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Doctor Who Experience

A super short post here!
I went to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff with my university for a day out and it was such a blast, even if you don’t know a massive amount about Doctor Who (like myself) – I still had such an amazing time and saw so many of their iconic pieces here!

The experience itself was brilliant too – you are sent on a journey to help the Doctor save the planet, this is all interactive and you even have to walk through some Weeping Angels in order to complete this!

Here are a huge jumble of the images I took, feel free to send me a comment if you have any questions about this!
Here I’ll leave the link to the Doctor Who Experience website too! ūüôā

The New Zealand you didn’t know

New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and it definitely did not disappoint when I visited last year. You think of New Zealand for it’s incredible scenery, but there’s so much more from black water rafting, hiking mountains seen in the movies, to skydiving about snowy mountains and a lot of movie sets and adrenaline!

Queenstown

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One place that can feed your adrenaline needs? Try Queenstown!

This is such an incredible place, this is seen as the place for total adrenaline! Here, you can go skydiving, jump into a canyon at the Shotover Canyon Swing, throw yourself off a bridge with a bungee jump or even go snowboarding and skiing Рall in this one town!

Not to forget that this place is absolutely beautiful, there are plenty of viewing points and you can get a cable car to the top of a mountain to see some breath taking views.
I went skiing at Cardrona and it was great – this was a first for me and I was surprised at how many lessons there were for beginners, although most of the 5 year olds in the younger class were way better than me!

The Shotover Canyon Swing was pretty scary for the 5 seconds that you jump off but also so much fun! There’s so many different styles on how you can jump off, whether you want to ride a tricycle, get attached to a garden chair or even have a bin tied to your head..

Wellington

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This is the capital of Wellington and you won’t be disappointed! From museums to botanical gardens, there’s a lot to be seen here..

Weta Workshop was a personal favourite, here they create all of the props for films like the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, King Kong and even Narnia. They show you how they create everything, give you a studio tour and show you that the props can be very deceiving to the eye! If you are a film buff, then I would highly recommend visiting here!

Wellington is home to one of the best museums in New Zealand too –¬†Te Papa Museum. They had a mind blowing¬†Gallipoli exhibition¬†created by Weta Workshop when I visited, and the detail on these much larger than life figures was incredible! I was at the Te Papa Museum for hours and hours trying out the earthquake simulator and browsing at the culture of New Zealand and I didn’t even get around to everything whilst I was there.

Wellington is an all round amazing place to visit, there is a harbour with incredible views, a lot of shopping areas, has it’s own airport and they have the Botanical Gardens that you can get to via a cable car. Also, for any of the Welsh people out there, there is a Welsh Pub run by actual Welsh expats which is so much fun especially if you’re a little bit homesick!

Waitomo

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Want to rush down waterfalls inside a cave full of glowworms? I found this hidden gem!

Here they have the most amazing glowworm caves that you can either go through via a boat, or you can do black water rafting where you flow down waterfalls and tube through the caves whilst seeing all of the glowworms.

It was so beautiful in these caves and I would highly recommend paying these a visit. It is so peaceful in there and it looks like you are gazing at stars, breathtaking! A definite must do.

Matamata

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Want to know all of the ins and out of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy?

Hobbiton was the place that I was looking forward to the most when I visited New Zealand and I was blown away! Yes, it’s a bit pricey if you aren’t a huge Lord Of The Rings fan but for fans, you will adore it. You get to walk around the set of The Shire, visit the¬†Green Dragon Inn¬†and have a beer or cider and it will get you humming to The Shire soundtrack as you venture around trying to replicate ‘I’m going on an adventure’.

Franz Josef

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Want to hike one of the most incredible glaciers in the world AND go in a helicopter?

This was my definite favourite from New Zealand, I had such an incredible weekend here and I would go back in an instant. It is a very small town but you can go up to the Franz Josef glaciers in a helicopter and hike for three hours and you can also go kayaking afterwards in the lakes surrounding the glaciers back on ground!

Milford Sound

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An Outstanding day and scenes from The Wolverine were filmed here!

We had a day out to Milford Sound and it did not disappoint! They have filmed a waterfall scene from The Wolverine here and I think that goes to say how incredible of a place it must be, so take my word on this!

Tamaki Mauri Village, Rotorua.

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Want to experience the real Maori lifestyle and culture?

Here you get the full Maori experience, they will greet you and welcome you to their Maori family, show you the Maori lifestyle on how they traditionally make clothing, family games, Maori songs and of course the Haka! They even cook you an incredible meal and entertain you with beautiful Maori singing and dancing at the same time.
A definite must do to see the real culture of New Zealand.

If you want to see any of my New Zealand videos, feel free to pop over to my channel to have a browse. There are videos on the Glacier Walk, kayaking, my skydive, canyon swings..

The New Zealand you didn't know

New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and it definitely did not disappoint when I visited last year. You think of New Zealand for it’s incredible scenery, but there’s so much more from black water rafting, hiking mountains seen in the movies, to skydiving about snowy mountains and a lot of movie sets and adrenaline!

Queenstown

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One place that can feed your adrenaline needs? Try Queenstown!

This is such an incredible place, this is seen as the place for total adrenaline! Here, you can go skydiving, jump into a canyon at the Shotover Canyon Swing, throw yourself off a bridge with a bungee jump or even go snowboarding and skiing Рall in this one town!

Not to forget that this place is absolutely beautiful, there are plenty of viewing points and you can get a cable car to the top of a mountain to see some breath taking views.
I went skiing at Cardrona and it was great – this was a first for me and I was surprised at how many lessons there were for beginners, although most of the 5 year olds in the younger class were way better than me!

The Shotover Canyon Swing was pretty scary for the 5 seconds that you jump off but also so much fun! There’s so many different styles on how you can jump off, whether you want to ride a tricycle, get attached to a garden chair or even have a bin tied to your head..

Wellington

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This is the capital of Wellington and you won’t be disappointed! From museums to botanical gardens, there’s a lot to be seen here..

Weta Workshop was a personal favourite, here they create all of the props for films like the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, King Kong and even Narnia. They show you how they create everything, give you a studio tour and show you that the props can be very deceiving to the eye! If you are a film buff, then I would highly recommend visiting here!

Wellington is home to one of the best museums in New Zealand too –¬†Te Papa Museum. They had a mind blowing¬†Gallipoli exhibition¬†created by Weta Workshop when I visited, and the detail on these much larger than life figures was incredible! I was at the Te Papa Museum for hours and hours trying out the earthquake simulator and browsing at the culture of New Zealand and I didn’t even get around to everything whilst I was there.

Wellington is an all round amazing place to visit, there is a harbour with incredible views, a lot of shopping areas, has it’s own airport and they have the Botanical Gardens that you can get to via a cable car. Also, for any of the Welsh people out there, there is a Welsh Pub run by actual Welsh expats which is so much fun especially if you’re a little bit homesick!

Waitomo

new zealand waitomo

Want to rush down waterfalls inside a cave full of glowworms? I found this hidden gem!

Here they have the most amazing glowworm caves that you can either go through via a boat, or you can do black water rafting where you flow down waterfalls and tube through the caves whilst seeing all of the glowworms.

It was so beautiful in these caves and I would highly recommend paying these a visit. It is so peaceful in there and it looks like you are gazing at stars, breathtaking! A definite must do.

Matamata

new zealand matamata

Want to know all of the ins and out of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy?

Hobbiton was the place that I was looking forward to the most when I visited New Zealand and I was blown away! Yes, it’s a bit pricey if you aren’t a huge Lord Of The Rings fan but for fans, you will adore it. You get to walk around the set of The Shire, visit the¬†Green Dragon Inn¬†and have a beer or cider and it will get you humming to The Shire soundtrack as you venture around trying to replicate ‘I’m going on an adventure’.

Franz Josef

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Want to hike one of the most incredible glaciers in the world AND go in a helicopter?

This was my definite favourite from New Zealand, I had such an incredible weekend here and I would go back in an instant. It is a very small town but you can go up to the Franz Josef glaciers in a helicopter and hike for three hours and you can also go kayaking afterwards in the lakes surrounding the glaciers back on ground!

Milford Sound

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An Outstanding day and scenes from The Wolverine were filmed here!

We had a day out to Milford Sound and it did not disappoint! They have filmed a waterfall scene from The Wolverine here and I think that goes to say how incredible of a place it must be, so take my word on this!

Tamaki Mauri Village, Rotorua.

new zealand tamaki mauri village, rotorua

Want to experience the real Maori lifestyle and culture?

Here you get the full Maori experience, they will greet you and welcome you to their Maori family, show you the Maori lifestyle on how they traditionally make clothing, family games, Maori songs and of course the Haka! They even cook you an incredible meal and entertain you with beautiful Maori singing and dancing at the same time.
A definite must do to see the real culture of New Zealand.

If you want to see any of my New Zealand videos, feel free to pop over to my channel to have a browse. There are videos on the Glacier Walk, kayaking, my skydive, canyon swings..

YouTube: Disastrous Kayaking in Franz Josef!

This was one of my favourite days in New Zealand – I loved every minute of it!
I say that it is ‘disastrous’ but just in the fact that we all kept sabotaging each other and rowing into trees and verges..
But as you can see, I am finally getting through my footage very slowly but surely! Lots more videos to come up, so keep your eyes peeled!

Do you want to go kayaking or have you been? Was it as disastrous as ours?
Zoe
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Youtube: Franz Josef Glacier, NZ!

Here is my video of my trip to the Franz Josef Glaciers in New Zealand. This was one of the most amazing days and experiences that I had in New Zealand and would love to do it all over again in an instance!

Zoe
xx

I did a Skydive!

When I was in Queenstown, I finally bucked up the courage to do a skydive with NZONE Skydive and I loved every single second of it!
After doing the Shot-Over Canyon Swing (which was pretty scary), I didn’t even feel scared to do a Skydive anymore! So off I went, all confident to the Skydive place.
They picked us up from their office in Queenstown and drove us out. I could see that some of the girls were getting a bit nervous, but I was still loving it even when I was having a recorded interview which you will see in my video!

Even when I was in the plane (which has no seats, so you sit on the floor) I was still too excited although I could see us eventually reaching 12,000ft!
I was the last one to jump out, and that was the bit I was a little nervous about but it was over before you could even blink and didn’t feel like you were falling at all!
They don’t mess about here either, well we didn’t get anyone that messed about – we simply went to the edge, ‘Are you ready?’ and out you were!

As we were free-falling, or just falling in general the whole time, it didn’t feel like you were – it weirdly felt like you were floating as all of the wind is pushing against you. Although, I must say that I got a little freaked out as I thought I couldn’t breathe from all of the air in my face. I thought to myself ‘It’s fine, you can breathe, it will go in..’ but I really felt like it wasn’t, so I felt a bit relieved when he pulled the parachute out and I could breathe again – but I was still loving every second of free-falling!

I had an amazing diver too, who was pointing out all of the mountains and everything else you could see in Queenstown from our incredible view. It was a bit cloudy on the day, but after we fell through the clouds (when the camera stopped – the camera diver had to fall faster than us to get to the ground first) we could see all of the snowy mountains and lakes, it was truly incredible!

You can see my video of the skydive HERE.

Here are a few photos:
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Here is the link to the skydive place: NZone Skydive
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ink to my YouTube Video: HERE
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New York Pt.1

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New York New York! I returned to a city that I adored and simply did not have time to do everything the last time!
I missed out on the Museums and Galleries last time, so my mission was to do the majority of my ‘Things I Missed’ list, although I did rush around like an idiot to do them all..

So, the first day I made some friends at the hostel during breakfast (which was weirdly a set free breakfast of doughnuts and a banana..) and headed off to the American Museum of Natural History¬†(where they filmed some of Night At The Museum). It was such a beautiful building and it was full of amazing things to see – especially the dinosaurs, they’re my favourite!
I had such a great time here and managed to see quite a lot, but not the whole 3 floors as I had a lot on my agenda. I saw enough, took a whole load of photos here and took in the architecture of the place.DSC04133
I then decided to rush off by myself to the Metropolitan Museum of Art which was amazing, but eventually got super busy within certain exhibitions! I saw a lot of gorgeous pieces, but yet again I particularly fell in love with the architecture – it was such a beautiful building, I probably preferred that more than the pieces at the exhibitions! I really wanted to see the Costume Department as I heard that there’s a lot of House Of Dior and Yves Saint Laurent there, and I loved the exhibition that was on at the time but it was so, so busy that I gave up early!DSC04138DSC04141DSC04147
I fell in love with these two as I was quickly walking through, the filigree on the column was gorgeous and I couldn’t just walk past without snapping a quick photo! Too beautiful!DSC04154DSC04156
After I rushed around the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I decided to quickly go to the Guggenheim before I got a bite to eat. It was a great building, and although I love modern art, I felt like a lot of the exhibitions were a bit TOO modern for me. (For example, there was a dark room with one single light bulb lit inside – could have a strong meaning and definition, but it was literally a light bulb).DSC04179
Whilst in New York, I had the CityPass which I bought the time before, when I visited. It is a great idea, as it is a booklet full of tickets for the attractions such as the Empire State Building, Statue Of Liberty (Ellis Island and Cruise), Museums, Galleries, 9/11 Memorial.. and it is a LOT cheaper than if you paid separately for these! (Plus, they’re open dated).
So as I missed out on some last time, I purchased the CityPass again and decided to do the Sunset Liberty Cruise which went through New York in the evening, where I got to see the Statue Of Liberty, Freedom Tower and pretty much all of the sights from the cruise – it was beautiful!DSC04212DSC04234DSC04252
Sadly, my camera was not fond of the motion of the boat and the darkness combined – so here was the best photo whilst the sun had set! I guess I can say that I tried..DSC04264DSC04274
All in all, I had such a great time in New York and this cruise was definitely one of the highlights for me! Although I travelled alone and did all of the attractions by myself (apart from the museum that day) – I had such a great time and I feel strongly about the fact that you don’t HAVE to have company and restrict yourself because you’re by yourself!

Have you been to New York before? What was your favourite attraction?
I would absolutely love to go for Christmas, one year!
Part Two coming up!

xx

LINKS:
CityPass – CLICK HERE

Queenstown

Where do I start with Queenstown? The small world of adrenaline, scenery and adventure!
Firstly, on our way into Queenstown a few of us got off the bus as two girls wanted to do a A J Hacket Bungy Jump. This looked so scary and I would hate to do a Bungy Jump, although I’ve done a Canyon Swing and a Skydive – this is not my sort of thing! So Joanna went up, not caring at all and just easily jumped off with a smile (crazy girl!). I was so proud of her and jealous of her courage!DSC03771 DSC03772 DSC03781
We then got to Queenstown, had to say goodbye to some people including Joanna from the last photos, who was such a lovely girl and we got on so well!
The scenery in Queenstown was unbelievable – it was so beautiful here! I just wish it was cheaper to live there and had less backpackers everywhere!DSC03932 DSC03936 DSC03938
I went up the Sky Gondola’s one day, where they also have Luge rides – the view was insane! It was probably the best view that I have seen in my whole time being in New Zealand – apart from my skydive of course, I basically saw this view from the sky! But when we were looking out, we even got to see some parasailers! I would’ve loved to have done that, but I’m not too sure if you can pay to do it there? And, I had just done a skydive and a Canyon Swing!DSC03948
Whilst up at the Skyline, the place seemed to be sponsoured by Jelly Belly (which my dad freaking loves!) and they had these amazing pictures from Lord Of The Rings and a world map – MADE OUT OF JELLY BEANS?!DSC04010 DSC04012 DSC04016
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We have heard about the famous ‘ice bar’ in Queenstown, so we had to go and it was so much fun! Everything is made out of ice, the seats, the walls and even the glasses (as pictured below). They give you gloves and a coat before you go in as it’s so cold, but we had an absolute blast!IMG_2042 IMG_2044 IMG_2046 IMG_2047 IMG_2089 IMG_2111
I also met a South Wales boy, too! BOYOOOOO!IMG_2131
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hat’s all I need to say for Queenstown right now, I think! I have posted/or have scheduled some other posts from the activities that I did whilst in Queenstown – like skydiving, canyon swing and skiing at Cardrona. So look out for those!
I will also be posting the videos, too! Queenstown is an amazing place!
xx

Milford Sound

Oh my, Milford Sound is one of the most beautiful places in the world! I absolutely adored it here, even just being on the bus, it was gorgeous outside! The weather wasn’t great on the way down, but that did not matter at all. It’s New Zealand, everything is beautiful!DSC03828
(This is from the Lake Of Reflections – which didn’t really reflect due to the weather).
On the way to Milford Sound, we stopped at a service station that had Alpacas and we were allowed to feed them. As I am a complete animal lover, I was in my element and was a huge highlight of the journey, too! Although, they do like to spit on you, which I experienced a few times..
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Luckily, when we got to the dock to go on a small cruise through Milford Sound, the weather perked up a lot and was so sunny!

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Also, another highlight of Milford Sound was the fact that a Welsh man discovered it and named it Milford Sound after his hometown in Wales, Milford Haven (which is a bit of a dump). But still, those proud Welsh feels came out!

Here, is also where they filmed scenes from Wolverine, where he jumps off a waterfall – TRUE STORY, THAT!

Anyway, I think the photos speak for themselves!
xx

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli Book Review

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was great to get an insight into how teenagers ‚Äėcome out‚Äô and the struggles they face. I have a lot of homosexual friends and I have been with them through a lot, especially ‚Äėcoming out‚Äô, so I just found it so interesting to read this book and have highly recommended it to some of my friends. I think that they would enjoy to hear other views and struggles that people have had.

So like I said, this book is about a boy at high school who has been emailing another boy from the school, both anonymously as they both feel the same way and have started to have feelings for each other, without actually knowing each other in person. It turns out that they get closer and closer, but one person is ready to come out and reveal himself to the other, but the other isn’t ready yet.
But, this guy accidentally leaves his email signed in on a school computer and someone else finds his emails. They take a photograph of one and blackmails him with it.
It all goes from there..

So I thought I would leave it there as I definitely don’t want to spoil the book! But I would highly recommend this book, it has had a lot of attention from the book community recently.
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LINKS:
Amazon: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (Kindle Edition: £2.99, Paperback: £5.59, Hardback: £8.69)