19 THINGS I WISH I'D KNOWN ABOUT FESTIVALS



1. The walk from your drop off point to where you actually camp will be the longest of your life.

2. Rucksacks are a good idea.

3. Lets be honest, it will rain and theres no escaping it so listen to your mum when she suggests you pack a mac.

4. No amount of dry shampoo will be able to help your situation by day four.

5. The likelihood of getting to the front of the crowd from your favourite band is slim to impossible unless you are inhumanly patient and can deal with the pressure of 1000's of people pushing against your back.

6. EVERYONE LOOKS SHIT though that still won't make you feel any better about it.

7. The first shower you have when you get home will feel like a gift from God. 

8. You will regret not taking toilet paper.

9. Don't get close to a mosh pit/wall of death/any other violent phenomena in the crowd because you will die.

10. No one dresses/acts like they do for Coachella here so don't bother with valuable clothes because they will be ruined.

11. Your tent will never look the same again.

12. The state of the toilets by day five will scar you for life.

13. People will steal your camping chairs and you will probably steal theirs.

14. Everything is ridiculously expensive so a trip to TESCO before you arrive is a good idea even if it does mean more to carry on that ridiculously long walk.

15. Someone will probably offer you drugs.

16. Finding your tent amidst a sea of tents isn't fun. You will resent the people intelligent enough to bring a flag.

17. No man/woman will find you attractive by day five.  

18. Your toothbrush and disposable camera will become your most precious possessions.  

19. Despite being dirty you will wish it lasted longer and want to go back for round two.

Hope you guys enjoyed this slightly different post to usual, it is meant to be lighthearted and a bit of a joke but there are some real gems of advice in there too...!

Jenny x

BARCELONA


As some of you may know I recently spent some time in Barcelona so I thought I'd share some pictures I took and chat about the experience as it may be interesting to anyone thinking about going there. If you're clever and reasonably flexible flights to Barcelona are really cheap, as in under £80 for a return which is great, just try to avoid August. Accommodation isn't as great but the further out of the city you stay the cheaper. We were quite lucky and had a lot to see in walking distance and were near a metro station which we used to get to the Old Town and beach. Barcelona beach is actually man made, not that you really care while laying in the sun! As you may know I'm really pale and can't tan at all so I spent my time slapping on the factor 50 between swimming in the sea. The jellyfish warnings did freak me out a bit so be wary! 


As for sightseeing Barcelona is very spaced out so you have to metro or spend a lot of time walking (which we did) to get from place to place. I definitely recommend getting a metro pass if you're there for more than 5 days because it makes life so much easier and will save you money! We visited the Old Town and the Cathedral which are must see's, the old part of the city is very beautiful. We also trecked to the Sagrada Familia which was incredible! These were my favourite parts, I like architecture and Barcelona has such an interesting mixture which was cool. The food was also really good and you can make it as expensive as you want it to be, we ate out each evening then stuck to cheaper fast food options for lunch. Tapas is obviously something you need to give a go while there, I think it's great especially if there's a big group of you.


We also visited Barcelona Zoo which I think is safe to say, far better than London Zoo. The variety of animals is vast and they also had dolphins which I thought was really cool though we didn't actually get to see any! The entry wasn't expensive either so if you're interested in that sort of thing its worth going. 


We spent a lot of time getting lost and I expect you will too if you go, it's not a bad thing though, you end up finding really cool things which are less touristy. We did successfully manage to find the Font Magica which a lovely guy on a bus from the airport told us about. You have to visit it if you ever go to Barcelona, there is a huge night time show with opera music playing and the fountain changing shape and colour (terrible description, I videoed some in my vlog if you want to see what I mean) and it's amazing, the atmosphere is incredible. You can look up the times of shows depending on when you go. Also the views from up by the Palau Nacional which the fountain is in front of are amazing and best of all there are escalators that take you to the top (thank god). 


I vlogged the trip too if you're interesting in seeing more than just pictures. It's not a chatty vlog which I think is better in this instant as it's more about the city's beauty and what we did while there! Barcelona is a great city and one I definitely want to revisit as there is so much to see and it can be a great budget holiday too if you want it to be. Websites like Travel Supermarket compare great city break deals to Barcelona for around £170 depending on the time of year and that includes flight and hotels as a minimum so you should definitely check that out. Hope you liked this post and found it helpful! 

Jenny x