Top Things to Do in Budapest

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Budapest is nicknamed the ‘Paris of the East’ and after a quick wander around it is easy to see why. With riverfront cafes spilling out onto the sidewalk, iconic cultural sites looming over the city, not to mention a wealth of spas to spend a relaxing afternoon, it’s easy to see why this capital city has grown so popular recently (and not just because of that George Ezra song). I recently spent a long weekend away to find out for myself what draws people to Budapest, and came away with more reasons to return. To help you make the most of what Budapest has to offer in a short weekend break, take a look at a few of my suggestions below! Continue reading

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Surprises and Weekend Wanderings Around Hampstead Heath

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Sometimes you can visit somewhere you think you know a hundred times, and one day something unexpected appears there, or you see it in a whole new light.

Hampstead Heath is one of my favourite places in London for running, easy Sunday walks and squealing over all the cute dogs and wishing I had one too. There’s so many nooks and little offshoots from main paths that it is easy to follow one after the other, until you find yourself in a scenic natural spot, all to yourself. How many places in London can you do that?  Continue reading

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A Weekend at Innocent Unplugged Festival

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I recently returned from Innocent Smoothies’ Innocent Unplugged Festival, where goers are invited to turn off their phones and tune in to nature.

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Product Review: Bleed T-shirt

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I’m really excited to share the latest product in my new post. I recently discovered them at the Arch climbing wall’s shop (that place gets me every time!) and have since fallen in love with all their products. They are the slightly ominous-sounding Bleed. Don’t let the name fool you though, they’re one of the greenest companies around. Continue reading

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Getting a Green Thumb with The Conservation Volunteers

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One of the perks of my job is that once a year I get to take a day off work for volunteering. This time I was particularly lucky to take the opportunity to volunteer at the Lavender Pond Nature Park with The Conservation Volunteers.

I used to live quite close to this area, and for years I would gaze with intrigue into its gates, wondering what lay behind the old pumphouse and how to access those bridges on the pond. So when the opportunity to finally quell my curiosity arose, I pulled on my boots, tied up the hair and pulled on a pair of garden gloves, ready to get stuck in. Continue reading

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Product Review: Gregory SULA 18L Daypack

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With the sun (finally) peeking its head out of the clouds in the UK, I am already anticipating long summer days spent hiking around national parks and weekends exploring cities. To help me make the most of my explorations, Gregory packs recently let me test their new SULA 18L women’s rucksack, which offers added lumbar support and ventilation – ideal for intensely sunny days. Luckily the weekend’s sunny forecast meant I didn’t have to wait long to put Gregory’s SULA daypack to the test.

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Exploring Chislehurst Caves – London’s Subterranean History

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Located only 20 minutes’ train journey from Victoria is a complex subterranean network that has seen all periods of London’s history. Underneath the sleepy market town of Chislehurst in an incongruous residential area lies chalk-mines-turned-caves that feature everything a city could want, from a church, hospital, rooms, even cultural attractions such as a music venue and sacrificial altars. Indeed, Chislehurst Cave’s maze of caves could take equally as long as a city to explore. With this in mind, we donned our coats and grabbed a lantern, and descended into Chislehurst’s underground caverns. Continue reading

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Fitness Apps to Make Exercise Fun

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If you’re anything like me, you tend to get into an exercise rut. Trying to organise your schedule around work, family and social commitments often ends in you treading the same running routes, or doing the same series of weights, movements, etc. You name it, you’ve done it a hundred times.

To be fair, it is not necessarily bad if you’re doing the route faster or more efficiently, but your body needs to be pushed to get results and increase fitness, and over time completing the same routes over and over will offer diminishing returns, particularly if you are training for a particular event or race.

To help you get out of your exercise rut, here’s some flashy new apps that will make you forget you’re exercising. Continue reading

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Exploring Shakespeare Country in Stratford-upon-Avon, part 2

 

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After the sunshine yesterday, it seemed too good to be true that the weather would hold out for the rest of the weekend. Sure enough the clouds rolled in, but in a town with as many teahouses and pubs as Stratford-upon-Avon, that just means more opportunities to try the town’s local joints.

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Exploring Shakespeare Country in Stratford-upon-Avon, part 1

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With trains taking less than 2 hours from London and a wealth of heritage sites, cosy English pubs and hearty meals all within walking distance of each other, Stratford-upon-Avon is the ideal weekend away. Continue reading

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