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Rome is THE most beautiful place I have ever been. I recently went away with my friends from university and had an absolute blast. Just like when I went to Barcelona, I really want to put together a travel guide to Rome. We spent a week eating our way through the city and seeing some of the places I've always dreamed of visiting.

STAY.


Airbnb - We stayed in a lovely airbnb. Before we went, we thought it was going to have these beautiful balconies with gorgeous views. When we arrived, workmen woke us up abruptly at 7am every day.

EATS.

Eataly - We went to Eataly on day one, it's a giant Italian food store where you can buy fresh veggies and pasta amongst many other foods. There was this lovely food hall on one of the higher levels where I got a delicious pizza. 

150 Gelato: There are literally 150 different flavours of ice cream!! I was overwhelmed. If you're near the pantheon, you can walk here quite easily and there's no way you wont be able to find something you'll love. 

Antico Carlone: This is the best carbonara you will ever here in your life. It wasn't touristy at all and I regularly think about the pasta I ate there. It's a meal I will never forget. If you're n Rome, you have got to go and try the carbonara. 

PLAY.

Vicolo de' Clinque: If you just fancy a drink in a lively bar then head to this street in Trestavere, there's loads of lovely bars to sit and have some nice cocktails. 

SIGHTS.

Rome has some of the most iconic landmarks to take in. Here's some of the places I managed to see.
Pantheon: This place is very impressive and beautiful and packed full oh history. We took the audio tour and got to learn about some of the legends.

Spanish Steps: It was very busy here but if you climb to the very top, the view is insane. There's a lovely boutique hotel up there too. We went and had a couple drinks and watched the sun set. The manager was very merry and brought us lots of lovely cocktails to try.

Colosseum: When you think of Rome, the Colosseum is the place you think of. It's very grand in person. Across the road, I had the best Aperol spritz in a little caffe across the road. 

Trevi Fountain: Anyone that has watched the LizziMcGuire movie will know this fountain. It was beautiful, it was quite surreal to see it in person and throw a coin and make a wish.

Sistine ChapelSaint Peter's BasilicaThe Vatican Museums: This was my favourite part of the trip. We found a tour guide package and got a guided tour of all of these places. Sistine chapel was incredible.

Oresiri xx

I am completely in love with my new city. I'v been a little MIA recently - just getting to grips with a lot of changes and getting myself back to a good place. I'm all settled into more of a routine finally so I'm going to try and start writing more. I've got some exciting trips planned for next year and I'm genuinely happy with the way my life is going. Next step - actually regularly attend the gym (don't hold your breath).

Oresiri xx

Barcelona is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen with my own eyes. The heat, the blue skies, ZARA - need I go on. So I went away a few weeks back with my friends from school and we got to see quite a bit of this beautiful place. I'm going to share some of the fabulous things we did.


Stay. 


Airbnb - We stayed in an Airbnb for the week and it was honestly the best choice for us. I loved the minimalistic interiors and it felt a bit more private. Despite this, we were right in the middle of the city in the thick of it. We could even walk to Las Ramblas everyday. I think if you're going for a weekend - then a hotel would be fine but because we were there for a week - having a whole apartment to ourselves was spot on.

Play.

Oh the party scene is absolutely fantastic. No matter what kind of boogie you want - there's something for you.
Jamboree: This was by far the best night out I have ever had. Every song was spot on. They also had two floors so if you're into chart/indie/throwback your covered and then if you like hiphop/rnb/90s jams - they've got you. I have never danced for so long in my life. Check it out.

W Hotel Bar: It was okay in the sky bar - it all seemed a little pretentious. The view was incredible though so definitely worth going for a cocktail just to see the view. The bar downstairs on the ground floor was the absolute opposite! It was so friendly down there and it had a really great atmousphere. I'll definitely head back there the next time in in Barcelona.

La Tarrrazza: If you love techno - you'll love this place. It's a really nice outdoors club.

Catwalk: One of the big clubs near the beech - we headed here for a boogie and the music was good. It had air con which is literally a life saver. The one thing I will say is that I felt a little old in there which is strange because I was 21 at the time. Definitely worth a visit though even if just to experience a mega club - I know I've never seen a place that big before. 


Eats.


Hotel 54: The best burger I have ever eaten in my life!!! No joke and they had really great sangria deals. It's right on the strip on the walk back from the beech and you can just sit outside and watch the world go by. We sat down for dinner here and watched the evening turn to night. It just had so many good vibes.

Les Quize Nits: This place has such a nice atmosphere. It's in this gorgeous square near Las Ramblas - it's actually right near Jamboree. The food was okay but I made a really boring choice so I can't really sing from the rooftops. Great place to have lunch and a glass of wine. 

Los Caracoles: I ate snails!! My friend Priya went to Barcelona with her family and gushed about this restaurant the whole time. We decided to go on our last night and we weren't disappointed. It's a historic place - one of the oldest restaurants in the city and it was lovely. Can I just say - the bread in this place was fantastic. 

Sights.

 Gothic Quarter: Just walking around and looking at all of the buildings was fun. There's also the Barcelona Cathedral to see which is beautiful.

Basilica de la Sagrada Familia: Gaudi's most famous work - we went and did the tour and got to learn a little bit about the building. To be honest - I was just overwhelmed by the hight of the ceiling in there and the sculptures are pretty impressive.

Park Guell: Walking around this park was one of my highlights. It was so beautiful and there was so much to see.

Arc de Triumph: Quite quick to see but it's very pretty.

Magic Fountains of Mountjuic: This is a free show where you sit around the fountain and watch the light show. It's some good wholesome fun and the fountains dance to the rhythm of some banging tunes. I really enjoyed this one.

Beaches: We spent quite some time just laying out in the sun - chill.

Sala Monjuic outdoor film festival: This was very cute - there's a film projected onto the castle and everyone brings camping chars to sit and enjoy the film. We saw the Revenant and it was good vibes all around - do take a coat though. It definitely got a little cold as the night rolled on.

All in all, Barcelona was absolutely beautiful and I'll definitely be going back. I think next time I go I'll be looking to go to a few more salsa clubs and really boogie but I enjoyed my first visit. Barcelona - you were a delight.

Oresiri xx

It's that funny time of year when the weather can't quite make it's mind up. The time of the "shall I take a coat" dilemma. I think I'll be rocking my coat for as long as possible - it adds some polish.


So the whole Bikini Body Guide wasn't working for me. I've been having knee pain from completing week two and I've decided to stop the programme. If you have bad knees I wouldn't recommend it - there are simply too many lunges. What I will recommend is the arm and ab exercises though - I've already started to notice my arms are looking cut and the muscles are popping out. 


I did it!! Week one is all ticked off and done. I can already feel subtle changes in myself. My arms are feeling more toned and I am now very aware of my triceps. I've done three workouts this week - leg day, arm and abs day and then a full body workout (the full breakdown is below).

Legs and cardio:
Circuit 1: Jump Squats, Squats, walking lunges, knee ups.

Circuit 2: Jumps, burpees, weighted step-ups, medicine ball squat and press.

Abs and Arms:
Circuit 1: Push ups, medicine ball squat and press, lay down push-ups, tricep dips. 

Circuit 2: Mountain climbers, ab bikes, sit up and twists, straight leg sit-ups. 

Full Body Workout:
Circuit 1: Medicine ball squat and press, knee ups, ab bikes, walking lunges

Circuit 2: Burpees, straight leg sit-ups, weighted step ups, push ups. 

So.... I'm starting a new fitness programme. I've been trying the freestyle gym thing and it's just not working for me. I like to work to a goal, and for that reason I'm starting the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide. If you haven't heard of Kayla, she's a personal trainer for Australia who's managed to build up this insane cult following for her workout programme. She's put together some easy to follow workouts in an e-book as well as nutrition guides which teach you how to eat a balanced diet. 

The workouts are tough!! You do 4 circuits for 7 minutes each for a total of 28 Minutes and there are 3 workouts per week. I know 28 minutes doesn't seem like a long time but it really tires you out. Aside from that, you do three workouts by yourself, which are low intensity to begin with, moving on to HIIT in the last weeks. The progress pictures on Kayla's Instagram are pretty impressive too - you can really see how much strength these ladies have built up!


I've done workout one from week one so far and boy can I feel it in my legs. I think it will be good to track my progress on here, similarly to how I wrote about the couch to 5K programme I did some time ago. Let me know if you've heard of it or if you want to start, we can all be in this together.

Oresiri xx

Remember last week when I was in a rut. I've had a much better week; I went away for some meetings which helped me unpick my feelings about work. I'm doing a good job and putting my all into my work so I need to give myself dome props for that. I think it's very easy, especially early on in your career, to think you don't know enough. I just need to give myself more time to learn.
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