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 || 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.
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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 || Bangladesh (Part Two)

As-Salaamu Alaikum
Peace Be Upon You

My journey to Bangladesh has been extremely emotional, a person awakening if anything. It’s been hard to express in my videos as I didn’t want to come across as nagging or continuously negative. I wasn’t able to vlog all the good bits and lovely moments, as I expressed that I didn’t want to share too much of my family, ALSO, I had a difficult time charging my camera battery! Priorities were trying to get my phone to charge more. I didn’t travel anywhere ‘touristy’ this year as my main priorities were to see my family. My short visit went quicker than anticipated.

Overall, my visit to Bangladesh has opened up eyes to all that still needs to doing, I’ve never felt so motivated to want to help so many people in my life. I guess, it’s time to get to work so I can do something…
Enjoy watching the video and this picture heavy post!


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IMG_4211IMG_1372IMG_1377IMG_1397IMG_4262IMG_1429IMG_1457IMG_1458IMG_1561IMG_1602IMG_1690IMG_1709Tin house Roofs: love the sound of rain and thunder against these roofs //  Coconut Tree // The light at the end of the jungle // Blurred Views: To an unknown destination // The locals at the Masjid // Maternal Grandad’s plaque placed in front of our graveyard plot // Caught Vlogging // The lands of Grand Sultan Hotel // Freshie picture // In Bloom // Grandma in her element: the gardens, looking at what’s growing  // Looking out from within the Shah Jalal // Fuska!!!!! ❤ Loved this stuff (similar to gol guppy/ pani puri)

No one has ever become poor from giving, so don’t hesitate to give what you can xoxo
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Follow Me To || Bangladesh (Part One)

As-Salaamu Alaikum
Peace Be Upon You

My journey to Bangladesh started on 31st January, when I picked up a Biman Bangladesh boarding ticket and took a traitorous plane journey into a smog filled environment. The humidity was beyond weird and sticky, I really didn’t enjoy my time there. After being absence for 12 years I had a lot of hopes for Bangladesh, to an extent I was disappointed.

Everyone’s reasoning to go back to their motherland is different, unique and personal, we all go for our own reasons. On this occasion, I went to go visit family members, meet my half-brother for the first time and partake in a shini ‘offering’ as it was my great granddaddy’s death anniversary. He’s quite a big deal in our village, a very respected member of the community hence his grave is all done up and fancy.

Initially I had such a hard time getting used to the environment and the people, it was so different, definitely a culture shock and a good reminder of reality, going back to the motherland and seeing how everyone lives really makes you appreciate your life. Simple things like tissue, basic hygiene and cleanliness and  access from clean water were missing from everyday life. 12 years on I feel as though no major improvements have been made. It really makes me want to work so much harder so I can give back to the community myself and provide for them.

What I envied the most whilst I was out there was the simplicity of life, the carefree attitude people have. At times I was at a lost, I didn’t understand what people did throughout the day, there’s no TV in some households or even entertainment. People just communicated with each other, stories were told and lots of chai was drunk. It was nice and refreshing to be away from the modern stress of today, work and technology.

Anyways I could talk forever about my journey back home but I shall definitely be leaving it here. Enjoy the video and pictures! (subscribe and follow) xo
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IMG_1052IMG_1119IMG_1111IMG_1080IMG_1116IMG_1139IMG_1163IMG_1177IMG_4113IMG_1212IMG_1254IMG_1261Staring out into the real life concrete jungle// the three musketeers: travelled with my cousin and brother// a villager working the paddy fields// my dads oldest sister and my brother, can you see how short my family members are!// the graveyard// paddy ‘rice’ fields// the big cockerel// the cow: so strange being so close to farmyard animals on a daily basis// burning sun: on this evening the sun was bright orange and in flames, very beautiful in person// rickshaw: bless the guy, he had to haul my fat ass down town// one of many brick kilns// drinking chai at Rumel’s engagement// street vendors: fuska is the one! aka pani puri or gol gappay.

Bangladesh is known for eating curry and rice, and no-one could of prepared me for all the rice and curry I ate whilst out there. It sounds silly but I genuinely forgot people are prepared to eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner – safe to say I stopped eating rice and curry after the second day, I couldn’t take anymore of it, I love having a variety. None the less, I was happy to have visited everyone after such a long time. I can easily say I’m not in a rush to head back anytime soon.
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