A Weekend In Cheltenham

This weekend I went back to Cheltenham to see some old Uni friends, I lived there for three years but never really settled because I had trouble adapting to life outside a city…. The first time I went to Cheltenham I fell in love with the place, its so beautiful and there is a lot to do there. This weekend I had soo much fun, I know mostly it was because I was back with my 2 favourite uni girls but Cheltenham is actually a really cool place to spend a weekend.When I arrived the girls met me at the station and Huffingtons Bakery and Tearooms caught my eye, it looked so quaint so we decided to go there for a coffee and catchup…pasties, sandwiches and a GIANT meringue later we were stuffed to the brim..I skipped mains and just had the Meringue OMG it was to die for, I had this amazing chinese jade ringed green tea, apart from Tropical green tea this was the best I’ve ever had:

So we did a little shopping while we were in town, theres 2 shopping malls and the High Street which has every shop you need plus House of Fraser and all the little boutiques and designer shops going up the promenade towards Montpellier.  Montpellier is a really cool place to take a walk, its full of quirkly little cafes, wine bars and restaurants but it just oozes character and history:

We spent the next day pampering ourselves before our big night out and I got PURPLE HAIR:

So we got ready and headed to revolutions (standard) then a club opening of Pulse and then went next door to Subtone which is open  till 6am to relive the old days!!! So we partied till the sun came up, the music was amazing, it had several rooms but the one we stayed in was playing old school R&B so I was in my element.

The next day we went to The Brewery which is a complex where there are restaurants and a Cinema and we ate (mmmm Nando’s) and then watched The Sitter. It had its laugh out loud moments but I felt some of the time it dragged and was a little over the top but it wasn’t terrible neither life changing (watch it if there’s nothing better on).

It was the perfect reunion with my girlies and we hung out at all our favourite places, I would definitely recommend Cheltenham for a weekend break…just don’t move there :p

Zohra x

Blue Safari, Zanzibar

One of the coolest things I’ve ever done was to go on the Blue Safari when I was in Zanzibar. We drove for an hour or so to get to the place where the boat leaves from. When we got there we were greeted  by rocks crawling with these snake/lizard things there were  100’s of them living in these rocks along with other creatures:

Because it was low tide we had to walk through the shallow water for ages to get to our boat and on the way I came across a sea urchin in a rock pool:

The boat takes you to a sand bank in the middle of the sea which is a natural island that exists only for a few hours while the current causes the sand to pile up. We went snorkeling there and it was just the most amazing thing. I remember just going off on my own for like an hour and exploring this whole world that we couldn’t see. IT WAS AMAZING! The colours of the fish and coral, I wish I had an underwater camera but those scenes are still clear in my mind. The deeper I went the more amazing it was, I swam through these rocks about 10m below the surface and there were thousands of these purple, blue and yellow fish. Then I found this huge open shell and i remembered the underwater level on Mario lol so i poked it with a piece of dead coral and it snapped shut just like in the game (you have to get coins out from them in the game) It was really cool!

Then we made our way to an island where we would have lunch, all fresh fruit from the island and seafood that I had just been swimming with. On the way we saw whales and dolphins, it was just so beautiful there were sooo many altogether and I wanted to jump in with them but the tour guide said I wasn’t allowed 😦 So we got to the island and again we had to walk pretty far because of the low tide.

I felt like I was in a dream because it was so serene and I could hear this amazing music, when I got closer I saw there was a band playing music to welcome us all to the island. My parents are east African and I went there with my whole family for a wedding so we knew a lot of the Swahili songs so we started singing and dancing with them and trying to shake our booties like them but …we couldn’t haha.

After lunch we relaxed on the beach, you could see this magnificent natural structure;

it was just an amazing day and all my family were there like 30 of us no exaggeration so it was soo much fun,  felt like a day in paradise 🙂

If you ever go to Zanzibar make sure you do the Blue Safari!

Kisses, Z x