Friday, 23 November 2018

Ryan Air | Edinburgh - London


When you think London, you think London City. Budget airlines fly to Stansted, Luton and Gatwick. You forget that you spend more time getting from the airport to London, than the flight. As I’ve not flew to London in a few years, after finding a cheap flight to Dublin I was curious what the price would be to London now. I found a flight for £22 return with Ryan Air, the following day after Dublin. The flight was with Ryan Air, Edinburgh to Stansted. I booked, as a random day trip so I wasn’t paying extra to pick my seat. Again I got allocated a middle seat, both ways. 

The flight was at 06:50, so I got to Edinburgh Airport for 5am. Edinburgh Airport carpark and the Airport itself, was a lot busier than the day before. I ended up getting a breakfast roll at Bar Burrito and wandering around the shops. 

The flight took off and landed on time. On the flight home, I bought things in London and had bags, that was too big to fit in the tester bag box. I had planned if it didn’t fit, to open the Lego box up and break the box up. One of the airport staff shouted over when I was trying to fit it saying “if you bought it at the airport it’s fine”. I said “I didn’t”. He replied “it’s fine you’ll still get on”. I was worried it wasn’t going to fit under the seat, since it didn’t fit in the tester box. The flight was an hour delayed. The over head department, is for priority only and was still open when I got on the plane. The other flights, the over head was closed by the time I got on the plane, so anyone could have easily used the over head. I got on and my bags fitted under the seat (they were bigger, than Ryan Air personal item size). I sat down and the pilot made an accouncement saying “we are short staff tonight”. It made me laugh. It was like they don’t care what they say. 

I’ve seen a lot of bad reviews on Ryan Air, but for £22 flight you can’t complain. I think as long as your items fit under the seat, they don’t care. Though it could be the fact, they were short staff haha. 

The photo below is the bags I had, on the flight coming home (bigger than Ryan Air personal bag size) and fitted under the seat. 

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Thursday, 22 November 2018

Kilmainham Gaol | Dublin


If am ever looking for ideas, I can always rely on my friend Jasmine to come up with things to do. She’s also my fashion stylist haha. She found the back pack I liked for traveling. When I told Jasmine I booked Dublin, she asked what I had planned. I said no idea, Guinness ? She came back with a list of ideas. One of them was Kilmainham Gaol. If you’ve never heard of “Gaol”, it’s an old jail museum. As I visited Melbourne Gaol, I was interested to see Dublin Gaol. I looked on the website, there was set time slots and some fully booked. I was booked for the Guinness Store House for 11am, so the nearest time slot I could make was 1:45pm. 

Kilmainham Gaol is really strict. There was security on the door. I walked up and showed my booking on my phone. One of the security told me to follow him to a room, where others in the group were waiting. Once everyone in the group arrived we had to stand in a line and show our booking to the tour guide. Before the tour began, you are warned it’s a 1 hour tour. If you need to leave early, they’ll radio for someone to come and walk you back. We went through all the jail sections and got told about all the history. It was like the tour guide was tuned to something. He didn’t have an ear piece or anything on. Every time he gave a story of the history he’d stop and have a moment on silence, then start up again. Sometimes we can forget things, though he done it throughout the whole tour. He just seemed to stop and say “hold on a minute”. It was like someone was feeding him information, then he’d start talking again. The main hall reminded me of Melbourne Gaol. Kilmainham Gaol is interesting to see, if you like Gaols and into history. I personally liked Melbourne Gaol better, you could walk round yourself. Dublin Gaol is a guided tour, you’re in a group at all times. 
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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Guinness Store House | Dublin

Dublin is famous for Guinness. So when I was heading to Dublin, I knew I wanted to visit Guinness Store House. The website lets you could book online and save €6.50. It seemed silly to get a cheap flight, only to pay full price on the day to visit Guinness Store House. There was time slots, which I couldn’t understand, as the website talked of “self guided tour”. Personally I prefer self guided tour, to be able to walk around myself. My flight was due to land in Dublin at 09:25. I then looked on Google maps at how long it would take for the airport bus to get from Dublin Airport, to the city centre and the walk from the city centre to Guinness Store House. I took the risk and booked the 11am slot. Thanks to Ryan Air and Google maps, I made it to Guinness Store House at exactly 11am. 


I went to the self checkout, scanned my barcode and got a ticket out. The website stated you get a free Guinness with your ticket. I was messaged my friend  joking to her “where do I get my Guinness, I need it now after that stress”. (The airport bus was going up 1 street, down the next. I didn’t think I’d get there on time). My friend replied are you that stressed haha. 




I don’t think the time slot makes a difference. Although I wouldn’t want to risk being late, incase they didn’t let you in. It was interesting walking round and seeing, how it’s been made through the years. I would say Guinness Store House, is a thing you see once. I can’t imagine going back to see it again, as “I’ve seen it”. I would say it was worth seeing Guinness, because that’s what Dublin is famous for. It costed €18.50 to get in, but you do get a free pint with your ticket. The fun part was pouring the pint. It was actually quite fun pouring a pint. Am not saying I loved my pint, but am not say my I hated my pint of Guinness haha. I did come home with Guinness fudge, which I would say tastes nicer than the drink.
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Tuesday, 20 November 2018

1 Day Itinerary | Dublin


After flying to Dublin for a day, am going to share my Itinerary how I fitted everything I wanted to see in. Google maps is one of the best things for planning, places you’ve never been to. I zoom in at the city and look at what, I want to see. If you see what’s near what, it goes you a better idea what you can fit in. Once I plan a route out. I use Google maps, to see how long it takes to walk from one place to the next. I am one of those people, who want to go to all the places what the city is famous for. So I knew I wanted to visit Guinness Store House . Then my friend suggested visiting Kilmainham Gaol (it was the same friend told me about Melbourne Gaol. She must like jails haha). I thought I might as well visit the Dublin Gaol, since I’ve been to the one in Melbourne. I also wanted to see Temple Bar, that’s what Dublin is famous for right ? 

My flight was at 08:15, so I got to the airport at 6am. I headed straight through airport security, to Wetherspoon and stopped for breakfast. Then I went for a wander round the shops, before the flight. 


The flight landed at 09:25. I walked fast through the airport (be prepared it’s a long “U” shape walk you have to do), before getting outside. You can see the airport buses, so near yet so far haha. There is a few different buses, which take you to the city. Traveling alone I look into company’s that’s known nation or international. We have the Airlink in Edinburgh, so I opted for the Airlink. 


The bus got into the city fast, however there’s a lot of 1 way street. The bus went up 1 street, down the next and so on. I started to panic, as I’d already booked Guinness online. I was booked for 11am. I kept checking checking Google maps how long it would take to walk and everytime I checked it would take till 11am to walk there. I decided it was best to get off to the bus and start walking. I got to Guinness at exactly 11am, thanks to good ol Google maps. I was slightly confused with the timing slot. I read some online saying it was guided tour and other websites saying you walked round yourself. There was people giving talks and you were able to walk around yourself. There was so many different floors to see. It was actually fun getting to pour your own pint, but I might have enjoyed it more if they had chocolate flavour Guinness haha. I then headed to the Guinness shop to see what souvenirs I could pick up, to take back home. I ended up buying some Guinness toffee, fudge and chocolate.


I left Guinness at around half 12 and I was booked at the Gaol for 1:45pm. The Goal is 20 mins walk from Guinness, so I had nearly an hour spare time. I used Google maps, to find my way to the Gaol. I saw a few things photo-worth shots, so I stopped on my way and took a few photos. 


I got to the Gaol for 1pm. There was security standing outside shouting “the next available time slot is half 3”. There was a lot of tourists standing trying to get in. So it worked out, that I booked online. I ended up heading to get some chips and a drink near by and sat outside. I headed into the Gaol at 1:45pm and they tell you it’s a 1 hour guided tour. It was really strict. We were all stuck together at all times, it was hard to take a good photo. The main hall that we were showing at the end, was interesting. It looked similar to Melbourne Gaol.


After Kilmainham Gaol, I headed towards the river. I walked along the river. I then wandered around Temple Bar.




Temple Bar is famous for pubs, in Dublin. They do have an amazing waffle place. Actually I did see photos of Bubble Waffle on instagram, before heading to Dublin. It was really nice the waffle and I even had people stop me, asking where the waffle place is.

After Temple Bar I headed for the airport bus, back to the airport. I saw Molly Malone (famous Dublin statue), when I was heading to find the bus stop.


Dublin Airport Duty Free had so much nice makeup, but I didn’t want to spend too much money. I was heading to London the following day. So here is what I bought in Dublin (Guinness).

Caramel fudge 
Caramel chocolate 
Toffee 



Including Guinness Store house and Gaol, what I booked online, I spent around €68 in Dublin.
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Sunday, 18 November 2018

Wetherspoon Breakfast | The Sir Walter Scott at Edinburgh Airport


Am one of those people I can’t eat in the morning, when am heading to an airport. Am too busy checking I have everything, over and over again haha. When I was traveling to Dublin, I stopped at Wetherspoon at Edinburgh Airport for breakfast. 

I ordered the traditional breakfast, which has Lincolnshire sausage, bacon, egg, backed beans, two potato rostis, Stornaway black pudding, tomato and a slice of toast. I also got an organge juice. 

Wetherspoon is the standard place, all Scottish people go to when leaving Edinburgh Airport. I’d say it was ok, if you want something fast. It worked out well having my breakfast at Wetherspoon, as my boarding gate was right next to it. 
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Saturday, 17 November 2018

Ryan Air | Edinburgh - Dublin



I flew with Ryan Air for the first time to Dublin. If you’ve never heard of Ryan Air, it’s a Europe budget airline. I have heard a lot of things in the media with Ryan Air, so I’ve decided to share my review of flying with them. I saw an advert pop up online for from £12, 1 way to Dublin. I had never been there Dublin in my life. Ryan Air fly Edinburgh - Dublin. I clicked the advert and saw there was a few flights a day and a lot of them were £12. I thought I could go to Dublin for the day, as it showed up just over an hour flight. I booked and got my confirmation email. The confirmation email said booked seats can check-in up to 60 days before travel, but if you don’t pre book seats you can check in 4 days - 2 hours before traveling. I looked at choosing a seat which states from £4, but ever seat I clicked around the plane showed up £5 extra each way. I was traveling myself, so there was no need want to pick a seat. The only downside I had to wait till 4 days before traveling, so I could check-in online. There’s a £55 airport check-in charge, I assume is to encourage everyone checks in online.

I bought a back pack online for my day trip. I picked a standard size one and didn’t think much of it, until a friend said does it fit within Ryan Air size ? I said it’s a standard back pack ? Only when I checked the Ryan Air website, my back pack was too big. I started packing looking at other bags I have. I wanted a bag big enough to buy souvenirs, if I wanted to buy anything. Then a friend said to me they won’t have time to stand measuring everyone’s bags, as long as it fits under the seat. I knew it would fit under the seat, as I’ve had a bag and shopping from Duty Free and it fitted under the seat.

A few days before my flight, I checked in online. There was so many seats available on the flight and like the media said i was allocated a middle seat. It didn’t bother me, I was going because it was a cheap flight. I also wasn’t going to spend £5 extra each way, to get a window or aisle seat. After I checked in, I got my flight ticket. I always screen shot the ticket and print it. Airline apps are handy, but I like to have back-up options.

The day I was traveling, I headed to Edinburgh Airport. As I was already checked in online, I headed straight to airport security and scanned my mobile ticket. It was really easy to use. I just used the screenshot, than clicking the app and finding my ticket.

It was a 08:15 flight and they started calling priority people first at 07:50. They started of calling sections, then it was everyone. I showed my phone with my flight ticket and passport and one of the staff scanned the ticket on my phone. Then everyone headed outside, standing in a queue. I have heard people referring to budget airlines like getting on a bus. I can see why, when you’re standing outside near the runway haha. I read online non priority people, hand luggage suitcases have to be checked in. I was surprised seeing luggage handler staff taking suitcases from people, standing beside the plane. I imagined you’d check in the hand luggage suitcase, at the check-in.


I got to my seat about 08:05, so I knew it wasn’t going to take of in time. I fitted my back pack under the sit and saw others, with bigger bags than me coming on the plane. There was still people coming on the plane at 08:10. The pilot the made an announcement saying “we’ll be leaving soon, depending on how quick the passengers take to sit down”. I laughed to myself,  I’ve never heard a pilot say that. We left around 10 mins late, but it still arrived in Dublin on time.

The plane coming back, was at 20:25. There was a gate change, but it did leave on time.

I booked Dublin, as it was only £24 (standard ticket) return. I saw it as a fun day trip. I done a lot in Dublin and I saw a city, I have never been to before. I don’t know a better way to describe Ryan Air, than getting on a bus. You don’t get the service like, BA or United Airlines, but if you’re willing to stand outside waiting on a bus, Ryan Air is no different. If you want to upgrade to priority, choose a seat and bring a suitcase, I think you could be just as cheap flying with an airline that’s about quality, than budget. Ryan Air a cheap way to see another city. I had no faults with Ryan Air and I’d fly with them again.
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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

IKEA Home Haul


Last weekend I headed to IKEA, to get a TV stand. I don’t like too much furture in room, as it looks crammed. So I’ve been unsure to put my tv on a wall, or get a stand. I seen a photo on Instagram, of a white tv stand. It inspired me to head to IKEA and get a white TV stand.

I love finding unique things, that you don’t see in other shops. One of my favourite sweets in America is Swedish Fish. I saw bags of “Orginal Swedish Fish”, so I had to buy to try them. They taste the exact same, but I have to say my favourite is the bag of all red. The IKEA ones are assorted.

Products : 

2 artificial plants 
Orange Diam
Apple Candle
Vanilla Ice Cream Candle
Peaches and Orange potpourri 
Vanilla ice Cream potpourri 
IKEA Lack TV stand

My TV stand is too big to fit in this photo, so I may show it later. You might aswell say you got a new LEGO Set, when it comes to building IKEA flat packs. Following the instructions, I felt like I was building LEGO haha. 
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