A Basic B Abroad: LondonĀ 

Last month, I embarked on a 10 day trip abroad to London, Amsterdam and Munich. It was very busy and jam packed with touristy stops, but it was beyond memorable. I’ll be writing a short recap of each city and today I’m starting with my three days in London.

London Bridge

Oh London, such an amazing city, with the perfect mix of old history and modern culture. We stopped by Buckingham palace, Big Ben, Regent Street and took many trips on the tube. While it was awesome to see all the sites, London reminded me of NYC, it was just another city with big buildings and thousands of things to do. I would definitely return if I was ever back in the neighborhood as there were many places I didn’t get to see (Carnaby Street! sketch!).

My favorite part of London was when we had drinks in the bar on top of the Shard. It was a tab minimum of $30 per person to hold the table, but that view was WORTH it. It was a very ‘fluffy’ place so if you’re not into snooty, maybe don’t grab drinks there. There is a viewing room with an admission cost, if you still want to see the incredible view from 72 floors above London.

Other tips:

  • We stayed at “The Wombat,” seriously, nicest hostel ever. We stayed in a six bed dorm and we had our own bathroom and lockers. The breakfast was delicious and there was a storage room to keep our bags after we had checked out. 9/10 would recommend.
  • We went to The Comedy Store Players in Piccadilly Circus; it was an improv comedy show at the comedy club where Mike Meyers started and honestly, I almost died laughing. 10/10 would recommend.
  • Download the metro app to plan out your tube route (seriously a lifesaver). Also if you’re going to be there multiple days, get the day passes, almost always worth it.
  • Pro Tip: When in doubt, find a Starbucks. Seriously, this coffee chain is EVERYWHERE, plus they have free WiFi and bathrooms. Oh, and coffee. What more do you need?

Still Pending: Things I’m Working on in 2016.

Well, it’s almost the end of January, and 2016 is off to a decent start. I never  posted my resolutions for this year, actually I’m not 100% I ever made any to be honest. I’m putting them here, so it’s more concrete and I can be held accountable for them in some way. And I’ll mention what I’ve done so far in 2016 to keep those resolutions.

Resolution: Get myself into a budget and cut my discretionary spending in half

How’s it going? No comment…

The first thing that happens after you get your first job is you get dollar signs in your eyes, and they stay there awhile. At least, that’s what happened to me. Every two weeks, I get money. Money is great. Money can get my hair dyed, get me cool clothes and new makeup. Money solves everything, right? But then there’s bills, and recently, student loan payments. Money is the worst and it makes everything SUCK.

However, I’ve started trying to not spend as much, which is reeally hard. Like reeally hard. I love shopping, it brings me joy and fulfillment, which is probably something I should address with a therapist, but nuance. I’m trying to budget, I’ve signed up for Mint.com (which is awesome, if I actually look at the weekly email summary of my spending…). If anyone has any budgeting tips, I’d owe you forever. Literally. Please. Lend some help to a newbie adult.

Resolution: Hit the gym at least three times a week plus cut out all the unhealthy snacking.

How’s it going? I go to the gym 3 times a week! Then I come home and eat 5 cookies…

Getting a gym membership was one of the first adult things I did, and since I’m paying for it monthly, I need to use it or lose it. At least, unlike Netflix, the gym is good for my well-being. Netflix just makes me sad (Grey’s has wrecked me 5ever). I eat salads and veggies and hummus and lentils all the time. Like so much so, people have asked if I’m a vegetarian. But I also made a pan of brownies last Friday and I think I ate 83% of them by Tuesday night. To be fair, pre-Aunt flo, I’m a ravenous bitch for chocolate, which explains the previous sentence, but still. That’s not exactly healthy.

I’m not saying that I’m swearing off donuts forever, because that’s insane and I would expect someone to come find me, slap me and stuff a dozen down my throat. I just want to not eat so unhealthily that it basically cancels even going to the gym.

Resolution: Not watch Netflix every night for multiple hours. Essentially, I’m giving up binging. I want to kick my butt off the couch and get a life (ew).

How’s that going? I just watched Grey’s Anatomy for the past three hours.

Okay. 1. it’s winter, it’s cold, I’ll start being a person with a life when it’s warm and not January. 2. After work + gym, my brain hurts and I just want to zone out for a few hours and not think, is that so much to ask?!

However, by watching Netflix, I’ve gotten so wrapped up in the lives of the doctors at Seattle Grace Hospital that I’m not as interested in my own lame life. DEREK AND MEREDITH ARE COUPLE GOALS AMIRGHT? Plus hot doctors in scrubs. That’s not in my real life. Also, MARK SLOAN DAAANG. So, I booked a flight to Florida and I made plans tonight, with real people. Ugh are you happy?

How about you, Reader, how are your resolutions going? Or like me, have you been avoiding them altogether? Let’s bond over our failures in the comments, or hopefully, your successes!

Love, B.