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29 June, 2015

18 Things To Do Before I Turn 18

Hey guys, so I'm 17 this week! I have recently been thinking about how I haven't really done much for the past year, apart from studying and working, so I decided to make a list of 18 things to do before I turn 18, next year.

(In no particular order)

Personal

1. Start swimming more frequently - Pretty much says it all
2. Re-learn how to play the violin - This has been on my life bucket list for about 3 years... 
3. Get into yoga - I seem to be the only person who hasn't really tried it for the intention of it doing my body some good. I only attempted it in PE at school so that I could make my friends laugh while doing tree poses and downward dog
4. Make a new friend
5. Go surfing - I have never been surfing before... Shock horror... However so many of my friends say it's good fun, so I am willing to attempt it...
6. Volunteer somewhere
7. Get over my fear of horses and learn to horse ride - For me personally this is a completely irrational fear, as I have never had any negative experiences with horses, I just don't like them.
8. Finish knitting my scarf - I started it in 2013...
9. Get my nails done in a salon - Another one I've never done!
10. Write a letter to my future self
11. Go to the beach with my friends - I've always wanted to do this, but never got round to it with my old set of friends, so hopefully with my new ones, I can
12. Do something out of my comfort zone - This is pretty much everything, so it'll be very easy... I've got to have something to tick off!!
13. Go to a large craft fair - I've been to lots of smaller craft fairs, but none have really inspired me to do anything, so hopefully a large craft fair will spark a little bit of imagination.

Blog/Instagram related

14. Find blogs/bloggers who have similar interests to me
15. Vlog for a day - I've seen so many videos of the combination of activities from people's years that I really want to create something that one day I can watch back and see what fun I had, when I was young
16. Create a logo/header for my blog - as just the title is very boring
17. Gain 10 blog followers - I always feel as if no one is reading my blogs, even though I can see the viewing figures, I think that even 2 more followers will help me feel less like I'm talking to myself, and more like somebody is actually listening
18. Gain 400 Instagram followers - who are actually interested in my account, not just follow for a follow or spam accounts


I have also decided that when I turn 18, I will write another blog post, saying what I have managed to do off of the list, and what parts I have failed at. I will also take pictures of the things that I can do, so that you (and I) can see what I have done.



See you soon...



Geraldine





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15 June, 2015

Top 10 Places I'd Like to Visit

Hey guys, so today I thought I'd share with you the top 10 places I'd like to visit in the world. It was so hard trying to think of only a few places, as I really want to travel to every country, but here are my top 10 places...

10. London, England

London being on my list will probably surprise most people as I am from England, and I have been to London three times now, which may not seem like a lot, but is more than most of my friends, who have never been before. I really want to have the traditional tourist experience and do things such as go on the London Eye, visit Buckingham Palace and take a stroll around Hyde Park, as I've never had to opportunity to before. I would also like to watch another musical in one of the West End theatres. I have been to see 3 musicals in London (one for each visit) and there is always such a good atmosphere in the theaters and the performers and story lines are just amazing.

9. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

I really want to visit Dubai, because is it such an amazing city. I would love to be able to see the Burj Kalifa and the Burj al Arab up close, as they have become such iconic landmarks in the modern world. I also really want to visit the beaches there as the sand is pure white and it just leads straight from the beach to the skyscrapers and shopping malls, which are some of the largest in the world.

8. Whitsundays, Australia

Whitsundays, in my eyes, is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. I would really want to do water sports there such as kayaking and sailing, as I feel like the water is such a big part of this area of Australia, so it would be a shame not to make the most of it. I would also like to visit the Great Barrier Reef while I am there, so that I would be able to see some of the sea life that I have only seen in aquariums, in the wild.

7. New York, America

Who doesn't want to go to New York?! With Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and Times Square, there is so much to do in New York, not to mention all the shopping that I would fit in!

6. Mombasa, Kenya

I would love to go to Mombasa, for many reasons. Firstly there are the most beautiful beaches there, with the white sand and blue sea, I would just spend the whole time at the beach. I also would really like to visit Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary, as Elephants are becoming more of an interest to me, due to their almost human nature. I also would like to visit the Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve as I really love marine life and sea creatures and I feel like this is a much better way to experience the sea life that Kenya has to offer, rather than in an Aquarium.

5. Norway

I have a slightly small obsession with the Norwegian coastline, and the country in general, which all sparked from a secondary school project many years ago. I would love to, one day, cruise around all of the Fjords in Norway. A few of my friends have already been on this cruise, and quite frankly, I'm really jealous of them!! I would also like to visit the capital, Oslo, as there is just such a different culture there and I think it would be a really interesting place to explore

4. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Another place that I would really like to visit is Amsterdam. I love the history of the city and the canals that run through the center. I would really like to visit the Anne Frank Museum, as I find her story really fascinating, and I can't quite comprehend how anyone can live so quietly and in a confined space for so long. I would also like to visit Vondelpark and do a Windmill Tour to experience the Netherlands countryside. As well as this I would also like to explore the vast network of canals that Amsterdam has to offer and visit some of the cafes that are along the main canals.

3. South Africa

Now this is a bit of a wide area, as the things which I would want to do and see there are dotted around all over the country, which means that I'd ideally like to tour around. I really want to go to the Cape of Good Hope, as I think that the scenery is just amazing, and I would also like to visit Kruger National Park, and go on a safari, as I have never seen the big five in the wild before. 

2. Antibes, France

I've been to France three times before, but on these trips we mainly stayed around Paris, and in the North, so never went as far down as Antibes (which is in the South-East). I love all the culture and history which surrounds the place, and the architecture of the buildings. I also want to visit the beaches there as the water is really blue, compared to England!!

1. Venice, Italy

I have been really wanting to go to Venice for some time now, because I would really like to see all the canals that are there, plus I would like to go on a gondola. I love the buildings that are in Italy and I really like the bridges that go over the canals, as they just look so pretty and it is like a scene from a dream.



I hope you liked my list of places I would like to visit, if you have any recommendations of where I should visit, or where you've always wanted to visit, I would love to hear them!! 




See you soon...

Geraldine






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