Things I miss

It’s crazy to think that I’ve been in the UK for six months now. Sometimes it still feels like I got here yesterday. It’s unbelievable how fast time goes by.

We’ve been super busy since I got here. Afternoon teas, anniversary trips, wedding planning and as if that wasn’t enough we just moved into a new flat. That’s right, I said flat… I’m a British lady now. But even though my days are pretty busy either with work or just living my new life, there are definitely times I miss home.

Aside from my family and friends, it’s hard to say what I miss the most. I definitely miss flavored creamer in my coffee. If you guys haven’t heard me whine about this before, there is only powder creamer here and it only comes in plain. My mom sent me vanilla powder creamer and I had to restrain myself from drinking coffee all day long. On the lines of different flavored things, I also miss flavored cream cheese. I don’t mean this onion and herb nonsense, I mean strawberry, honey walnut, blueberry.. I could go on forever. I miss real pancakes. Not crepes that they are tryin to pass off as pancakes here. Fun fact, they call thick, fluffy pancakes “American pancakes,” in the UK. Lastly, I miss Chick-Fil-A.

If I had to go past just food items. I would say that I miss free parking. Everywhere charges you to park. It’s more hassle to drive in general here. Driving places, because of the traffic takes just as long if not longer than the train. Then when you finally arrive at your destination, you have to find somewhere to park your car which could be 10 or 15 minute walk from where you’re going and usually next to a train station. More than all of this, I miss Target.

Flat sheets.. you only get fitted sheets and I miss stores that stay open late. Sometimes you just want a late night snack. I also miss having screens on the windows. I’m just waiting for the day a bird flies into my house, makes a nest and I have to move out.

Even though home will always be home, I’m still so happy here in this new home of mine.

My First Time in Wales

Anniversaries call for celebrations, or trips in our case. We landed on Wales to get away and celebrate. We decided to forgo the hustle and bustle of busy cities, we get enough of that in London. We picked a cozy little cottage, nestled away in acres of acres and farmland and countryside. Literally, in the middle of nowhere.

We found this cottage on Airbnb and had no trouble. When we got into Wales it looked like the zombie apocalypse was about to take place with all the fog, but it was still gorgeous!

After a four hour drive, some of which were on streets that realistically should only have horse-drawn carriages (I mean really why are the roads so narrow?) we spent the first day getting settled in. But the next day brought on a new adventure.

We decided to visit the Bosherton Lily Ponds. What we didn’t know was that lily ponds really come alive in June/July. Although the lily ponds weren’t there, we could not have asked for more beautiful scenery. Walking around the park, which turned into a venture up and through mountains was breathtaking. It looked like we were walking around in a Lord of the Rings movie. I thought England was beautiful, but it has nothing on the landscapes of Wales. The biggest surprise of the day was the beach that we stumbled upon, Broadhaven.

Our next day out we headed to Pembroke. The most charming city I’ve seen. Everyone was super friendly. To be honest people in general were much more friendly in Wales than London. Pembroke holds, Pembroke Castle among other attractions. This castle built in 926, still stands till this day. With some updating, they’ve added technology throughout the castle so that you can learn all about the birthplace of Henry VII while you explore the grounds. We met the nicest guy before we went inside the castle. His name was John and he gave us the lowdown on not just the castle, but all of Pembroke. If you happen to visit Pembroke Castle and hear a trumpet playing, that’s our friend John!

The castle was gorgeous. It’s definitely one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen in my life. Just an FYI, there was a TON of walking involved and even more windy stairs. So, if you ever visit a castle be prepared for a workout along with a history lesson.

We ate Pembroke’s own, Food at Williams. Delicious. We both had the chili and garlic shrimp, it was amazing. I also had an apple pie latte, that tasted like everything good in this world. We walked across the street to Saltwater Studio, a bespoke shop in the town center. We bought candles, of course and found that the lattes we had were roasted by the owner’s husband! You can check the entire collection as well as the selection of coffee here.

We’ve been home about a week and I miss Wales already. I definitely recommend this place for anyone looking to explore the UK.

Memories

It’s funny to think this time last year I was working as an editorial intern while juggling work and school. I cannot believe how fast time goes by. Last November, I was working on a feature for Ohio Magazine that was all about unique wedding venues in Ohio. This was such a cool experience as I was able to combine my love for weddings with writing, another passion of mine. Check out my story below!

Enchanted Evenings

Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak everyone! Today Muslims all around the world are celebrating Eid Al-Adha and millions of Muslims are making the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca. On this holiday, Muslims celebrate when Ibrahim (Abraham) was told by God to sacrifice his son. Following God’s command both Ibrahim and his son were willing to submit. But, at the last minute God stopped Ibrahim, and told him not to sacrifice his son.

Muslims celebrate this test of fate by sacrificing livestock and distributing it to those in need. Muslims also celebrate by gathering together at their local masjid for the Eid prayer, where they also listen to a short lecture usually about the story of Ibrahim and what this day means.

With all the turmoil happening in the world today, it is nice to be able to come together with millions of Muslims around the world and celebrate this blessed day.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day and has tons of fun celebrating.

Eid Mubarak!!