FOLLOW ME TO || ICELAND – DAY THREE // Car Karaoke and Last Supper

As-Salaamu Alaikum
Peace Be Upon You

It’s Day Three of my Iceland travel series. Recap with vlogs one [H E R E] and two [H E R E]. I highly recommend reading part two to find out what to actually consider when travelling in Iceland, although I did forget to mention that the water in the hotel smells like rotten eggs (although safe to drink, which I didn’t – bottle at all times!) caused by the sulfur via the hot water flowing from geothermal origins. It’s safe to say my mornings never started off well as all I wanted to do was puke when I smelt it first thing in the morning!

So in this last installation of my travel series from Iceland, I take you through another scenic journey full of karaoke, laughter, a pit stop at the Blue Lagoon and our last supper together. You may wonder why is soooo much of the footage filmed in the car (a Nissan X-Trail)? Well most of our time was spent in the car, as it takes ages to get from one destination to the next (something to factor when travelling). However, I wouldn’t trade this travel option for anything else as I know it wouldn’t be nowhere near as fun travelling  with these girls in a coach.

Our final day consisted of checking out more national parks however we didn’t anticipate to get lost at Bruarfoss (we kept loosing mobile and satnav signal, very scary when you’re on foreign land and have no sense of direction) plus when you get there the signage is awful. This meant a lot of time was wasted and we didn’t get to stop off by the Geysir (where water erupts from hot springs) and take pictures although we did get a chance to drive by and see them in action! It all happened too quickly for any of us to pull out our cameras and snap away either.

Despite this we still managed to end the day beautifully and relaxed! Here is a list of things we got up to that final day:

  • Thingvellir National Park (Thingvellir, Iceland) // One of Icelands most historic (and popular) parks as it sits on a valley caused by the separation of two tectonic plates. It was also where their Parliament was situated up until the 18th century.
    What can you do here? – Hike through the valleys, learn the history, and check out the beautiful views and even snorkel and scuba dive. However, we didn’t hike, we ran to the observatory deck to take in the breathtaking views, take pictures and be on our way! 😀 FYI change is needed for parking.
  • Bruarfoss Waterfall (Brekkuskógur, Iceland) // this is supposed to be the one of the most picturesque and photogenic waterfalls around town – that’s if you can find it! I highly recommend you research this place prior to going as the signage and directions is awful, when we went it did look they were still constructing the roads. The trek to locate the head of this place is quite tricky, confusing, messy and dirty – so take some hike appropriate boots! It’s safe to say one or two of us have slipped into the mud trying to look for this place. Eventually we did give up (as we were running out of time) and were content seeing the river stream on by. If you have the time and patience for this very muddy trail then I highly recommend it as I’m sure you’ll get some very instragrammable and rewarding pictures 😀
  • Blue Lagoon (Grindavik, Iceland) // This is a MUST on your Icelandic venture although please do make it one of the last activities you do on your final day and do book in advance before you leave, basically as soon as your flight tickets are booked. If you leave it too late you’ll miss out and this is one activity you want to do as you definitely end the trip on a nice relaxing note.
    Allow yourself plenty of time before you’re supposed to be in as the queues are long and you’re required to take a shower before hand (an hour should suffice). There are open changing rooms and a couple of cubicle ones dotted around and you get a locker to pop your stuff into.
    Although there were a lot of people, we still found the experience really enjoyable and relaxing – the water was really warm and soothing and we didn’t feel like prunes by the end of it :D. The complimentary mask was quite lovely on, nothing too fancy that makes me want to say “i need this again”. We took the towels from the hotel so we didn’t have to bring back wet ones, hehe (albeit I do feel a little guilty) and we took our own flip flops. Having said that we opted for the basic ticket entry option and it was more than enough, the premium wouldn’t have made a difference to the experience to be fair.
    There are dressing room stations on the way out with complimentary tissues, cotton buds/ pads and hairdryers – so you can get dolled up and ready before you leave. Overall, a highly recommendable experience although on the pricier side of activities.  
  • Messinn (Reykjavik, Iceland) // Our last supper was at none other than Messinn! We got here later than intended but the staff were super lovely and accommodated us well. As the food was made super fresh they were also able to remove all the alcoholic ingredients from our meals and provided us with complimentary rye bread (the softest rye I’ve ever had). The interior of this place has an authentic nautical feel to it, quite an intimate setting that’s not cramped.
    I had the fish burger – a salmon fillet on a bun with cucumbers, tomatoes, camembert, sweetcorn, pickled and fried onion and mustard sauce – served with potato wedges and chilli mayo – the flavours all worked well together. I wasn’t expecting the fillet to be a literal fillet of fish (clearly I’ve been eating too many McD’s) so this was a welcomed surprise for sure.
    However you can’t come to Messinn without trying their signature fish pans (can easily be shared between two people or more). I was lucky enough to try a bit of the dishes from the other girls and highly recommend the Plaice (tomatoes, parsley, capers, lemon and butter), Artic Char (honey, almonds, cherry tomatoes, lemon and butter) and the Atlantic Wolffish (mushrooms, bell pepper, grapes and cream cheese). All the fish pans are served on a large skillet with baby potatoes and baby spinach. Do I recommend this place? YES YES YES. An iconic seafood restaurant and 100% worth the visit for artic fresh fish, like it doesn’t taste cleaner than this place.

Hallgrimskirkja Church (Reykjavik, Iceland) // After dinner we decided to walk off our meal through the town and came across an iconic church which was architecturally breathtaking and inspired in design by the basalt rocks, housing a gigantic pipe organ, which I bet would be insane to hear. I wish we visited this place during the day as then we would’ve been able to climb to the top of the tower to get a beautiful view of the city. Please note from images on google, this church is extremely plain on the inside but if you appreciate architecture you’ll enjoy this.
I had a blast in Iceland with the girls and I enjoyed writing and editing this post for you lovely readers, so I really do hope you’ve enjoyed reading these posts and watching the vlogs to see what we got up to. Any questions feel free to ask away as I’ll be more than delighted to answer them for you. (Missing Mas from the pics below, girls how did we not get more group shots? 😦 !!)

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Follow Me To || Iceland – Day Two // Scenic Road Trip

As-Salaamu Alaikum
Peace Be Upon You

Welcome to Day Two of my Iceland travel series. I cannot apologise enough for the delay, but alas it’s here.

The agenda for this road trip was to visit as many natural landmarks as possible. We all had planned to see a bunch of attractions based off of some popular tours in Iceland, but we didn’t manage to see as many as we would of liked. Key factors that need to be taken into account is:

  • Daylight hours – start your day early as there’s not enough light out
  • The weather – omg it goes from hailstorm to fog, to sun and back round to heavy clouds again and it can all change within 20 mins and is scary as heck if you’re not an experienced driver. Have car lights on at ALL times.
  • Hike time – when we got to the landmarks we thought we’d be there 15 mins in and back out, but no we got excited taking pictures and hiking around
  • Wetness? – I didn’t realise you’d get drenched near the waterfalls, so we spent some time trying to dry down, definitely recommend taking an extra outfit with you (plus it doubles up for a nice outfit change in pictures!)
  • Journey – What I mean by this is that the length between each destination is long, as most of the day was spent in the car driving about and there’s nothing in-between except loads of land – no town or civilisation. It’s a bit daunting when you’re used to city life and all of sudden you’re driving where there’s limited civilisation it really brings you out of your comfort zone into the unknown.

Regardless of the above issues, we managed to stop by the following landmarks:

  • Seljalandsfoss – A waterfall which you can walk behind, take a rain coat, umbrellas will NOT survive in windy conditions. I highly recommend this place, it’s great walking behind the waterfall despite getting wet, it was def worth it.
  •  Skógafoss (Skogar, Iceland) – Another lovely waterfall where you can hike up to the top observatory deck and get good views there. We didn’t have time to climb upto the top, but stopped by to take pictures of God’s beautiful landscape.
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach (Vik, Iceland) – I wouldn’t say this is a beach where you can sunbathe on, the rocks are too coarse for that. There’s a small low cave where you get to see the black basalt columns, and the crashing waves are strong. It’s a very picturesque place where we managed to get there for sunset. For all my bollywood fans, Dilwale was shot here 😉
  • Then we started our journey towards Jökulsárlón in the hopes of seeing the Glacier Lagoon but by the time we got there it was pitch black. So we u-turned back to Reykjavik. Regardless we are able to drive by a mountain besides the Atlantic Ocean and see the Supermoon, which happened to the brightest and biggest sighting of the moon in over 60 years, so that was beautiful and surreal.

Throughout our time in Iceland we didn’t get  a chance to see the northern lights unfortunately. Just to recap we travelled in November so we knew this could be a possibility due to the clouds.

This particular day was a planned road trip to visit all of natures beauties and attractions. We tried our best to jam pack as many sights as possible which we thought we could accomplish, but no we couldn’t.

My top tip for Iceland – have sturdy comfortable shoes, be ready for lots of walking, have your snacks ready and make sure you have a wifi-dongle and phone charger with you at all times. We needed to use the sat nav on many occasions and it was a life saver.

Oh and be PREPARED! Start your day early and focus on being quick (in and out) then you’ll have the opportunity to visit loads more locations.
IMG_4492I do hope that this post was somewhat helpful and you enjoyed the vlog attached! I enjoy writing up these posts (albeit this has been severely delayed, In sha allah I’ll have the next one ready for you next week)!

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Follow Me To || Iceland – Day One

As-Salaamu Alaikum
Peace Be Upon You

This is a super late upload but one that I’ve been meaning to share with you all for such a long time. Last November, during my birthday month I’ve been lucky enough to visit both Lithuania and Iceland.

Now my trip to Iceland started off very rocky, one to be shared in a separate post, but after the airport struggles, I decided to keep positive and enjoy the rest of this girlie trip. We stayed there for 3 nights and 4 days and throughout our time there the weather was poor so we never got a chance to see the northern lights, however what we did get to see was the Supermoon up super close and bright.

After a challenging start at the airports, both Gatwick and at Reykjavik, we left the airport facing the sharp cold wind and went to pick up our rental car – a beautiful 7 seater that had hosted 6 girls and their luggages – our journey to the hotel was interesting to say the least – the best feature about our car was the Huwaei device we had which was a wifi dongle allowing us girls to have internet access with us on the go (bloody life-saver), the best investment made. We opted to rent a car so we can take ourselves around the city and travel to the sight-seeing landscapes at our leisurely pace. We researched a bunch of tours and knew what we wanted to see, although we missed some due to time constraints. It’s crazy how quick time flies.

Now Day One – First thing on our agenda was food and we wanted to try out the pizzas at ‘Shake and Pizza’ (not halal, opted for vege options) however the waiting time was insane for this place, so we reserved our slot and went looking for some snacks for our car trip the following day and ended in Haukaup, one of their supermarkets. What was overwhelming was understanding the currency, we just experienced Brexit and the currency rate and conversion was all over the place making it appear that everything was super duper expensive and confusing to adjust too as the pound was fluctuating quite a bit.

Once we bought our snacks, we went back to the restaurant, ordered our pizzas and tucked right in – we ordered a classic margarita and ‘the green eater’ which was garlic, cherry tomatoes, olives and basil, containing their special pizza sauce and cheese mix . We also ordered a large portion of fries to share, which came with their house sauce and that was LOVELY – definitely worth trying. What I do need to advise is that the cheese is crazy strong, thick and chewy. Sounds like everything you’d want in a pizza right? Wrong! It was way too much and got very sickly very easily. I highly recommend sharing a pizza between two. Despite the cheese overload, the one I really enjoyed was the green eater and was full of flavour and seasoned really well. Which is great considering my asian taste buds tend to write-off a lot of food.

Afterwards we went for a quick drive around town to see whats what and whats where. We walked around for a little bit, grabbed some sorbet from an ice-cream parlour and stopped by the pier to check out the ships. On our drive back, glistening like the sea at night we noticed a building called Harpa, which happened to be Iceland’s Symphony Orchestra Hall known for its distinct geometric honeycomb architecture replicating the basalt landscape of Iceland. It’s super pretty at night so we popped inside to have a quick look close up. Inside it’s very artistic, concrete and industrial.

 Since daylight hours were short, there wasn’t a lot of things open to check out. So we ended the night, headed back to hotel to rest and planned our adventurous trip for tomorrow. The hotel we stayed at is Flosshotel, bare in mind this is a chain of hotels in Iceland, some are completed to a nice a standard and others are a work in progress and a total mess. I highly recommend the hotel shown in the picture below.

Enjoy the pictures from day one! Let’s commence with a mandatory passport/ boarding pass picture shall we?

I hope you enjoyed this super short, simple blogpost and vlog from day one at Iceland and stay tuned for day two (will be up in a week) – trust me you want to stick around for this next post because I share with you all some beautiful landmarks of Iceland, it’s incredibly scenic, so don’t forget to follow on the right hand side! If you have any questions please do share them, I’m more than happy to share my experiences and tips further! xoxoInstagram  ||  Twitter  ||  Tumblr  || Youtube

Follow Me To || Lithuania – Day Three

 As-Salaamu Alaikum
Peace Be Upon You

Lithuania || D A Y T H R E E
Monday 07th November, 2016

Day One [H E R E]
Day Two [H E R E]

The final full day ended up being a really nice chill day, lunch at a local restaurant where I had a deep fried czech? block of cheese and fries. Fruit tea is a must with us girls, and they had the cutest mugs around, topped with their own lids – the art is magnifique. We then continued to the spend the day at ‘moms’ flower shop, which was great fun – as I even got the chance to make my own flower arrangement! (see 2nd picture from the bottom). We then ended the day at DunDun donuts – to eat a donut the size of my face and enjoy a warm mocha. After dinner, we also got the chance to enjoy a special Lithuanian treat called Sakotis shaped like a tree (refer to the last image), it’s a traditional sweet treat made from butter, eggs, flour, sugar, and cream and given in special occasion, so yes I felt uber loved when my Lithuanian family gifted this sweet treat to me.
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This was my final day in Lithuania – safe to say I definitely would love to come back for another weekend visit. It’s the perfect amount of time required to visit this place. I probably would like to come during a much more warmer season though haha!

I do hope you enjoyed this short post, I have some Iceland travel blogs I wants to share with you, so do keep your eyes out for that! Until my next post, xoxoInstagram  ||  Twitter  ||  Tumblr  || Youtube

Follow Me To || Lithuania – Day Two

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Peace Be Upon You

Lithuania || D A Y T W O
Sunday 06th November, 2016

Recap with Day One [H E R E]

After a really cosy sleep, we started the day with a road trip to Anyksciai to go on this picturesque hike up the treetops which led me to a fantastic view of the landscape. It was really empty and quiet, quite perfect to be honest. The air was cold and crisp, I felt the need to preserve it and whisper throughout. It was honestly amazing and indescribable. The snow really added to the magical moment and worth going to especially for the view. If you’re a lover of nature and simple views then you will feel at peace here. I’m going to just stop rambling and let you enjoy the video and admire the pictures.

After the walk we went to Cosmos, to experience a trippy art installation! It was super fun to experience and worth the snapshots. When we went there wasn’t a queue and we were able to enter this glass room which took you into outer space. The lights dimmed, the eerie music on and the galactic atmosphere began. It really was a trippy experience and loved every minute off it.

The night ended with PIZZAAA, a girls night in, jacuzzi, and some lovely herbal tea.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and stay tuned for Day three and my Iceland Trip! Until my next post, xoxoInstagram  ||  Twitter  ||  Tumblr  || Youtube

Follow Me To || Lithuania – Day One

As-Salaamu Alaikum
Peace Be Upon You

Lithuania || D A Y O N E
Saturday 05th November, 2016

A short 2 hour flight bought me from London Luton airport to Vilnius – the travelling aspect was really smooth and lovely, no issues. As soon as I left security, I was greeted by my beautiful friend and her mommy – we went straight away to eat and then went on a night time walk to explore the city.

We went to a lovely restaurant in the city called ‘Da Antonio‘ (very mafia and very Italian if you ask me), the service, the host, the location and the food was soooooo lovely. The etiquette in Lithuania is much more substantial and warming than any restaurant that I’ve been to in London, and trust me I’ve experienced a fair spectrum of restaurants in London, from cheap as chips to posh nosh in Mayfair.

Da Antonio || Vilniaus g. 23, Vilnius 01402, Lithuania

To start of with we had a salmon with mascarpone cheese in a small waffle cone. The combination of the salmon with the creamy cheese and sweet waffle was very interesting and all so lovely – had me wanting more. We then had a shot of whipped cream cheese topped with sun dried tomatoes, olive oil and herbs, which was super light and refreshing – compliments of the chef of course. For my main course, I have a spinach and ricotta tortellini in a creamy sauce topped off with cappuccino foam. The foam was unusual for my tastebuds, but certainly added to the creaminess. To top off the evening we had affogato – a luxurious silky vanilla gelato topped with a shot of expresso. Yum. What a beautiful introduction to my first day in Lithuania.

Have a look through my eyes and come explore the cobbled streets of Lithuania with me.

We ended the evening with a stroll through the city into Old Vilnuis, I’m such a fan of old architecture so it was lovely to walk around and explore the place. Travelling in November is very cold, so be prepared to pack your winter garms!

I hope you enjoyed my journey, stay tuned for day 2 [H E R E]! Fun things happened. Until my next post, xoxoInstagram  ||  Twitter  ||  Tumblr  || Youtube

Follow Me To || Amsterdam

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My travels to Amsterdam started well before the sun came out, with an early morning flight from London Gatwick airport to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, hence the make up free – no sleep puffy face picture below.

So Amsterdam is infamous for their weed and their red light district, neither of which I wanted to go for. I was totally up to do all the touristy things and check out their culture but this 3night 4day trip was ruined due to the snow and the rain!! It was quite disappointing to say the least. However the company I was with made it all the worth while and was such good fun to check things out.

Aside from all the touristy things, I highly recommend you try out their chunky chips and waffles! (God, I’m such a foodie, lol!)

If you’re planning on visiting Amsterdam and you wish to do all the touristy things, then I highly recommend you purchase the “I Amsterdam City Card” – more information [H E R E]. It sounds like a lot of money initially but trust me you get bang for your buck! Your GVB transport and entry to all the museums are included plus a free canal ride and discount on  many other things. So i’ll defo be purchasing that card the next time I visit. Fingers crossed the weather stays put and isn’t wet or cold!

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