Tuesday, 25 April 2017

7 Happy Things #7

It feels like such a long time since I sat at my keyboard and typed away. In reality it's been about ten days but when I've been so good at maintaining around 2 blog posts a week since the start of 2017 that's a hella long time. I tried to schedule posts for when I was in Italy so my schedule would stay the same but for some reason I can't seem to get them to post when I have scheduled. Cue a lot of pre-planned tweets with dodgy links and me feeling like a bit of a spoon.

However I am back from Italy now and slowly settling back in to German life. I only have about a month left of my YA and I can't quite believe it. In some ways I am so ready to go home and get back in to the university routine and feel like I am making progress again, but of course a part of me is so sad to leave the life I have made for myself here behind. I am thinking of doing a one month to go post soon as a sort of round up of all my YA related feelings.

But for now, it's time for another happy post. I've already messed up the fortnightly schedule as this post is going up on a Tuesday and not a Monday but I've got to live a little right??

1. London: I am still slightly on cloud nine from the dreamy trip I had to London (I know this was in my fortnightly favourites last time but it's still making me happy so...) I have written so many blog posts about it, from exploring Camden market to the yummiest dinner I had at Richard the first in Greenwich.

2. Reign: After my friend W had mentioned this series about a zillion times I finally decided to sit down and give it a watch. And oh em gee I am obsessed. It follows Mary Queen of Scots and her time at the French court where she is engaged to the Dauphin of France, Francis. By no stretch of the imagination do I think it is particularly historically accurate, the costumes and the music are far too sumptuous and indulgent but it definitely makes for an exciting watch and dare I say, is filling a Gossip Girl shaped Netflix hole? Bold claim, but if you are in to historical dramas, romance or even just after something new to binge on then I would definitely give this a watch!

3. Macaroons: I've never been much of a fan of macaroons before, I had tried them a couple of times but they were normally too expensive and never quite worth the hype. Until I went to Café Wallner on my birthday in Verona and I had quite possibly the dreamiest thing I have ever eaten in my life. Remember the pink mice that you got in Pic n Mix? It was exactly like that but in a macaroon form. Absolutely lush. The photos in this post are of said dreamy macaroons, just how beautiful is the café though? I would 100% recommend it if you are ever in Verona, it's right round the corner from the Arena!

4. White Jeans: Another totally random thing, but when I was in the UK a few weeks ago I picked up a pair of white jeans in Primark. I had been thinking of trying them out for a while but had always been wayyyyyy to nervous because let's face it, if there is something to be spilled I will spill it, a dirty patch to sit in I will sit in it. However in Venice I decided to be bold and channel my inner Italian chic and I absolutely loved it. I felt so snazzy in my white jeans and blue blouse and if you have been thinking of trying a pair I would 100% say go for it!

5. Flying: Ironically flying was also in my last Happy things post but this time it's a little different. I have mentioned before that I am not the most comfortable flyer, I've also written a post on some of the things I like to do when I am travelling solo to keep me busy which you can read here! However that's all well and good, but I have my little flight rituals now where I sit in the same part of the plane each time, I always make sure I book a window seat and so on. However on my flight back to Italy I was too late to book a seat and ended up being randomly assigned an aisle seat in row 3. Not a big deal I thought at the time, I knew I was so much more confident flying so I didn't think I would have any problems. Until I got on the plane and could see absolutely everything the cabin crew were doing and I began to panic. Something as simple as not being able to sit somewhere that I had gotten used to really knocked me for a moment and I even had a little tear. But I managed to control myself and get myself focused again and ended up really enjoying my flight and even having a bit of banter with the cabin crew. So although it didn't make me happy at the time, I am really proud of myself for doing it!

6. Easter: My German flatmate made me up a little Easter basket before I left for Italy with some coloured eggs and chocolate and it was just so lovely! I love Easter at home, we normally have a big family meal so I was pretty sad to be missing it this year, even if I was going on holiday. My flatmate's little gesture really touched me and I felt so lucky to have people out here in Germany that care about me too.

7. Postcards: I love sending postcards when I travel and I found some really beautiful ones in Venice to send to my family. I also love using Touchnote, an app that lets you build your own postcards with pictures from your camera roll. It's such a nice way to make them even more personal, and they create them and deliver them for you, all within a couple of days. It's not too expensive either, I only buy five credits at a time and it costs me about £2 per postcard including postage! Definitely check it out on the app store next time you are travelling and want to send a postcard!

What has been making you happy recently? Let me know in the comments!!




  1. What a lovely idea for a post! I'm heading to Italy this week, Pisa and Florence to be precise - don't suppose you went there and if so, have any tips?! :D I love a trip to Camden, they do the best street food! Well done you for solo plane travelling as well and overcoming your comfort zone, I don't think I could ever do that!! x


    1. Ahh no unfortunately I was only in Verona and Venice! If you've never been to Italy before though I would definitely say watch out for service charges if you stop anywhere for coffee or meal. Most people drink their coffees at the bar, I think they call it al banco, and it is often around half the price of sitting down at a table! And in restaurants they often include a service charge of a couple of euros which is normally in small print at the bottom of the menu, so they don't really expect the same 10% tip as we do in the UK. Thanks for reading :) xo

  2. I always love a happy things post! :) xx


  3. White jeans are so pretty!


  4. God, don't even get me started on macarons haha! I could eat them for days and not get bored.

    That was also so cute of your housemate. Where can I find one like that?! #babe

    katie xx lacoconoire.com

    1. I know they are just the loveliest people I am so lucky! Thanks for reading :) xx


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