're a fan of music/punk/the 70s it's definitely worth a visit!
The museum has a little cafe as you walk in. 
 We sat and had a beer after we had a look round and checked out who else had visted looking at the photos on the walls...
 One of our favourite places we'd visited in November was White Trash.
It's a cool bar/American-style diner/music venue/club... And they have a tattoo studio downstairs!
We'd decided that we were going to go on one of the Anti Bar Crawls on the Friday night.
We got a drink in White Trash before we went to the meeting point for the Bar Crawl as it was nearby.

We ended up getting pudding in White Trash as it sounded so good... And it was so good!!
The bar crawl was good fun again. It's a great way to discover bars and areas that you might not neccesarily have found yourself.
We went to Druide (an Absinthe bar) and obviously had to have some Absinthe...
I'd recommend going on one earlier on in your trip if you were going to do it, as we found some places that we wanted to go back to.
We also visited a ping pong bar. Nope, not one of those ones...
We danced like nutters in a cool little rock bar...
 You had to get an elevator down to the club we ended up in which was pretty cool.
On the Saturday it was the gig... This is the venue for Queens of the Stone Age - Zitadelle Spandau!

The weather was absolutely perfect that day and the atmosphere at the gig was great too, it had a nice festival vibe to it.
 Queens of the Stone Age were incredible. It was definitely one of my favourite gigs I've been to.
 After the gig we found ourselves back in White Trash... 
 Claire & I. Me with my obligatory derp face/pose.
I was quite excited that we found somewhere that served halloumi cheese...!
I was also quite excited on the discovery of a photoautomat...
As you can probably see, it's a photo booth. It costs 2 euros and you get your photos like you would in a passport photo booth.
Both sets of photos were taken between 3 and 6 in the morning which may explain our facial expressions!
We found another photobooth in the daytime and got these ones done. I love them.
I wish that they had them around the UK for around the same price. I love the fact you don't know exactly what they'll look like and that it's so instant! 
Sunday was our last full day in Berlin so we had a stroll around Brandenburg Tor in the sunshine.

We went to go for a wander around Alexanderplatz but the sunshine and deckchairs were too inviting so we sat in the sun for the afternoon drinking beer which was lovely!
There's so much cool street art out and around Berlin...
On our last evening we went for a look around Kreuzberg to get some food and ended up sat outside in a Vietnamese place which was delicious.
 I couldn't resist taking a photo of this... Skulls... Obviously... ☠
Holiday/Airport come down...
We had an absolutely amazing time in Berlin once again. I'd love to go back at some point next year.
It's such a lovely city, there is so much going on, some cool places to visit and the people are super friendly too. 
I've included links throughout the post to places we stayed and visited in case anyone was interested.
 If you have any questions at all or want to pick my brains about Berlin if you were planning on visiting yourself, I can do my best to help! ☺
I've just booked flights to go to New York in November so I am already planning my next trip away. 
Any advice or recommendations of places to visit would be appreciated!  
Where is your favourite place to visit?

Thursday, 11 July 2013

The Breakfast Club, Shoreditch

A month or two back I went down to London for the day to have some work done on my tattoo.
I also caught up with the lovely Cindy as I hadn't seen her since she moved down a month or two before.
Cindy said that she was going to take me somewhere new, so when she mentioned the Breakfast Club I could barely contain my excitement.
Cue me downloading their menus during my lunch breaks that week and oggling over what I might choose... I'm so glad I did in advance because I wanted to choose EVERYTHING, which is so unlike me as I'm such a fuss pot usually!
So, I made a decision and went for pancakes with bacon and maple syrup (or bacon pancakes as I get stuck in my head...!) and Cindy had their All American...
Mine! Sooo goooood! ♥
I don't usually make a habit of hanging out in loos, but the wallpaper in theirs is AWESOME!! ☺
We went to their Shoreditch cafe, but there are a few dotted around London.
I loved it there and would definitely make the trip back!

The same weekend I went to see Everly Pregnant Brothers at the Devil's Arse Cavern, which was so much fun (if you haven't heard or seen any of their stuff, check em out on youtube, they're hilarious!) and the venue was INCREDIBLE! ☺

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Great North Run!

Just a quick blog post to say that I am going to be completing the Great North Run on behalf of the Anthony Nolan Trust in September.
It's the first time I will have done a half marathon and 6 months ago I couldn't run the length of myself so it could well be the death of me!
Any donations would be greatly appreciated. You can sponsor me here!
You can find out more about what The Anthony Nolan Trust do here.

Thank You! ☺

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Tattoo - Finished!

So, a few weeks ago I went back down to London for my final session on my tattoo...
It took 8 hours in total. I had it done by Stewart Robson at Frith Street Tattoo in Soho. 

I absolutely LOVE it! (I guess I'm biased, but hey...) It's better than I could have imagined and I'm totally over the moon with it!
I'll post a healed photo in the near future as it's a bit puffy/bloody in the photos above as you can see.
I'm not sure what my next plans are. I have a few ideas but need to save up a little bit of money first!
You can read about my other tattoos...


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