Cozy light I wake up to each morning. Might still be asleep, though.
After living through the first semester at a private college I've eventually managed to craft myself a routine that I like to stick to. I'm usually not all that for fixed routines but I definitely like to stick to one in the morning because, well, I tend to forget stuff when I'm basically sleepwalking.

Wakey wakey


– My phone rings me awake at 6 or 8, depending when my first lecture starts. How did I manage to get up at 6 and earlier in the morning when I was still in High School? I can't explain. 
– Now, how do I manage to get up without throwing my phone against the wall? Easy answer: I just don't throw my phone against the wall and scroll through my social media stuff on my phone first. I kind of do this so I won't fall asleep again and to wake me a little. 
– I make my bed so I won't just slip back in.
– I get my bagpack or any other bag I'm going for for the day and put it on my newly made bed. It signals that it's a new day and I have to start it now by putting my books in there. Don't. Think. About. Sleep.
– I turn on my Spotify morning list on Shuffle first thing. Can't go a day without starting it with the right music.

Stay hydrated!


– I need to refill my water bottle. I usually leave the house with a refillable bottle that I can refill anywhere. Saves me loads of money on the six-packs of water bottles from the supermarket every few days.
– I drink a whole glass of water and take my medication and pill. Something about a huge glass of water feels like a huge energy boost in the morning.
– I do some yoga exercises on my mat, then head to the bathroom. I've always brushed my teeth before eating breakfast and I've heard people saying it's weird but I mean, here's proof why it's good to brush them before eating!
– I get my hair up in a bun and wash my face with cold short splashes.

My gallery wall and mirror. Paintings on old newspaper. 

Make your face

– I get my moisturizer on and get my make up done.
– And the hair? Well, that's a funny story. I just go with what it's doing that day.
– I usually had my clothes sorted for the next day the night before but let's face it, I'm a college girl who lives on her own now, I get lazy and forget. Nowadays I just stand before my wardrobe each morning and throw on whatever because, it's just a lecture after all. I mostly go for the casual style.

Desk area. Where I study (or don't). 

Eggs and Bakey

– I do make sure to eat something each morning, I can't understand how a human being can start a day without having had breakfast. I'll feel tired and maybe even nauseous.
– I prepare my lunch box, mostly I've prepared it the evening before, though, because I don't always have time in the morning. Duh.
– And then I go out the door. Maybe even bring some trash with me to toss it right out. With my keys in my hand, I lock the door behind me. I plug my earphones into my phone and play Spotify once again. 

And that's really it, folks. What does your morning routine look like? What do you do differently? 

Until then – stay awake,
Arden

A College Girl's Morning Routine

4/27/2016

Cozy light I wake up to each morning. Might still be asleep, though.
After living through the first semester at a private college I've eventually managed to craft myself a routine that I like to stick to. I'm usually not all that for fixed routines but I definitely like to stick to one in the morning because, well, I tend to forget stuff when I'm basically sleepwalking.

Wakey wakey


– My phone rings me awake at 6 or 8, depending when my first lecture starts. How did I manage to get up at 6 and earlier in the morning when I was still in High School? I can't explain. 
– Now, how do I manage to get up without throwing my phone against the wall? Easy answer: I just don't throw my phone against the wall and scroll through my social media stuff on my phone first. I kind of do this so I won't fall asleep again and to wake me a little. 
– I make my bed so I won't just slip back in.
– I get my bagpack or any other bag I'm going for for the day and put it on my newly made bed. It signals that it's a new day and I have to start it now by putting my books in there. Don't. Think. About. Sleep.
– I turn on my Spotify morning list on Shuffle first thing. Can't go a day without starting it with the right music.

Stay hydrated!


– I need to refill my water bottle. I usually leave the house with a refillable bottle that I can refill anywhere. Saves me loads of money on the six-packs of water bottles from the supermarket every few days.
– I drink a whole glass of water and take my medication and pill. Something about a huge glass of water feels like a huge energy boost in the morning.
– I do some yoga exercises on my mat, then head to the bathroom. I've always brushed my teeth before eating breakfast and I've heard people saying it's weird but I mean, here's proof why it's good to brush them before eating!
– I get my hair up in a bun and wash my face with cold short splashes.

My gallery wall and mirror. Paintings on old newspaper. 

Make your face

– I get my moisturizer on and get my make up done.
– And the hair? Well, that's a funny story. I just go with what it's doing that day.
– I usually had my clothes sorted for the next day the night before but let's face it, I'm a college girl who lives on her own now, I get lazy and forget. Nowadays I just stand before my wardrobe each morning and throw on whatever because, it's just a lecture after all. I mostly go for the casual style.

Desk area. Where I study (or don't). 

Eggs and Bakey

– I do make sure to eat something each morning, I can't understand how a human being can start a day without having had breakfast. I'll feel tired and maybe even nauseous.
– I prepare my lunch box, mostly I've prepared it the evening before, though, because I don't always have time in the morning. Duh.
– And then I go out the door. Maybe even bring some trash with me to toss it right out. With my keys in my hand, I lock the door behind me. I plug my earphones into my phone and play Spotify once again. 

And that's really it, folks. What does your morning routine look like? What do you do differently? 

Until then – stay awake,
Arden

You all know Wattpad is like 90% of my Internet presence and a huge passion of mine. Wattpad itself, for those who might not have heard of it yet, is a writing community in which aspiring and even published authors post novels, short stories, poems and fan fiction, either through the website or its app. Writing and reading is free!

To me, Wattpad is the best app to read stories and connect to other writers or readers because not only are there stories to add to your personal library, you can also talk to mutuals in the forum. 

Since I read a lot on Wattpad, I thought I'd help this series come to life: every once in a while I'll bring to you my most cherished Wattpad recommendations. This time it's all about the romance. I'm a sucker for hate to love relationships and all things cute banter.


Mailboy by foreversmilin 

"You're not my boss."
"Actually, I kind of am."
In which Zoey Hunter, whose hobbies were painting and delivering mail, discovers Nico Forrest, a boy forced to get a job at his local post office and is forced to bond with him over morning mail delivery.
What could go wrong? Everything.

Kissing Is The Easy Part by rainbowbrook 

Flora is afraid being beautiful is her only talent. Some of the words she hates include economy class, second-hand clothes, and budget. She likes fashion, dating, not being on time and getting what she wants-until she meets Sean, who is like the clock striking midnight; he makes all her magic power wear off.
He is as mature and sophisticated as the dark roasted coffee he drinks, while she is like a lollipop: colorful, dazzling on the outside but empty calories and artificial sweeteners on the inside.
The attraction is instant, but getting a kiss is only the first step. Each tries the hardest to impress the other, but a misunderstanding soon drives them apart. On finding their way back to each other, they have to overcome a violinist, a broken knee, a history project, a surprise, a heartbreak operation...
A coming-of-age story that teaches a young couple to appreciate their differences, to realize that there are always two sides to every story. Thrown into the boiling cauldron of teen years, they explore love, jealousy, rivalry and learn to trust and accept.

Noah and Leigh by colourlessness


A collection of notes, a public library, two teenagers, and zero spoken communication.

Love Detours by wohnderwall

Allegra Sawyer was just a simple waitress with nothing higher than the tips she collected.
 
    Though when Allegra surveys a date gone wrong by her long time crush and pianist extraordinaire Grant Elias, she can't help but be amused by his futile attempts at stuffing the complimentary breadsticks displayed at each table, under his shirt.
 
    Fighting the urge as to whether confront him about why he was ditching his date, or ignore the scene altogether, Allegra Sawyer is soon thrown into a whirlwind of friendship, heartbreak, and chaos.
 
    One thing is for certain when it comes to Allegra and Grant's relationship, the road to love is paved with too many detours. After all, what else did you expect to happen when he's your Prince Charming and you're not his Cinderella?

No Hard Feelings by SamMadison

Dexter and Hadley started off as lovers but ended up as best friends, and that, to them, was the best thing that could have happened to their relationship. But everything they'd ever known about their friendship is thrown off course when they wake up in bed with each other one morning... wearing their birthday suits.

Sleep Deprived by thepurplerose

College, a reason enough to be sleep deprived.
Lizzie Hale is rarely not sleep deprived. She can't sleep alone, and even her meager excuse for a teddy bear (it's barely the size of her arm) doesn't help all of the time. Call it self prescribed insomnia if you will (though self prescribing doesn't help much when she refuses to go get checked). Because of her constant over-thinking behavior, and her fear for making new friends she kind of cornered herself to accept anyone that would be okay living with her in a cheap apartment, as long as they weren't psycho killers.
William Anderson accepted a last minute offer of an apartment with a girl. A girl. It's not like he expects to get laid, but he's not complaining. Though he doesn't exactly expect Elizabeth Hale either, and he surely doesn't expect for her to slowly become interested in his past, a past he'd rather keep hidden. A past that brings constant nightmares which he quiets by swallowing sleeping pills every night or else he can't sleep at all.
So when a certain bear is donated by accident and Lizzie stops Will from almost overdosing on sleeping pills they decide it's time to change something in their lives.
Hence they come up with an agreement to start sleeping together.

At this point I'd like to say that most of my Favourites would have been listed here, e.g. Slow Dancing by hepburnettes but I am saddened to say that she's unpublished her works on Wattpad. Once they're hopefully up as eBooks, I'll gladly introduce them to you because she's been a huge inspiration in the Romance field for me. 

Hopefully you'll enjoy reading these stories if you get to read them! See you on Wattpad

Until then – keep reading,
Arden

Wattpad Recs: Romance

4/23/2016


You all know Wattpad is like 90% of my Internet presence and a huge passion of mine. Wattpad itself, for those who might not have heard of it yet, is a writing community in which aspiring and even published authors post novels, short stories, poems and fan fiction, either through the website or its app. Writing and reading is free!

To me, Wattpad is the best app to read stories and connect to other writers or readers because not only are there stories to add to your personal library, you can also talk to mutuals in the forum. 

Since I read a lot on Wattpad, I thought I'd help this series come to life: every once in a while I'll bring to you my most cherished Wattpad recommendations. This time it's all about the romance. I'm a sucker for hate to love relationships and all things cute banter.


Mailboy by foreversmilin 

"You're not my boss."
"Actually, I kind of am."
In which Zoey Hunter, whose hobbies were painting and delivering mail, discovers Nico Forrest, a boy forced to get a job at his local post office and is forced to bond with him over morning mail delivery.
What could go wrong? Everything.

Kissing Is The Easy Part by rainbowbrook 

Flora is afraid being beautiful is her only talent. Some of the words she hates include economy class, second-hand clothes, and budget. She likes fashion, dating, not being on time and getting what she wants-until she meets Sean, who is like the clock striking midnight; he makes all her magic power wear off.
He is as mature and sophisticated as the dark roasted coffee he drinks, while she is like a lollipop: colorful, dazzling on the outside but empty calories and artificial sweeteners on the inside.
The attraction is instant, but getting a kiss is only the first step. Each tries the hardest to impress the other, but a misunderstanding soon drives them apart. On finding their way back to each other, they have to overcome a violinist, a broken knee, a history project, a surprise, a heartbreak operation...
A coming-of-age story that teaches a young couple to appreciate their differences, to realize that there are always two sides to every story. Thrown into the boiling cauldron of teen years, they explore love, jealousy, rivalry and learn to trust and accept.

Noah and Leigh by colourlessness


A collection of notes, a public library, two teenagers, and zero spoken communication.

Love Detours by wohnderwall

Allegra Sawyer was just a simple waitress with nothing higher than the tips she collected.
 
    Though when Allegra surveys a date gone wrong by her long time crush and pianist extraordinaire Grant Elias, she can't help but be amused by his futile attempts at stuffing the complimentary breadsticks displayed at each table, under his shirt.
 
    Fighting the urge as to whether confront him about why he was ditching his date, or ignore the scene altogether, Allegra Sawyer is soon thrown into a whirlwind of friendship, heartbreak, and chaos.
 
    One thing is for certain when it comes to Allegra and Grant's relationship, the road to love is paved with too many detours. After all, what else did you expect to happen when he's your Prince Charming and you're not his Cinderella?

No Hard Feelings by SamMadison

Dexter and Hadley started off as lovers but ended up as best friends, and that, to them, was the best thing that could have happened to their relationship. But everything they'd ever known about their friendship is thrown off course when they wake up in bed with each other one morning... wearing their birthday suits.

Sleep Deprived by thepurplerose

College, a reason enough to be sleep deprived.
Lizzie Hale is rarely not sleep deprived. She can't sleep alone, and even her meager excuse for a teddy bear (it's barely the size of her arm) doesn't help all of the time. Call it self prescribed insomnia if you will (though self prescribing doesn't help much when she refuses to go get checked). Because of her constant over-thinking behavior, and her fear for making new friends she kind of cornered herself to accept anyone that would be okay living with her in a cheap apartment, as long as they weren't psycho killers.
William Anderson accepted a last minute offer of an apartment with a girl. A girl. It's not like he expects to get laid, but he's not complaining. Though he doesn't exactly expect Elizabeth Hale either, and he surely doesn't expect for her to slowly become interested in his past, a past he'd rather keep hidden. A past that brings constant nightmares which he quiets by swallowing sleeping pills every night or else he can't sleep at all.
So when a certain bear is donated by accident and Lizzie stops Will from almost overdosing on sleeping pills they decide it's time to change something in their lives.
Hence they come up with an agreement to start sleeping together.

At this point I'd like to say that most of my Favourites would have been listed here, e.g. Slow Dancing by hepburnettes but I am saddened to say that she's unpublished her works on Wattpad. Once they're hopefully up as eBooks, I'll gladly introduce them to you because she's been a huge inspiration in the Romance field for me. 

Hopefully you'll enjoy reading these stories if you get to read them! See you on Wattpad

Until then – keep reading,
Arden

Hitting the roads with your dearest travel buddy sounds like the most amazing thing for many. Exploring new towns with your best friend could turn out to be the most fun times ever, though it can get complicated sometimes.

Although I prefer solo travelling, I like sharing travel experiences with friends as well. And so I've compiled three most important things to remember or consider whilst on a journey with a friend you cherish.

Get over arguments quickly.

Traveling together is not always just fun and games. There's always the possibility that something goes wrong for you or your companion. The fight factor depends on the "stress tolerance" from each of you, and on how easily you want to laugh the arguments off.

Get over arguments quickly. You don't want to stay salty for the whole journey and that can be super draining for both of you. Get over little misunderstandings and even try to swallow your pride or forget about that tiny inconvenience that annoyed you so much a second ago.

Be honest.

Be open and honest about things you want or do not want to do during your stay, about things that bother you and really anything that you feel like your travel buddy should know. It's about making the experience great for both of you and both of your feelings should be considered.

Compromise about everything.

You're not solo travellers at this point so you've got to compromise about things like food, shopping, other activities. If you don't want to do something that the other desperately wants to do, you can either do it for your friend's sake or go different paths that day and agree on meeting at some point after that.

What do you do when travelling with your best friend? Tell me about your experiences below!

Until then – stay adventurous,
Arden

Travelling with your best friend

4/19/2016


Hitting the roads with your dearest travel buddy sounds like the most amazing thing for many. Exploring new towns with your best friend could turn out to be the most fun times ever, though it can get complicated sometimes.

Although I prefer solo travelling, I like sharing travel experiences with friends as well. And so I've compiled three most important things to remember or consider whilst on a journey with a friend you cherish.

Get over arguments quickly.

Traveling together is not always just fun and games. There's always the possibility that something goes wrong for you or your companion. The fight factor depends on the "stress tolerance" from each of you, and on how easily you want to laugh the arguments off.

Get over arguments quickly. You don't want to stay salty for the whole journey and that can be super draining for both of you. Get over little misunderstandings and even try to swallow your pride or forget about that tiny inconvenience that annoyed you so much a second ago.

Be honest.

Be open and honest about things you want or do not want to do during your stay, about things that bother you and really anything that you feel like your travel buddy should know. It's about making the experience great for both of you and both of your feelings should be considered.

Compromise about everything.

You're not solo travellers at this point so you've got to compromise about things like food, shopping, other activities. If you don't want to do something that the other desperately wants to do, you can either do it for your friend's sake or go different paths that day and agree on meeting at some point after that.

What do you do when travelling with your best friend? Tell me about your experiences below!

Until then – stay adventurous,
Arden

When I first heard about couch surfing I was fascinated and sceptical at the same time. Couch surfing is the act of signing up on what is a private hospitality exchange site called couchsurfing.com where travelers can find free accomodation on a stranger's couch or spare room while traveling.

Your first thought might - but shouldn't be - it's free accomodation and convenient. Though it is much more than that.

The Pros

What's the hype?

Well, budget travelers can save loads of money and live with locals, which enables them to be up close and see how they're actually living.

It's meeting new international friends, connecting with and learning from locals, experiencing a foreign place in a different perspective. You just simply cannot compare being on holiday spending your time exploring on your own with a map with directly being involved with locals.

Thanks to the wonderful site, couchsurfing.com, it is easy to see who seems like an experienced host, who seems reliable due to references. You can choose from many locals, female or male, or both if they're roommates. You can read about their home, send them a message for more information, settle agreements.

Couch surfing hosts in theory, are experienced travelers, interesting and very open minded and understanding people. They're sociable and out to help you out. Hosts may take you out to local hangouts, provide you with restaurant recommendations, etc. In my opinion that is so much better than any travel guide.

The Cons

Now couch surfing is not for everyone, and with everything else in life, there are less great things about it.

Not everything will be to your liking so you have to be open minded and understanding yourself.

You might experience some culture shock, so just be prepared.

If you like to spend time alone, sleep alone, would rather have a single room in a hotel, do your own thing and have your own space, couch surfing might not be for you.

Under the host's roof, you will have to follow their rules and be respectful of their conditions. You might not be able to come and leave as you please as they probably won't give you keys and have work and appointments on their own.

It CAN get weird and you will have to listen to your gut. If you're feeling uncomfortable, uneasy or scared, get out. It's better to not go out and stay with someone on your own. Do travel in pairs, that would be the best deal, really. Do not get yourself into a situation you cannot get out of, screw politeness if your gut screams at you.

It may get harder to score a host if it's peak season for general tourism in your destination but friendly hosts will provide you a place to stay, even if you send a request 72 hours prior to your arrival.

It might get harder for you to find a host if you're new to it and lack references. It's just something typical as judging a book by its cover. But no worries, there are enough hosts out there who would gladly take you in for a night or two or a week.

Safety

The thing about the hosts is, they want to do you good, help you out, on the other hand they also do it for themselves, to meet new people, share travel stories and experiences. They're sharing their house or apartment with you, letting you "invade" their most personal space. They have trust for you, it's not the question whether they would steal something from you in your sleep, I mean they could fear the same thing the other way around.

How my first time looked like

Lu Ann and I started looking for hosts almost two months prior to our arrival in London and we completed our profile to look good to the hosts, then sent out couch requests. Half of the hosts we reached out to didn't react at all, the other half declined because we had picked the Easter holidays when most people wanted to go away or spend the days with their family or simply had other plans.

We posted a thread in the forum, desperate and scared that we wouldn't find a host in time. We worried for nothing - enough people contacted us after seeing our thread and we were able to choose from multiple options.

We had two different hosts because our first host could only host us for the first two days. He gave us his bed as we slept on a mattress on the ground. He was very flexible and helped us tremendously by giving us advice on how to get somewhere. Sometimes locals just know better than travel guides.

Our second host was older and talkative, really friendly and experienced in that kind of field. He had many travel stories to tell and let us sleep in his living room on mattresses on the ground. At first he actually offered to sleep next to him in his bed (wait, what?) because another couch surfer was already fast asleep and we didn't want to startle her. We were so put off, we had no idea what to do. Maybe it's a normal thing to do as a couch surfer but how would we know, it was our first time!

We did end up sleeping in the living room that night because we spoke up and told him we felt uncomfortable and, like, really uneasy about that offer. Luckily he acted accordingly and there was no similar problem after that.

What put us off as well was his greeting at the beginning when we first met at the bus station where he picked us up – he shook our hand and then kissed us on the cheek. We did NOT see that coming. But maybe he'd adapted it from former travel experiences, who knows. From that, we learned that it's okay to speak up if you're not okay with something. Or leave.

Luckily the hosts have been extremely understanding. Especially because we were not very experienced.


Do you have any more questions? What did your first couch surfing experience look like? What do you think about couch surfing? Do tell me in the comments!

Until then stay safe,
Arden

On Couch Surfing

4/15/2016


When I first heard about couch surfing I was fascinated and sceptical at the same time. Couch surfing is the act of signing up on what is a private hospitality exchange site called couchsurfing.com where travelers can find free accomodation on a stranger's couch or spare room while traveling.

Your first thought might - but shouldn't be - it's free accomodation and convenient. Though it is much more than that.

The Pros

What's the hype?

Well, budget travelers can save loads of money and live with locals, which enables them to be up close and see how they're actually living.

It's meeting new international friends, connecting with and learning from locals, experiencing a foreign place in a different perspective. You just simply cannot compare being on holiday spending your time exploring on your own with a map with directly being involved with locals.

Thanks to the wonderful site, couchsurfing.com, it is easy to see who seems like an experienced host, who seems reliable due to references. You can choose from many locals, female or male, or both if they're roommates. You can read about their home, send them a message for more information, settle agreements.

Couch surfing hosts in theory, are experienced travelers, interesting and very open minded and understanding people. They're sociable and out to help you out. Hosts may take you out to local hangouts, provide you with restaurant recommendations, etc. In my opinion that is so much better than any travel guide.

The Cons

Now couch surfing is not for everyone, and with everything else in life, there are less great things about it.

Not everything will be to your liking so you have to be open minded and understanding yourself.

You might experience some culture shock, so just be prepared.

If you like to spend time alone, sleep alone, would rather have a single room in a hotel, do your own thing and have your own space, couch surfing might not be for you.

Under the host's roof, you will have to follow their rules and be respectful of their conditions. You might not be able to come and leave as you please as they probably won't give you keys and have work and appointments on their own.

It CAN get weird and you will have to listen to your gut. If you're feeling uncomfortable, uneasy or scared, get out. It's better to not go out and stay with someone on your own. Do travel in pairs, that would be the best deal, really. Do not get yourself into a situation you cannot get out of, screw politeness if your gut screams at you.

It may get harder to score a host if it's peak season for general tourism in your destination but friendly hosts will provide you a place to stay, even if you send a request 72 hours prior to your arrival.

It might get harder for you to find a host if you're new to it and lack references. It's just something typical as judging a book by its cover. But no worries, there are enough hosts out there who would gladly take you in for a night or two or a week.

Safety

The thing about the hosts is, they want to do you good, help you out, on the other hand they also do it for themselves, to meet new people, share travel stories and experiences. They're sharing their house or apartment with you, letting you "invade" their most personal space. They have trust for you, it's not the question whether they would steal something from you in your sleep, I mean they could fear the same thing the other way around.

How my first time looked like

Lu Ann and I started looking for hosts almost two months prior to our arrival in London and we completed our profile to look good to the hosts, then sent out couch requests. Half of the hosts we reached out to didn't react at all, the other half declined because we had picked the Easter holidays when most people wanted to go away or spend the days with their family or simply had other plans.

We posted a thread in the forum, desperate and scared that we wouldn't find a host in time. We worried for nothing - enough people contacted us after seeing our thread and we were able to choose from multiple options.

We had two different hosts because our first host could only host us for the first two days. He gave us his bed as we slept on a mattress on the ground. He was very flexible and helped us tremendously by giving us advice on how to get somewhere. Sometimes locals just know better than travel guides.

Our second host was older and talkative, really friendly and experienced in that kind of field. He had many travel stories to tell and let us sleep in his living room on mattresses on the ground. At first he actually offered to sleep next to him in his bed (wait, what?) because another couch surfer was already fast asleep and we didn't want to startle her. We were so put off, we had no idea what to do. Maybe it's a normal thing to do as a couch surfer but how would we know, it was our first time!

We did end up sleeping in the living room that night because we spoke up and told him we felt uncomfortable and, like, really uneasy about that offer. Luckily he acted accordingly and there was no similar problem after that.

What put us off as well was his greeting at the beginning when we first met at the bus station where he picked us up – he shook our hand and then kissed us on the cheek. We did NOT see that coming. But maybe he'd adapted it from former travel experiences, who knows. From that, we learned that it's okay to speak up if you're not okay with something. Or leave.

Luckily the hosts have been extremely understanding. Especially because we were not very experienced.


Do you have any more questions? What did your first couch surfing experience look like? What do you think about couch surfing? Do tell me in the comments!

Until then stay safe,
Arden

After returning from an eventful week in London during Easter with Lu Ann, I recollected some things that you should definitely remember while being in London. Hope these help for your next journey over!


1. Keep enough cash to top up your Oyster card. There are top up stations where you can pay with card but they're often on site in the ratio of 1:3 so if there's a queue, you're better off paying with cash.

2. The Visitor Oyster card is the one to go for, you won't be charged more than 6 pounds 50 per day and you can travel around as much as you want. Keep in mind that the National Railroad is not included here and implies more costs on top of your daily limit.

3. Honestly, do not stress about the tipping (at restaurants, etc.)! The tip is usually already included in your bill and you can choose not to pay it or to pay even more than the given amount.

4. If you want to save money and don't really want to spend 30 pounds on a double decker bus tour (even though that's pretty amazing), get yourself on a regular bus and hop off wherever you want and hop into the next one. Definitely an easy alternative to bus tours.

5. You don't actually have to download all those tube maps onto your phone. Free the storage space for pictures and videos instead, there are maps at the tube stations anyway!

6. As you may know, the cars drive on the left in the UK. The countless times I've almost been run over is haunting me. To ensure you cross the road safely, only use designated crossings, really, and take note of the signs written on the ground indicating "look right" or "look left".



7. Only look for free WiFi in Starbucks and popular locations, e.g. Leicester Square. The best and the strongest one that actually worked was O2 WiFi.

8. Eat where the locals eat. There's really no need to wait in line for hours, even if the hype may be justified. Walk a little further and you'll find a lovely place to lunch or dine at anyway.

9. If you're a Vintage (clothes) freak like me, Brick Lane will be your Go-To place.

10. Ditch those cheap grocery store or mall umbrellas. Get a really strong one. UK's rain weather can be hardcore and break not only one but two umbrellas.

11. Most museums and galleries are actually free so what are you waiting for?

12. Walk on the left, stand on the right on escalators. Always.

As you can imagine, I am still totally thinking of London, although I'm back at uni and back to waitressing in my hometown. I miss the speaking posh, I miss everything about the town. But more about what actually happened during our trip, later.

Until then stay dry,
Arden

Things To Remember In London

4/06/2016


After returning from an eventful week in London during Easter with Lu Ann, I recollected some things that you should definitely remember while being in London. Hope these help for your next journey over!


1. Keep enough cash to top up your Oyster card. There are top up stations where you can pay with card but they're often on site in the ratio of 1:3 so if there's a queue, you're better off paying with cash.

2. The Visitor Oyster card is the one to go for, you won't be charged more than 6 pounds 50 per day and you can travel around as much as you want. Keep in mind that the National Railroad is not included here and implies more costs on top of your daily limit.

3. Honestly, do not stress about the tipping (at restaurants, etc.)! The tip is usually already included in your bill and you can choose not to pay it or to pay even more than the given amount.

4. If you want to save money and don't really want to spend 30 pounds on a double decker bus tour (even though that's pretty amazing), get yourself on a regular bus and hop off wherever you want and hop into the next one. Definitely an easy alternative to bus tours.

5. You don't actually have to download all those tube maps onto your phone. Free the storage space for pictures and videos instead, there are maps at the tube stations anyway!

6. As you may know, the cars drive on the left in the UK. The countless times I've almost been run over is haunting me. To ensure you cross the road safely, only use designated crossings, really, and take note of the signs written on the ground indicating "look right" or "look left".



7. Only look for free WiFi in Starbucks and popular locations, e.g. Leicester Square. The best and the strongest one that actually worked was O2 WiFi.

8. Eat where the locals eat. There's really no need to wait in line for hours, even if the hype may be justified. Walk a little further and you'll find a lovely place to lunch or dine at anyway.

9. If you're a Vintage (clothes) freak like me, Brick Lane will be your Go-To place.

10. Ditch those cheap grocery store or mall umbrellas. Get a really strong one. UK's rain weather can be hardcore and break not only one but two umbrellas.

11. Most museums and galleries are actually free so what are you waiting for?

12. Walk on the left, stand on the right on escalators. Always.

As you can imagine, I am still totally thinking of London, although I'm back at uni and back to waitressing in my hometown. I miss the speaking posh, I miss everything about the town. But more about what actually happened during our trip, later.

Until then stay dry,
Arden

March flew by so quickly that I was afraid I couldn't keep up with my favourites this month. But even though it was such a short month for me, at least it felt like it, I enjoyed many many things that I want to share with you.

I spent my first half of March starting my second semester at uni which is still very exciting to me. We have new subjects now which motivates me to learn more. I went to the ITB in Berlin which, if you didn't know yet, is a Travel Trade Show. After that I hopped on the next train to Leipzig where a book convention took place. I was able to connect with friends there that I felt disconnected with for a long time.

The second half was spent in London, at least for a week during Easter, with Lu Ann. Dozens of posts about our trip will be coming soon, so do stay tuned for that!

Now to the interesting stuff!

Songs


  • The Manual by Eddy Kim is just wonderful. Eddy Kim has got to be one of my favourite K-Indie musicians. His voice is so soothing and that music video is just aesthetically pleasing. So much love. 
  • I made a Spotify playlist called The Missing Wanderers for when I am on the road. I listened to it a lot since I was on the road quite often this month. 


Videos




Films



  • Zootopia. Don't even think about calling me childish or whatever because I know I am and I love it. This has got to be my favourite Disney film out there right now. I watched it four times already. Its messages has got me loving the film even more. And the adorableness! 
  • Harry Potter films. After having a lovely chat with Lush employees at Oxford Street in London, I decided to re-watch all Harry Potter films. Love, love, love. 


TV-Shows


Started watching Jane The Virgin and it's such a cute show. Hilarious and addicting.


Books



I bought and read Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children because I saw so many people writing about it. It was definitely worth the read, I finished it on two days because I couldn't keep my eyes off of it.


Products


Lush products. I have used Lush products before but stuck to the bath bombs, just because I didn't take care of my skin or hair too much so it was like whatever. But after going to the biggest Lush store in the world in London on Oxford Street, I became a huge fan. I had my hair done there and tried out some make up products. I fell in love with how my hair looked and smelled after leaving it under a coat of hair mask. The incredible smell lasted so long, I still have it in my hair as I write this and I've had plenty of hair washes since then.

Tech



I recently purchased a wireless bluetooth keyboard from Fintie for my Samsung Galaxy Tab E and cannot stop using it. It came with a light blue protection case and I just love carrying my tablet around now. It is so handy for me since I don't always want to bring my laptop. I can quickly jot down notes and ideas and I absolutely love that.


Apps



I've been outlining a new story of mine and doing some writing in general for my Wattpad books. I've been on the search for great apps that would help me organise my thoughts and plot lines. Until I found Mindly which is a mind-mapping app. I don't usually like the look of plain mind-maps but this app is amazing and so pretty so it is fun for me to work with it. It reminds me of Prezi presentations which I love. 

I also grew tired of writing on Google Docs or Pages so I was really happy when I found the Jotterpad app for Android (I have an Android tablet so I'm writing on there). Everything on there can be backed up on Dropbox which was an important feature to me. 

What were some of your favourites? Have you heard of these products before? 

Until then, stay tuned,
Arden

March Favourites

4/03/2016


March flew by so quickly that I was afraid I couldn't keep up with my favourites this month. But even though it was such a short month for me, at least it felt like it, I enjoyed many many things that I want to share with you.

I spent my first half of March starting my second semester at uni which is still very exciting to me. We have new subjects now which motivates me to learn more. I went to the ITB in Berlin which, if you didn't know yet, is a Travel Trade Show. After that I hopped on the next train to Leipzig where a book convention took place. I was able to connect with friends there that I felt disconnected with for a long time.

The second half was spent in London, at least for a week during Easter, with Lu Ann. Dozens of posts about our trip will be coming soon, so do stay tuned for that!

Now to the interesting stuff!

Songs


  • The Manual by Eddy Kim is just wonderful. Eddy Kim has got to be one of my favourite K-Indie musicians. His voice is so soothing and that music video is just aesthetically pleasing. So much love. 
  • I made a Spotify playlist called The Missing Wanderers for when I am on the road. I listened to it a lot since I was on the road quite often this month. 


Videos




Films



  • Zootopia. Don't even think about calling me childish or whatever because I know I am and I love it. This has got to be my favourite Disney film out there right now. I watched it four times already. Its messages has got me loving the film even more. And the adorableness! 
  • Harry Potter films. After having a lovely chat with Lush employees at Oxford Street in London, I decided to re-watch all Harry Potter films. Love, love, love. 


TV-Shows


Started watching Jane The Virgin and it's such a cute show. Hilarious and addicting.


Books



I bought and read Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children because I saw so many people writing about it. It was definitely worth the read, I finished it on two days because I couldn't keep my eyes off of it.


Products


Lush products. I have used Lush products before but stuck to the bath bombs, just because I didn't take care of my skin or hair too much so it was like whatever. But after going to the biggest Lush store in the world in London on Oxford Street, I became a huge fan. I had my hair done there and tried out some make up products. I fell in love with how my hair looked and smelled after leaving it under a coat of hair mask. The incredible smell lasted so long, I still have it in my hair as I write this and I've had plenty of hair washes since then.

Tech



I recently purchased a wireless bluetooth keyboard from Fintie for my Samsung Galaxy Tab E and cannot stop using it. It came with a light blue protection case and I just love carrying my tablet around now. It is so handy for me since I don't always want to bring my laptop. I can quickly jot down notes and ideas and I absolutely love that.


Apps



I've been outlining a new story of mine and doing some writing in general for my Wattpad books. I've been on the search for great apps that would help me organise my thoughts and plot lines. Until I found Mindly which is a mind-mapping app. I don't usually like the look of plain mind-maps but this app is amazing and so pretty so it is fun for me to work with it. It reminds me of Prezi presentations which I love. 

I also grew tired of writing on Google Docs or Pages so I was really happy when I found the Jotterpad app for Android (I have an Android tablet so I'm writing on there). Everything on there can be backed up on Dropbox which was an important feature to me. 

What were some of your favourites? Have you heard of these products before? 

Until then, stay tuned,
Arden

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