A spontaneous expedition 

For starters this mini trip to Majorca was not really planned, let’s just say it was a “Last resort”. My friends and I were thinking of going with other people to Interrailing. But the people were taking a long time booking and the prices were also getting higher each day that goes by. So my friend and I decided to book a trip to Majorca instead. No plans whatsoever, I didn’t even hesitate as I was also desperate to get away from everybody. I just wanted to find solace in another alienated land. At the time, the stress from my A-levels was eating me alive and I was also going through a difficult time sorting my relationship with the people around me. So after paying for everything and all the bookings were sorted, planes, shuttle buses, accommodation etc. I still did not feel any excitement or sort whatsoever. However when that day finally came (1st of July 2015) I could feel the joy and my overwhelming emotion flowing through me. The excitement rushing in me was magical. My friend and I were also late we through we will miss the plane but luck was on our side.  
Luck on our side 



I guess luck was indeed on our side at the time. At first, my friend and I were having troubles managing our budget for Majorca as we did not bring enough money. My budget then was only €300 for 8 days and our hotel deal was also self-catering as we thought it would be cheaper if we eat outside rather than eating at our hotel. However when we got to our hotel the manager gave us an offer. For 2 nights and 3 days, we will be staying at their other hotel which is closer to the town, where the city life is. There will be breakfast and dinner in those days we are staying as well. My friend and I just looked at each other in shocked, and asked the manager “Do we have to pay?” And he simply answered, “No darling, It’s our promotion”. Right away we accepted his proposal although we had a millions of questions in our heads like “Why are they doing this?” Or “Is this their way of abducting Young British women for prostitution?”. Well, we were desperate too, we only thought of this kind of questions after accepting the offer. Who would say no to anything free these days anyways? Unless you’re the Kardashians, I mean saying yes to something free would hurt their ego. When we arrived at their hotel I looked around and saw an offer which says “Internet 3 dias por €12” so I thought that’s cheap and decided I’ll get it. I went to ask the Manager but she told me I don’t have to pay and she will just give it to us for free. For those 3 days, we simply got everything free. Lucky right?

Life at Magaluf




In those 3 days we had a taste of their city life, but to be honest there wasn’t really anything special when we got to the actual town, where we found people our age and where the restaurants were at. I was more excited about seeing different sceneries, the beaches not just a week of getting drunk in this foreign place. For 3 days I did not quite enjoy the town itself but I loved the company of my friend who would say yes to anything I would want to do. I was still quite new to the place and since I was the older one I had to lead the way and be the mature person. Remembering directions were easy to me that’s why we never got lost as I was quite good at remembering the way. We also went to the beach that was packed with a lot of people. I was genuinely disgusted with the dirt loitering around the waters of the beach. That’s when I lost my appetite of swimming, so instead we decided to just swim in our hotel pool.

Santa Ponca

 


After 3 Days we finally moved back to our actual hotel, although it was further compared to the previous one, I guess this hotel was better as it’s away from everything else and it does give you some alone time for yourself. The only thing that was difficult about the hotel is the fact it takes 30 mins to walk to the bus stop, waiting for the bus will also take a while which is, at least, 10-15mins and travelling from Santa Ponca to Magaluf will take 30-40mins as well. It may sound horrible as it seems to be wasting time travelling but I guess my friend and I did enjoy those long walks as we were able to get a closer look at the place itself.

Beauty of an estranged Land

 




Compared to Magaluf the beach at Santa Ponca is way cleaner, the water is crystal clear that you could literally see varieties of fishes roaming around the ocean. One thing I learnt is the place was also so open that we even did “Pool hopping”. We basically went to different pools of varieties of hotels around the place. They won’t even kick you out and they would just think you’re one of their customers honestly. The local people were also kind hearted, and of the things I won’t forget is how the lady at the shop gave me free plasters for the cuts all over my legs. A Little act of kindness like this actually made my day.

The beach was so beautiful I never got tired swimming every single day. It may sound ridiculous but I even bought myself some goggles so I would be able to clearly see underneath the waters. I was not a good swimmer myself but one thing I learnt on this trip is I was able to overcome one of my fears. Nothing will happen if you won’t do anything of your fears, so I took the opportunity and tried to swim even though I was scared to death. I thought we would all die one day, and why not make the most of it right?

Mini night trips

  

  


I really did enjoy this trip although there were a few problems along the way. I learnt how to be independent especially managing your own budget so that you will have enough money to last you for the whole week. I knew that I didn’t even have enough to last me for a week so my friend and I actually decided to buy our own ingredients at the market so we can make our own food at our hotel instead. Trust me it worked! We were actually able to save up some money, not just that but I was also able to buy souvenirs for my family and friends.  One of the things I loved in this small town (Santa Ponca) is the fact that they have their own nightlife as well, it may not be as busy as the one in Magaluf but I preferred this nightlife. I guess we were able to have a time for ourselves. Although we had a try of the nightlife at Magaluf for a few times, yes I have to admit it was fun but there were also traumatic experiences such as having no place to stay at 3 AM because your friends have the keys and you have lost them along the way. However, I preferred the night life at Santa Ponca, not just about the drinking life but more like watching the people trying their hardest to make a living as well as showing off their talents and passion for art itself. Overall it may sound disastrous but thanks to this trip it gave me the opportunity to experience a variety of things in life.

Spirited Away Review

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This astonishing Japanese magical and fantasy animated movie will bring you to another world as you will find yourself completely mesmerized in the middle of the film that’s how great the movie is because each time I watch ‘Spirited Away’ it feels as if it’s the first time I’ve seen the film. It’s one of Hayao Miyazaki’s bewildering works and this movie really deserves to be seen by many. He is a famous Japanese director who has appealed a number of audiences and has gained awards and international acclaim as an animator along with the co-founder of his Ghibli studio Isao Takahata. His works was also compared with the other famous animators around the world such as the American Animator Walt Disney and also the British Animator Nick Park this shows his works is also as great as them or probably even better if only you had seen all of his animations you would be thrilled with every story for its unpredictable endings.

I began to realize how remarkable he is as well as a person especially after watching ‘Spirited Away’ and that’s when I realized this movie will be the one I will be carrying and remembering even when I’m  old and wrinkly. The type of movies that you will be carrying in your lifetime. I thought his works deserves to be discovered by millions of people and I thought of how brilliant he is to be imaginative and how did he ponder all of these ideas? Where did it all come from? What had stirred him? Although the movie is indeed similar to Alice in wonderland In my opinion Spirited away would be the better version of it. This movie could be aimed at young children or teenagers but adults will also get a lot from this movie too. It’s about being independent, maturity at a young age and believing in you that anything is possible if you just keep on believing. What struck me the most is Chihiro’s priority to her parents in the film because it made her realize her parent’s importance when she lost them on the film at some point.

Miyazaki’s movie ‘Spirited Away’ is very much similar to the story of Alice in wonderland as Alice falls into a hole and she wakes up in an utterly diverse world. In spirited Away Chihiro along with her family were on their way to their new home as her father takes the wrong direction and without knowing they got into a mystic world. Since her father loved to explore he with his family enters a tunnel which lead to another place but what they didn’t know they have already entered a different world. In there they found restaurant stalls and her parents just rushed for the food and ate like a pig, but Chihiro went her separate ways and found herself in a bathhouse there she meets this boy called Haku who warned her to get themselves out of this place before sunset however when she went back to where her parents were it was already too late. Her parents were already turned into pigs and that’s when the story begins for her. Chihiro’s adventure to a new magical world gave me that WOW feeling and nostalgic feeling of my childhood memories. She’s the type of girl who would take no for an answer for these kinds of adventure which I thought was our similarities probably one of the reasons why I chose this movie in the first place. As the story goes on Chihiro meets numerous people from the bath house of God’s and one of the first she meets is Haku who also have a significant role in the movie for he will be the one helping her get her parents back to their human world. He is the one who will be helping her during her stay in the bath house. But God knows what could happen next? Would our little girl experience her firsts ever puppy love? Hmmm. What could this friendly relationship turn into?

As the story goes on Chihiro learns to love and care for the people in the bathhouse even the people there starts to love her as well for her charismatic and happy go lucky personality that’s why at near end of the story it’s gets harder and harder for them to say their farewells as they have started to care for each other whether they deny it they have become part of each other’s lives. This part of the movie have inspired the fact that I didn’t expect that all those people who have hated and discriminated her, at first, would be the ones rooting for her in the end to have a safe trip back home. The fact that they have supported her onto what she wants even though they wanted her to stay.

The Animation may not be the best quality of all films compared to the films now the fact that it’s quite an old film you will be intrigued by the story plot of this movie. Although it’s an old animation it’s also breath taking because it’s drawings is just very meticulous and detailed especially the backgrounds which are rich in colour and the surrounding in the Animation gives out the feeling of traditional Japanese which is indeed wonderful because it brings you to a different setting and this what makes it different to other animated movies the fact that it will bring you to a different world of animation and a remarkably different setting of story which makes it exceptional to the other Animated movies.

Miyazaki’s spirited away have captured the hearts of many and have won the best-animated feature film over ‘Lilo and Stitch’ and’ Ice age’ not just that but have also won a lot of awards in different award ceremonies. Spirited away has been nominated as well as best foreign film in the year 2002 in the French Academy of Cinema. It was a great achievement for the Studio Ghibli thanks to the animator Hayao Miyazaki that even his masterpiece was rated 5 stars.

Newcastle Upon Tyne

This beautiful view never fails to put a grin on my dull face. Every time we eat at this place i would always sit near the big clear and transparent glass where i could see the outside so i can watch this view endlessly. Amazing right? You get to observe every single thing like lovers walking hand in hand through the traffic lights, cars trying to overtake another and how most of the buildings are modernised but the clock tower still have that archaic touch. That’s only a little peek of Newcastle for you there are more for you to see. 🙂

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