August has been about getting sorted. Since I left to go travelling – just over two years ago – my personal admin has been a mess. I picked up and left pretty suddenly, with a lot to sort out in the two months between deciding and actually going.
I’ve wasted loads on bank fees, as in LOADS (even after writing that post as I didn’t complete in time). Emails have been a mess, photo organisation – I’ve just been drifting. So it’s taken me a full month to get any sort of order to what I do. It probably won’t look any different on my blog but I feel more sorted.
I haven’t really kept up with my Instagram account this month, or my Snapchat. I’ve just been y’know, chilling. I’ve also been catching up with a lot of friends in London – that takes time, and money. Sheesh, drinking in London is Expeeeenn-sive.
I have eaten every meal possible at Brixton Village though, which could explain my lack of funds (if you live anywhere near London and you haven’t been, go as soon as you’ve finished this blog post, yeah?)
Went to see the musical Sunny Afternoon with my parents too – that was fun.
Cool blogger meetings
Thought I might as well make the most of living in London and the ability to say yes to the blogger events that came my way. I drank every kind of Guinness paired with food at Bentley’s in Piccadilly Circus. It was a special media event to show off the wares of the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, enticing us to go. And it worked. Guys, the sausage roll. That sausage roll. Salivating at the memory. So yeah, I think a cheeky weekend in Dublin will be coming up soon.
I had an epic breakfast with Lufthansa at the super cool Germany Gymnasium in Kings Cross – have you been to Kings Cross lately? Totally changed – and reminisced about the awesome multi mountain ski trip I went on with them at the start of the year. And then joined Panasonic and Lumix to trial their new GX80K camera while Pedi-bussing around Borough and St Paul’s in London. I still need to read the instructions and get to grips with the camera, but so far, loving the quality of the pics. I’m keeping the camera, so if you’re looking for a new camera purchase, advice, tips and reviews coming up.
Here’s a little video I made…
Wilderness Festival was awesome – here are just some of the high points. I’m pretty sure I’ll be going back next year so expect more posts on the blog nearer the time. We were definitely unprepared so I’m happy to depart my new found knowledge to you.
I also went to Summer in the City, a crazy YouTube conference full of teenagers. My friends and I were the oldest by about ten years, and were told that when it comes to vlogging, if you’re over the age of 24, you’re past it. Sad times. It was interesting to see the effect and importance of YouTube for today’s teens though… and worrying.
I’m just back from Rock en Seine Festival in Paris. It was HAWT. Had a great time though, partying to Birdy Nam Nam, Bastille and Cassius et al. I rocked out to SUM41 for approximately two seconds and then the mosh pit started. Got out of that one.
I’ve been to Paris twice this month, within a week of each other. I was there for 24 hours for goeuro.co.uk, basically to write about the Eurostar experience for their website, and for myself to see as much of Paris as possible for free.
Then I went with Brenna from thisbatteredsuitcase.com to check out Rock en Seine Festival. We had a little time for sightseeing, although I kind of basically did what I’d done the week before, but slower. Who can get sick of the Eiffel Tower and macarons?
6 best experiences
- Winning Musical Bingo at Wilderness Festival.
- Lumix Event – we made a lot of people smile with our pedi bus.
- Generally catching up with friends – house parties, bouncy castle parties, festivals, meals, just hanging out.
- Getting a phone on insurance – remember me banging on about how I had no insurance? Turns out I did with my bank. New iPhone6S is mine!
- Sleeping – London for a whole month. My Airbnb bed was the comfiest thing ever and I had a brilliant view over London to wake up to.
- How sunny it was in London!
- My housemates in my AirBnB, so rude. Reminded me how much I’m totally over living with roomies. Think, passive aggressive notes on the fridge about me using the washing machine twice in a row.
Errm yeah, that’s it. Awesome month.
What’s been on my mind?
- YouTubeing, YouTubers and how terrifying everyone putting their lives online is (err pot kettle?)
- Whether to go travelling again or find something more permanent here.
- How time is trickling away.
- The terrifying xenophobia encouraged by much of the media.
- How lucky I am to be born into a comparatively rich, love and friend filled life, with all the opportunities I have.
This month’s blog posts
Next month: September!
– Jen, Alicia and me at a bouncy castle party
I’m super excited to go to Festival No 6 this weekend. It kind of looks like my favourite festival, Latitude, in the way that it’s set up, with a bit of Wilderness thrown in there too. I really like this whole ‘boutique festival’ vibe, where the food and drink offerings, and talks, are just as important as the music. My friend George and I have got our kaftans at the ready for the kaftan party, there’s also paddleboarding and yes, I am going to eat as much as possible from the stands. I feel like I didn’t make the most of all the food at Wilderness so this is my chance to redeem myself.
After that I’m going to Croatia on a MedSailors trip. We’re sailing from Split to Dubrovnik with some time in each at either end – well excited. You can expect lots of blue water photos with white sail boats at the forefront.
I’m spending a week in the UK at the end of the month, first with friends up north and then I’m taking a few friends on a caravan holiday in the New Forest. Well excited for that one too.
Follow along on Snapchat and Instagram @VickyFlipFlop – I’ll try to get my act together!
Have you got any tips for Festival No 6, Split or Dubrovnik? Share, I’m pretty disorganised and need all the help I can get!