Thursday, August 4, 2011

My Trip to Spain

During the last two weeks I attended a summer camp in Spain. I stayed in an albergue in the south of sunny Marbella and shared a room with Marie, who is French, and Manuela, who is Italian.

Every week day morning my roommates and I, plus the other 247 teenagers at the camp, strolled down the quiet touristy streets of the town to Colegio M. Rodriguez in order to help improve our Spanish. There were also many Spanish "students" taking part in the program, but they were there to improve their English. The lessons were more relaxed than I'd initially expected and I learned quite a lot for a short amount of time.

El Colegio

My friends <3 (and me)

In the afternoon the awesome friends I made and I chillaxed on the sandy beach, had siestas, and visited La Canada, the nearby shopping mall, which contained many familiar shops, for example Desigual, Uggs and Topshop.

On Saturday the whole camp piled on four coaches and travelled along the coast to Tarrifa, the closest point between Europe and Africa - you can take a ferry across the ocean to Morocco and it will only take around 40 minutes!! :) After the excursion, when we returned to the albergue, we had dinner (which was chips and some tasteless meat dish as per usual) before the evening activity, which was alright. Some of my friends and I went to Tiger Bay, a bar near the playa, and grabbed a drink (mine being a Mojito) before heading to another bar. We were the only ones there!!! But that didn't seem to bother anyone - the bar people were nice (and fortunately spoke English, though I suppose they kinda have to since Marbella is full of tourists) and we each got a free caramel shot!!! Plus, we also got to chose the music!!!! :) It was a fun night!!!



The other evenings at camp consisted of an activity at the albergue or beach, for example asking random questions to people and throwing whipped cream at the, if they didn't know the answer! There was also an activity which involved making up a dance in groups and performing it to the rest of the campers to see what they would rate it out of five. My team did Titanic and Follow the Leader and we were one of the winners so we got a slightly later curfew!!!! :D During one of the dances I ended up dancing on a table which was scary, but fun!!!! :)

After the evening activities we were free to do whatever we liked. Most nights I was sensible and just went on walks to the beach area with three or four people, sometimes more, and bought churros, which are like mini doughnuts. I am sooo craving some right now!!!


On the first Wednesday night everyone went on an excursion to Puerto Marina, a small harbour area with lots of restaurants and bars. When we arrived the majority of the campers went to the ice bar so my friends and I just went to another bar for an hour or so and had a drink. We then went to the ice bar. Twice. Even though it was €10 to enter. It was fffffrrrrreeeeezzzzziiinnnggg but so much fun!!!! And it was my first time EVER in an ice bar so you can imagine excited I was!!!! I had a melon ball, pina colada (I'm obsessed with pineapple!!!!) and caipirinha or whatever it's called!! I was really worried when I only had 10 minutes to get back to the coach. Everyone else had left so I ended up clinging on to one of my friends!! Thankfully, we weren't the last ones to arrive.
Puerto Marina :)



On the last night literally EVERYONE from the camp went to Puerto Banus, a luxury marina in Marbella with lots of clubs and designer shops. Although there was no curfew since some people were going home at 2am, we only went to one club, Ink. We stayed there for over two hours so it was alright. Ink was full of teenagers from the camp as well as a few random men who looked like they were forty or something!!! The music was almost deafening but like most things you get used to it after a while. Not being a heavy drinker, I only had one drink, a cocktail, since my flight back to London was later on the same day.

Overall, it was a brilliant holiday and probably two of the BEST weeks of my life!!!! Next year is definitely on!!!!!!! :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

My Favourite Book

About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him - and I didn't know how dominant that part may be - that thirsted for blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

Twilight is one of my favourite novels. Before it became a world-wide phenomenom I had no interest in vampires and supernatural novels; the books I mostly read included fluffy chick-lit by authors like Meg Cabot, plus the occassional "classic" or historical novel. Twilight opened up a whole new literary genre to me and I soon found a new obsession: supernatural fiction. Whereas my bookshelves used to be full of trashy pre-teen lit, they are now more varied, with a whole shelf dedicated to my Twilight, Vampire Diaries, House of Night and Night World books.

Bella and Edward in the film

To sum up the plot, Meyer's novel follows a seventeen year old girl, Bella Swan, who moves from the sunny Arizona to the dreary Forks in order to live with her father. Soon after enrolling at the local high school, Bella meets an enticing man called Edward and, I know this may sound slightly cliché, they fall in love at first sight. However, it is not long before Bella finds out that Edward is actually a vampire who is a few hundred year's old. However mesmerizing and irresistible Edward may be, Bella has to remember that vampires are creatures of the night and being attracted to him puts her life - as well as many others - at risk due to the fact that Edward's true identity must remain hidden. Bella seems to dismiss this and doesn't care about Edward's desire for her blood. As it says in the blurb, "Second, there was a part of him [Edward] - and I didn't know how dominant that part may be - that thirsted for my blood."

There are several reasons why I love Twilight and one of them is Meyer's likeable characters and great writing which kept me gripped from the very first line: "My mother drove me to the airport with the windows rolled down." Written from Bella's perspective, the whole novel feels like a movie flashing past you. It is so fast-paced that the plot appears to come alive and drag you in.

Cover of the book


Twilight is a fantastic contemporary love story that stays with you long after you have turned the final page. No wonder it was a New York Times bestseller and has been made into a series of successful films staring the alluring Robert Pattinson as Edward and Taylor Lautner as Jacob, Bella's childhood friend.
I'd definitely recommend Twilight!