Dillon visiting made me remember that I have a blog...



My life has changed so much this academic year. I decided to start a MSc in Global Health at medical school. I moved into a little flat in Brighton. I have a lovely boyfriend that helps me keep my head above water. Life is just passing by so quickly... 
A couple of months ago, Dillon popped a message to Nicola, Tom and I about London adventures in February. I could not miss this. It had been two year since we last hung out. I haven't done anything creative in so long and I needed the social boost. 
We met Dillon sat outside the Monocle Cafe looking very cosmopolitan! I love meeting overseas friends in London, because we all get to do tourist things together. We had a quick coffee and a catch up, before heading to the Barbican. 
We met Tom there and had a giggle in the gardens, we then headed to Shoreditch to mooch a little and go mural hunting (obviously...). I love the ever-changing walls. Its one of my biggest attractions to Brighton. We took a strong liking to this black and white splatter one! 
It was so lovely to catch up with Nicola, I hadn't seen her since August and we are from the same town. The months are running away from me. Hopefully, soon I will be out of the education system and I can form a work/life balance. Adventures are on pause until I finish in May. Until then...

Lisbon, Portugal








For the last three years, Mum and I have enjoyed a January girls trip. To start it all off, in 2015, Mum came to visit me in LA and we shared a week together. In 2016, we opted for a slightly colder (but cheaper) girls holiday to Budapest. This year we headed to Lisbon, for weather that was slightly in-between...

It has become a bit of a tradition, to top it off we normally get tucked into bed early and start a series or a bunch of movies. In Budapest, we watch all the "Sex and the City" movies. This year, we started "Grace and Frankie" a series on Netflix which I now adore! Mum has binged the whole lot...

Thanks to my Portuguese colleague Dalila and travel-enthusiast pal Shawn I was armed with a killer list of things to do. We visited Castelo Sao Jorge, Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery and rode in trams. We also enjoyed a variety of different sangrias throughout our days. We paired this all with some coffee-shop hopping and ended up with a packed but also relaxing (somehow!?) trip away. 

Birthday Brunch




This year, my birthday fell on a Saturday which meant I would be working all day. That was fine with me, my main event this summer is my holiday and I am working my socks off to get there. So today , I spent the day with Hollie. We both slept in nicely then headed out to brunch at 1.30 (can I still call it "brunch" at 1.30pm?!). We visited Red Roaster for the first time, after walking past it so often we finally had a reason to treat ourselves. We both opted for variations of bacon and eggs. Hol had fried eggs, bacon and sourdough and I had chilli scrambled eggs, bacon and flatbread. We caught up and sipped our "passionfruit fizz" and admired the airy botanical decor. The food and setting were perfect, I will definitely be visiting again but perhaps for a drink or pastry!

We then headed on to Gelato Gusto for dessert, they do an ever-changing selection of ice creams and sorbets with lots of vegan options. Hollie had Cherry Cola sorbet, which caused be to develop severe food envy. I still enjoy my "99 Flake" and strawberry ice cream. We were then on the same street as my favourite shop- "Photomatic". I couldn't be happier now they have introduced a loyalty card scheme! Every time I visit I use 3 tokens. We had a bunch of fun in the black and white photo booth and an old pegboard. I have some really adorable printouts to add to my collection!

A spontaneous "pick me up"...


Sunday 19th February, I am scrolling through Facebook like most Sunday mornings. I noticed that Nicola is out on the town for Mandy's birthday celebrations. Could it be!? Nicola, is in Brighton!?

I immediately "pinged" an iMessage in Nicola's direction. Next thing I knew, I was heading (bare-faced) into the lanes. Nicola is a perfect ray of sunshine in my life and has been for the last 5 years. She is the best person to pick me up on overcast weekend. To keep with tradition we visited graffiti walls. I love them, in Brighton the walls are like little outdoor galleries. The pieces are ALWAYS changing, I love heading into to town to see what is on show at that moment.
We mooched around for a while and I picked up this cute new tumbler to match a plate I already have. Then we popped into Cloud9 for a warm drink, we sat in the window and watched the world go by. Before long, it was time to walk Nicola back up to the station to jump on her train back home. I walked back home grinning! I just love little spontaneous outings. 
P.S. Photo credit goes to Nicola, mostly. She is a perfect Instagram angel. I wish she would follow me around forever taking gorgeous candid pictures. What do you think, Nicola?