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A short(ish) update

Well hasn’t it been a long time since I last posted?! Three whole months actually.

Life has certainly been busy for me over the last few months what with all the ups and downs it tries to throw. But I’m muddling through! Here’s a brief catch up of what’s been going on and what’s to come….

Travel

I had my string of holidays earlier this year which were great. My trip to Barcelona with my brother was a much needed change to the normal weekend. Then my 2 week exploring holiday with Gareth in Egypt was certainly one to remember. I am still due to write a little something about that holiday and post a few pictures as I think you’d find it interesting. Then there was our 4 day trip to Gran Canaria, well, I think I’ll just leave that one there!

Work

Just before my trip to Gran Canaria a colleague decided to leave the office where I work. Now I must explain that I work for a small family business, and the staff in my office used to consist of my Mum, my Dad (who works Mondays and Fridays here and Tuesdays through to Thursdays in our other office), my ex-colleague and myself. Between us we run 5 companies. Now, since we are down to mainly Mum and myself in this office I have found the workload to have increased far more than I thought it would. Put it this way, I’m looking forward to just having the chance to talk to the others about getting someone else in to help.

In no way am I complaining, I actually quite enjoy it when I’m busy, but I’m finding since we are working such intense days I have no energy at the weekends or week nights and certain aspects of my life are starting to suffer. For example, my social life! So this really needs a look at.

Fitness and Social

Following on from that, a few months ago I was reading a health blog (I would have posted the link but I have forgotten where it is) and it was talking about how we shouldn’t be focussing all our attention on how we are now, but how we will be 15 years on in our lives. This got me a little concerned as I had never thought of my health in this way before.

I’m not massively unhealthy, I don’t snack and I do a moderate amount of exercise but I have always known that I should be looking after myself far more than I am. Reading that blog made me think about many aspects of my lifestyle and how they are contributing factors to my health situation in years to come, which as I get older will get more and more irreversible. What’s more, I have never been the wellest of people; always getting sick when I was a child, suffering from asthma and eczema, and even now I find if I get run down (including overdoing it on a night out) or over stressed my body gives up and gets ill! If I’m like this now, how will I be in later life? So in light of all this I have decided:

  • To lose some weight and get in shape – I’ve never been a fan of the gym and quite frankly I don’t think it likes me much either, but needs must! I have a gym membership which is screaming out to be used more so this is my chance. But if I keep at it, hopefully I’ll get healthier than I am now, I should feel less tired/worn out, not be as prone to getting ill and most importantly I’ll be more ready (health wise) to face the rest of my life! I don’t feel the need to come out of the other end of this exercise looking like an Adonis, but I’d quite like to lose the “handles” above my waistline and firm up in a few other areas while I’m at it. Feeling more confident in myself and my look would be a plus point – yes I want to take my top off in the clubs!
  • To add more activities to my life and in turn meet new people – Well this part just makes me sound like a hermit! (which I’m not in case you’re wondering).I have been wanting to add some variety for a while now and I think I have found just the thing, Outdoor Lads. I have always been interested in trekking, camping, walking, mountaining etc. and I’d like to do more of it. I think this would be a great way of doing the things I like but also getting to know more guys like me. Plus the great thing is it’s away from the club/bar/scene culture and in the great ourtdoors.

Even though I have had the idea of Outdoor Lads in the back of my mind for about 9 months now I have never really acted on it. Maybe I’m a little apprehensive about the whole thing and meeting new people, I don’t know! That was until I heard about my friend.

About 4 months ago one of my best friends, I shall call him Dave, moved to London. I was both really excited and a bit nervous for him as London can be a very intense place to live; I’ve known a lot of people who have been swallowed up in the big smoke culture and sometimes do they don’t come out very squeaky clean on the other side (but that’s just what I have seen)! I had every confidence in Dave as he is a very responsible and level headed person as his job needs him to be, and I was sure he’d land on his feet with no problem, getting a great group of friends who would treat him right, and then it was approximately 1 month after he moved to London that I learned he had joined the London Gay Men’s Chorus.I am now so pleased for him as it has provided him with a stable, friendly, responsible group of guys who are from all walks of life, enjoying one thing together – singing, have a look at the YouTube video at the end of this paragraph to see exactly what I mean. There’s also a superb social aspect to this too.

One thing to note, and my point of all this is it’s a safe environment in which to meet other guys and make friends, much like Outdoor Lads which I have just registered for and I’m going to look into booking my first event soon. Dave and I actually discussed this last weekend when I went to visit him. Dave, if you’re reading this I’m really pleased it’s all working out for you and you are comfortable in your new home :)

House Hunting

Nothing to report – mortgage lenders are idiots!

What’s to come?

Well this is the big question isn’t it?! To answer it truthfully, I don’t know, we’ll have to wait and see.

I’d quite like to go on another holiday towards the end of the year, I’m thinking Thailand for a couple of weeks with Explore, what do you guys think?

I also have a few qualifications to finish off which I should find time to do to be honest. One of the being the advanced driving course, which could be quite fun! Then I might look at possibly furthering my education with an AAT Qualification.

Clay pigeon shooting is on the cards too, as my father, brother and myself all got a voucher for Christmas, so I suppose that should be booked before the weather turns.

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Well it turns out I lied to you when I said “A short(ish) update” but I hope you have enjoyed reading this post anyway, and as always I invite you to leave comments or ask questions – I’ll always reply!

Can you relate to anything mentioned? or had similar experiences?

:)

Barcelona for the weekend.

I fell in love with this city back in early 2011 when I visited for a week on one of my solo holidays. Ever since then I have wanted to return, even if it was just for a weekend – and last weekend I got my wish. But guess what, I’m now itching to get back there as soon as I can!

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I went to Barcelona last Friday with my brother. We had some compensation vouchers from British Airways for a pretty crappy flight to and from Dubai, so we thought we’d use them to do a city break somewhere. Both of us had been to Barcelona before and enjoyed it so we thought why not!

The sights, smells, sounds, architecture, history and the general buzz of the place is like nowhere I have been before. This is what draws my to Barcelona. In the picture above is La Sagrada Familia, a large Roman Catholic church slap bang in the centre of the city. It was designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi and has yet to be completed. I read somewhere the approximate completion date is around 2026, and if I’m still around (one would hope!) I’d quite like to be there for that momentous occasion. I’m not a religious person, however, I reckon there will be one heck of a celebration!

While my bro had a very expensive sleep in (he works nights here in the UK) I decided to plug into my music and walk around the city. I explored the back streets of the Gothic area, had a cerveza or two in some of the many squares, dropped in to a few of the stylish shops around Plaza Catalunya, called in at two of Gaudi’s famous houses -  Casa Batlló and La Padrera. I even walked all the way to Parc Guell! To do all of this took me the best part of Saturday and Sunday, there’s too much to do all in one day! On Sunday I dragged Paul around with me to expose him to some culture!!

The night life was Paul’s department. We went out to the Porto Olimpic for a couple of the evenings. The food was nice down there and the drinks weren’t too much of a rip off, however, if you can imagine digging up a few British venues from around the UK and then dumping them in Porto Olimpic (with the usual clientèle still inside them) then that’s what it was like! Home from home, night life style. Now when I go out in interesting areas I quite like to mingle in with the locals, especially when I’m with company, but I knew this suited Paul right down to the ground, so I didn’t mind. That was, until we got to the Shoko club – it wasn’t me at all! Expensive, watered down alcohol with half naked ladies dancing on podiums! The music wasn’t my cup of tea either! I’d had a few so I stayed a while.

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On the final day of our short trip we had a few hours to kill before our flight home. We decided to have a go on the cable cars to see the city from above (almost £15 for a very short trip – don’t waste your money if your thinking of going!). We then wanted to have paella and a bit of tapas before we left, so we went in search of a nice restaurant for lunch. We ate on Las Ramblas which was nice and had the biggest, and most delicious lunch I’ve had in a while, plus a massive glass of Estrella, a Barcelona beer. After lunch we visited the market, which was just off Las Ramblas. This was an exciting and lively place to go, you can see a picture of a little shop above selling herbs and spices.

As I said before, I’d love to go back to this amazing city. I kept saying to my brother I’d love to experience living there one day, you never know! One can dream!

Did I mention it was 25 degrees C out there? :D

Have you ever been to Barcelona? What did you think? How about other places you have visited? I’d love to read your comments!

Well this has kind of happened all at once, but really I don’t care! I have some really exciting travel plans lined up, all in the next three months.

I’m packing my bag and jetting off to Barcelona with my brother Paul on the 8th March. Now I have been there before, but I didn’t manage to finish it last time so now is my chance! The only problem here is I know that my brother is planning on getting me hammered on a regular basis, so watch this space, I’ll either see what I want or I’ll spend the 5 days in bed!

Two weeks after I get back from Barcelona my best friend Gareth and I are jetting off to Cairo on a special holiday.

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We are going to be enjoying a relaxing holiday in Egypt as we sail along the Nile aboard traditional feluccas and swim in the clear waters of the Red Sea. We will be sleeping on deck as we sail from Aswan towards Luxor, exploring some of the world’s greatest temple ruins and ancient cities on the way. We will also get the chance to snorkel among beautiful coral reefs from the coastal town of Safaga. Now this holiday is right up my street – I HONESTLY CAN’T WAIT!

Next and finally on the holiday agenda for the year so far will be Gran Canaria for five days with Gareth and three other of my best friends – Brendan and his boyfriend Eugenio, and Salva. I don’t know much about the details of this one yet, however, I know with this bunch it will be a load of laughs from start to finish!

I’ll keep you updated as and when! Feel free to comment below and ask any questions! :)

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