What Happened In Paris

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My school ran an art trip. Now, I don’t take art A Level, but I do pretend to do their Arts Award scheme. So I was asked if I wanted to go on their trip to Paris.

When I said I’d go, my initial thought was, oh that will be nice, I’ll get my UCAS form in early, and I’ll be able to chill out. I’m applying for veterinary medicine. I completely forgot that they like to send out work experience forms and reference requests out. So I ended up doing some of that, from Paris. Fun.

Anyways, onto the good stuff that happened.

We arrived in Paris on Friday, we went to Sacré-Cœur, which is really pretty, but mobbed by tourists and artists who, if you stand in the street, will draw you, no choice.

For our dinner, we went to Flunch, which I can only describe as chaos. Or school dinner. Either of those fits.

We stayed in a cheap hotel near Gare de L’Est. Some of the spoilt kids with us were really roughing it, being in a hotel less than 5 stars was tough enough, but being in a 2 star hotel really was a big ask for them. (It was fine).

The next day we went on a boat trip along the Seine, which was really nice, and then to the Musée d’Orsay, which was beautiful. We also went to the Picasso Museum, I decided I do not like Picasso’s work, as some of the subject matter just is creepy and disturbing. After this we went to Notre-Dame and sketched there (well, some of us… I did less of the sketching.)

On our third day we visited the Palace of Versailles, which was absolutely beautiful, I was disappointed that we weren’t allowed to have audio guides here because I wanted to know about the history. We also rented bikes and went cycling in the grounds there. After this we visited the Tuileries Gardens and went shopping on the Champs Elysées, where being someone who hates shopping, I was far more focused on this cat on some guys shoulder. That evening we had a photography session by the Eiffel tower.

On our last full day we visited the Monet gardens, which was one of my favourites, I took loads of amazing photos here. After that we went to the Centre Pompidou, which I’d say is probably the French answer to the Tate Modern (except with a few less pieces which are like is that actually counted as art?)

Before going home we visited the Sacré-Cœur again, which was much quieter due to it being 9am, then the Dali Museum, which was just a bit creepy.

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I’m Out Of Ideas

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I’ve been busy lately… And that means I haven’t had much time to blog. Last Monday, I did some adulting. I got on a plane down to Devon to do some work experience. That work experience was with a vets there, so I can’t say much more than that (client protection and all that) but it was really interesting. When I got back home, I ended up doing 2 days at a big equine hospital which was absolutely amazing. Since then I’ve been at school. Which sucks.

Currently I’m in the process of writing my personal statement for university and trying to figure out how I survived last year. So I’ve been kind of tired and lacking creativity for here.

Which is why until I’ve taken my A Levels I will not regularly be posting. I’m out of ideas basically. Obviously, if I have an idea and it’s good I’ll post something, but I will not be writing every week for quite a while. I will still be remain posting on my Instagram and Twitter (well… Yeah. I kind of forgot Twitter exists)

I’m hoping that when I’ve done my A levels life should be more interesting and I won’t be writing pointless shit for the sake of having a post.

So, goodbye for the next 9(ish) months (probably).

AwkwardHuman xx

Things I Wish I’d Known Before Playing Polo

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Recently I turned 17. Most people when they turn 17 have driving lessons over the summer/ time after they have their birthday. Not me.

When I was presented with the opportunity to go on a 3 day polo course, my thought trail was something along the lines of I could learn something useful, or I could go on a polo course and learn some skills which I may well never use again.

Anyway, I went on this course with my mum and we both loved it. My mum can’t ride, but at the end of the 3 days she was cantering around and apparently the fact she couldn’t ride wasn’t an issue as the horse knew what to do and she was busy trying to hit the ball.

I think the best analogy of playing polo is that it’s similar to hockey, but on a horse. And more difficult. And expensive… So not really that similar…

I wasn’t particularly brilliant as I’m left handed, and it turns out you have to play with the stick in your right hand, having very little strength in my right wrist, my wrist is currently extremely painful (I didn’t let it stop me though).

The rules are also quite complicated… You have to have the line of the ball to be able to hit the ball and we spent a lot of time just like “who’s got the line of ball?” It’s a rule that’s there for safety and preventing collisions, but it’s complicated.

I enjoyed every minute of the course and really want to have another go if possible. I’m hoping that I may be able to play with whichever university I end up going to. But who knows…

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AwkwardHuman xx

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again Review

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One of the films that I’ve been really excited to see this year has been the second Mamma Mia film. Since I saw the first advert for it I was like “we need to see this”.

This week I finally saw it. I’m not going to lie, I was slightly scared that it was going to be really over-hyped and it would actually be really shit, but it did not disappoint.

I’m going to try not to give away too much here. Within 5 minutes I just thought “this is completely nuts” (in a good way).

I absolutely loved what they did with the song Dancing Queen this time round, it was just so completely nuts that it was just brilliant.

I only have 2 complaints, firstly, they still have not taught Pierce Brosnann how to sing (then again, I’m not one to criticize…) Secondly, it wasn’t quite as feel good as the first film as there are a couple of sad parts in it (I’m really trying not to give away spoilers, it’s fucking killing me).

Overall, if you enjoyed the first one I’d say it’s well worth a watch, if you didn’t enjoy the first one, you won’t enjoy the second one… Logic.

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What I Got Up To In Corsica

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I haven’t written a blog post for a while… This was because I went on a family holiday to Corsica, and we spent a lot of time on beaches, so I didn’t have enough content to do a post each week. However, this does not mean that I have nothing to say for my time there…

The first thing that I found when I arrived on the island is how the locals really do not want to be part of France (unless the football is on) and they like to shoot road signs… An important thing to bear in mind…

Anyway, moving on, the island itself was really beautiful. The view from where I stayed was amazing:

I also went to towns like Porto Vecchio, which was quite small at the old town but also had a really nice modern marina. We also spent a day in Bonifacio

Bonifacio is similar to Porto Vecchio, but much larger, also worth visiting.

We also spent a day in the mountains to visit a cascade- Piscia Di Gallu. This was amazing, however the walk is about 45 minutes each way and very steep in areas, you also spend a reasonable amount of time climbing rocks, but it’s well worth it in the end.

I enjoyed my time there and would recommend travelling there as at the moment there is still a good balance between the heritage/ nature and tourists.

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AwkwardHuman xx

How To Do University Open Days

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I’ve been going around university open days recently, and there’s a few things that I wish I’d been told.

1. Prebook. A long time in advance. Especially for competitive subjects like veterinary- which is what I’ve been looking around for. For some universities I booked onto the open days the moment booking was open. For other universities I left it to the last minute, and didn’t get onto the open days, and a lot of my associates at school have found out the hard way that you need to book a while in advance.

2. Plan the day. Go to as many talks and tours that are relevant as you can fit into the day.

3. Sort your outfit. Yes, its not interviews. I showed up to open days (probably a bit over dressed thanks to the parents) and saw a number of people wearing literally as little as they possibly could. You are meeting people who could be studying alongside or teaching you. You don’t want to be remembered as the person who looked homeless or really untidy, or whatever. Also, wear sensible shoes, there’s a lot walking.

4. Think of questions to ask in advance. Write them down. I had half a million things I needed to ask, and at my first open day when asked by students and staff if I had any questions, I couldn’t remember a number of the things I wanted to ask.

5. Talk to as many students as possible. Especially the ones doing subjects you want to study, they can give you the most accurate information about student life doing that subject at that university.

6. If you have time, see the city. You will be living in that city for at least 3 years, longer for some courses or you want to do postgraduate studies, so its important to try to get a feel for the area the university is in.

I hope that this little guide is helpful to you. Remember to enjoy your open days.

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AwkwardHuman xx

My 5km In 5 Weeks

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I have my best, and my worst ideas at 2am. The night I finished my work experience at the zoo, I decided to do a 5km run that they were doing at the end of May.

I’m going to make one thing clear. I would be exhausted after running for a bus. When I told my parents, my mum was like “sure why not, I’ll do it too.” My dad… Found the idea slightly more entertaining.

So that settled it. I was going to do it. To prove my dad wrong, and see my friends at the zoo again.

I started off by going on the treadmill and seeing how far I could go. It was pretty slow, but I did do the 5km, it wasn’t a respectable time (50 minutes) but I did it. That Saturday, I went to my local parkrun. I found it easier than going on a treadmill, possibly because I wasn’t stating at a wall the whole time, but I went and did it in 33 minutes and 35 seconds. Slightly more respectable.

My goal was to do it in under 30 minutes, the closest I came was 31 minutes due to being ill at one point and heat. On the night I managed 33 minutes, which I wasn’t happy with, however given the heat, I was pleased that I didn’t walk and I didn’t get dizzy.

I now aim to do a few more 5km events and I will be doing the same event next year, hopefully somewhere around the 25 minute mark, but we’ll see.

While I’m talking about this, I also want to say that the parkrun was a really important part of this for me. It’s nice and supportive, there’s people of all different running abilities, so you really won’t be the slowest. They’ll time you as well so you can know how you’re doing. They also occasionally have pacemakers out there so you can run with them to finish at your target time.

I’m not here to preach fitness (god no…) But if you want to have a go, there isn’t anything stopping you. Just go for it.

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Sometimes I Get Bored

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I am pretty gay. Pretending to be a heterosexual female means I get bored listening to the endless conversations about guys.

One of the things I get really fed up of is hearing about all of the girls boyfriends/ guys they’ve been talking too. One, I’m very single. Two, their conversations are just really fucking boring and lack any actually meaning.

One of the girls… Jesus. She can’t go five minutes without mentioning that she has a boyfriend. She may as well be introducing herself by saying “hi my name is [name] and I have a boyfriend”. I really don’t fucking care and to be honest it just pisses me off because if I was to have a girlfriend, it would be socially unacceptable for me to discuss my relationship in the way she does (she doesn’t even tell us all the details of their relationship, mostly just likes to remind everyone that she’s in one).

Am I the only person who gets this way sometimes…. Someone please reassure me that I’m not a terrible human being…

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The Head Girl Situation

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My school opened its applications for head girl/boy, heads of houses and all the other pretentious roles this week. We were also told that we were all expected to apply. And naturally, my parents made me apply.

So I had to apply to be head girl and head of house. Personally I’d much rather be a head of house, but my parents don’t know about my agendereyness and won’t have anything less than the highest role.

So I sat down to write my application letter. And got stuck at the first question… What makes you suitable for this role. Literally fucking nothing, I hate the school, I’m not even female. Basically the only thing that makes me good for the role is that I am a master of bullshit.

So my mum took over writing my letter. So what was a blank page became the biggest and most pretentious load of bullshit ever. And I read it. At least the bullshit I would have come up with may have been believable.

So I get told off for being ungrateful. Then I just say, I don’t want to be head girl. At my school they have to sit at the front of every assembly. I struggle enough to stay awake, if I was head girl, I’d have to look interested. No thank you.

So then I got told off because I need to be head girl for my CV. I’m told “it’s a game you have to play.”

Newsflash. I’m fucking fed up of playing other people’s games for them. It’s not the kind of person I want to be. I’m done with it.

So anyway, I handed in the letter that my parents wrote because I basically walked off and lost interest and now I have an interview on Tuesday…

Which means that I need to try learn to speak “properly” according to my mum, because having a head girl who speaks how people actually tend to speak would be a complete embarrassment. Has she even realised what she’s raising? And I also need to come up with some reasons as to why I want to be head girl… May need some help there…

Anyway… This should be entertaining. Like this post if you enjoyed it. Please leave a comment to help me out. Follow me to see more of what I have to say, my socials are linked at the top.

AwkwardHuman xx

Goodbye Avicii.

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This week we lost possibly one of the greatest icons in EDM, Avicii. Like many others, when I first heard the news, I didn’t believe it, I didn’t want it to be true. But it is.

I don’t think there’s much I can say that everyone else hasn’t already said, but I couldn’t just say nothing. As a producer he was incredible. He bought EDM into charts with songs like Wake Me Up and Hey Brother. But also as a DJ, I’d always hoped to see him live, but now we know that won’t happen.

Everyone who worked with him said he was a great person. He inspired so many producers and DJs out there.

It is absolutely devastating news, and my heart goes out to all of Tim’s friends and family. Stay strong.

AwkwardHuman xx