OKAY so yeah, this is actually a couple of days late BUT I have a good excuse – I was in Germany having ALL THE FUN and I couldn’t take my laptop due to carry on luggage space. Plus…there was too much beer to type. Oops!
Anyway, better late than never as they say. I seriously sing Craig David “7 Days” every time I do this….
So Monday I got up early pre work to make a nice healthy breakfast. I have never really liked cereal that much anyway but it is just such an easy option. I knew I would be eating and drinking a lot in the week coming so I thought I’d start well!
Monday night I went to the Landor Theatre in Clapham to see a Fringe production of an old Broadway musical, She Loves Me. Lots of my blogger friends were there and an old friend was in the show so it was a pleasant evening all round!
On Tuesday my mum was coming to visit me in London for the first time in AGES. I took the afternoon off work and had tickets to see Wicked in the evening. Mum travelled to London with her friend, our old neighbour, Linda. I met them in central then we went back to my flat in Kilburn for coffee and cupcakes that I had brought from the fabulous Lola’s. For those of you who haven’t had a Lola’s cake before, please god do so. These were the mini ones, so I could have two guilt free! From clockwise the flavours above are chocolate, coconut, strawberry, red velvet and oreo cookie. Mmm.
Mum, Linda and I went for dinner at Little Bay in Kilburn, which is a firm favourite of mine as it’s tasty and SO cheap! Hurrah! Mum and Linda loved it, which was great 🙂
As I mentioned above, I has tickets to Wicked so mum, Linda and I smuggled in a few gins in tins and had a lovely time watching the show. It was my 4th time seeing Wicked (although over about 7 years!) and this time was one of the best! I saw understudy Natalie Andreou in her first show as Elphaba – she was honestly amazing!
Wednesday was relatively chilled out – I knew I had to get up at 2.30am on Thursday morning to fly to Cologne so I tried to do as little as possible! At work we ordered pizza for lunch; there is an amazing pizzaria called Barrel Boulangerie round the corner to our office in Hoxton. The pizza is cheap (£4-5ish for a 12″) and delicious. We ordered a goats cheese and leek pizza and a margherita and then split them 3 ways. Hurrah!
In the evening Will and I had some dinner, champagne and watched the first episode of Better Call Saul, which was lovely as I knew we weren’t going to see each other on Valentines day. We then went to bed pretty early as my 2.30 alarm was looming!
ARGH ALARM. BUT IT’S 2.30 AM!!!! AH! Yep. So I dragged my sorry ass out of bed and got a bus to Victoria in order to get on a coach to Stansted. Luckily I made it in plenty of time to board my 7am flight to Cologne. I was off to visit my bestie from uni, Christina whilst also partying hard in the city’s yearly carnival – but more on that later!
Carnival is pretty intense and proceedings start early on Thursday. In order to get myself in the party spirit I got a cheeky mini bottle of prosecco for the flight. Woops.
I don’t want to talk in too much detail about carnival as it actually deserves a post of its own so I won’t explain now, I’ll just show you the pictures. Essentially you dress up in crazy costumes and drink.
Kolsch beer is a BIG party of carnival – it is a larger made in Cologne that the people of the city are really proud of. By Saturday Night I had pretty much had enough of it to fill the River Rhine. Good.
Sunday is a REALLY fun carnival day where each village has their own street party. Again I want to write a post about the whole carnival, so I will just leave you with this picture of some of the revelry!
As you can see, this week was suitably busy! What have you been up to? Let me know! NOW time to detox!