Month: April 2016

Game of Thrones – My Westeros Travel Bucketlist

Hi guys,

In honor of the return of Game of Thrones to our television last night I thought I might write a bucketlist post with a difference. Because, y’know, why not. Anyway.

There are several places in Westeros that are mentioned that you can’t help but think “that sounds nice, I kinda want to go there”, and there are places that you see on screen that you really can’t help but think “I have to go there!”.

Note: I do intend to mention a few bits and pieces about the plot and things like that going on so, if you’re new to us and haven’t caught up yet, just a warning, Winter is…no wait, wrong phrase…SPOILERS!!

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Is any trip to Westeros really complete without a trip to its capital, King’s Landing? Not really, no. Just think of the sightseeing! There’s the ruined Dragon Pit, who’s Golden gates have not been opened in more than a century, or the Great Sept of Baelor and its marble plaza. You could perhaps wander near the Red Keep, but be sure not to upset the gold cloaks.

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The seat of the Tyrells, Highgarden must be a beautiful place. Fertile and fragrant with all those flowers around, it must  be a spectacular sight in the summer when all is in bloom. You could perhaps aim to visit around the time of the Harvest Moon, for the Great Masquerade.

Winterfell

I have a bit of an affinity for snow and ice, so Winterfell would be a must visit for me. Or would have been, were it not now controlled by the Boltons. Ah. Not sure I want to visit when Ramsay’s hanging about. However, should the Starks regain control I’m all up for trip North. But Winter is Coming so lets hope that’s soon!

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Not sure if I could cope with all that cold, but the Wall is just such a spectacular feat of engineering you just kind of have to want to see it, right? I mean, a 700 foot high wall of sheer ice isn’t something you see every day! It just isn’t! Slight issue in that there’s a little bit of unrest going on at the minute, due to a mutiny and, you know, a certain dead Lord Commander, but, eh, why not?

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After all that cold you’re gonna need some sun, so why not head south for the Water Gardens of Dorne.They just look so idyllic, don’t they? So peaceful, so calm, and…oh, look, Ellaria and the Sand Snakes, run away! Maybe just stick to some sunbathing on a beach somewhere, me thinks.

Where would you guys like to visit in Westeros if you had the chance? The Free Cities? Casterly Rock, maybe?

 

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Where the Heck is your Hair?

Hi guys,

so this morning when I woke up, this was my hair.

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Long, limp and, to be entirely honest, in desperate need of some TLC.

I have had waist length hair since I was twelve years old. I’ve been dedicated, and grown it out completely all through high school.

I will be the first to admit, waist length hair takes some maintenance, and nonsensically thick waist length hair even more so. Styling it takes hours, it’s heavy so won’t hold a curl. You have a permanent scarf, no matter how warm the weather – like, seriously, in the middle of the occasional hot Scottish summer (yes, I admit these are pretty rare) thick, long hair sticking to your neck and back is not a pleasant sensation.

And don’t get me started on washing and drying it.

Washing and drying my hair requires at least two hours of my day. Washing it, even a quick wash, takes at least half an hour. Drying it takes forever, and I can never do a proper blow dry, because my wee stumpy arms can’t reach the ends when drying it above my head. But letting it air dry takes years, so that doesn’t happen very often.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve listed many of the negatives associated with really long hair, but I absolutely love my hair. People compliment it all the time, there are so many different options for the hour long styling sessions, and it makes me feel like a princess with my long medieval hair. I love looking in the mirror and seeing my hair hanging right down my back, or being able to play with braids because they’re long enough to hang right over my shoulder.

However, much as I may absolutely adore my long hair, having the same hairstyle for so long does get a bit stale. To mix things up I’ve tried adding layers and a fringe, but today, I decided enough was enough.

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Fringy fringe fringe!

 

Where’s it all gone?! It feels so short (although, yes, I know by normal standards it’s still pretty long)!

But you know what…I bloody love it! It feels so much lighter, it feels great, and the fringe is just an unintended bonus. I asked to thicken the fringe I already had, and realised I could dry it in a proper full fringe! It’s so cool (who says cool anymore?)! I can even reach the ends with ease, so a blow-dry is now possible!

What do you guys think?