Hi blog world. It’s been a little while… Life has been extremely busy in the last few months, but I’m back and the reason for that is that I want to make sure I start back with blogging now. Something very exciting will be happening over the summer. I’ve been placed in Hamburg at the uni, UHH, for my year abroad which will constitute the third year of my degree at UCL: this means a move to Germany at the end of the summer. It’s a few months away yet, so it still hasn’t clicked I’ll be going but regardless, the prep begins now. I want to blog my year abroad, because, as every one of my friends can vouch for, I have the memory of a goldfish so will have to blog occasionally to keep a record of what I’ll be doing. Anyway, back to current goings on. Here are a few things that are worth mentioning:
- Uni: Last few months have been crazy yet fantastic but stressful and challenging. So much coursework, so many history readings, so many German translations. Blood, sweat and tears. Really not good for my meant-to-be-happy tummy. But so worth it. I love my degree. Nerd alert. But exams are in view now, which means the finish line is in view!
- Tummy stuff: so my tummy has been up and down last few months. I actually had a very bad flare-up in March where I ended up taking a few days off uni. I’m still struggling with the bloating and distention and knowing what to eat, but hoping to see a dietician post-exams and review the results of my hydrogen tests. Still very positive and hopeful though! Positivity always, my #lifemotto.
Also: I read a great article recently about how to respond to idiotic IBS comments, it’s really good for making you feel less alone/if you want a relatable post. Link here: http://www.healthline.com/health/irritable-bowel-syndrome/how-to-respond-to-annoying-ibs-comments. Also x2: if you’re looking for a great, well-established IBS/lifestyle blog check this out. It’s written by a fellow IBS sufferer and her blogs on her experiences are great: http://scarlettlondon.com/ . P.S. I have loads more links to helpful IBS stuff online if you want. Just send me a messaaage!
- London travels: a few months back I put together a bucket list for things I wanted to do in London. This list involves the not-so-typical London-y things, or places that I’ve always wanted to visit but never have, I’m a disgraceful Londoner honestly. Anyway, enlisting the help of my trusty best bud Dan, we have managed to complete a lot of it. I’ve been to Notting Hill, Portobello Market, Kensington, Chelsea, Brick Lane, Shoreditch, had Honest Burger for the first time (more on that below). I also met up with an old friend from school (Alex ILY) and we went to the Sensational Butterflies butterfly house at the NHM. That was also fantastic, have wanted to go ever since I found out it was a thing. Pics of all this below; feel free to bask in our beauty xo. All in all, London is a pretty beaut city particularly when you explore it more/when it’s not raining, and all the blossom is so pretty in the spring, perfect iPhone background material ha. This city is still too busy, loud, expensive and fast-paced for me to love 100% and I’m not sure I can see myself living here in the future, but I can still appreciate it and be grateful: I am lucky to have grown up here!
- Food travels: as I mentioned, I went to Honest Burger with a friend recently, having lived in Camden for 2 years now I’m surprised I’ve never been since it’s quite popular in central London/the trendy areas. Honest is so worth-mentioning for us IBS-ers because they offer gluten free burger buns AND the burgers themselves are GF. Also, I have a few places I will be trying in the next few months that are great for freefrom diets. These include Leggero (GF restaurant), Rossopomodoro (best GF pizza in London apparently, we’ll see), Yorica (GF, DF, mostly everything freefrom sweet ‘treats’ like waffles. YES, WAFFLES!!) and Nojo Crepes in Camden Market. Will report back soon, when I have probably gained too many pounds from all of this. Hey, I’m just sacrificing myself for the good of the blog world.
That’s all for now, mainly because my memory fails me with regard to anything else worth mentioning. Classic Helly. I’ll make sure to update when I next get the chance, probably post-exams, hopefully when I will have completed more of my bucket list and when I will be done revising the German adjective endings tables for about the 1000th time. Ciaoooo for now!