E: Chinatown Lanterns


Here in Asia there are numerous ‘mooncake festivities’ that go around the indochina countries, one of them is the lighting of about 20,000 lanterns in Singapore’s Chinatown. I went here on the seventh and had a really nice time, the place really livens up after sunset. We grabbed dinner at a food court just outside the area and I got some really tasty seafood noodles for about two quid which were surprisingly filling.

The rest of the evening was spent devouring a 1 dollar (roughly 50p) ice cream, drinking some strawberry kiwi juice and walking around the night markets. As I’ve mentioned before the work load is a bit hectic. Especially trying to keep in line with the Asian mentality here. Although I’m desperate to be travelling, when there’s plenty to see in Singapore, doesn’t it make sense to actually experience the country you’re in? It makes running around between assignments and exams much less stressful. Why not save the travelling for when I’m actually free and will be able to do it properly? That’s how I see it at least.IMG_9233

One of the temples we walked byIMG_9269The food court we ate atIMG_9326IMG_9305An example of the night markets

E: Scarborough

IMG_4183While in the last few weeks of this year at York, I decided with some other flatmates to visit out flatmate Emily while she was at home in Scarborough. I was keen to see what it would be like as I’ve heard so much about it. Phrases I had heard in the past to describe Scarbs were somewhere along the lines of ‘line at the job centre,’ ‘shit hole’ and ‘too touristy’. Having been there and back I can tell you Scarborough is wonderful. There wasn’t many people when I went but the two shores are beautiful and there’s plenty of greenery. I mean take a look at the pictures and judge for yourself. Thank you to Emily I had a great day, especially renting the paddle boat at the chinese themed park.
IMG_4328They have little stalls were they sell fresh sea food caught the same day!


Boat going into harbourIMG_4423

The rooftops and the coastIMG_4433

You wouldn’t even know you were in a residential area at some pointsIMG_4456

The Coast on the North was even more beautifulIMG_4471

I think ‘lush’ is appropriate
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Me with Milly!IMG_4631

Me posingIMG_4636

E: Harrogate

IMG_5122The last ‘House 8 Roadtrip’ (House 8 was the name of my university flat) was to Harrogate, a very posh spa town. Being a spa town means that it has Roman like baths, and was were people would be sent if they were unwell to get better supposedly due to the charm of the place. It wasn’t my favourite place we visited probably due to the nasty weather. However if driving by it’s definitely worth having a little walk around as there are some beautiful buildings. I really liked the main park with a pine forest and the gallery which changes it’s exhibition. It’s free to get into both of those.


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E: Durham Christmas Excursion


Last weekend I had the privilege to go see the small but very vibrant and historical town of Durham. There was some tension considering my heart now belongs with York yet I didn’t let that ruin my journey. What I found was Durham was a very charming city.

479962_10151178495163927_1262270814_nIf it makes sense, Durham feels very English. While walking through it you pass through defining moments of British architecture, modern and old. Most streets are cobbled and there are plenty of picture perfect bridges however upon wondering around it won’t be too soon before you find a signature British Iceland store tucked under some retro 60s building.

What makes Durham so special is the way the light filters through it. It’s embossed in trees and winter nature, the buildings are densely packed and this makes it incredibly difficult for the sun to illuminate small nooks and crannies. Yet I insist this doesn’t make Durham seem unfriendly at all, quite the opposite you can feel the northern charm among the bustling streets of people. The space possess a dark romantic yet comfortable vibe.

479748_10151178488428927_2067072473_n309275_10151178488163927_1135586577_n483465_10151178494363927_879336647_nAt some points it’s easy to forget your in a town. The building isolated from the city centre are shrouded in hibernating stalks. Small parts of ice flow along the rivers. The trips purpose was to go see the market which I have to say was much better than York’s own. The Christmas Decorations were suttle but brought some festive feel to the place.

A lot of the more modern building in Durham are how I would imagine some German towns for some reason. It does feel very detached from the rest of England, like a parts of history taken out of Britain’s puzzle and placed together somewhere hidden. 556675_10151178495373927_914600684_nThe Castles and Cathedral left a lasting impression on me. The architecture of the main cathedral left my jaw wide open. It was in a Gothic style much like the Notre Dame de Paris. The black soot marks gave off an even darker appearance. The inside was a complete contrast. The space seemed very well lit for such a huge space. Unfortunately no photography was allowed inside.

Although the outside may look impressive I was even more enchanted by the gigantic columns with tiny detailing and the stained glass windows. We walked in roughly at sunset and the tint caused by the lighting was phenomenal. My finger continually itched for the shutter button but I managed to pull myself together and respect the rules.

Some more UK travelling to come perhaps? I’ve always wanted to see Edinburgh 

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