Much ado about Pandas!

I apologise for the lack of post in a while – and when I was doing so well at keeping things regular! I promise it is not due to a declined interest I my blog, but more due to real life getting in the way. Two summer balls, a trip to Edinburgh, a dance performance, ceilidh, visits from friends and everyone at uni realising that we will soon all be going our separate ways means that my diary has suddenly filled up… however it does all provide valuable blogging material!

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Sometimes… a night in is better than a night out can ever be

My boyfriend and I have done quite well during the time we have been at university, often going out once or twice a term together and each time trying to go somewhere new. As a result, when our friends want recommendations, they often come to us because we dare to try places beyond Nandos and Wagamamas (for the record, I think both are highly overrated!). However, sometimes it can be nice to stay in. You don’t have to go anywhere and it’s a lot cheaper, although the washing up afterwards can be a bit of a pain!

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The Armchair Backpacker

Quite regularly I see posts on Facebook of people in exciting, faraway places, doing exciting and unforgettable things, whilst I am stuck in the UK staring at the rain outside my window. I know that I’m not alone in this. It is quite easy to end up feeling miserable, and like everyone’s life is better than your own. Or you could feel resentful of those who can afford/have the time to do what they like, whilst you are stuck doing whatever you are doing. I guess all those emotions are natural, and I’ve been there, done that and got the t-shirt. Instead, why not channel your energy into doing something positive, which also links to your desire to travel?

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Thomas’s of York Pub and Kitchen, York

Thomas’s of York Pub and Kitchen claims to be York’s quirkiest pub, which is no small claim given the large number of pubs in York (there’s supposedly one for every day of the year!). However, I think they might be right. I’ve certainly never been anywhere quite like it!

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Would you like the window seat?

Since I was first old enough to purchase a young person’s railcard, I have travelled quite regularly by train across the UK. It’s easy, convenient and depending on where you are travelling can be quite cheap as well. I’ve also travelled by train in other countries, notably when I went interrailing with a group of friends. Stations are fantastic places to people-watch, as are trains themselves, and as you begin to stack up the number of journeys you have taken, you begin to spot patterns in people’s behaviours. One of these is the classic window seat discussion.

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