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Friday, 27 May 2016

My Summer Plans 2016

I'm currently procrastinating the packing I need to do for my trip to Italy (which I'll just be back from when you're reading this) and so, while my mind's on summer but I haven't quite mustered up the energy to try and restrain myself for overpacking (a tendency I very much have), I thought I'd share with you today my summer plans. Summer has to be one of my favourite seasons. I guess, since I've spent the majority of my life in school/education, it's the season I associate with having the most freedom and the only time of the year in which I can properly relax without feeling guilty about not working on whatever assignment I've usually been given! This year, being my longest Summer break to date thanks to early exams and a uni rather than a school Summer holiday, I decided I wanted to make it the best Summer yet. I've been saving money since November and it has really paid off because I've got planned a pretty amazing one, even if I do say so myself!

1 // Verona - Obviously I've just got back from Verona which is the first stop of the Summer with my Mum and, given that I basically want to be Italian, I'm very excited for this and have no doubt that I will have eaten all the food and tried to speak all the Italian but will do a write up of the trip asap!

2 // Enchanted Garden Ball - I'm heading back to Exeter today so that I can celebrate finishing first year and the end of exams properly with all my friends who hadn't finished when I came back to London last week and we've all got tickets to this thing called the Enchanted Garden Ball. It looks incredible and I can't wait to get a bit dressed up with everyone and really mark the end of first year!

3 // Family Reunion - If you've been a long-time reader of the blog you'll probably know that I have three older half-sisters, one of which, Tai, moved to New Zealand quite a few years ago now (I've lost track completely). Well, since I last saw her at her wedding nearly FIVE YEARS AGO she's had two beautiful babies which means not only have I not seen her since I was FOURTEEN, sorry but I can't get my head around this, but I've not yet met two of my nieces. Tai is coming with the two of them in June and will be staying with my oldest sister in Yorkshire so me and my sister Meg are going to stay there for a week to catch up with everyone. It'll be the first time in five years the four of us will all be together and, although I have no doubt it'll be a bit of a mad house with all of us and five kids including my eldest sister's three, I can't wait to see everyone!

4 // Wimbledon Tennis Championships - I'm not sure whether I've mentioned this on here yet but this year I'm working at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships and I'm actually really excited about it. Wimbledon's so close to me and the championships are only around twenty days including the qualifiers so it seemed like the perfect Summer job to give me some spending money for my holidays! I'm sure there'll be very long days but I think the atmosphere will be amazing and I'm looking forward to it.

5 // Romania - Again, something I'm sure you'll know about me if you've been around these parts for a while, but my Mum is Romanian and we like to go and visit every couple of years to see both family and friends. I love going there, the food is amazing and the weather is incredible and it's just so nice to be able to see where my Mum grew up and the people she grew up with who she's still friends with today.

6 // Busted Concert - It's really happening. Busted are doing a reunion tour (as I'm sure everyone and their dog knows) and I'm going! Busted's 'A Present For Everyone' was the first album I ever bought and I remember being heartbroken when they broke up so, as you can imagine, going to see them live is sort of a childhood dream come true and I cannot wait.

7 // Cornwall - One of my schoolfriends has a house in Rock in Cornwall and we're (nine of us) lucky enough to be going to stay in it for a few days at the start of August and I could not be more excited. As you can imagine, it's pretty hard to find some dates all of us can do so the fact that we'll have a few all together makes my heart happy. It's been odd not seeing their faces every day this year as I have for the last two years so a few days with a house to ourselves, the beach and many portions of fish and chips and Pimms sounds perfect to me.

8 // Paris - Straight after Cornwall (it's a hard life, eh?) I'm heading to Paris with my lovely friend Rosie. I *love* Paris and the last time I went was actually on a school trip with Rosie when I was fifteen. We decided four years was far too long ago and so we're going to stay there for three nights to make up for it. I'll hopefully get to visit my Dad as well who now lives about forty minutes outside of Paris and I have to say I'm dreaming of it already; such a magical city.

9 // Boardmasters Festival - This isn't completely set in stone, but I'm hoping to go to Boardmasters Festival in Cornwall with a couple of friends. I know, Cornwall again as well as having spent most of the year in Devon?! All I can say is I've fallen in love with the south west of the country, would love to explore it more, and the line up + atmosphere I've heard Boardmasters has = a festival that's very much on my wishlist at the moment.

10 // Budapest - Finally, towards the latter half of August, myself and two of my friends are going to Budapest for four nights. I've heard such great things about Budapest and so I'm really excited to explore a completely unknown-to-me city with two of my bests.

And there you have it! I feel so lucky to have such an amazing Summer lined up. While five holidays might seem a little crazy, they're all mini-breaks and I have been saving all year for them. At the end of the day travelling and exploring foreign countries with friends is one of my absolute favourite things to do and so that's what I've prioritised this Summer, and I can't believe it's finally here!

But what about you? What Summer plans have you got and what are you looking forward to? I love hearing about what people are going to do with their time off if they're lucky enough to have some!

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