February 2019?

I do know its March but as I realised I completely forgot to post this…better late than never ‘ey!

Here we go…

I am off to Barcelona this year! I will be attending Primavea 2019 with some wonderful friends but of course I will be having two days solo to reingnite my solo travel fix as well as my GCSE Spanish (with a little help of Duolingo)!


I have completed Adriane 30 day Dedicate yoga challenge! I decided to start these daily videos before work and it has helped me become more proactive in the mornings and I am slowly getting better at balancing!
I absolutely hated this challenge at first and it has helped me have a lovely morning routine; I am no longer in a manic panic about my alarm going off and faffing about before making my way into work!
Thank you Adriane & Benji

I am no way suggesting you should all do yoga, but if anything it made me realised the importance of spending time and appreciating me.
When do we honestly spend time to appreciate ourselves and our wonderful body? Have some good old me time? This could anything from going to the gym, reading a book or going for a walk. I noticed that I don’t do enough for myself and have alone time with just relaxing and looking after me! I have gotten used to having a tight schedules, become being disappointed in myself if I haven’t done something ‘amazing’ in a month I’m boring! So on Wednesday I don’t wear pink…I am at home with a face mask!

I am going to start writing down a monthly aspiration/s things like “Taking myself out for a meal”, “Start learning a new language” and “calling my friends rather than texting” It could be on anything AND could be one thing! It’s completely up to you and try to focus on things that will make YOU happy and it make you feel better! It really helps you become ambitious and love yourself a tad more. I working on all of this too and in NO way saying I am perfect!

BUT I have an amazing group of friends who are like my family if you asked me this 10 years ago I wouldn’t have imagines how far I’ve come! I have even started (attempting) being a radio DJ again this year at a local hospital! X

Naomi & Dublin

By the power of my almighty thumb, my print was approved and I had no say in the matter! I found a return Ryanair flight for 3 nights in November for £55.75 including 10kg check in bag.

The next bit which knew would be more than my flight was accommodation! Dublin is expensive you can easily spend over £200 on staying somewhere for 3 nights! I decided to stay in Gardiner House, a converted cathedral hostel what has room up to 16 and a private room’s available!

The hostel is a 15 minutes walk away from the city centre. I stayed in a private room (room 17) and although it did not include a bathroom I was next door to two bathrooms; all bathrooms have a toilet, shower and sink in each of them. I never had to queue AND they were cleaned hourly!

I was welcomed by a free Wi-Fi, TV, double bed, shampoo, towels, tea making faculties and ear plugs! My room was facing the main road some may find it noisy at times and the windows are not double glazed so I did get a tad cold one night. However the reception desk has an unlimited amount of ear plugs to help you sleep!

Free breakfast is provided from 7am-10am which was toast with a choice of jam, selection of cereals, fruits, hot drinks and orange juice. The staff kindly set the breakfast up in the shared kitchen and they even did the washing up!

Gardiner House hosted regular film nights, had no curfew (no guests allowed in after 11pm) and it was cheap! My only negative is that they don’t organise more social events like tour meet ups so you get to meet more people. Breakfast is held in a lovely communal kitchen and I notice that a lot groups and families staying here. Which was great but I found it difficult to start conversions with groups.  As someone who travelled solo before the hostel served its purpose perfectly; I felt safe and comfortable there.

I would definitely love to go back to Dublin but for longer so I could visit Galway, Cork and Limerick

Naomi Hostel Rating 3/5

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