In Life: Where To Next?

In Life: Where To Next?

Hello my beans!

We were clearing out my grandparents place recently, throwing away the decades of items they had been collected and saved. They were the generation that didn’t throw anything away just incase. We threw away old school books and old toys, mattresses and baby cots and various other bits and bobs that no one would need because they are so old.

One thing that I just couldn’t part with was this globe. I have wanted a globe for the longest time, I always wanted to do that thing you saw in movies; where you would spin the globe and travel where ever your finger lands. The thing is I don’t really feel like I need to.
PhoebeGill150225003Most people ask me ‘What are you doing now?’ and I don’t really know what to say. I’m not really doing anything now but there is one thing I want to do in general, with absolute certainty and that is travel the world. I want to make people fall in love with this planet we live on, how incredible it is and try to improve the attitude some of us have towards it.

I have no idea how I am going to achieve any of this, I don’t know where to start but I will try. I know I will never stop travelling. I will never stop wondering what is around the next corner. It makes me so happy the earth is so big and there are so many cultures to learn from. The world excites me and I hope this blog makes you feel excited about it too.

I am already planning my next adventure. Are you? 

Happy Travels!

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In Ireland: Pancake Tuesday!

In Ireland: Pancake Tuesday!

I cannot cook at all but I can bake and I can make most breakfast foods! So Pancake Tuesday is perfect for me! I am going to show you how to make maple, bacon pancakes. They are absolutely delicious!

What you will need: 

  1. Plain flour – One cup
  2. Milk – One to two cups
  3. Egg – One
  4. Streaky Bacon – As much as humanly possible (think Ron Swanson)
  5. Maple Syrup  – Get the good stuff, don’t be stingy.

How to make them:

  1. Mix the flour, egg and milk together, one cup will make a thick batter, think american pancakes but if you want more crepe style pancakes add more milk. I added an extra cup of milk to get them thinner.
  2. Cook your streaky bacon. I love mine really crispy but cook it whatever way you like them. When the bacon is done dry them with some kitchen paper to remove excess grease.
  3. Oil your pan, make sure you get the sides, I like to use a piece of kitchen paper to move the oil around. Be careful, hot oil is no fun.
  4. Put a good amount of mixture in the centre of the pan and move the pan to move the mixture to the edges.
  5. When the pancake bubbles or goes a darker shade flip the pancake.
  6. Assemble and enjoy!

Keep in mind:

  1. The batter will get thicker over time so if you make it the night before you might want to add more milk to thin it out.*
  2. Also very important you use streaky bacon, it’s more authentic!

I hope this is easy to follow I have never made a cooking post so I hope it’s ok. It’s a pretty easy recipe when you get the hang of it. What do you like on your pancakes?

Happy Eating!

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In Wicklow: Glendalough

In Wicklow: Glendalough

One of my best friends and I went to Glendalough, Co. Wicklow recently. We are both bloggers/youtubers and it is great that we can come together and create and hang out while getting content to show all of you. So here are a few shots from that day.
PhoebeGill150211027There are lots of trails, paths you can go on, I haven’t actually explored all of them yet, I can’t wait to do the top trail, I was waiting for it to become a little bit nicer weather. I will probably make a video of it on my channel some time in the future. 

PhoebeGill150211101Glendalough is a Monastic site, it’s ruins are located near the lower lake. The most well intact and impressive is the round tower a classic site of Glendalough.

PhoebeGill150211118What I love most about this area is the wildlife and the colours. This patch of forest has always been covered in green moss when I go. It is always beautiful.

PhoebeGill150211106In winter the hills and the ground turn brown and will slowly get more colourful as the months go on. There are birds everywhere, it is great to stop and wait by the upper lake to see different species fly around and hear their calls.

PhoebeGill150211109There is something I look for every time I come to Glendalough. The first time I came here, I saw a stag and a doe. They were beautiful and ever since I always keep an eye out in case the deer are hiding in the tall grass. Can you spot the deer in this picture?

PhoebeGill150211162There is also some resident mallards that are always up for being in pictures. 

PhoebeGill150211192Glendalough is a perfect place in Summer or in Winter. I love spending time here all year round. I go on birthdays or days off, if I want some exercise or I take a picnic with some friends. It is a must do in Wicklow. When you visit it you’ll know why they call it the Garden of Ireland.

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In Dublin: Natural History Museum

In Dublin: Natural History Museum

It’s that time again! This is the third Natural History post on my blog, can you tell I like them? If you want, check out my posts on Berlin’s NHM or London’s NHM.  PhoebeGill150205009This is probably one of my favourite places in Dublin City Centre. This unassuming building houses some really impressive specimens and is a perfect way to spend some time!

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These beautiful Giant Irish Deer are the first things you see when you walk in the door. It is amazing to think these were roaming Irish lands all those years ago! The entrance level are the speices that are native to Ireland.PhoebeGill150205022This museum is one long building with four stories. The third and fourth levels are closed because they do not comply with safety regulations and will need government funding to ever open again…so you may not want to hold your breath to see upstairs.PhoebeGill150205032The building was built in 1856 and it opened in 1857. There are 10,000 specimens on show in the natural history museum and they are amazing to see.

PhoebeGill150205065I love that the museum has these glass cabinets, they are beautiful and house the collection so well.

This free museum has so much more to see and do, I definitely recommend you drop in and see for yourself, Dublin’s impressive collection and learn about the amazing creatures.

Happy Travel

In Iceland: My Experience in January

In Iceland: My Experience in January

I spent three days in this beautiful country and I am no where near done. This is what I have done so far. Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 11.21.23

Reykjavik: 

I love the city, no skyscrapers, colourful houses, beautiful street art makes this city a perfect place to wander around and relax. I loved shopping downtownwalking from Harpa to the lake. Going to Hallgrímskirkja and looking at the amazing view from the top. It’s also so close to the sea which is my favourite place to be! The entire sea front area is beautiful. I loved seeing the Sun Voyager sculpture

Exploring this city is a must and I can’t wait to find more places next time. Here is my post on the food I experienced in Iceland! PhoebeGill150109076 PhoebeGill150109144

The Golden Circle:

The Golden Circle is a great tour to do in winter, it runs all year round and is generally easy to do if you want to self drive. First stop is Þingvellir National Park it is a beautiful location which is steeped in geographical and historical information. I definitely want to go back in summer/autumn! Next up is Geysir and Strokkur beautiful location to see the amazing power of nature, Lastly but in no means least is the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall this place is so beautiful! A must see.

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I had one day to get a glimpse of South Iceland and the short amount of time I spent there was amazing! I drove to Vik but the weather was so bad that I couldn’t see anything. I got to stop and take lots of photos of the amazing landscapes and I got to say hello to the cutest most lovely Icelandic Horses.

I did get to see two beautiful waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss

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Tips:

  1. Save up your money! I know people say it’s expensive all the time but it really is!
  2. If you want to do a lot, go on tours. Iceland is amazing but in Winter bus tours and super jeep tours are the easier option. Icelandic people know how to get around their country in Winter.
  3. Here is my post on my self drive experience
  4. Get a good jacket! I got a insulated Regatta Jacket and it was perfect!
  5. Also get a good pair of boots, if you want to do any walking get ones with good traction and waterproof shoes.

Things to note!

  1. The hot water smells like sulphur, it’s geothermal water, it’s normal don’t worry.
  2. In January daylight is from 11am-4:30pm. It does mean you get beautiful light for photos but not a lot of time adventuring.
  3. Everything is accessible. All attractions mentioned above are all just off the road. Really easy to get to and they all have toilets.
  4. Parking is really good in Iceland, there are car parks and on street parking, you can pay by card on the meters which is also really handy.

So that’s it, I can’t think of anything else. I think 14 posts for three days travel is pretty good. Have I missed anything? What should I see next?

Happy Travels!

In Reykjavik: View From The Top

In Reykjavik: View From The Top

Something that you have to do in Reykjavik is go to the top of Hallgrímskirkja. It is absolutely beautiful!

There is an admission fee of 700isk (€7) that you buy in the shop just past the entrance.

There are four sides of the tower to get a panoramic view of the city. But three of them are the best.

1. The stunning view of Mt. Esja.PhoebeGill150112019

2. The straight view of downtown Reykjavik. With the colourful buildings and gorgeous view of the water.
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3. The view of where the sun rises and the expanse of the city.PhoebeGill150112058The views are so beautiful and well worth the 7 euro. Have you been up the tower?

Happy Travels!