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Europe 15th June 2016

A Birthday Surprise in Budapest

Picture this – your best mate lives in Dubai, so her boyfriend coordinates a surprise trip to Budapest for her 30th Birthday with her closest friends and her parents for a couple of nights.

I have never been so scared about screwing up a surprise in my life. Cue the avoidance of said friend on WhatsApp for approximately 3 weeks beforehand in fear that I might accidentally drop the bomb. Despite that, the excitement was pretty intense in the many secret group chats we had going on before our trip. It’s been a while since I’ve been on a jolly with the girls and I couldn’t bloody wait.

Europe 30th November 2015

Istanbul: Meat, Markets & a Marathon

When my good friend Laura suggested a weekend away to watch her take part in the Istanbul marathon I had the flights booked less than 48 hours later – its fair to say Turkey has been on my list for a very long time!

Booking so quickly was a no-brainer. Laura lives in Dubai and we don’t get to see each other very often, so a meet-in-the-middle in a new city was very appealing. We both love sport, so being there to cheer her on at points during her 26.2 miles of hell was a definite yes. Finally, the food.