As I mentioned in a previous post (before the Northern Norway Mini Adventure )I have been thinking about what I want to do travel wise during the first few months of 2016. I’ve been thinking about giving myself another city break for my 22nd birthday If I can afford it and considering my options on that front made me want to tell you guys about how I celebrated my 21st birthday. Last year I was lucky enough that I got to go to Paris with my Mamma!
We planned it so that I got to spend my actual birthday in Disneyland Paris as well, which is a life long dream of mine. Any birthday really, and any Disney park. I just desperately wanted to visit one of the parks. It was a first for me and while 21 might be a little too old to drag your Mum with you to the Merchandise Machine that is Disney… well, when the opportunity arose I couldn’t resist!
We bought tickets that included transport from Paris city centre in the morning and back in the evening and off we were! As it was in March it was low season and the tickets were cheaper than they are during the summer and in spring time, but it was aslo very very cold outside.
We had about 12 hours to spend in the park in addition to the transport time of almost two hours both ways, so it was a long day, but it was also an amazing day. If we had had the time I think we would have gone two days to give us more time to queue for rides and so on, but we had a packed schedule of sightseeing the city, visiting the Palace in Versaille and only stayed for a day in the park. Looking back I’m amazed at how much we managed to cram in. We visited every part of the park (Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Discoveryland and Mainstreet U.S.A + Studio 1) but I think my favourite was Adventureland, closely followed by Fantasyland.
In Frontierland we went on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster ride, which scared me to death, but also made me squeal with nervous excitement. I’m not big on roller coasters, but it was definitely worth the wait! Exploring caves and old shipwrecks and climbing to the top of a fake tree named La Cabane des Robinsons in Adventureland was definitely one of the highlights of the day for me as I’m an adventure fan. The pirates ship ride was also brilliant 🙂 I don’t reallly have to explain why I liked Fantasyland do I? It was pink, had a Maze, and a giant princess castle. What more could a girl want?
Towards the end of the day we were both tired, I was cranky due to lack of food – popcorn doesn’t really do anything to fill you up 😛 We considered taking one of the local trains that run from outside the park back into the city, but as we knew it would be the only time either of us would probably go there we ended up buying yet another batch of popcorn and waited to watch the parade in the afternoon. When it began we heard this song about 10 times:
I felt a bit sorry for the actors as it drove me crazy after the third time and they do this every day for months at the time. The kids were ecstactic however, and I could see that the artists were feeding off of the energy of the crowd – which there was a lot of!
All in all it was one of the longest, most tiring and most entertaining days I’ve had in a while. I’m sure I would have enjoyed it even more if I had been a child, but even as a (cough technically cough) grownup I had a blast. I didn’t have time to queue for a character meet-up, but spending the day with the woman who raised me and taught me to love Disney was more than enough. I wish they had more Frozen merch, however, but the park in Paris is very Ratatouille focused, for obvious reasons. I did make a little friend while browsing the teddy bear isle though! How cute is he?! Xxx
Before I ever sat in an airplane I had visited many kingdoms, seen amazing creatures and met all sorts of people from more cultures than I could count. I was a reader. Now because this blog is so new, none of you will be aware of my love for literature. I’m a massive bookworm. Massive. I was the kid who sat in the back of the classroom and hid my middle grade fantasy books behind my math book, who did all her homework ahead of time just so I could read in our study sessions, who would even bring my poor books outside during free periods if I’d gotten to an exciting bit. Books became my way of traveling, they gave me exciting travel companions and they inspired me to go out and experience the world. To adventure beyond my own sphere, beyond the borders of my own country. And it wouldn’t be entirely untrue if I said that growing up with Harry Potter is what landed me in England for 3+ years.
The sad truth of university life, however, is that though I get to read and read a lot, the things I read are mostly academic bladibla. Which isn’t to say it’s not interesting… there is just a distinct lack of dragons, epic battles, young love and romantic kisses under the Eiffel Tower. And I need that in my life. Working the entire summer also means that there is a distinct lack of travel and the solution I seem to have come to is that I binge read during the summer. Every summer without fail. Here are some of the books I have read so far and hope to read during the coming months:
The Name of The Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle Day 1) by Patrick Rothfuss
The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle Day 2)by Patrick Rothfuss
Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella
Sophies World by Jostein Gaarder
Blood Song (Raven’s Shadow 1) by Anthony Ryan
Tower Lord (Raven’s Shadow 2) by Anthony Ryan
Queen of Fire (Raven’s Shadow 3) by Anthony Ryan
Catch 22 by Jospeh Heller
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Is Everyone Hanging OUt Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
More to come…
I’m hoping I will get through these and will probably update the list as I find more things I want to read throughout the summer. The more interesting question now is: What are you reading this summer?