Another week gone, another week to look forward to. I don’t know about you guys but for me, this week seems to have flown by. It’s been a busy week at work, I’ve had a fair bit of stuff going on through the week and I’ve had a proper good weekend in London with my friends at a music festival. BUSY!
Monday was a pretty chilled night so, as we were sat in front of the TV, my flat mate and I were chatting away. And, I’m not quite sure how it happened but we both got sucked into a vortex of Buzzfeed quizzes. And everyone knows that Buzzfeed quizzes are legit, right? Well one I did was something like “Find Out Your Hogwarts House You’re In Based On The Alcohol You Drink”. Hoping I would be put in Hufflepuff again like every other Harry Potter quiz, I did the quiz. And got put in blummin’ Hufflepuff, again.
After a catch up with my old manager on Tuesday evening over a coffee at 200 Degrees, I had a wander back through Leeds in the evening light to where I’d parked my car at Victoria Gate. If you’re ever in Leeds, make sure you look up because the buildings are just stunning. And they’re easy to miss if you don’t know they’re there.
On Wednesday, I had plans to miss netball and head to She Does Digital in Leeds. Unfortunately, my health had other plans and thanks to a combination of me feeling tired and not looking after myself in terms of eating the right food for my IBS, meant I was in bed by 7.30 on Wednesday night. I know, so rock ‘n’ roll. But after a good 10-hour sleep, I felt so much better the next morning and ready to go. It was a good reminder that I shouldn’t eat all the food I want to eat otherwise it’ll definitely catch up with me.
One thing I look forward to in the Leeds events calendar is The Ocean Film Festival. You may remember that I went to the Banff Mountain Film Festival in February, and The Ocean Film Festival is part of the same tour. Chris, Kate, a couple of Chris’ friends, and I went to Leeds’ Town Hall on Thursday and saw a collection of inspiring films about the ocean, its animals, and the people that base their life around the water. It was a really good evening, and a really good programme of films and I can’t recommend it enough if the tour is coming to a town near you.
On Friday evening, I travelled down to London to meet my buddies Nick, Brogan and Nat. We were all down for the weekend to go to Hospitality Festival on Saturday, but there’s more on that later. I arrived in King’s Cross around 8ish and headed over to Arsenal where we’d booked an Air B’n’B. I walked in the door to find everyone, in a fairly nice house, crowded around a Jason Donovan boardgame. There wasn’t any explanation for a while as we tried to order Deliveroo but eventually, we started playing what can only be described as a game for 13-year-old fangirls of Jason Donovan about 20 years ago. We still don’t know how we should’ve played the game but we do know that some of the questions were awful. “What’s Jason’s favourite airline?” (It’s Qantas if you’re curious) and “What year will you turn 21?” (The correct answer to this question, and many other questions in the game, was just whatever you wanted it to be). It was a bizarre game, one in which we learned a lot more about Jason Donovan.
I’m not going to lie, the name of this pizza place we got food from on Friday night was much better than the pizza itself. Me and Brogan definitely got sucked in by the marketing there when we probably should’ve just gone for Papa Johns. Although it was novel getting a pizza called The Alva and Bones Brigade. (Also, please watch Lords of Dogtown if you haven’t seen it. It stars Emile Hirsch and Heath Ledger and is about how skating developed during a California drought during the 1970s. It’s pretty indie and is seriously cool. Plus, Heath Ledger.)
Back in May, Nick asked a few of us if we wanted to go to a festival in London called Hospitality In The Park. I said yes without thinking about it and without knowing that much about the festival or Drum ‘n’ Bass music in general. I just thought it would be quite fun. I was right, it was pretty fun to spend a day listening to music, eating good food and hanging out with my friends in the capital. I’m still not sure I could listen to DNB on the regular but I did enjoy sets by Danny Byrd and The London Electricity Big Band. I was glad to be back in the Air B’n’B at the end of the day though with a cup of mint tea and a caramel biscuit. I think I’m actually 60 years old inside.
I wish, WISH, I could remember the place I had lunch at In Camden on Saturday morning. It was a great little food joint where me and Brogan shared a falafel salad and plate of toasted halloumi cheese. I had a fresh banana, passion fruit and apple smoothie to go with it and we also got some brown flatbread with hummus too. Man, it was good. If only I could remember the name. I’ll try and find it out for you guys because this is just me bragging about some amazing food I had otherwise.
Just before I headed back for my train on Sunday, we all had a little walk up to Primrose Hill to take in the view of the city. I’d never been here before, and I’d never walked through Primrose Hill either. I immediately fell in lust with the buildings, the independent coffee shops and atmosphere of the place. Although there’s no doubt you have to have dollar to live there. The view from the top of Primrose Hill too is amazing. You can see the whole of London from there. It, is, beaut.
Sometimes, on rare occasions, I happen to come across first class train tickets that are cheaper than standard class. Sunday’s tickets were one of those occasions so for the 2-hour journey back up to Leeds, I got to sit in a comfy seat, munching on free popcorn and drinks and enjoying the free WiFi on offer. WIN.
Have you all had a good week? Let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments below!