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 | LEON BRIDGES THE GOLD DIGGERS SOUND TOUR

Hello Beautiful Souls! Are you ready for a new weekly blog post? I know I am because this post is [such] a fun and wonderful memory I experienced here in London this summer. [To be honest, I had many lovely experiences this summer. And you know it, I am sharing them all here with you guys!]

Leon Bridges is my second concert this year. [Whoop whoop, I bought my ticket a year before, with so much anticipation]. He is such a soulful [talented] singer and songwriter. This time I went to the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith to [fully] enjoy Leon Bridges and his special guest Kirby with a friend. I was super thrilled the moment I knew Kirby was going to be the special guest. She is an incredible [funky] artist as well. I love her song – I Love Me Too. [Such power to women!] We were lucky enough to hear her perform this song that night.

And off we went to have a good time in the Eventim Apollo. Time flew by. This place is much more intimate and cosy than [for example] an O2 arena. It is perfect for an artist like Leon Bridges. He blew us [all] away with some of his greatest songs, like Beyond, Bad Bad News, River, Brown Skin Girl and some more, next to his new album, Gold-Diggers Sound. One of my favourites of this album is Don’t Worry and Blue Mesas.

His performance was outstanding. I love it when the artist gives that little extra and surprise us with some beautiful solos at the end. See some videos of the concert under this highlight on my Instagram.

Brown Skin Girl by Leon Bridges

 

 

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HELLO LONDON | MAGIC MIKE LIVE

Hello Beautiful Souls! This week’s blog post is [kind of] hot and horny, so who is in! By the way, I am directly thinking of Ginuwine [Pony] when I think of Magic Mike. Who else is with me?

OH YEAH, we finally did it! We [my lovely cousin and I] went to Magic Mike Live at the Hippodrome in Leicester Square. [Whoop Whoop] Let me tell you; Magic Mike was as horny and fun as the movies.

Don’t worry about where your seats are. The experience is 360-degree entertainment, so a sexy “Mike” will pop up from every corner. Please keep your eyes open because they might come closer. Just don’t melt away.

Expect a lot of magic during the show. You will [definitely] not be disappointed. Sneak peeks are [also] under the Jubilee highlight on my Instagram or below. Great for a girls’ night out or a date [depends on how well you know each other, I guess].

 

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HELLO LONDON | MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO

Hello Beautiful Souls! This week’s blog post will be my first play here in London. I am [a bit] biased because it was my first play, but it was INCREDIBLE. At the lovely theatre of Barbican I saw; My Neighbour Totoro.

My Neighbour Totoro is a Japanese anime written and directed by Miyazaki. [One of the greatest writers/directors in anime] The anime was done by studio Ghibli. The story is about a young professor and his two daughters [Satsuki and Mei] and their experiences with some pleasant spirits in the woods.

The play was done brilliantly by the cast, Joe Hisaishi and the Royal Shakespeare Company. The little girl Mei was [exactly] like the animated Mei. The complete production did an excellent job, making you relive the story and laugh. The stage decor was magical. You [definitely] fall in love with Totoro and his friends.

This play is till January 2023, so if you have a chance to see it go! To find tickets click here. I am so happy I went and enjoyed every minute of it.

 

 

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HELLO GEMS | YUMMY ICONIC

Hello Beautiful Souls, it is time for another weekly blog post about my experiences here in London. [Whoop Whoop] In this week’s blog post, I want to take you to the Underbelly Festival at Cavendish Square here in London. The Underbelly festival was on a beautiful sunny Friday evening in July. The show that I went to was Yummy Iconic in the Spiegeltent.

The Yummy Iconic drag show was outstanding. This show was my first time seeing a drag cabaret show. It was amazingly inspiring that these lovely talented people are so confident and honest in who they are.

I admire anyone who knows who they are and express themselves in whatever way feels comfortable. It shows such confidence. The performance of each Yummy was incredible.

The Yummy Iconic incorporates a lot of drag, dance, circus, and burlesque in their shows. I wish there were some drag workshops where they teach you how to express yourself in any way. I am checking online if there is any. [Because I need this in my life] It would be such a valuable workshop for children where they have a way to express themselves.

If you want to feel good, have fun and see an outstanding show, this is it! I recommend to anyone to see a cabaret show like this at least once in their life. For me, I can’t wait to see more of this. To see some bits of the show, go to my Instagram highlight by clicking here.

 

 

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