GERMANY | Festival camping

Hello Lovely people and welcome back to a new blog post. I hope you had a great summer and summer holiday. Here are some great tips if you are planning to go to festival camping. With the summer almost gone, this will be probably for next year.  However, this might be helpful for a “normal” camping trip as well. At least I hope so because this was my first ever camping trip. I am not a camping expert yet.

Camping is a great way to experience life outside and I would love to this again. I am sure this camping list will help beginners like me prepare for their first camping trip.

So just copy this checklist and print it out if you ever go “festival” camping or just camping somewhere sunny.

Like I said before, it is a new and amazing experience to be out in the open-air, sleeping on a nice inflatable mattress and listen to music and relax.

The only thing I forgot is to bring this time, were some warm clothes. Even in the hot summer, the nights can be very fresh and cold. So don’t be fooled by the weather forecast. It was 33 degrees Celsius in Germany and the nights were very cold.

TENT ESSENTIALS

  • Extra blanket – If you are cold easily
  • Sleeping mask
  • Comfortable socks
  • Pack of toilet paper small
  • Phone charger – Solar charger is the best
  • Tissues
  • Plastic bin bags
  • Towel – Go for the microfiber towel
  • Water bottle

HYGIENE

  • Baby wipes
  • Face wipes
  • Mirror small
  • Hair Brush
  • Dry shampoo – Baptiste
  • Shampoo
  • Small deodorant
  • Sun crème
  • Contact solution – Important if you wear lenses
  • Day lenses
  • Glasses
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Tampons – Period stuff
  • Disposable raisers
  • Plaster – For blister
  • Hand sanitize
  • Small sprite mist spray
  • Small moisturizer
  • Hairpins and elastics

FOOD PREP

  • Cooking set – Fuel stove (only if possible)
  • Plastic knives, forks, spoons
  • Drinks
  • Muesli bars and snacks (a lot)
  • Mix for water – syrup (to change)
  • Figs dried
  • Prunes dried
  • Energy drinks
  • Juices


MAKE-UP

  • Small moisturizer
  • Q-tips
  • Lip balm – Vaseline
  • Anything really – Depends on you and the weather, but less is better

CLOTHES

  • Leather jacket
  • Hat – Soft, easy packable
  • Festival dirty shoes
  • Sunglasses cheap
  • Extra underwear+ socks
  • Pyjama
  • Poncho for the rain
  • Trainers
  • Plan outfits for all the days and day of commute
  • Long trousers – Leggings dry fast
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Clothes for nights when it is cold

TIPS

  • Mark all your stuff with your name – more likely to be turned at lost and found
  • Take a picture on your phone and set as screen saver “IF LOST PLEASE CALL THIS NUMBER AND NAME”
  • Colourful lights for at night – attach on your bag and tent
  • Always check the weather
  • Tent not facing East

Let me know how your first time camping experience went and what are your tips? I am curious to know how you experience your first time camping. I hope you find this checklist useful.

Ciao Danielle 

HELLO LONDON| Recap of March

Hello hello Lovely people here in London and around the world. So many wonderful experience and people I met last month that I just didn’t had the time to update you guys through my blogposts. I know. I started the year great with posting regularly, but don’t be disappointed. I am working on a few blogposts to catch up with you guys!

Without any further delay, grab your glass of wine and sit back to enjoy reading my blogpost about the many wonderful things I did last month.

I was lucky to participate in a project where I met so many kind and lovely people from around the world. At the moment I can’t tell so much, but when I can I will let you know how life changing this experience was for me. Stay tuned for this one!

Another fun experience was spending time with family. One of my cousin came over for a weekend with her friend and we had a blast. It was a short weekend and way too fast, but we did a lot of fun things that are now mentioned below. Thanks for that ladies !

Last month, I went to many restaurants, bars and exhibitions, so I will just put them in categories with a small review and the relevant links for you all below. There are definitely tips for you here, even if you are living in London for years. At least that is what I hope.

Drinks and Food

The lighterman

This is a lovely British gastro pub near the canal at Granary Square. Huge windows and a terrace outside makes this place a really cosy place for food and drinks with friends and family. I did enjoy the homemade burger with chips and the many beers that they serve.

Beigel Bake

This is the best Beigel with salty beef and gherkins in London. Who does not know them! Too be honest I forgot a bit how delicious the beigels are. I brought my cousin and friend there and it was like a stairway to heaven. I really did forget how GOOD it is and enjoyed every bite of it. I still don’t know why I do not go more often as I live here in London. Might be that it is not so close from home and the weather here in London has not been with us last few months. The Saturday that we went (Brexit Saturday) it was super sunny and chill to stroll around Brick lane and Shoreditch.

German Gymnasium

This place is great for dates. Once inside you will forget about the outside world. We had some delicious and fancy cocktails at the bar. The baristas there are amazing! This place makes you almost feel like James Bond. (for real) Definitely going back for a drink or dinner anytime soon.

The Grocer – Market Tavern

While strolling around with the gang, we came across the Spitalfields Market and we went for a drink at the Grocer. Lovely casual and relax place to have some beers in the afternoon. If you are around, have a drink here. By the way many delicious foods available on this market.

The Ice Wharf

This is the Wetherspoon in Camden Town. Great place for some casual drinks. This is the place to try different beers and just chill with friends or family. Also very affordable drinks and snacks, why not.

PERGOLA Paddington

I think this a great place if you are with a large group of friends and in the summer. It feels like you are on a veranda or terrace chatting away with friends. Nice thing is you can get food and drinks from different stands.

Exhibitions 

Christian Dior exhibition at V&A

Unfortunately, this exhibition is completely sold out. So if you did not get a change to see this exhibition, wait for my next blogpost. It was so worth to see this exhibition and I am happy I bought my ticket a month before. The day that I went it was super busy, but so mesmerizing. A designer pur sang. When this blogpost will be online, you are able to click HERE.

Barbican Conservatory

Check the website to see when it is open. I thought it is only a few Sundays per year open from March till end of April. We decided to stroll around the second largest conservatory to take some fun pictures with our vintage cameras. I recently bought, out of the blue, a Yashica minister 3 and a Praktica MTL3 camera to practice the use a manual camera. So much fun to use a real film again, can’t wait so see the pictures developed.

Renaissance Nudes @ RA

This exhibition is till June, so plenty of time to see this one. If you like the renaissance, you will like this one. This is really the baby steps of the nudes in paintings. Here you can see that the artist didn’t had much experience with nude models and it is slowly developing around that period.

Fun Times 

Spitalfields Market

I had no idea that this market was not too far from Shoreditch and Brick lane. We were strolling around and BAMM, just came across this lovely and creative market. A lot of food and drinks. We went for some sweets and we had some drinks at the Grocer. A lot of creative gifts at this market if you are looking for some unique gifts.

Alexandra Palace

It is a bit far, but definitely worth a visit. Most likely in summer or at least when the weather is warm and dry, so you can sit in the park and enjoy the view. It is almost as nice as the park near the observatory in Greenwich.

Comedy Club Castle

I think through EVENTBRITE UK you can find free tickets to go to this comedy club in the Castle. It can be very busy, but great way to see many stand up comedy acts in just 2 hours. I think I saw around 9 or 10 in just two hours time.

Camden Town

Camden Town is super touristic and overpriced. We all know. Still it is fun to stroll around once in awhile. Check out the stables, food stand and just have drinks at the Wetherspoon. Always something strange and crazy to find here in Camden Town.

Shoreditch Street Art

Almost the reason why everyone like and stroll around Shoreditch is the street art.

Fun fact is that they change the street art once in a while. I saw some new pieces this time. Love the atmosphere in this area when the sun is up and the weather is hot.

M&M store

Something I would not visit by myself, but happy I did because of my cousin. It is really an experience that M&M is trying to sell in their huge London store in Leicester square. Luckily it was not super busy as we went in the morning, so plenty of time and space to walk around the three floors that they have. Just for the experience it is super fun to see all the different colours and flavours that they have and all the merchandise that they sell. The staff is also super friendly. You can smell the M&M’s from outside the store.

St Dunstan Church

This is the empty church I was trying to find for a while now and finally I DID FIND IT. It is in the City of London. Between Bank station and Tower of London. Beautiful to see an empty church in a garden in between skyscrapers. It is worth a visit in the summer, so you can walk around and see so many wonderful sights around this area.

So this is it for now. As I did mention, it was a wonderful March. Many thanks for the people who could enjoy it with me.

I hope you did enjoy reading my blog and I hope you got inspired to visit at least one or two places from my blogpost, even if you know them already.

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HELLO LONDON | PASQUAROSA @ ESTORICK COLLECTION OF MODERN ITALIAN ART

Hello Beautiful Souls, Let me take you on a journey through time and art, as I share my recent visit to the stunning exhibit, “Pasquarosa: From Muse to Painter,” at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art. Nestled in Islington, this hidden gem offers a glimpse into the life and works of Pasquarosa Marcelli, a remarkable artist whose legacy transcends decades.

Pasquarosa Marcelli, affectionately known as ‘Pasquarosa,’ graced London with her talent in the 1920s, marking one of the first solo exhibitions by an Italian artist in the city. Now, a century later, her masterpieces return to the capital in a stunning showcase featuring over 50 paintings and drawings, generously lent from Rome’s Archivio Nino e Pasquarosa Bertoletti and other private collections.

Her journey into the world of art began in Rome, where she moved as a young woman to pursue a career as a model for respected artists. It was there that she crossed paths with her husband and painter, Nino Bertoletti, whose exquisite portraits of Pasquarosa adorned the walls of galleries. Despite being largely self-taught, Pasquarosa’s works resonate with a profound depth, reminiscent of the vibrant brushstrokes of Van Gogh himself.

As I wandered through the two galleries dedicated to Pasquarosa and Nino’s works, I was struck by the sheer beauty and emotion captured in each piece. From enchanting still lifes adorned with flowers to poignant portraits that seemed to come alive on canvas, every stroke told a story of passion and creativity.

Although the museum may not be large, it offers a rich tapestry of Italian artistry, with free collections showcasing renowned artists and one of my favourites, Modigliani. After immersing myself in Pasquarosa’s world, I found comfort in wandering through the museum’s other offerings, each masterpiece a testament to the enduring legacy of Italian Modern art.

Before saying farewell to the Estorick Collection, take a stroll along Upper Street, where charming charity shops and quaint cafes await. It’s the perfect way to round off a day filled with art and inspiration.

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the magic of “Pasquarosa: From Muse to Painter” before it closes on April 28th, 2024. Trust me, it’s an experience you won’t want to miss!

#Pasquarosa #EstorickCollection #ItalianArt #ArtExhibit #Islington #Modigliani #ArtInspiration #LondonArtScene

A MIRROR | PLAY AT TRAFALGAR THEATRE

Hello Beautiful Souls, For this week’s blog post, I had the pleasure of attending my first play of 2024 that truly surprised me to my core – “A Mirror.” Stepping into the theatre, I was immediately struck by the incredible cast, featuring talents like Jonny Lee Miller from “Transporter,” Samuel Adewunmi, whom I’ve admired in various Netflix movies, and Tanya Reynolds from “Sex Education.” Little did I know, I was about to venture on a journey unlike any other.

From the moment the “curtains” rose, it became apparent that “A Mirror” was not your typical play. It was a brilliantly crafted lie, a theatrical deception that left the audience questioning reality itself. Clocking in at a solid two hours without intermission, there was no opportunity to sneak away to the loo – a deliberate choice, as I later discovered, to fully immerse us in the experience.

The plot unfolded in a totalitarian state where artistic expression was tightly controlled by the Ministry of Culture. Against this backdrop, a rebel group dared to defy authority by staging an illegal play disguised as a wedding. What ensued was a darkly humorous political thriller where nothing was as it seemed. “A Mirror” masterfully navigated themes of love, truth, and rebellion in a society that prized neither.

Without giving away too much, I’ll simply say that the ending of “A Mirror” is nothing short of mind-blowing. It left me pondering the nature of truth and the power of art long after the final curtain fell.

For those intrigued by this tale of deception and defiance, “A Mirror” will continue its run at the Trafalgar Theatre until April 20th, 2024. Trust me, it’s an experience you won’t want to miss.

#AMirrorPlay #TheatricalDeception #MindBlowing #TrafalgarTheatre #JonnyLeeMiller #SamuelAdewunmi #TanyaReynolds #RebelArt #PoliticalThriller #TheaterMagic #SearchForTruth #LoveInSociety #ArtisticExpression #ImmersiveExperience #MustSeeTheater #LondonTheatre #TheatricalJourney #QuestioningReality #CulturalRebellion #AestheticRevolution #PowerOfArtistry

HELLO FASHION | DIVA @ V&A

Hello Beautiful Souls, If you find yourself in London before April 10th, 2024, I encourage you to make your way to the V&A museum and immerse yourself in the enchanting world of the DIVA exhibit. Trust me, it’s an experience you won’t want to miss.

Upon entering the exhibit, you’re handed your headset—an innovative touch that enhances the entire journey. As you stroll through the exhibit, your headset plays relevant snippets, enriching your understanding and appreciation of the showcased divas and their impact on culture and society.

The journey begins with a captivating exploration of the rise of the diva. Originating from the Italian word for goddesses or deities, the term evolved to describe exceptional female performers whose talents transcended societal norms. From the 14th century onwards, these extraordinary women graced the stage, captivating audiences with their exceptional skills. As you progress through this section, you’ll be serenaded by the voices of legendary opera singers, transporting you to a bygone era of dramatic performances and timeless melodies.

One pivotal moment in defining the diva occurred in the 19th century with the premiere of Bellini’s opera, Norma, in 1831. The supposed character, a high priestess reminiscent of the Roman goddess Diana, symbolized strength, beauty, and unwavering determination. Witnessing these portrayals firsthand is nothing short of breathtaking, offering a glimpse into the power and allure of these iconic figures.

As you venture further into the exhibit, you’ll encounter the modern-day divas and their iconic dresses. From Whitney Houston to Edith Piaf, Rihanna to Cher, Beyoncé to Tina Turner—the exhibit celebrates the diversity and talent of these extraordinary women. Believe me, there is a lot to see. With each garment, you’ll hear the echoes of their greatest hits, reminding you of their unforgettable impact on music and culture.

The DIVA exhibit is not just a showcase of fashion and talent; it’s a celebration of resilience, creativity, and empowerment. As you soak in the vibrant atmosphere and marvel at the exquisite costumes, you can’t help but feel inspired by the legacy of these trailblazing women.

In true V&A fashion, the exhibit is a masterful curation of history, artistry, and innovation. As you bid farewell to the DIVA exhibit, you’ll carry with you a renewed sense of admiration for the women who dared to defy conventions and carve their own paths.

Don’t miss out on this empowering experience. Visit the V&A museum and discover the brilliance of the DIVA exhibit before it’s too late.

#DIVA #VAMuseum #WomenInMusic #Empowerment #IconicFashion #Legends #LondonExhibit

HELLO MUSICAL | A STRANGE LOOP

Hello Beautiful souls, Today, I want to share with you an experience that left me deeply moved and profoundly affected. Picture a theatre transformed into a space where raw emotions, unfiltered truths, and uncomfortable realities collide. Welcome to the world of A Strange Loop, a groundbreaking musical produced by the talented Michael R. Jackson and winner of the prestigious 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

I had the privilege of witnessing A Strange Loop at the Barbican Theatre, and its impact on me was profound. This musical delves into the innermost thoughts and struggles of Usher, a Black, fat, queer man who navigates the complexities of his identity and strives to find acceptance and love in a society that often rejects him. Usher’s daily life revolves around his job as a coveted usher for a Disney Broadway show, while his free time is dedicated to working on his magnum opus, also titled A Strange Loop. This meta-masterwork explores the journey of a Black, queer, fat man writing a musical about a Black, queer, fat man, creating a mesmerizing loop of self-reflection and self-expression.

Through Usher’s experiences, the musical sheds light on the intersections of race, body image, and sexual orientation, exposing the layers of discrimination and prejudice that individuals face within these marginalized identities. A Strange Loop fearlessly confronts societal norms and expectations, unearthing uncomfortable truths and challenging the audience to confront their own biases.

The storytelling in A Strange Loop is unapologetically honest, utilizing humour, wit, and vulnerability to convey the complexities of Usher’s existence. It takes the audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, oscillating between moments of laughter, introspection, and heartache. As we witness Usher’s struggles, hopes, and triumphs, we are invited to reflect on our prejudices and how we can contribute to a more inclusive and compassionate society.

This musical is a testament to the power of representation and the importance of diverse narratives. It speaks to the universal desire for acceptance and understanding, reminding us that everyone’s story deserves to be heard and celebrated. A Strange Loop breaks down stereotypes and challenges preconceived notions, offering a refreshing perspective on identity and self-discovery.

As I left the theatre that evening, my mind was buzzing with thoughts and emotions. A Strange Loop opened my eyes to the pervasive issues of discrimination and marginalization faced by individuals like Usher. It left me inspired to foster empathy and understanding, to question societal norms, and to actively work towards a more inclusive and equitable world.

So, my dear readers, if the opportunity arises, I encourage you to immerse yourself in the transformative world of A Strange Loop. Prepare to be moved, challenged, and awakened. Allow its powerful storytelling to permeate your thoughts and ignite a desire for a more inclusive and compassionate society.

Let us celebrate the brilliance of Michael R. Jackson’s creation and use the inspiration it ignites within us to actively contribute to positive change. Together, we can create a world where everyone’s story is acknowledged, valued, and embraced.

With gratitude and a renewed sense of purpose,

#AStrangeLoop #MichaelRJackson #PulitzerPrize #TheaterExperience #IdentityExploration #RepresentationMatters #InclusiveArt #ChallengingSocietalNorms #EmbraceDiversity #EmpathyAndUnderstanding @strangeloopldn