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Saturday, 13 August 2016

Cornwall 2016 Travel Diary

Cornwall has to be the epitome of the English holiday. It boasts some stunning beaches, fun activities and, of course, an abundance of fish and chip shops. It is, however, as much of England is, prone to rain, grey skies and low temperatures, even in August. Nonetheless, it's the perfect place to go for a holiday with your best friends - especially if you're lucky enough to have a friend who will let you all stay in her family house there, as I was at the start of last week!

Up until last week I hadn't been to Cornwall since I was a little girl despite spending this year at university in Devon, so I was really looking forward to seeing some parts of it again. Myself and seven of my friends drove down to Rock in North Cornwall last Monday. Although it was a long five hour drive, we were prepared with snacks, a great roadtrip playlist and each other's company which resulted in it going much quicker than expected.

When we arrived at the house it was, in typical British fashion, pouring down with rain so we ran in and had a sit down before attempting to face the outside. In fact, on the first day we ended up only going out to go to the small village supermarket, bakery and butcher's as it didn't stop raining for even one minute! There's something so quaint about going to a little village where you have to go to three different places to buy all the things you want which did nothing but add to the novelty of Rock.

It was still a lovely first day though as it had been such a long time since we'd last been together and being cooped up inside gave us a chance to catch up, to eat some amazing chilli made by my friend Lydia, and to drink copious amounts of homemade sangria - taking us back to our trip to Barcelona last year!

The next morning (some of us with sorer heads than others!) we had bacon sandwiches and watched a lot of Friends until the weather brightened up in the afternoon. Once it had, we jumped into the cars and drove the short drive to Polzeath Beach, which I would highly recommend going to if you're in the area. I've never been one to particularly enjoy going in the sea and have in the past actively avoided trying out any kind of water activity beyond splashing around a bit. But, as everyone else was, I decided to give body boarding a try, wetsuits and all!

And, do you know what? I absolutely LOVED it! I'm still in shock typing this now considering I spent the entirety of a surfing lesson I had a few years ago falling off and into the sea, vowing to never try anything like it again, but body boarding was so much easier and so fun! It really had to be the highlight of the trip for me as it was such a nice surprise to enjoy spending such a long time in the sea. That evening we had fish and chips, played Cluedo and watched Wild Child. It was honestly the perfect day with my favourites.

On the following day we got the ferry over to Padstow. Padstow is the *cutest* little English town you've ever seen. It's very small but incredibly sweet, filled with pasty shops (which is a compulsory stop for lunch!), stalls selling frendship bracelets and anklets, and little shops selling classic seaside prints and shells. There are also a few ice cream shops that sell delicious ice cream, which I can confirm is definitely worth getting!

Wednesday was our last day sadly as I was going to Paris early Friday morning and so we didn't spend very long in Padstow before coming back to Rock and setting off back home. I know travelling five hours for just two nights seems crazy but this summer we've all been so busy that it was the only time we could all do when Emma's family weren't staying in their holiday house themselves. It was so worth it though to be able to spend even that amount of time together, away from everything, considering how much we've been apart this year at different universities. Cornwall is such a beautiful place and well worth visiting if you're looking for a break from city life in England. Polzeath Beach especially stole my heart so I'd highly recommend going there if you have a chance.

At some point over the next few weeks I'll be writing up my travel diary for Paris which I got back from on Monday and then I'm off to Budapest this Tuesday so you can expect another travel diary sometime after that. I really hope you enjoy reading travel posts as there's lots coming your way at the moment! Have a lovely weekend, whatever you're up to!

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