What brings you joy?
Rather than telling, I decided to show you. Enjoy my pictures!
Haha okay so this one is really easy to pick. What is my most memorable trip and why? Obviously Ibiza!
The summer between finishing school and starting university, I went to Ibiza with my parents and my sister. We stayed in an adult’s only hotel and it was the first holiday in 8 or 9 years that we didn’t have Mum’s mum with us. Rachel was the youngest guest there and so we got a lot more attention than other guests – although I think her looks might’ve had something to do with that. It was the first holiday we went on that I actually felt 100% comfortable and like I could’ve stayed longer than our two weeks.
As a result, we went again the next two years! However, they have seriously upped the prices due to a recent refurbishment – who pays over £2000 per person for two weeks half board? I can cruise for less than that. It upsets me that I won’t be able to go back next summer, we’ve made some real friends in the staff there, never mind some of the other guests. If you have the money, I would seriously recommend Sol Beach House Ibiza, however I won’t be back for quite some time now due to the sudden increase in price.
Wow okay so I’ve actually got both of these to write up today, please be patient while I try and remember the last month! Or will I start with the week’s review? Yeah, let’s do that first and then come back later for a round up of the month. Here goes!
Monday, I was an abandoned child while Mum, Dad and Rachel all went to the beach. I lay by the pool and read to my hearts content, and yes I still have that review to write. I’ll get on that as soon as I’ve finished these two posts, I promise. When they came back, we had our usual dip in the pool followed by a pre-shower drink so that we could go get ready for the night ahead. As was our usual routine, we got changed in our respective rooms and then Rachel and I moved through to Mum and Dad to chat while they finished getting ready. As we started down for dinner, Rachel somehow managed to kick the door frame and ended up with a bleeding toe. Now, while this doesn’t sound funny here it was hilarious at the time. To be honest, her toe is still sore so maybe it isn’t funny… But it definitely was at the time. After dinner that night, we met José in Es Canar for a few drinks with Mum and Dad. It was a good night and we got back to the hotel around 2:30am.
Tuesday was more of the same, just lying by the pool and getting some sun while reading and revising. I accidentally fell asleep for an hour and woke up completely sunburnt on the back of my legs to the point that it hurt to walk. That night we said goodbye to 2 of our friends who had been going to the hotel for 10 years but they have decided that this year wil have been their last. There were quite a few tears, and the night ended reasonably early given the circumstances.
Wednesday marked our last full day. We said our goodbyes to some of the staff in the afternoon, making them promise to come visit us if they’re ever in the UK. That night there was a party of some kind in the hotel and everyone was invited however we felt extremely underdressed, even in some of our best clothes. There were people from Chanel there… Rachel and I were then to go on and meet José in Es Canar again for a few drinks and so we said farewell to yet more staff – it was painful, especially knowing they mightn’t be there the next time we go if and when we next go. After a few drinks in one bar, we went on the dodgems (I’ve a serious bruise on my knee to prove it) before having a few drinks in another bar and then on to a club after. As per usual, we ended the night on the beach before getting a taxi back to the hotel.
Thursday had us doing our last minute packing and soaking up the sun. It was also the worst day for goodbyes as we were properly saying goodbye to José and I honestly didn’t want to. I could have a platonic marriage to a 39 year old and live in Ibiza, right? We got on the bus and went to the airport and finally got home around 10pm on Thursday night.
Friday brought about a mad scramble to unpack and then repack for me. I got a new phone in the middle of it all, and then Granny H came up to the house for a Chinese takeaway and a catch up. It was a quiet enough day considering we were adapting to the delightful summer weather we get here in the UK.
Saturday (yesterday) was then a case of up early to finish packing and get across to the hairdressers. I was furious when I came out though. The prices have gone up to £34 for a cut and blow dry, my hair looked nothing like what I’d asked for, and when I voiced that concern the response was “well I did what you asked and there isn’t anything else I can do”. My hair looked like it hadn’t seen shampoo in a month it was that limp!!! So I came home and restyled it myself to look semi reasonable. We then went and visited Granny before taking me to the airport. I then flew back to Glasgow, arrived into the flat, and collapsed into bed. It had been a busy couple of days!
So today I’m going to revise and write a few more blog posts. Have a great Sunday!
Yay I’m actually posting this on a Sunday! Can’t remember the last time I reviewed the week on a Sunday.
Monday saw a day of packing, using up food, and cleaning. All in preparation for me coming back to Northern Ireland. During packing and cleaning, I introduced myself to the wondrous Gogglebox – a Channel 4 show about people watching tv. Fascinating really!
After that, I joined in my first ever Twitter chat! It was so hard to keep up with what was being said but it was good fun, hopefully I’ll get to join in again tomorrow if I’m not having dinner. The chat was all about confidence and inspired my blog of the day of the same title – https://lifewithktkinnes.com/2016/05/30/confidence/
Tuesday was spent travelling. Imagine this – a small bus. 60 passengers. No empty seats. Hottest day of the year that far in Scotland so roughly 26ish degrees. No air con on said bus. 3 hour journey. It wasn’t exactly the most pleasant bus journey of my life! However it was worth it to get on the boat and sprawl out watching Scandal. When I got back to lisburn, mum and dad had planned a BBQ and so I was a very happy Katie!
Wednesday, I was in and out of shops, trying to get organised for this wedding on Friday. With the sun still shining and me finally able to lie out in my own back garden, I was enjoying the sun until I ended up looking a bit like a lobster. Currently making a mental note to myself to buy sun cream! Even though tomorrow’s the last day of the sun apparently… Sorry getting distracted. We were lounging in the garden when the phone rang to say my dad’s aunt had been taken to hospital, but it wasn’t too serious. As per usual, I come back from Glasgow and someone ends up either in hospital or dying!
On Thursday, I had offered to do Mum’s tesco shop for her (me being the favourite daughter of course :P) and so started out with a list and her bank card safely tucked away. I then had an eye appointment and was told my eyes have finally stabilised! Only taken them until I’m almost 21…
Friday I had a job interview in the morning, and while I didn’t get the position, it was a good opportunity to try and get back into the interviewing frame of mind. Again, Friday was just spent lazing in the summer sun. It’s really no wonder I’m pink right now if I think about it!
Yesterday we did a bit of shopping in Lisburn, searching for a bag for me to use and a necklace, both for the wedding, but no such luck. However it was nice to take a slow morning at getting ready as I was actually allowed to be in my pjs until after 9:30am!
Today I went with Rachel to help supervise the family fun morning at the church so it was good to see a few familiar faces. Rachel and I were kicking a ball backwards and forwards but I accidentally kicked the ball too far out to Rachel’s left. As she ran and stuck her foot out to stop the ball, she completely lost her balance and ended up landing on her bum and bouncing slightly. Everyone, including Rachel, was laughing for a solid 5 minutes as only she would be able to fall and bounce so easily! We then came home for yet another BBQ and so I am a very very pink Katie right now. I’ll have to be more careful next time!
How was your week? Get up to anything exciting?