30 January 2017

Date Night: The Printworks Manchester

Date Night At The Printworks Manchester

Location: The Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester 

Date night. Sometimes it can be a real nightmare agreeing where to go, what to do, and most importantly - what to eat! With Valentines Day just around the corner, it's time to start contemplating where you can spend the evening with your partner - or just that person you're trying to impress, as food can be a REALLY BIG DEAL. Plus, sometimes co-op flowers or a box of chocolates just won't cut it, so it's important to make it a night to remember. For my beloved Manchester readers, you'll know that in the heart of Manchester's bustling city centre lies The Printworks, but if you aren't from here, The Printworks is a place packed with an array of restaurants and attractions - making it the ultimate spot for a date. Plus, with so much choice, you're sure to find something you can both agree on... even if one of you is a little bit picky.

18 January 2017

Ghana: A Trip To Tongo Hills

Tongo Hills

Location: Tongo Hills, Bolgatanga, Ghana

When I was over in Ghana, I was working and living in a small town called Bolgatanga (otherwise known as 'Bolga'). To one side in the distance straight down the main road, you could notice the silhouettes of huge hills. One Sunday, our little work family decided we were going to take a trip to see what was up there, and so we got our driver - a local who knows Bolga like the back of his hand, to take us. Tongo is a town situated on these hills, and the place is filled with rocks and caves to wander around, as well as being known for the Tengzug Shrine. The Tengzug Shrine is one of the most famous in the region, and is used for religious animal sacrifices. When you get to Tongo you'll be greeted by a tour guide who takes you not only around the town, but up to the shrine - although be warned if you want to go inside the shrine you must be topless (that includes the girls!).

10 January 2017

Ghana: Paga's Crocodile Pond

Paga's Crocodile Pond

Location: Zenga Crocodile Pond, Paga, Ghana

Whilst living and working in the northern region of Ghana, I was staying in a large and vibrant town called Bolgatanga. Animals I'd see on a daily basis included goats, guineafowl, pigs and dogs - and it's not uncommon to have your car stopped by a herd of geese crossing the road either. A short drive from Bolga however lies a little village called Paga, home to Zenga Crocodile Pond or 'The Chief's Pond', famous for being a place where humans and crocodiles live in harmony. Here, a crocodile has never reportedly killed anybody, and the crocodiles are seen as sacred and never hurt or killed by the people that live there. Hearing about this place, I was pretty curious to visit the reptiles myself, and so one quiet Sunday we jumped into the Tro Tro and headed on over to see if the stories we'd heard were true.

8 January 2017

Andy Warhol At Whitworth Art Gallery

Artist Rooms: Andy Warhol

Location: Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road, Manchester

It was a dreary, rainy, January afternoon, so naturally I decided to spend some time getting cultured AF at my local art gallery: The Whitworth. Just a couple of weeks after the world reeled in horror at Donald Trump being elected in as President, Warhol's dystopian view of capitalism and the falling 'American Dream' arrived in Manchester in the form of a small exhibition called Artist Rooms: Andy Warhol. After being shot and pronounced dead in 1968, Warhol was taken to hospital where he was given an open heart massage and miraculously - came back to life. It's no wonder then that he would go on to spend the rest of his life up until his death in 1987 exploring images such as that of the electric chair, and even self-portraits which would depict self-strangulation. Maybe it does all sound a bit grim, but entering the exhibition with an open mind, I found it incredibly interesting to explore Warhol's image of the world post his near encounter with death.

4 January 2017

The Beauty Products I Got For Christmas

Christmas Beauty

Hi guys! It feels like so long since I shared a beauty post on here, but if you know anything about me, you should know that I am beauty and cosmetic obsessed. From bath bombs to body lotions, fake tan to body shimmers, I don't even understand where I keep it all, but the good news is every Christmas I know my stash will be restocked once more. This year, my loved ones were rather generous and I received everything from an electric toothbrush to a cleansing face brush (my skin feels like I've just been born) and enough shower gel and bath goodies to last me until Christmas 2017. So feeling a bit of inspiration for my blog coming on, I've decided to share with you just a few of what I got including my favourite gift sets, oh and of course - some Lush stuff has been thrown in there for good measure!

3 January 2017

Ghana: One Year On

Bolgatanga, Ghana

Location: Bolgatanga, Ghana, West Africa

This month officially marks one year since I started my relentless journey to the North of Ghana. At the beginning of 2016, after fundraising over £800 for a charity called International Service, I went with a group of volunteers to work in the upper eastern region of the country for a period of three months. It was one of the craziest things I've ever decided to do and one of the most challenging experiences I've ever faced, but it opened my mind to a completely different culture and way of life, gave me friends and thickened my skin. So now, reflecting on that life changing adventure, I wanted to share my thoughts one year on from boarding the plane at Heathrow airport and venturing, into the unknown...
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