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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Our First Time Staying In A Sonder!






#notsponsored So, Jake has been following this start-up company called Wonder, that's kind of like Airbnb except it's owned by a company instead of by individual people. They have a few locations around the world and they are all really beautiful apartments! So, when we were looking for somewhere to stay in London with our friends, we decided to just test it out and I ended up LOVING it! Wayyyyyyy better than a hotel room. And this isn't sponsored, it's just me wanting to share cool travel tips/things with you.

Pros: 
- having a full kitchen
- having a living room to hang out in (vs cramming into someone's hotel room)
- tv
- A TOWEL WARMER
- cool light up mirror
- beautiful
- fun to be in an apartment building
- smart lock that you can also lock from the inside so a code can't open it
- texting the company for anything I needed
- easy check in and check out
- bedroom fan

Cons:
- bathroom trash can was hard to open
- no where to put luggage if arriving early (we used an app called Stasher but I didn't feel the place we used was very secure)

I think my favorite thing was having a living room We went with our friends and so it was nice to have a private area to hang out in, instead of a hotel lobby or someone's bedroom. I also liked having a fridge and kitchen area for snacks. When we went to Dublin, we didn't have a kitchen for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and it was actually really hard to find food since everywhere was closed haha. So, having a kitchen is definitely a plus!

Anyway, that's all I can really think to say! I liked the pillows they had as well. And I always like pretending like I live somewhere lol, so I liked the whole apartment vibe! 

Here's a link to where we stayed! The location was great and within walking distance to lots of fun stuff. 10/10 would recommend.

XOXO
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E

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Imperial War Museum, The Best Veggie Burger, Borough Market, and London Bridge: London Day 6

 I am back blogging this, because I realized I never posted these pictures! It's currently October 2020, so w'ere about a year late haha. BUT, better late than never! I'll keep it short. 


We went to the imperial war museum which was really neat! I still to this day remember things I learned. 



We had lunch at a pub nearby, and the "mountain man burger" they had there was by far the best veggie burger I've ever had!


We also stopped by Borough Market. I don't think we spent enough time here really finding the goods, but it was fun to walk through none the less!


One of the last things we did was see the London Bridge! We walked over it which was really fun. 


Ok, that's it! That was the trip haha. I wish I would have remember to blog this right after we got home, but alas. Who knows when we'll be able to go on another trip like this! It was a fun one to end on :)

XOXO
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E

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Harry Potter Studio Tour: London Day 5

I'm so glad we did the Warner Bros studio tour! It's a 2ish hour drive outside of London and a must for any Harry Potter fan. This is where they actually filmed all the movies and they have so much from the original sets. It was so fun to literally walk through the dining hall, see Harry's cupboard under the stairs, Privet drive, the bus, etc. etc. But, I think my favorite was the Forbidden Forest! I don't know, now that I write this out it's hard to choose just one!

They also had all the robots/props and it was so interesting to see them so up close! My favorite was the weird, naked baby Voldemort lol. 

I would say the only downsides to it are that it's definitely an all day type of thing and the food options weren't as expansive as Universal Studios in Florida. They did have butter beer, though! Also, it's definitely a museum, so don't go expecting rides/an amusement vibe like Universal Studios. There is one part where they have a "dragon attack" and it's pretty cool to see how they made it look so real using a screen, but that's as "amusement park" as it gets.

Overall, I'd recommend it if you are a super Harry Potter fan and want to know the behind the scenes of everything! And if you have enough time to spend a whole day on this excursion. We had enough time and I'm glad we did it! 

London Canal Tour and Camden Market: London Day 5

Our last full day started out with breakfast at Drury, a cute little coffee shop. The decor was cute and the food was good! The orange juice was fresh squeezed and my avocado toast had a lemon juice flavor that was amazing!


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Biking Around Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, Eating Indian Food, and Getting Scurred!: London Day 4

Day 4 started out with us going to Big Ben only to discover it was covered in scaffolding haha. I totally knew this, but when we were on the London Eye I thought I saw it uncovered! So, we walked over to Westminster Abbey where we happened to run into a climate change protest. It was really cool! There were police every where and people holding signs and demonstrations. There were people "handcuffed" around barrels using plastic. It was really cool to stumble upon!

Monday, October 7, 2019

Windsor Castle, Bath, Stonehenge and A Secret Harry Potter Tavern: London Day 3

Day 3 was our tour day! We left at like 7:00am (ish), took an Uber to the bus station and then took a bus to Windsor Castle. It was such a cute little area! And also so cool to tour the castle. I guess the queen spends her weekends there. It was amazing seeing all the different rooms. They have a separate dressing room from the closet from the bedroom and just insane stuff like that. 

Sunday, October 6, 2019

The British Museum, Vegetarian Tacos, & Bibimbap Bowls: London Day 2

We started the day out with breakfast at Salt and Pepper where J looked like a SNACK.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

The London Eye and Pizza: London Day 1

I am going to try to post about this trip before I forget it all 😂

So, we went to London with some of our friends from Utah. (Jake's childhood friend and his wife, who is basically my twin.) They drove up from Utah and we flew out the next day.

The flight was ok. It was really smooth but I got a little sick and then got really panicky about being sick on an airplane. I came back from the bathroom and started clearing my space so I could feel less claustrophobic/hot and I handed Jake my camera, but forgot to get it on the way out and LEFT IT ON THE MF PLANE!! Luckily it was just my handheld camera and not my nice DSLR, but I was still bummed haha. (P.S. This is the best handheld camera: pop out/swivel screen and it shoots RAW. I have been using it for most of my photos lately.) (Wow, just saw it is wayyyy more than I thought it was and am now sad all over again.)

ANYWAY.

After we got off the plane, we dropped out bags off at a shop we found with a luggage storage app called Stasher, and got some fish n' chips from The Fryer's Delight. They were really good!


Sunday, September 29, 2019

Scenes From The Past Week Or So

Sunday blogging is my new thing, apparently!

Saturday// These are the pictures I took on my actual camera of our corn picking. We went with our ward and it was really fun actually haha. I am watching Smallville right now too so it was very fitting to be picking actual corn. I said it before, but it was really good just raw off the cob!

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Snippets From This Week

Monday// Monday was chill. I only had work for a bit (which I can't even remember now that I'm writing this). Working 2 hours or less is my favorite because I can park in the Safeway parking lot and don't have to worry about street parking. 

Also Jake was taking a shower and I popped over the door to be funny lol.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Pennywise Nails + Polaroid Wall

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Riding The Bus In Seattle And Being Yelled At By Homeless People

So, I found a hairstylist in downtown Seattle that I really like, but also driving in downtown Seattle is scary lol. I took a wrong turn and got stuck there the other day and it was NOT GOOD. Roads closed,  my nav telling me to go down one way streets, pedestrians every where, not to mention parallel parking... NO THANKS. 

So, I decided to take a bus down there instead! The ride down there was easy enough. The bus driver was really nice and guided me through how to activate my ticket. I read for a bit and was highlighting  my book. This guy next to me was like, "Ugh! Reminds me of school! My next semester is coming up!" which was really endearing because he did NOT look like someone you would think was in school.

Then, on the way back, I had the opposite experience lol. The bus driver was grumpy and PSA you don't have to show them your ticket, because POLICE come on and check them which is really fun and unique!! Also, right after I got on and sat down somewhere in the middle, this woman at the back of the bus started yelling, "YOU! HEY... YOU! YOU!! RIGHT THERE, YOU!!" To which I start cold sweating and shaking thinking... what do I say to her!?!? Luckily, I just completely ignored her and she stopped yelling and passed the cause-me-anxiety baton to a guy on the front of the bus who was angrily mumbling to himself lol. 

But!! They got after after a few stops and I survived so I am counting it as a success! I don't think I will go downtown just for the fun of it, but I WILL go down there for a great haircut.



Monday, September 9, 2019

Random Pics

Tucker sleeping on a pile of rocks lol. 


Tucker being cute and doing a rare cuddle. 



When I posted this on my therapy Instagram someone commented that the CEO of Jimmy Johns is a trophy hunter and now I will be wrestling with my conscious forever lol.


PSA Ikea has great plants. 


SEATTLE MY HOMEEEEEE


I love watching the sunset from our living room.


Went to the OBGYN and good news I am normal and healthy. #healthanxiety