Glastonbury: Survival Guide

Now Glastonbury has suddenly come around, I’m gutted I’m not going this year.

It is by far the best festival I have been to, and the biggest!

Some of you will be preparing to set off in the early hour’s tomorrow morning, or will even be camping out tonight to be first in the queue!

For those of you who are Glasto newbies, here are a few tips on how to survive!

  1. Buy a phone charging block:

You’ll probably use your phone to take photos so it will run out of battery really quickly. A decent phone charging block should give you at least 5 charges worth and see you through the whole time at Glasto. With 170,000 people swarming around, a phone is your best hope of finding friends… especially after queuing for toilet!

  1. Take decent wellies:

You’ll be in these all day, every day, so buying a good pair of wellies and welly socks will save your feet! It might be worth taking extra socks in case it rains loads and they get soaked.

  1. Use a trolley for tinnies:

Invest in an old lady shopping trolley, because you can put all of your cans of cider/beer in this and pull it along… which is so much easier than carrying it! You can’t take glass bottles into Glasto, so make sure you decant any spirits into plastic bottles beforehand too.

  1. Pre-select a camping spot:

Make sure you and your friends decide on a camping spot before you go. I recommend somewhere on a slope so you don’t get flooded if it rains loads. You don’t want to be right next to toilets but not a long walk away either.

  1. Perfect your packing:

To avoid your clothes looking crumpled and creased, roll your clothes up instead of folding them. It is also a useful way to fit more in your bag. Make sure you take clothes you can sit down in easily – you’ll be sat on the floor a lot, so shorts and floaty dresses are a good option!

  1. Arrive early:

Make sure at least one of your festival family squad is arriving early on Wednesday, as you need someone to put the tent up in a decent spot before it all fills up!

  1. Pitch your tent first:

I recommend carrying your tent first and going back for your backpack and supplies once it’s pitched. It’s too heavy to carry everything at once and you might be queuing for hours to get in!

  1. Wash your hair in a bucket:

The queue for showers is ridiculous so instead take a bucket to use to wash your hair. It sounds mad but it’s actually such a good solution and makes you feel fresh and clean. This bucket can double up as a drinks cooler if you fill it with cold water!

  1. Wash your body with shower gel:

This is also going to sounds nuts but using shower gel and face wipes is the best way to get clean! I recommend Aussie Fresh Mate body wash.

  1. Drink vodka and squash:

Vodka and orange squash is the perfect combo for a festival. You can buy a bottle of water, drink some and then fill it with some vodka and squash. It’s the easiest thing to carry around with you and it much cheaper than buying drinks from the vendors.

  1. Don’t rush to leave:

My friends and I left around 12 o’clock on the Monday and the queues out of Glastonbury were still ridiculous. You’re better off sleeping for longer and heading off later in the day, to avoid some of the traffic.

Here’s a quick checklist of essentials to pack:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Blanket
  • Travel pillow
  • Travel tissues
  • Anti-bacterial gel
  • Phone charging block
  • Wellies + welly socks
  • Raincoat
  • Bum bag or backpack
  • Torch
  • Collapsible water container
  • Bucket
  • Snacks (breakfast bars + crisps)
  • Cans of cider or beer (no glass is allowed on site)
  • Drinks pouches (so you can carry spirits with you)
  • Shower gel + face wipes
  • Small mirror

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Embrace the mud and mayhem!

x Morts x

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Amazing Seafood Recipes

I’m busy most nights of the week, so quick recipes are essential for me.

Where would I be without BBC Good Food? It is my absolute go-to, especially for healthy, easy mid-week meals!

Here is a list of my 5 current seafood favourites:

  1. Thai Pesto Prawn Noodles:

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https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/thai-pesto-prawn-noodles

This has a wonderful hit of chilli that can always brighten up my day! I like to add mushrooms and red pepper to bulk it out with plenty of veg.

  1. Healthy Fish and Chips:

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https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1500/healthy-fish-and-chips-with-tartare-sauce

I’d never made my own oven chips before but these were delicious! It genuinely felt like I’d been treated to a Friday night takeaway, but without any of the guilt! So easy to pop in the oven too.

  1. Chorizo, New Potato and Haddock one-pot:

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https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/10583/chorizo-new-potato-and-haddock-onepot

Super quick and easy, but full of flavour. If you’re having friends over, this will definitely impress!

  1. Peppered Mackerel Fish Cakes:

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https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/724641/peppered-mackerel-fish-cakes

If you’re a pepper fiend like me, you’ll love these! It doesn’t actually take too long to assemble them and they freeze down really well for another day. I add extra potato than the recipe says, to stretch to more fish cakes.

  1. Prawn and Coconut Laksa:

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https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/12796/prawn-and-coconut-laksa

Comforting and delicious, this spicy soup is the perfect mid-week mood lifter! It’s a healthy option too, especially if you use the low fat coconut milk. I like to add mushrooms, bamboo shoots and water chestnuts to my laksa, to add extra textures and bulk it out.

As you might be able to tell, I love spicy food and seafood.

All of these recipes pack in lots of flavour but without any of the hassle of complicated dishes. They use a few simple ingredients that are so effective!

If you have any good recipes to share, please do, I love a good food recommendation!

x Morts x

 

Girly getaway: Tenerife

I love a weekend away with my girls but we’re always strapped for cash and limited on holiday days from work.

We found that Tenerife is the perfect option for an affordable mini-break.

We went for a long weekend mid-May. As is it low season then, it meant cheap flights and accommodation as well as beautiful sunshine… the perfect combination!

I highly recommend staying at the Regency Country Club. There are a variety of apartments available, from one-bed to four-bed. The rooms were really clean and the service was very good too. We were given a glass of fizz each on arrival which was a nice touch.

The complex itself is only about a 15 minute taxi drive from Playa de las Americas. There is a stunning infinity pool looking out on the sea, with plenty of sunbeds to choose from. There’s also a gym and a crazy golf course on-site.

What to do in Tenerife?

1. Hit the beach:

We spent a day sunbathing on the beach at Playa de Troya which was lovely, but the island has plenty of other beaches to choose from. We had fantastic food and cocktails at Monkey Beach Club, just on the seafront. Apparently it is transformed into an amazing club at night – something I only learned once I was back in the UK!

2. Book a beach club:

I definitely recommend booking a beach club for the day. You can sit and relax on huge sun loungers, with live DJ sets playing and delicious cocktails and food to chose from. Sometimes it’s nice to avoid the sand and just go for a dip in the pool instead!

We went to Kaluna Beach Club and happily soaked up the sun for hours there. We enjoyed strawberry daiquiris, nachos, olives and houmous. You can sit in the pool and look out onto the beach below.

It’s good to book in advance if you’re going in a group, as the beach clubs get busy even in the low season.

3. Sunset Yoga:

Yoga was a really lovely group activity. We booked this in advance too, simply e-mailing a girl that runs a yoga class every week.

This Sunset Yoga  class takes place in La Caleta, just along the coast from Los Cristianos. Everyone assembles on a circular stone platform, right next to the sea. With the sound of the waves and fresh sea breeze, it was the perfect way to relax and watch the sun go down.

[For further information on Sunset Yoga go to:  https://www.myguidetenerife.com/events/sunset-yoga-overlooking-the-ocean]

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4. Go out-out:

A night out in Playa de las Americas is inevitable.

I’ll warn you now, the bars are fairly tacky with cheesy pop music blaring out… but you have to experience it at least once. Most tourists start the night in bars like Linekers and The Anchor and then head on to one of the clubs in the area. It’s not for the fainthearted!

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Life is always better in flip flops! =)

x Morts x

Lion: A Long Way Home (book review)

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I’ve just finished reading Lion: A Long Way Home, by Saroo Brierley, and I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a book so much.

I became incredibly invested in the outcome of the story.. perhaps because I knew it was a true story.

I actually saw the trailer for the film Lion advertised a few weeks ago in the cinema, and it sparked my interest. Once I looked into it, I discovered the film was based on the book.

It is an honest, gripping retelling of events, with no frills and bows. The flip between the past and present keeps you on tenterhooks, as memories and emotions steer the story.

Saroo Brierley takes us on a journey, his journey, as a five year old boy in India. We know from the off that he was adopted as a young boy, and now lives in Hobart, a city in Tasmania. We also know that he still longs for his hometown and biological family.

At only five years old, Saroo got separated from his older brother, Guddu, and never made it back to his family. Over 20 years later, he begins searching for answers and his hometown.

As Saroo’s obsession to find his home grew, so did mine and I could barely put the book down. I was reading on the train and plane on the way home from Valencia. I became that person that gets irritated at loud conversations or any small interruptions.

I was emotionally invested throughout, anxious for Saroo and for what his story might reveal.

I have always been interested in other cultures… it is one of the things I love most about travelling. I found it fascinating learning about life as a poor family in India, especially seeing things through a child’s eyes.

It is such an inspiring tale, I definitely recommend giving it a go!

x Morts x

 [Photo credit: Saroo Brierley’s Facebook page]