Bucket list – where next?

In no particular order, these are some of the places I really, really would like to visit over the coming years...just need to save up now! Maybe some of it I could do in one trip to save on more airfare costs from multiple trips? Join in the Holi festival in India (and to eat … Continue reading Bucket list – where next?

Baked Bean Buns

So my lovely friend is into making some…interesting things…and baked bean cakes are a recent addition. Watch this space for spinach cake next!

Buildings & Baking

Bear with me. I promise.

Through this recipe, if you’re anything like me, you’ll go through the following stages of “whaaaat am I doing?”, “whose silly idea was this?”, “woah this tastes kinda beany” but, I promise, you’ll end up wondering why you ever doubted your culinary creation!

Stick with it!


For the cake:

  • 200 g raisins12212486_10153062987095683_523255492_n
  • 240 ml boiling water
  • 1 can of baked beans (with tomato sauce)
  • 3 eggs
  • 240 ml vegetable oil
  • 225 g granulated sugar
  • 450 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 115 g pecan nuts
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the icing:

  • 50 g butter/margarine
  • 110 g icing sugar
  • 1 cap full of milk (literally the lid of the milk carton filled with milk)
  • A splash of vanilla extract


For the cake:

  • Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees…

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5 reasons travelling alone is the best

1. You get to go where you want Seriously, whether you wanna go visit a local festival or the local McDonald's - you can do anything and everything your heart desires! (Budget and time-constraint dependant of course!) 2. You get to talk to and hang out with who you want This is a biggie, for me … Continue reading 5 reasons travelling alone is the best

Top 10 things I really should do in London

So I've wanted to live here for years, and now I do! Living in London is great, but you know what, there's so much I've never done here, so here's my London bucket list, what would you add or change? Explore King Henry 8th's Hampton Court palace (maybe go ice skating?) Watch Simba be triumphant … Continue reading Top 10 things I really should do in London

Favourite photos of sunsets

As with many travellers, sunset is a time to sit and ponder the beauty all around, bathed in a warm glow, whilst the heat of the day has lessened slightly. So here are my favourite photos from my trip in Asia, and a couple from my recent holiday in Croatia thrown in for good measure. … Continue reading Favourite photos of sunsets

One of the 2 buildings Baba cafe had

Top Five places I stayed in Asia

I travelled 8 countries in 4 months, and these were the top 5 places I stayed and why. All had free wifi in the communal areas and in some of the dorms - always good to know! Some did food, some didn't.  Mad Monkey - Siem Reap, Kampot, Koh Rong Samloem, Phnom Penh, Cambodia This … Continue reading Top Five places I stayed in Asia

Croatia: Sun, Sea, Sailing

Day 2 - Waking up and off we go! After our first rather idyllic day chilling in the marina and our lovely evening in Dubrovnik, we woke on our boat, Anastacia, and it was time to head off into the ocean blue! A quick catch up with our lovely lead crew - Toby, Hayley and … Continue reading Croatia: Sun, Sea, Sailing

Planning a trip ✈️🇺🇸🗽

There is some great advice in this blog. When I went travelling, beforehand I spent ages questioning how much to plan. And I pretty much ended up doing everything on this list (except booking stuff beforehand). To add to this a little - read travel blogs like this one, look on YouTube, Instagram, Periscope - … Continue reading Planning a trip ✈️🇺🇸🗽

How To Make Friends in a Hostel

If you are traveling alone or with others, it's likely that you will, at some point, become friendly with others along the way. For some, this is easy, for others - particularly at the start of a trip - not so much. So here are some tips you can use to help 'break the ice' … Continue reading How To Make Friends in a Hostel

Croatia: All the Sailin’ Ladies

So I recently went sailing with 6 other ladies. Six. Ladies. On a boat. For a week. aaaaaaand go. I'd never been sailing before, so this was a new adventure for me. And I'd always been pretty desperate to go to Croatia - ever since half my life ago when an old teacher of mine told … Continue reading Croatia: All the Sailin’ Ladies