Sophie R Williams

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Hello. It’s been a while. 

I’ve recently got back from two weeks in Thailand where I consumed an insane amount of Thai food and ice cream. So I thought sharing is caring - who doesn’t like looking at instagrammed pictures of food?

Chocolate Mousse, Oreo Cheesecake and Thai sweets - Le Meridien Chiang Mai

Chicken, pineapple and rice baked in a pineapple - Anantara resort Hua Hin.

Thai Green Curry - Le Meridien Chiang Mai

Afternoon tea - Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

There’s more but I wouldn’t want to bore you. The best thing about food in Thailand is that it is so cheap. Dinner at Le Meridien cost £4. I don’t think you could get that over here or in the US!

My favourite eating experience was in Chiang Mai when I opened the door to the hotel and the in house band started playing All These Things That I’ve Done by The Killers. It was freaky. They then proceeded to play Green Day Basket Case as I eat my Thai Green Curry. Who knew the world was so small?

Last year when I was walking around Nashville with my mother, we couldn’t go an hour without hearing a Lady Antebellum track. When we got home, it was surprising to find that they were getting well known in the UK thanks to plays on radio 2.
When they announced a Europe tour, it was a no brainer to try and get a slice of Nashville back in our lives. Their biggest show was Hammersmith Apollo however we took the chance to see them in a smaller venue - the 02 Academy in Birmingham.

Last year when I was walking around Nashville with my mother, we couldn’t go an hour without hearing a Lady Antebellum track. When we got home, it was surprising to find that they were getting well known in the UK thanks to plays on radio 2.

When they announced a Europe tour, it was a no brainer to try and get a slice of Nashville back in our lives. Their biggest show was Hammersmith Apollo however we took the chance to see them in a smaller venue - the 02 Academy in Birmingham.

48 Hours in Oslo

Me and my friend Emily bought a cheap Ryanair flight and set of to Oslo for the weekend. Here are some of the highlights: 

We dropped our bags off at the hotel and grabbed hold of a map (we forgot ours. Mistake number one.) We then spent around an hour trying to get across the road to the Opera House. We got there eventually. It’s a really cool building and when the sun is shining I bet it’s lovely to grab a bit to eat and look over the fjord. 

Then we walked around by the water to try and find a place to get a Fjord tour. We found a booth selling two and a half hour trips around the Oslo fjords. 

We probably picked the worst day for it as it rained the entire time but it was nice to get on a boat and see a different side to Oslo rather than just the city. And then there was a little bit of excitement: 

We were walking back towards Hard Rock Cafe when we saw lots of Paparazzi. Suddenly we heard the mention of Usain Bolt. And there he was: 

He was helping start a charity fun run and he gave a speech before starting it. Me and Emily got as close as possible. I was within touching distance. 

The next day we headed to the sculpture park….

and then to the ski jump which had a great view over Oslo….

And then it was time to head home….

A trip to Brighton

It says it all really. There’s a lot of hype around this place that I’ve never really understood. I’ve been here a couple of times due to bands deciding they want to play here and I’ve thought trudging down to Brighton was a brilliant idea. Believe me it wasn’t. 

And yesterday I found myself there again. Me and Kirsten had decided to go somewhere for the day as uni hadn’t started back up again yet and the train was £7 return each. Bargain. 

We promised ourselves hot doughnuts, fish and chips and a walk along the beach. We were greeted by worn down shops, grey skies and well, very little else to do really. 

I think this picture sums it up really. 

We ended up gambling away £2 worth of two pence coins, dancing away like mad people on the dance machine (I really love that thing. If I get rich I am going to buy one at put it in my house) and then we played the arcade version of guitar hero - er nobody told me you only got one song otherwise I would never have picked Yellow by Coldplay. 

Then we ended up in Harry Ramsdens where I opted for the chicken pie and chips and Kirsten had the scampi. It was rough going. We couldn’t finish it all. 

And then we ended up jumping around on the beach to make funny photos. It was cold though. 

Where did we end up where we had enough? In the company of a warm Weatherspoons. Wonderful. 

And that was my day. I gave you many chances Brighton but you can keep your hipsters and run down shops. I think we’re off to Bognor Regis next.