This feels so weird! I’ve already written to you yesterday 🙂 So, what’s new with you? Since yesterday I had a little more time for reading, so I read “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” again. I’m currently re-reading the whole HP series, but as soon as I’m done I’ll be back with some more books recommendations and reviews. Also we learned something really nice about “living our truth” in gender class, so maybe I’ll share it with you someday. Oh, and also my friend got married! That led me to think that maybe I am the problem (jk though I’m literally only seventeen I don’t need no man). So, now that we’re all caught up, shall we?
Today I wanted to share with you some really simple, easy to do meals. Since we all are stuck at home, we eat, do and live the same life every day. I know that most people get tired of eating the same thing in the same way, so I thought I’d share some new ideas! Most of you probably have the ingredients at home, as these really are super easy and casual. I hope that you can use this as inspiration! 🙂
🥑 Avocado, egg and puffed rice cakes
Okay, so this first one is actually quite easy, and most of you probably have everything at home already. What you’ll need is-
Puffed rice cakes
Whatever else you’d like to add!
First, cut the avocado in half, peel off the skin and place it on a plate. Take a fork, press and mix the avocado until you’re satisfied. Add some lemon juice and salt, and mix it all together. Try to taste the avocado while you mix, add more salt or lemon juice as you’d like.
Next, fry the the egg however you like it best. Once the egg is ready, place it on a plate along with the avocado. Add the puffed rice cakes (you can also switch these for bread!) and add anything else as you’d like. I’ve added some cream cheese and anchovy.
And that’s pretty much it for the first meal! You can switch any ingredient to a different one if you’d like. It’s healthy, easy and tasty.
🥦 Broccoli, rice and vegetables
For this one I mostly used stuff that I found in our fridge, so again, feel free to switch it for anything else. Here are the ingredients that I’ve used-
First, Take the broccoli and break it into smaller pieces. Wash it under running water, and let it dry out. Pre-heat the oven to 150-180C.
Once the broccoli is dry, take a baking tray and put aluminum foil on top of it. Place the broccoli on the tray, spread it out nicely. Then, take the oil, black pepper and salt and drizzle it randomly on the tray and broccoli. Then put it in the oven for about 10 minutes, until you’re satisfied with the results.
While the broccoli is in the oven, you can prepare the rest of your meal. We had some rice and beans in the fridge, so I just took them and put them in a bowl. Cut some vegetables, and place them in the bowl as well. Once the broccoli is ready take it out of the oven, wait for maybe 4 minutes and then place it in the bowl next to the vegetables and rice. And that’s it, your meal is set and ready to be eaten 🙂
And that’s it you guys! These two meals are super fun, tasty and easyyy to make! I hope that even if you didn’t end up making them, seeing the pictures and ingredients gave you some ideas of your own! And if you did end up recreating one of these meals, let me know. I hope that you have a lovely rest of the day, and that you’re taking care of yourself and your mental and physical health. Stick around if you’d like to read some of my previous posts, and follow for future “blogmas” blog posts 🙂
As always, take care, and I will see you tomorrow with blogmas day #3! I’m super excited for that one.
Hey everybody! How have you all been? Happy December to you! Let me start off by saying: I’m planning on doing blogmas this year! Or at least try to. In case you didn’t know, “blogmas” (blog + Christmas) is a blog series in which the writer (me lol) posts one blog everyday, from the beginning of December until the 25th. Usually the topic of the blogs is somehow related to Christmas. Vlogmas (vlog + Christmas) are my favorite type of vlogs to watch, so I decided to do something similar here. Also this is my last year before joining the military, and I don’t want to wait a whole two years before I can do blogmas. So, here we are 🙂
Before we get into this blog, let me give you some background information- winter is my absolutely favorite season. I love it so freaking much! I love the cold, I love having to wear many warm clothes, I love being all cozy… I love it! December is specifically my favorite month because of how cold and wintery it is! SO yeah.
Another thing you should probably know.. I’m actually Jewish! My mum was born in Europe, to a Christian mother, so growing up she always got to experience the Christmas vibe and spirit- in her home and also outside of it. Later on her family moved to Israel, and when she married my dad they decided to try and expose my brother and I to different cultures and holidays. Plus, my mum remembered how magical Christmas was when she was a child, and wanted us to have a similar memory. So, growing up, my parents would buy us a small Christmas tree and my brother and I would decorate it. Also Santa clause (aka my dad wearing a costume) would give us presents and sweets. My grandma, who is no longer Christian, still have a Christmas tree in her apartment and is now playing the role of Santa every December by giving us all sweets as well.
When I was in middle school we moved to the US for a few years, where I got to experience the full on Christmas package. And of course I fell in love with it. Even though I don’t celebrate Christmas for religious reasons, I still do so for the happy, warm feeling it brings with it, for the amazing songs and films, for the bright lights and magical vibes, for the opportunity to give back to my loved ones and of course for the chance to spend time with my family.
I’m excited to share with you everything that I do this month, especially the highlights from both worlds- Christmas and Hanukah as well. So, I thought what better way to start this second blog series on “ocean girl” than to show you how I prepared myself for this season! Behold, here’s how I decorated my room for December:
So… That will be it for now. This is a much shorter blog then I usually post, but I guess that it’s fine due to the fact that the next month is going to be crazy. I hope that I won’t go crazy trying to post daily, as I still have school and stuff. But I’ll do my best 🙂
Feel free to stick around if you’d like to read previous posts, and follow if you’d like to see the next blog posts to come! Stay safe, healthy and take care. Happy holidays!
How have you all been? I hope that all is well. I was planning on making this blog for a while now, but for some reason I have been putting it off. Maybe it’s because recently I discovered this game you might’ve heard of, “Among Us”, and I love it so much! My friends and I play it often, and I really recommend it if you’re looking for a new game new to play 🙂 But apart from that, I finished reading “Midnight Sun” by Stephenie Meyer, the author of the well- known book series the “Twilight” saga. The books are about a 17 years old girl named Bella Swan, that moves to live with her father in Forks, Washington. She falls in love with a guy named Edward Cullen, who happened to be a vampire. Of course many other things unfold in the books, but I wouldn’t know because I’ve never read past the first one (though after reading “Midnight Sun”, I feel like I should).
Even though the main subject of the books is Bella and Edward’s love story, there are many other things going on in Forks, that the two have to deal with. The series is being told from Bella’s perspective and her point of view. The series has four books if I remember correctly (though there are a few books that are somewhat related to the series that the author wrote later on).
“Midnight Sun” is another book in TTS series, except Meyer isn’t sharing a new plot- it’s the first book, “Twilight”, re-written from Edward Cullen’s point of view. Meyer started writing it way back in 2008, but stopped once the first twelve chapters got leaked to the internet. However, she still finished it and released it on August 4, 2020.
I pre-ordered the book, and received it some time during August. I finished it during the third week of September. But before I can share my thoughts on the book, let me tell you my history with “Twilight”.
So I actually got the book by accident. Kind of. Back in 2016, when I was 13, my dad and I were inside a “second hand” book shop. They had this sale of “buy 4, get 1 free” or something like that, and while my dad was paying he told me to pick the fifth book. I was caught off guard, I saw a book cover of two hands holding an apple that seemed familiar, so I was like “okay!” and got it. I later read it, and well, actually really liked it. I don’t know- I found it quite funny, easy to read and very romantic. I’ve read it quite a few times, but never went on to read the rest of the books in the series. Then later on, during 2017 (I think), I watched the first movie and hated it. “Hate” is a strong word, but I highly disliked it. Even though I love Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart and think that they’re both very talented, I really did not like how they represented the characters. It’s probably not their fault, but for example, something that I really liked about Edward in the books is how funny and sarcastic he is. In the movies, however, some stuff that was said in the books as a joke, came out as very serious and creepy. But! alas, I stopped watching the movies OR reading the books. The media told me that I shouldn’t like anything that has to do with vampires or “Twilight” at all, but more on that later.
Then, during quarantine, I was cleaning my book shelf when I saw the “Twilight” book, and decided to re-read it, as a 17 years old and not a child. Re-reading the book made me realize so many things. One, yes, there were many things that I no longer found romantic or cute. But two, I realized how the media made the “Twilight” saga seem like something so inappropriate and wrong, when in reality it’s actually a good book series. I’ve came across this video “Dear Stephenie Meyer” which explains it perfectly. You should totally watch it if you’re interested in TTS.
After re-reading “Twilight”, I found out that “Midnight Sun” was coming out, and knew that I had to read it. So I did. And here are my thoughts on it-
Let me start off by saying- I LOVED IT. Even though I’ve never read any other book in TTS, I already know that, in my opinion, it’s better then the rest of them. Because, well, I could relate to Edward’s mind better. The book is way longer, with over 700 pages, but that is because Edward is an over-thinker. And boy, so am I. In the book you get to learn more about the way Edward sees things (duh). You get to know his character better, and love him better. Something that made me really like him more is seeing how he’s being too hard on himself, and how insecure he is. Reading his perspective made him a whole lot more likable and relatable. Before, when I only read “Twilight”, I saw him as a snob. But now I got to see how he’s also dealing with stuff. Another person that you get to know more of is actually Bella. See, the original book is from her point of view, and you only get to know her from her own thoughts and feelings. But now, in “Midnight Sun”, a softer side of her is being shown. She comes off selfless, funnier and way smarter.
But going back to Edward, something that really bothered me about him was how he was basically telling Bella what to do all the time, being way overprotective and bossing her around. But after reading his side I realized how desperate he was to get that “yes” from her for every single thing, and how he always makes sure that she agrees to everything without his presence influencing her.
Of course we also get to know the Cullens and their history in “Midnight Sun”. We get to learn more about each of their stories, how they hunt, their dynamic as a family and even their inside jokes. We also get to read what Edward and his fam were doing while Bella was busy by herself in “Twilight”.
Honestly, I don’t really know what else to add besides what I already said. The book is VERY well written and you can clearly see how Meyer developed as an author over the years. Edward’s perspective is interesting, funny, and even got me to think about my own life and choices. If this is your first time reading TTS, I would recommend starting off with “Twilight” first. Maybe even finish the rest of the series, unlike me. Whatever you choose to do, I would recommend reading “Midnight Sun”. It’s a really good book, and I would definitely re-visit and read it again someday. Maybe even in the near future 🙂
Hopefully you enjoyed this review, as I tried my best to make it interesting and explain the backstory to everything instead of just saying “ya, it’s good”. Sorry again for taking so long to post blogs lately, online school is sucking the life out of me, like a vampire loll, but I definitely try ❤ Feel free to stick around in order to read more posts, or even follow my blog for future content. If you’ve read the book, let me know what you thought of it! I’d love to talk to you about it.
As always, please make sure to take care of yourself, of your mental and physical health. I will catch up with you soon in another blog 🙂
what’s up you guys? How have you been? I really hope that you’re doing well and that you’re safe and healthy. So maybe you have or haven’t noticed, but I’ve been gone for three weeks now. I had to take a break for reasons that I shall soon update you on. But first- we hit 23 followers? What the hell? My last blog post, 10 tips for working and studying from home did really well! So thank you so so much for that. I truly appreciate it! And welcome if you’re new 🙂 But now, I decided to come back and both update you on my life, and review a film that I recently watched- ” The Devil All The Time”. So enjoy your reading!
So actually, the last time that I posted was on exactly September 1st, the first day of school. I started my senior year, my last year in high school, and was really excited. Even though everything is so weird in the world, my school decided that it would be safe enough to go back to learning in person- but oh, they were wrong. I was in school for exactly four days, before I had to be isolated. Since this is our senior year, students from my grade decided to buy many fabric masks with our school’s logo on it, and give it to students from all over the school. It took exactly four days for the first kid to catch the virus, and since everyone wore those fabric masks, which, by the way, aren’t protective in any way, we were in big trouble. The guy that got sick with the virus is in my psychology class, and the day before he got diagnosed I spent 4 hours with him in class. Thankfully, we both wore the blue, store- bought, medical mask, and after taking a test to see if I had corona I tested negative, which was such a relief. However, I still had to be isolated in my room for two weeks just in case. Those two weeks were not fun, as besides going totally insane in my room, I also had to be taking classes in zoom. Each teacher thought (and they still do think so) that we are “so bored” at home, so I recieved crazy amount of homework. I lost motivation to do anything, which is why I haven’t been able to post anything in a whie. It’s been three days since those two weeks, and I already feel so much better. Something good that did came out of this is that I actually practiced playing my ukulele a lot, and also kinda learned to play the keyboard! I’m currently learning how to play “Clair de lune” by Debussy, and I truly love it 🙂 I also have been reading! so expect some book reviews coming up your way.
One thing that I realized while being stuck alone with my thoughts for forever, is that I really should live my life more. I enjoy telling stories, but I don’t have anything to say. Why? I should do what makes me happy, I should stop being on my phone all day. Watch a film if you can’t go out, read a book and educate yourself. Watch the sunrise from your window… I’m definitally going to be working on myself in that sense, and will be sure to post all about it here. Actually, I’m really planning to be a whole lot more active now. Hey, I’m at home anyway, right?
I’ve been truly blessed with parents who are overall good listeners, and I’ve sorta started seeing them as friends, in the best possible way, especially my mum. I’ve been also blessed with the cutests dog ever, and she definitally made this whole thing easier and full of laughter and joy. Other then that I’ve been meditating quite a lot, and buying the weirdst things on AliExpress. But that’s it for now, for my short life update. As I will be posting more often I could get into more details about my day 🙂
So. “The Devil All The Time”. Well, it is safe to say that I was really looking forward to that movie. You see, I’m a long time Spider- Man fan, and a big fan of Tom Holland in particular. I also feel like it is the destiny of every straight girl to fall in love with Robert Pattinson at some point, so there’s that. This movie is full of so many incredible actors and actresses, that I didn’t even care about the plot, I was simpy excited to watch their work. Well, I was disappointed.
The film was alright, the visuals were amazing. I just didn’t enjoy seeing the plot. I feel like I would have loved to hear the story on a crime podcast or something, but there was something about seeing everything unfold, and actually *seeing* things as they are, that was kinda hard to watch and even to process for me. The characters were all so very religious, and as a young adult who’s still trying to figure out her thoughts on the matter I found some parts hard to watch because of that. However, I will say this, I loved how in the end it all came around and everything got resolved. There were also many actors and actresses that I didn’t realised were in the movie until after seeing it, and it was super cool to see. I loved Robert’s acting- he was so good, I didn’t even think about him being Robert Pattinson, Edward Cullen or even Cedric Diggory- I saw Reverend Preston Teagardin, and no more. Tom’s acting was also great, though I kept seeing him as Peter Parker which personally to me was nice. I have seen Spider-Man more times then I could count so maybe that’s on me.
Overall I feel like I came to see this movie with big expectations, which is why I was let down. Also, this isn’t the kind of movie that I would normally watch, and like I said, the reason I wanted to see it in the first place was because of the cast. I feel like I simply watched it at the wrong time- maybe if I’ll re-watch it in a few years, my opinion would change 🙂 Would I recommend “The Devil All The Time” to a friend? Sure. I feel like this is the kind of movie that you have to watch and decide for yourself. Would I watch it again? Not right now, maybe in a few years.
So that’s it for today. I really hope that you enjoyed reading this blog, and I’m thankful that you’ve choosen to spend your time reading it. Also thank you again for 23 followers! That’s so cool. It’s like a whole small class haha.
Chile, I’ll talk to you all in my next post! If you haven’t make sure to follow “ocean girl” for more posts like this! And check out other posts if you’d like. As always, take care.
Hey! How have you been? Have you been taking care of yourself? What’s new? For me, I’ve finally finished working! I also got a hair cut and I like it quite a lot. I’m starting my senior year of high school next week, which is why I decided to write this blog- I wanted to go over my top 10 tips for staying productive while working and studying from home! These are tips that definitely work for me, and I hope that you’d find them helpful as well. Feel free to share your favorite tips in the comments! SO, let’s get into it-
#1 Adjest A Daily Routine!
This one might be kind of obvious to some of you, but it reallly is important! By having a routine, you’re accustoming yourself to do things in the right time. This is something that really helped me during online school- I would wake up every morning at the same time, eat breakfast then join class… I would have a specific time for everything, which helped me get things done- I knew that I needed to get up by 8:00, so I would do so instead of staying in bed with my phone. If I knew that by 16:00 I needed to finish my homework, then I’d do so instead of procrastinating. By having a routine you’re getting used to living a certain life style, so make it a productive one!
#2Workout Before Starting Your Day!
So I know that a lot of people might not like this one, but holy frick… trust me. If you’re normally working outside of your house, you’re probably used to walking a lot and doing activities without even thinking about it. But now, in quarantine, we’re all stuck at home so we don’t really do any fitness activities without thinking about it anymore. Doing exercises is really important for your body and health, and even mental health (again, especially during quarantine). Plus, if you’ve ever worked out you know that amazing feeling you get once you’re done. So working out in the morning will actually give you energy and motivation to start your day, AND it would be very good for your health.
#3 Get Ready In The Morning
Usually, before going to work or to school, you’d change out of you PJs into your everyday clothes, you’d put on your make up, brush your hair… Just because you’re at home, it doesn’t mean that you should stop doing that! Getting ready, even if it just means putting on a new t- shirt and sweatpants will totally put you into a work mode! And if not, it would at the very least change the lazy vibe that usually comes with wearing a PJs.
#4 Have A PermanentWorkplace
Whether it’s a desk, a specific chair or a place on the sofa, having a permanent workplace is important for getting into work mode. By having a specific desk where you sit and only do your job by, you’re regulating yourself that whenever you’re sitting by that desk, you should be doing your job. Otherwise, if you’re sleeping, watching TV and working in the same place, these things will get mixed together, and it would be easier to distract you.
#5 Making A “To Do” List
A bit well- known one, but again, really helpful. By sitting every morning and writing down everything that you need to get done today, it’ll be actually easier to get stuff done. You wouldn’t forget anything, and everything will be laid out in a very easy and organized way. Plus, once you’ve finished one of the tasks that are on the list, crossing it out will give you the motivation to do more and to cross more things off the list (or at least, that’s how it works for me :)).
#6 Only Work During Work Hours!
While you’re at work or school, you’re only working during very specific hours, and once you’re done- you’re done. When you arrive at home after a long day of working, you probably will NOT be working again. So try to do just that, WHILE you’re at home! Kinda like having a routine- decide on specific hours, in which you will be working. But once the time is up, don’t work anymore. It is easier to have your day all mixed up while you’re at home, because no one is telling you when you should work and when you shouldn’t, but try to be your own boss. Tell yourself when to start, and when to finish. It’ll make getting tasks done easier, and it will give you time for yourself, which is just as important.
#7 Take Breaks!
No one is expecting you to be superman! It’s important to take breaks, for you mental and physical health! Go for a run, eat a snack, watch that one episode of “friends”. It’s okay to take breaks when you feel like you’ve been working for long enough. Otherwise, you’d burn out! Be careful with that though, make sure that you’re not taking too long of a break. Know when your break starts, and when you should be getting back to work. Set a timer if needed 🙂
#8 Just Do It!
As a perfectionist and a procrastinator, I know how hard starting a project and getting things done can be sometimes. But something that I have to remind myself everyday is- the only way to get something done, is to actually do it. Unless you get up and write, your essay will not be ready for submition. Unless you get up and do your dishes, they will not be clean. Understanding that in order to get things done you actually have to do is quite important if you want to be able to work effectively from home. Another helpful tip if you’re really struggling with that is simply to count to five. Tell yourself “Once I finish counting to five, I will get out of bed”, and then really do so!
#9 Don’t Do Things That You Wouldn’t Be Doing At Work
If you wouldn’t go to sleep at 3 am during a school’s night, don’t do it. If you wouldn’t be getting up in the middle of work in order to fold your laundry, don’t do it. If you wouldn’t be watching Netflix in the middle of class, don’t do it. It’s that simple- just like setting time for work and time for yourself, seperate your home life from work and/or school. Don’t be doing things that you wouldn’t normally be doing during the week- even though you’re working from home, you’re still working. So treat it like a real job.
#10 Have A Weekly Schedule
Make yourself a weekly schedule! This tip is a mix of tip #1 and tip #5- at the begining of each week, set yourself a schedule- when’s your day off? what are you doing this Saturday? when are you going to study for that test? But also try to set a routine- for example, decide on one day off a week, which will always be your day off (if that’s possible).
ANDD WE’RE DONE!
This is all I’ve got for you today. I hope that you will find these tips helpful! Good luck for you if you’re starting a new school year- tell me what are your tips to be more motivated and productive at home. Also, feel free to follow my blog if you’d like to see more posts from me 🙂
Thank you for choosing to spend your time on my post. It means a lot, and I really hope that you enjoyed it. As always, take care. I will see you next Sunday 🙂
How have you all been? I hope that you’ve been taking care of yourself. I started working last week, trying to save some money before school starts, which is why I had to miss one week of posting. I’m back now though! I still have to catch up with some of your blog posts, so I’ll be doing that asap. My last blog post was a kinda a heavy one, which is why I decided that this week I wanted to post something a bit more chill and fun. I still wanted to be creative though, so I tried telling you a story time of my day at the city and the beach with my friend, in a more of a creative, story-like way! I’ve never done anything like this, but I kinda like how it turned out. Let me know what you think about it, and enjoy your reading!
Wednesday, 5 August 2020– going to the city + the beach with my friend
It was a warm, sunny Wednesday. School has been out for a while now and students were filling up the streets, the malls and the beaches, happy that the weight of the last year was finally lifted off their shoulders. Tel Aviv was the main attraction for these people- a big, beautiful city thats got it all- high buildings, malls, stores full with almost everything you’ve ever dreamed of, a sunny beach with many parasols decorating the sand, making it the most colorful place you’ve ever seen. People from all across the country made plans to visit the city and enjoy a day off, as did my friend, Cydney, and I. We woke up early, and met at the nearest train station. We were wearing our masks, of course, and had to print a special ticket for the train at home. Before getting on the train, we went inside the small bakery that was located by the station, and we each payed for two small and fresh croissants. Soon after that we were already sitting inside the train, preparing ourselves for the two hours ride ahead of us. But, unlike what we thought, the time flew by quicky- we each read a book that we’ve brought from home, listened to music and ate the croissants. Soon enough the train stopped, and a male’s voice echoed inside of the train – “the train will now arrive at the city Tel Aviv”. Excited and nervous, Cydney and I collected our bags and got off the train.
The train station in Tel Aviv was under the ground, so we had to walk up a long row of black stairs. When we finally made it to the top, the sun light washed our faces as we glared up to the high buildings, taking in the fresh air. The roads were packed, but the noises coming from them were nice, different. Cydney and I looked at each other and smiled. “Should we head to the beach? do you know where we should go?” Cydney asked me, and I replied, “I think I know where it is. I know where it’s supposed to be”. Happy and excited, we were on our way. We walked down the streets, looking all around us with excitment. We both live in quite a small town, and after being quarantined in our houses for a good 5 months, coming to the big city was a good change of air. We kept on walking for some time, exchanging stories from quarantine- I told her all about my dog, and the book that I was reading. I also told her how excited I was because Taylor Swift just released a new album. She told me about her family and books, and how excited she is to see her grandparents again. At some point we entered a store and bought there some snacks to eat at the beach.
After about a good 40 minutes we kinda… got lost. Yes, we knew where we were supposed to go, but we weren’t sure how we were gonna get there. After using google maps we realized that the way to the beach was quite long, and that we needed to take the bus. We walked around the city, searching for a bus station. The walk was quite tiring, for the sun wasn’t so fresh and warm after such a long time walking- it started to burn our skin and give us a headache. But sure enough we soon found the bus station, just as our bus arrived. We hopped on it quickly, paid for the ride, and sat down. During the ride we barely looked outside the window, as for as far as we knew, our stop was the last one. We talked, laughed and made jokes. After about 15-20 minutes, I realized that something has to be wrong. It took us way too long to arrive, and after taking a closer look at where we were, I realized that we did take the right bus, but that it was going the wrong way. It took us forther away from the beach rather then getting us closer to it. I hesitated telling that to Cydney, since we already walked for 40 minutes because of me. But after two more stops I pulled her arm, took our bags and said “I think we should get off here”. At first she didn’t ask many questions, but as soon as we got off the bus she turned to look at me and said, “we were going the wrong way, weren’t we”. “Yes, but that’s totally okay, we got this, all we need to do now is cross the road and take the same bus,” I said. “Don’t worry!” I added, knowing that she had a tendency to freak out over stuff like that. “Sure…” she said, as we started to cross the road.
When we first got off the bus I didn’t pay a close attention to our surrounding, as I was busy with calming down Cydney. But now I realized how strange the place was- it was a lot more crowded and loud. The streets weren’t as clean as they were before, and the only people walking around seemed to be religious (judging from their clothes). It didn’t bother me much, but then a different bus passed by and Cydney said, “hey… we’re no longer in Tel Aviv, we’re in Bnei Brak!” Bnei Brak is a religious town, right by Tel Aviv. She pointed at the bus, which had a sign that said “Tel Aviv”, meaning that it was heading that way. I looked aside, and saw a group of teenage boys, playing soccer while being all dressed in black suits “…..Shit”. I said. “My parents are going to kill me!” Cydney said, and I knew that she was right- her parents did not let her go too far away by herself, and it was a miracle that they even allowed her to come with me to the city. “Hey hey, we’re on our way to Tel Aviv! really, don’t worry”, I tried to calm her down again. As soon as we arrived at the bus station a bus stopped, and we just hopped on it, asked whether it was going to Tel Aviv or not, and when the driver told us that that’s where it was headed we both took a seat and waited.
The ride was about 30 minutes long, and we had to switch to a different bus in the middle, but it was fine. We listened to music- I played her “august” by Taylor Swift and she played me “November Rain” by Guns N’ Roses. We both were feeling a lot better, knowing that we were now safe inside of Tel Aviv, and were heading in the right direction. Soon after getting on the second bus Cydney started to make jokes about how stupid our luck was, and it immediately broke the ice. Once we started catching glimpses of the sea, I felt even better, as the sea is my “safe place” (heck, even my name on here is “ocean girl”!).
Once we got off the bus we faced a whole different view from the one before- a long, dry road that lead to the sand. The sand spread out beside the road, matching it. Above those two were the blue sky, fitted in big, fluffy clouds. The sea was closing in everything, completing the picture with a touch of light blue. “Yay! We finally made it!” Cydney said, and I smiled back in return. We did make it, finally. It was 14:46 already, and so we decided to change quickly and go for a swim.
After a short visit in the restroom, and after renting a parasol on the beach, we layed down on our spreaded towels and sighed with relief, breathing in the salty air. We ate our snacks, made jokes and talked for some good time. It was a bit different then our previous conversations- we now had nothing to worry about, nowhere to go to. We were simpy sitting by the beach, enjoying life.
Soon after we got tired of sitting and talking, so we decided to actually try to go into the sea. We placed our phones, wallets and keys inside of a plastic bag, and buried it in the sand beneath our towels. That way, if someone tried to steal our stuff it would take them a longer time to reach it, and we would be able to notice it by then. We cleaned after ourselves and walked to the sea. The water wasn’t too warm or too cold- it was just right. We placed our legs inside, letting the salty water wash all of the day’s dirt that stuck on to our flip flops. We laughed as the wind brushed out our hair from our faces, enjoying the peaceful moment, trying to forget all of the worries and the stress that we’ve experienced in the last five months.
The way back was short and simple unlike what we went through in the morning. Finding the right bus was way easier now, and we arrived at the mall (in which the train station is) 20 minutes after deciding to leave the beach. We still had an hour to waste before our train arrived, so we decided to go and find a place to eat. Cydney ended up ordering pasta, while I ate a salomon bagel. It was really good. We still had some more time, so we decided to spend it inside the shops- we looked around, pretty tired at that point, and tried to enjoy ourselves.
While sitting inside of the train, we each listened to our own music. I listened to some classical music (yes yes, I know how it may be boring for some people, but I find it fascinating) and actually fell asleep on the way home. Most of the time we would both look at the changing views outside the window, and every now and then one of us would make a comment about the day, sharing funny memories and such. We were mostly quiet. When the view became more similar, and we started to recognize some buildings, I said my goodbye to Cydney, hugged her and thanked her for the awesome company. I got off the train one stop before her, and made it just in time for the bus that took me home. And that was how my amazing day at the city and the beach with my friend went. It was really fun and funny, and it was something that I’m sure I’ll remember for a long time now. Of course, Cydney is not my friend’s real name, but it seemed rather cute so I choose to use it 🙂
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(Trigger Warning- I will be talking about a friend that I lost last year. )
How have you all been doing? I hope that everything is well and that you’re managing to stay somewhat sane during this weird time. Lately I’ve been able to read a lot more, I just finished reading my second book since the beginning of august, which is two books more then I read this entire year. “Me Before You”, by Jojo Moyes, is one of them. I would love to write a review on that book in another post someday maybe, but in this blog I would like to talk about the feelings that I felt after finishing it. This book talks a lot about life and death, and it really got me thinking about something that I’ve been putting off for a long time.
When I was eleven, just going into 6th grade, my parents told me that we will be moving to a different country and that I will be going to a new school. Of course, I was sad, scared and nervous. I never switched schools before and I didn’t know anyone from that country. We moved there during summer break, about a month before school started. My mum signed me up to the girls’ volleyball team that started training in the summer, so I could get to know some of the girls before starting 6th grade. This was probably the best thing that she could’ve done, even though I hated every second of training at the time. I knew no one, I had no intention of getting to know anyone either. I was mad at my parents for taking me away from my friends, for putting me into a school that I didn’t want to go to. Nonetheless, I still went to every single practice. I saw all the girls whispering and looking at me, and I felt awful. One time during practice I locked eyes with one of the girls, let’s call her Bella. At that moment I just knew: we were not going to be friends. She was kinda mean to me in a polite way, if you know what I mean. I didn’t really care at the time, I simply left it as it was. On my first day of school I found out that she was in my class. We were pretty mean to each other- blocking each other’s exit, giving each other death stares from across the room, etc. Looking back, I really don’t know why.
Around a month after that first day all of the girls from my class were playing volleyball during our break time, including Bella and myself. At some point during the game, one of us, I can’t remember which one, passed the ball to the other. We both slowly started only passing the ball to each other, without saying a word. After that break was over, Bella and I started being nice to each other and slowly became friends.
We were never BFFs, but we were on pretty good terms. I was her classmate, and she was mine. I remember one time, when I got to school early and only the both of us were there, she showed me her legs, after shaving them for the first time. She was so excited and happy, feeling quite mature, I assume. When I asked her if a cut that she got from the razor blade hurt, she smiled and said, “You do what you gotta do”. We both laughed at that, and all was well.
Two years later my parents told me that we were moving again. I saw that one coming, because I knew that we would only stay in our new house for a short time but, I was still really sad. On my last field trip with my class, a few months before the end of 7th grade, I decided to go to all of the students who I ever been mean to and apologize (it was only Bella and another boy lmao I wasn’t a bully, don’t come at me). I went up to her and said sorry for my behaviour at the beginning of the previous year. She smiled at me, said that she was also sorry, and we hugged. It seemed to make her quite happy, and maybe she felt like we were much closer afterwards, because she threw me a “goodbye party” at her house. I was very surprised, but I was also young so I didn’t think too much about it. She hanged up many photos of me and my friends, and glued an image of me on a notebook in which the rest of the class wrote their phone numbers and nice messages. After the party I said goodbye to everyone, and we moved. In the next two years I didn’t think of her very often, and if I did then it was only because we sometimes talked on snapchat or I saw her instagram stories or photos. I never really thought about how she was doing- after all, I never felt like we were really close. To me, she was mainly a classmate.
But at the beginning of my freshman year in high school (in a different school of course) she got diagnosed with cancer. I had her in my mind, and I would follow her stories and updates on social media, but I didn’t feel like it was my place to say anything to her. We haven’t talked in two years, and it seemed to me kinda fake and wrong to simply text her saying how much I love her, when we both know that I would’ve never done so if she wasn’t sick. I also didn’t want to offend her for that same reason. She was pretty positive on social media, but our mutual friends told me otherwise. in the beginning of my sophmore year, when she got really sick, I decided to dm her on instagram. We chatted for a bit- I told her that I wasn’t sure whether to text her or not, because we really aren’t that close, but that I do care for her very much and am here if she ever needs me. She texted me back, saying thank you and promising to update me if anything changed. She never did, and I never asked.
Around august 2019, right after I returned from summer camp, my mum took me aside and told me that Bella passed away a few days before. Normally I’m quite an emotional person (I’m a pisces, for god’s sake!) but I was okay. I was in a bit of a shock, but I didn’t cry. I didn’t know what to do, really. It felt very weird, like I was supposed to be sad, but also not, because I haven’t seen her in longer then three years. During my junior year in high school I still thought of her every now and then. Our mutual friends would post her pictures on the instagram, saying how much they miss her. But it wasn’t until I read “Me Before You” that it hit me- she was once very much alive, but no longer is.
It was very diffucult for me (and it still is) to wrap my mind around the idea that she simply isn’t here. Because I live too far away from that area, and because she wasn’t that present in my life, I never felt that change. Until now. It’s terrifying to think that a few years ago I saw her slowly growing up- playing volleyball, shaving her legs for the first time, hunging out with her friends- but her life stopped. She never turned into the woman that I saw her turning into. It’s terrifying. It made me realise that no one is safe- anything could happen at any given moment, and you will never know when’s the last time that you’d experience something, or see someone.
I feel pretty bad for the way that I acted- I should’ve tried harder, check in with Bella on a daily basis… even though I didn’t see her as a very close friend, she clearly saw something in me if she decided to throw me a goodbye party at her house. I know that I never wanted to hurt her, which is why I never insisted to recieve updates from her- I didn’t want her to think that I’m only asking because I feel bad. I’m very glad that at some point I did say something, I did try to recover our friendship- but after I sent that message the ball was in her court- it was her choice whether to keep on texting me or not. Or was it?
I still have no idea what to say or how to cope, because it all just hit me two hours ago. I really felt the need to share all of this with someone- so there you are.
But I guess that that’s it. I’m still thinking about her, especially now, and I was wondering- how to you deal with something like that? It there a specific thing that I could do? I normally don’t get many comments on my blog posts, which is fine- I still had the opportunity to get this off my chest- but know that if you also are dealing with a loss of a loved someone, I am more them happy to hear you out. Feel free to share your story and struggles in the comments- I might not be able to understand, but I can help lift some of the weight off your shoulder.
Thank you so much for choosing to spend your time on reading my blog. It realy means a lot. Take care of yourself!
How have you all been? What’s new? I finally started my summer break, which is super exciting! Even though I’m stuck at home just like most of you (I believe) I still have more time for myself. I started to read again, and it’s really fun and amazing. I’m actually currently getting a card for the library! If you’d like to, you can tell me what’s your favorite book in the comments, and I’ll be sure to check it out 🙂 I’ve also been able to talk with my friends more, and hang out with my dog!
So apart from those things I’ve also been able to use social media more, for better and for worse. I follow a bunch of skincare pages on instagram and tik tok, and I’ve noticed that almost all of them post many good things about the “CeraVe” skincare company. I’ve been struggling with acne and dry/ oily skin for some time now, so I’ve decided to give it a try. My mum and I went to the store, and got the “Hydrating Cleanser” and the “Moisturising Lotion” by CeraVe, and I’ve been using just these two products along with sunscreen for around two weeks.
Before starting to share with you how it effected my skin, I think that it would be more helpful if you knew what my skin type is. So my skin is basically what they call “combination skin”, meaning that my “T” zone (forehead, nose and chin) is oily, while the rest of my face is dry. Here’s a sketch I found on the internet that might be helpful for a better understanding.
So the products that I bought were for normal to dry skin, as I couldn’t find for a combination skin. My first impression of the products was great! The texture was so soft and light. I did not like how the cleanser felt on my face, it felt quite oily, but the lotion was so great, and I got used to it after using it for a couple of days. The lotion dissolved quite quickly on the skin, as you can see in the pictures, which I counted as a pro.
After one week of using it, I didn’t see that much of a difference in the T zone, but my cheeks were so soft and felt clean. Usually I tend to have very red cheeks, and I could actually see that they became a bit pinkish and not so red like they usually are after using the products. After two weeks of using both of the products, I was able to see a slight change in my forehead, and whenever I got a new zit, even though it wouldn’t go away over night, it definitely became way less swollen and kinda dryed out quickly.
In conclusion, I think that the products did a very good job overall. They were meant for dry skin, so where my skin is dry, they worked perfectly fine. I think that if you’re looking to try out some new skincare products you really shoud give these a go, just make sure that the products that you pick are meant for your skin type. If you don’t know your skin type, you can simply look it up! There are also many quizzes that you can take to find out. Also, I would recommend to also continue using other products- when I tried them, I stopped using my toner, serums and more, which is maybe why it didn’t work as much as the reviews claim it would! But I don’t know, I’m not a proffessional lol. Either way, I would give the “Hydrating Cleanser” 3/5 stars, and the “Moisturising Lotion” 4/5 stars.
And I guess that that’s about it! I’ve never actually done a review before, so, I’m hoping to get better and better 🙂 Thank you so much for choosing to spend you time reading my blog, it means a lot. If you’d like to, you can check out other blog posts! You should be able to see them if you scroll down a bit. You can also follow my blog if you’d like to see more from me!
How have you all been? How’s life? I’ve been facing a very stressful time, because of all of my finals! I have to study everything by myself, and I can’t leave the house, so it can be a lot to take sometimes. I also have been dealing the military, as I’m planning on joining once I’m done with school. But apart from that, I finally managed my time, so I’m able to post once a week, every Sunday! I really enjoy blogging so I’m starting to really get into it.
So as you already know, This is the third part of the Georgia Diaries! If you’re new, over the last summer my family and I visited in Georgia for 19 days! We’ve been to many amazing places, and in the Georgia Diaries, which is a blog series that I’ve created, I basically share all about our trip! these blogs could be quite helpful to you if you’re planning on going to Georgia once the pandemic is over, as I include all of the names of the places we stayed in, the restaurants we ate in and so on! If not, I hope that you’d still enjoy the stories and the pictures, as I’ll also be sharing my experiences and feelings througout the blogs! 🙂 let’s start, shall we?
10.07.2019,A Trip To Chalaadi Glacier And Kala
Good morning! Todat we woke up at 7:20 or so in Mestia, and got ready. We ate breakfast at our hotel- our hosts made us a full table, with many great dishes on it. They even added peaches, which I love. Then we walked to the “center” of Mestia, were we found a driver that would take us for a trip around. We had to have at least 6 people before we could leave, and we were only 4, so we found a couple from Germany that wanted to hike as well, so they decided to join us. They reminded me of my friends from Germany, that I met last year. We talked quite a lot on the way there, and really got to know them. They were so nice and cool! My mum talked a lot about Israel, it was really funny. Finally, after a long ride, we arrived at the “Chalaadi Glacier”, which was so beautiful. We walked on a beautiful trail, sarrounded by trees, a river.. We saw many butterflies and flowers. At the end of the track we saw a huge iceberg, and we were able to go around it for a bit, and touch it. It was so cool, and so unusual. Once we took many pictures and felt like we were getting tired, we decided to head back to the car. The couple that came with us stayed throughout the whole track, and I kinda got used to having them with us- they were really funny and had so much to add to the conversation. Once we returned to the car, we separated- the driver drove my family and I to “Kala”, while the German couple decided to walk there by foot. “Kala” is a place between and on the mountains, which includesb 8 old villages. I found it so magical and creepy at the same time- the buildings were so pretty, but were also old and held a ton of weird energy. We walked around, enjoying the view. It was so quiet. After walking for some time, we found a local restaurant, where we decided to sit down at and eat. Sadly the place doesn’t have a name, or it least they don’t display the name in a visible place, but I will add pictures of the place. The food was homemade, and so good! The German couple saw us, and joined later on, they drunk beer though, while we ate cheese and a salad hahaha. After we were finished, we walked around the villages again, then stopped and bough some “snickers” chocolate bar and water. At this point it was quite late, so we returned to the car, that took us back to the city. On the way back everyone in the car were quiet, so I listened to some cool music (insert summer 2019 tiktok playlist haha!).
Once we arrived at the “center” of Mestia again, we said goodbye to the German couple that we met, and returned to our hotel, took a shower and rested. Later that evening we went to the same restaurant as yesterday, “Sun-Seti”, and ate dinner. when we finished our food it was really late, so we returned to our hotel again and prepared our selves to sleep after the long day.
11.07.2019, A Ski Lift , RidiculousCab Driver And A Confusing Minibus
Today we woke up at 8:15 AM, and ate breakfast at our hotel again, for the last time- today is our last day in Mestia. Mestia has a pretty good area for skiing in the winter, but since we’re in July, we decided to go there and simply ride the ski lift. It was close to the hotel, so we walked there. A cute dog followed us. We finally got on the ski lift, and the view was amazing. you could see Mestia in front of you, while there’s a forest underneath you. I always loved the idea of flying, and have always enjoyed crazy roller coaster rides (you should read the GD ’02 for more information on a roller coaster ride that we’ve been on) so I really enjoyed this ski lift. The wind wasn’t too strong, and other people that were also taking the ski lift waved at us while we passed them. We reached the end, then returned back right away. Once we arrived at the starting point, we walked back to the hotel (the dog followed us back again, but left in the middle of the way).
Once we arrived at our hotel we took our bags, and went to look for a taxi driver. We found this guy that… was… well, hear me out. At first sight he seemed like a nice, responsible person, which is why we decided to go with him- he would drive us to a bus station, that was very far away from Mestia- a few hours drive. And really, like we thought, the first maybe 40 minutes were fine- he was nice, he talked a lot, and was funny. But once those 40 minutes passed he started to drift away, almost fell asleep twice. My dad tried to talk to him and keep him awake. He stopped the car on the side of the road and went to find a river to wash his face in. About an half an hour later he also stopped at a restaurant in the middle of nowhere, and told us that he was getting some energy (I can’t remember if he wanted to sleep or eat). After that my dad offered to drive instead of him, as he again almost fell asleep a bunch of times and it was getting dangerous. My dad then drived for the next maybe hour and a half while our driver was sitting in the seat next to him, sleeping. After he woke up, he switched places with my dad and drove for another hour. At that point we were pretty much in the city, so he stopped next to a random house which he told us was his, and left us in the cab while he was going inside to change his shirt. My mum and dad were so confused and tired at that point, that all they could do was laugh. As soon as he came back, wearing a new shirt, we want on our way again. About maybe 20 very long minutes later we arrived at the bus station, and the driver calmly turned to my dad, and asked him to take his phone number, and share it with our friends, or on facebook. My dad was shocked, but he was nice so he just took it and laughed.
After getting off the cab, we got on a small white minibus, that was supposed to take us to Kutaisi, which is another village in Georgia. At first, the ride was fine, I had a lot of space, very normal. But then it got really weird, as people kept on coming inside the minibus until there were about 9-10 people standing inside, not counting the ones that were sitting! I felt very uncomfortable and anxious, as I felt like I barely had any place to breathe. I was sitting down, so I had a million thoughts running through my mind- “should I get up? should I let someone else sit instead of me?” I wasn’t sure, as I knew that there were 2 hours of being inside there ahead of us. I also felt super uncomfortable with so many people touching me, and there was barely any room for getting up. At some point an old man came, could be someone’s grandpa, and after a few minutes of arguing with myself I decided to get up and signaled him to sit instead of me. He refused and said that he was just getting off. I felt very stupid, as I was both standing and taking up space, and saving a seat, so I also asked the woman standing infront of me if she would like to sit. But, she said that she was just getting off too. Everyone were looking at me. Embarrassed, I sat back again in my seat, put on my headphones and listened to some podcasts while looking out the window.
When we finally arrived to Kutaisi, we ate some food at McCdonald’s, and took another taxi to our hotel, which we booked online. The hotel that we booked is called “Family Hotel”, and it really was awesome. We booked two rooms, as always- one for my brother and I, and one for our parents. Our room had a small balcony, unlike our parents’ (moahahah) and two tables. Pretty awesome!
After that we went to look around, wandered on the streets, and sat down to eat in a very disappointing and quite disgusting place, which I don’t remember it’s name (and thank god for that lol). Then we returned to our room, as it was already very late, and I watched some more “Stranger Things”. I finished season one!!
12.07.2019, A Stalactite Cave, A Local Market And A Small Mall!
Today we woke up at 8:15 AM, and ate breakfast at the hotel. We had a full table already set for us, with many cool and tasty dishes on it. After that we took a taxi to a stalactite cave. We were put in a group of people, that were all Israelis tourists! They all talked in Hebrew, which we understand, and it was simply hilarious. One of them complained that it rained on them, so their friend replied “It’ll be over by the time you get married”. They were both in their 70’s lmao. Inside the cave we had to walk for about 45 minutes, and it kinda felt like being stuck in IKEA. Usually I don’t like being inside caves, I’m very stressed about it, but it wasn’t so bad- it was very beautiful, and the older poeple talking in the background made the whole thing so much better.
After that, we went to a local market. Like I said in a previous blog, I don’t really enjoy these markets, but my dad gave my brother and I 20 GEL each (so that we wouldn’t bug him) so I was mostly focused on looking for something to buy rather then on what’s going on around me. I ended up buying some local chocolate. We then left the market and walked around on the streets when it started to rain. A lot. We entered a small shop in order to stay dry. The lady in charge was really nice and understood why we came in. I felt bad going inside a dry clean shop with dirty shoes, simply so I can stay dry, so I bought there a lipstick. I mean.. I was planning on getting a new one at some point anyway.
We then went went to a small mall called “Karvasla”. I bought there some “Avengers” stickers, and my dad ordered some glasses, which we were planning on taking the next day. We went to eat in a restaurant called “Kalakuri”. I ordered “Fried Trout on a Ceramic Pan” lol. It was great. Then, we went back to the hotel. I watched some YouTube, finished watching some vlogs and also watched again “Stranger Things”, and that’s it for today 🙂
13.07.2019, A Canyon And A Real Life, “80’s Style” Hawkins
Today we woke up, ate breakfast at out hotel, took our bags and left it. We met a minibus driver that agreed to be our driver for the day (in exchange for some coins of course). He drove us to the “Okatse Canyon”. We had to walk about 4.5 kilometers in order to get there. The way there was beautiful though, full of trees, flowers and we even saw a few pigs. Once we got to the actual canyon we walked on a very long bridge above it. My mum is very afraid of hights, so I felt really bad for her, she really freaked out and it was hella strange seeing her like that. After we got back to the minibus, we drove back to Kutaisi. Yesterday my dad bought himself new glasses, so today we came back to pick them up. After that, we ate lunch in the same place in which we ate yesterday- “Kalakuri”.
After that our driver picked us up again, and we left Kutaisi for good (tam, tam, tam!). He drove us for about three hours until we arrived to “Borjomi”. Our hotel, “Check In Borjomi” was eh. It wasn’t so bad after we got used to it, but at first it came off as a bad surprise.
After arriving saftly at home, I can tell you for sure that apart from Tbilisi, Borjomi was my favorite place in Georgia. The moment we started to walk on the streets, I fell in love. Imagine this- a small village from the 80’s, with small yet wide streets full of old arcade games, popcorn machines, jewelry stores, and what not. All of the people walking on the sidewalk were so beautiful and unique- most of them were teens, dressed like they were from the eighteis too! Remember, I was watching “Stranger Things” at the time, so for me it felt like the show came to life, and I was inside of it. Borjomi is not a big village, so if you’re looking for a trip that’s LA/ New York style, then this isn’t the place for you. But we went there to feel and see their culture, and this was definitely it.
I didn’t write a lot down on the 13.7, but Borjomi definitely was one of my favorite places.
BUT THAT’S IT FOR NOW.
I really hope that you enjoyed this third blog in the “Georgia Diaries” series! I had so much fun writing it and remembering all of the memories again. If you’d like, you could check out my other two blogs in the series, or other blogs in general. My back camera still isn’t working, so I’ll be writing the Georgia Diaries blogs until I can fix it, because I can’t really make new content without my camera! If you’d like to talk to me, pleasee leave a comment below, or dm me on instagram- @oceangirl.blog I’d love to speak with you! Please take care of yourself!
Welcome, or welcome back to another blog. First I would like to say that I’m fully aware of the current situation in America, and in the whole world really, which is why I decided not to post a “normal” blog last week. I fully support the BLM movement and everything else surrounding the topic, and am currently educating myself on the whole issue. As a white person who’s mostly surrounded by white people (and who doesn’t live in the US!) I barley get to see racism towards the black community in my everyday life, so I feel like I still need to research the subject more and to educate myself more before I’m able to speak openly about this, and about everything that’s currenty going on. And to the black community- I stand with you ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿
On a whole different note, I will now go back to this series. I know that it takes me some time to upload this, but don’t worry, we’re almost there. So in case you missed my last blog post in the Georgia Diaries series (which you should check out btw), I went to georgia for 19 days, and in this series I’m pretty much telling you where my family and I went, what we did, etc. This could be helpful for you if you’re planning on visiting georgia, as I include the names of hotels, stores and restaurants that we’ve been to. If you’re not planning on going to georgia, you could still enjoy reading the stories and seeing the pictures (: So, let’s get started! Again, I advise you to first read “the georgia diaries ’01- tbilisi & kazbegi”, If you haven’t, as it would be easier for you to understand this blog better!
06.07.2019, Waterfall, Rain And A Cozy Restaurant
Today we were up by 8:00 am, then we went downstairs to eat breakfast. Our host made us a big Georgian breakfast. She included all bunch of stuff, and it was really good. I believe that we had to pay 10 GEL per person (it could be 20, I’m not quite sure) but it was totally worth it. I would rate it 5/5 stars. Then we returned to our rooms, and prepared ourselves for a nice day in the mountains. However, once we got there it started to rain really badly, that it became too dangerous for anyone to walk up there. So instead, the minibus driver that drove us showed us around the place. The car drive was so relaxing- listening to music and seeing great views. We finally stoped near a waterfall, and did a short track around it. We kinda got lost somewhere while walking, but at the end found our way back to the van just as it started to rain again. Then, we returned back to the hotel to rest. While my family took a nap, I finished watching the 4th season of “Jane The Virgin”, and well it was heartbreaking. This show is really awesome, and if you haven’t you should totally watch it.
At 7:00 pm we decided to go and eat somewhere. My mum read online that “Karaoke Restaurant” or “Cozy Corner” serves great food. We walked there (it was still raining a little bit) so once we arrived at the restaurant, completely soaked in water, it was more then amazing to find out that they heated the whole place. We entered a small wooden snack, full of tables made out of soft wood. Old songs and albums were playing in the background. The whole vibe inside the restaurant felt like it was taken out of a christmas film. The food was indeed amazing. It’s the best I’ve eaten so far. It was super duper spicy, but so yummy! It’s probably the first time since we arrived in Georgia that I’ve eaten properly (not including dunckin dounuts lmao). Would rate it a ten out of ten!!
08.07.2019, McCdonald’s, Superland And A Long Train Ride
Yesterday I took the day off… It can get kind of tiring, having to write down what’s going on in my day every single hour! But we pretty much just went hiking lol.
Today we woke up early (if feels like I’m saying that every single day haha), packed our bags, and prepared ourselves to go back to Tbilisi. Our hosts were so nice, they made us free breakfast before we left. Looking back, I was kind of glad that we left so fast- we were probably the loudest family in the whole hotel! Everyone were so quiet. We took a taxi to Tbilisi. The car ride was quiet, I had time to catch up and listen to some podcasts. When we arrived in Tbilisi we planned to take a train to Mestia, but we had a few hours to spare. We stored our luggages in a storage room by the train station, and left for a fun day around the city. While we were wandering around the streets, just walking, going with the flow, we found a local market. Personally, I do not like those kind of places (I don’t know..it’s just making me anxious) so I was very relieved when we decided to leave and search for a place to eat. While we were looking around for restaurants, we found a very cute shop that sold art supplies and we bought quite a lot of things there! After walking for about another twenty minutes (but it felt like an hour), we finally found a nearby McCdonald’s. I was so hungry! once we finished our food (including a McFlurry!) we took a taxi to the “Mtatsminda Park”, or in other words, a superland! The place was huge, full of activities for all ages. We went on a roller coaster, a mirror labyrinth, a wax museum and so on. I truly had such an amazing time. My dad and I were the only ones that went on the roller coaster (it was my first time!) and I held his hand so hard, that I actually broke his watch, in the middle of the ride, AND IT FELL OFF. My dad only noticed that his watch was gone after we got off the ride, and after another group already went on. But, the employees let us look for it, and it actually stayed in my dad’s seat! the pressure caused it to stay on the chair, even when it was upside down. It was really funny, and they were able to fix the watch, so my dad wasn’t even mad. After some time it was starting to get late, so my family and I returned to the train station. We still had about 40 spare minutes, so we waited inside a coffee shop called “Coffeesta” in a mall. I drunk iced coffee, and my parents drunk the normal one (lol). We still had some time though, so my brother and I went inside a “Mini So” shop again (as I’m writing this, almost a year later, I’m happy to say that they opened one right next to my house!). I bought there three small bottles of lotion, “Adventure Time” version. Then, it was time to get on the train. Because we took the train during the night time, it was being separated into small rooms, four beds in each room. We found out that we accidentally booked my dad’s bed in another room. I started to get a bit anxious, but thankfully a nice old lady agreed to switch with him, so it all worked out. And just like that, we were on our way.
We had a very tough 10 hours ahead of us, being stuck inside a small room in a train, with no wifi (!!). I was really scared that I’ll lose my snapchat strearks looolll. We didn’t have plugs inside our room, so we had to charge our phones in the hallway, with the door open to keep an eye on them. While our phones were charging my mum and I played some card games- I won 4 out of 6 games! That was very exciting because my mum is usually really good. Finally at 11:18 PM we were done charging our phones, so we went off to sleep, only a few more hours ahead of us.
09.07.2019, Long Car Drive, Stranger Things AndDoing Laundry!
Today we woke up actually early, at around 5:30 AM on the train. I couldn’t get a lot of sleep last night, as I wasn’t used to the uncomfortable beds, the room was unsteady and overall I felt really gross. I wasn’t able to brush my teeth before going to bed and after waking up, and my legs were dirty after wearing sandals all day. But alas, we got off the train about an hour later. After that we got on a minibus that drove us to Mestia. It should’ve taken us about two hours to get there, but the driver drove slower then my mum, so it ended up being three and a half hours. On the way to Mestia I felt tired and gross, and very annoyed with the driver, but looking back, I remember it very positively. We were driving up the mountain, and the view was so beautiful. I listened to some podcasts again. Also, it was probably a good thing that the driver drove so slow, because looking back the road was pretty dangerous.
Once we arrived in Mestia, we went stright to our hotel which we booked onine. It is called “Irina’s Guesthouse”. At first I didn’t realized how nice the place was, because all I could think about was how I needed to get into the shower (oh my lord I never wanted to shower so badly). But really, the owner’s garden was right underneath my window, and it was truly lovely. It is a guesthouse, so naturally it ain’t a 5 star Hilton hotel, but for the price it was great. We stayed in our rooms for some time, cleaned ourselves up, then around 11:00 AM we went off to eat. We sat down at the “Laila Cafe Bar”. After that we returned to our hotel again, and stayed there for a few hours, because we really needed to rest after the train ride. I watched some “Stranger Things” (oh god that’s so nostalgic!).
After my parents woke up from their nap, and I finished watching a few episodes, we decided to go and wander around on the streets. My brother decided not to come with us, so he stayed in our room. Apparently, a school or dance school was putting on a show for everyone to come and see on the streets. Students my age and younger were wearing fancy outfits, dancing and preforming so beautifully! My dad loves music, and dancing, so he stayed there longer and watched, while my mum and I kept walking around, still enjoying the music. After that we also returned to the hotel and did some much needed laundry. Once were done, my brother joined us and we found our dad at the same place where we left him. Together, we all went to a restaurant/coffee shop called “Shoita”. We sat on the balcony and ate. The view was good, and so was the food but the service wasn’t so great, it left me quite frustrated. It was the afternoon, so we again returned to our hotel and I again watched some episodes of “Stranger Things”.
At 8:13 PM we went out one last time, and sat down to eat dinner at a restaurant called “Sun-Seti”. The food was great, the service was great, the vibe was great- loved it. After We finished eating it was really late, so again we returned to our hotel, and once again, I watched “Stranger Things”.
And well, that’s it for now!
I really don’t want this blog to be too long, so I’ll have to continue updating you on the next one 🙂 My back camera isn’t working, so I’m gonna continue uploading the Georgia Diaries series for a while, as I can’t take pictures for new content. Also, again, I am planning on uploading a blog speaking about the BLM and raising awarness as soon as possible 🙂 My instagram is @oceangirl.blog if you wanna check it out! I’d love to talk with you. I’m not too active there at the moment as I don’t have a camera, but I will for sure be once I recieve my new phone 🙂 but that’s it for now! see you next Sunday.