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Looking through our Normandy photos to distract myself from all the worries and stresses of visa applications πŸ™„ heck I'm gonna have no hair left by the end of this! . . We started a new Netflix show tonight: Bates Motel. It's not new at all, it's just been on 'My List' for years so I thought it was time. Has anyone seen it? We've just been so struggling to find a new series lately! Now that we're both done with Gotham, Designated Survivor and The Good Place, and I've finished Good Girls, What If and Dead To Me. Recommend series please! . . . #bayeux #normandy

Post-dinner bimble to walk off all the bread πŸ₯– . . . We went camping this weekend and *yay* it didn't rain for once. Our tent, now mouldy from our previous camping trip and our failure to let it dry out, is actually now totally dry, but still has some mould on it 😩. How'd you get out mould?! . . How's everyone's weekend been? 😘😘 . . #dungers #dungarees

When I paint my nails or wear a skirt or pretty dress, I feel like an imposter πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ . . Growing up I always rebelled against a lot of traditional 'girly' things. If someone brought me a doll, I would shave its head and draw tattoos on it. I would be green with envy when my boy friends would get toys like remote control cars and Scaletrix sets πŸš—πŸ’¨ . . Even now if I wear a dress to a family event I get from my dad (who I don't see that much anyway) the faux shock face 😱 'you're dressed as a girl?!'. It gets old quick and I often feel like maybe I should just stick to jeans and a tshirt πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ . . It's kind of why I so buy into the whole gender fluid thing that angry Facebookers are so VERY vocal about; we've been dictated these gender roles by marketing agencies and I like prefer that our own feelings and thoughts can define our looks, careers and attitudes rather than some archaic stereotypical narratives. Who's with me? . . πŸ“Έ taken in Lviv, Ukraine πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦ . . #lviv #ukraine

Faking a drone-type shot // πŸƒ . I've got a confession to make: I have been SO BAD for the planet lately. In our multiple moves, we've used so many plastic bin bags to throw away a million things that needed going. I've been using plastic sandwich bags to keep all little bits together -- things like jewellery, batteries and cables (I mean, they'll get reused but still). And wasted a lot of fuel going backwards and forwards between our old house to the grotty little flat, and now between the grotty little flat and our cute tiny house in the middle of nowhere (but it's so homey so it's okay!). . I've tried to do things to make up for it, like cooking extra vegatarian & vegan at home. I'm making the effort to recycle every single little thing (which involves a LOT of cleaning out food cartons that once upon a time I'd have been too lazy to do) and now I'm really trying to research ways to be even better -- I've visited some sites that calculate your carbon footprint so you can make a donation to environmental causes to help you be carbon neutral (and btw I've since found recycled biodegradable bin bags that I hadn't realised existed πŸ˜‚) πŸ™Œ . What ideas can you recommend for my pledge to be more environmentally friendly? I need tips! 🌱 . . #montenegro #tarabridge

So tonight we had a party... kind of. Our oven broke and the landlord came round to fix it which took hoursss (and still isn't fixed), whilst we ate our takeaway kebab and he talked to us about his Irish family. Yep, we're nearly 30 and this has been the most social we've been in months πŸŽ‰ . . . I think we need to make a pledge once we move that we WILL make the effort to be more sociable. I just don't know where it all went wrong over here πŸ˜‚. Anyone else have this problem going on or is it just us?! What's your best method of finding new friends? . . #montenegro #kotor

I don't normally come up with a caption first, before choosing what photo to post on Instagram. Usually my creativity is driven by picking my favourite photo and then struggling for hours (slight exaggeration πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ) over what words to pair with it. . . Not today! I just commented an amazing (biggin myself up a bit here) pun on someone else's post about a pretty door and I thought 'I'm not finished with this'. And so here it is: . . This door is freakin a-door-able. Eh? Eh? . . Yeah shit it was funnier in my head 🀐. I think I'm going to revert to picking the photo first πŸ˜‚ . . . #tallinn

One of my favourite views in Montenegro (though I somehow managed to capture one of the *ONLY* cloudy moments whilst we were here πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ . . This was literally after getting out the airport and picking up our hire car -- we drove an hour west into the mountains. We parked up at the Mausoleum of Petar II and at the mountain top is the tomb and a little bit further along is this awesome little circular stone bay with 360Β° views. I was stopped outside the tomb, catching my breath and noticed Steven had already gone down to the circle. It was a perfect photo opportunity πŸ“Έ . . We started on the TV series Chernobyl yesterday. We now only have one episode to go. It's probably one of the most devastating shows I've ever watched. The series is phenomenonal, the acting is brilliant. It is haunting to watch and I can't even begin to imagine the fear these people felt. So many every day citizens (miners, conscripted boys, other workers) sacrificed themselves to help prevent further devastation -- so many real heroes. . What really sucks though? A bunch of tourist companies keep popping up on my social media now with the cheesiest adverts about visits to Chernobyl. And attached to those adverts is a bunch of comments of people tagging each other going "hey let's go, this would be so cool!". Um, no. This is not cool. This should be breaking your heart. One of the most devastating events of modern history should not be framed as the sort of place to go and take selfies at. It's getting my goat up 😠 *and breathe* . . Has anyone else seen this show? It seems to be gripping the nation right now. Has anyone visited the area itself? . . #montenegro #lovcen

Oh my god. family!! Tonight I've been receiving texts from my nan, who's been (bless her) looking into some green card info for me, and she's been saying 'I've been looking it up - look at this page'. And then telling me about a page she found on Google - but she's unable to send a link because she doesn't know how. But she keeps telling me to look at the page πŸ™„πŸ™„ bless her cottons, but it's been a frustrating evening πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈπŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ . . . We met up with my dad today for Father's Day, and since it's his birthday soon but I won't see him for it, we decided to go all out and buy him a smartphone. It's his first one. For years, he's been rocking a (probably) 15 yo Blackberry, but it means interactions with him outside of actually seeing him face to face are pretty limited. We got him a second hand iPhone, meaning I can send him photos and videos when we move, and we can Skype over it too. . I thought it was a *great* idea. But after this whole sitch tonight, I'm starting to realise I've just added another parental-tech-struggle to my repertoire. Now I'm just sitting here wondering what the first challenge to this whole thing is gonna be πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈπŸ€³ . Family eh? . πŸ“Έ taken in Montenegro . . #montenegro #montenegrophoto

Montenegro is a pretty small country -- a population of about 600,000 people -- and yet people come here for so many types of holidays. It's got cities great for raving night life. Beaches for relaxing family holidays. A tremendous amount of walking trails for the adventurous. And in the winter? The country opens for Ski Season ❄️⛷️ . . . We did a little bit of everything whilst we were there (minus the skiing!). Mountains, coastal and city, and it was one of the most awesome trips we've had 🌍 . . . What's your favourite country for multi activities? πŸ–οΈπŸžοΈ . . #montenegro #montenegrotravel

Kotor is cat city. There are *so many* stray cats roaming around (more on that in my Stories) that some kind-hearted people have set up a charity @kotorkitties to help look after this little kits πŸ™€ . . . It was nice spending several days in Montenegro. A lot of our trips lately have been day trips, or maximum 24 hours, or whatever work/money allowed. It felt like we had at least a bit more time to spend this trip, and we managed to fit in: - seeing the Old Town of Kotor - a speedboat trip in the bay - a coastal drive - a couple of mountain trips . . My favourite bit? Just driving through the mountains, going up and down sharp hairpins and switchbacks. The scenery is gorgeous and it's a landscape like nothing I've really seen before πŸƒ . . . #kotor #kotorbay

Have you ever ziplined? I don't think I have before. We arrived at the Tara Canyon in Montenegro yesterday and they had a ziplining setup for people to zoom across! 😱 . . . We didn't. I had tiny shorts on and not much else to cover me, and it had just been reaally raining, so we weren't really feeling it, but now I kinda wished I'd just done it. It was only 10 Euro. Damn it! Anyone else regret not doing stuff whilst they're away on a trip? I know I need to push myself out of my comfort zone a lot more πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ . . I was severely pushed out of my comfort zone today on our flight home -- the plane turbulence was TERRIFYING. I hate air travel. Hate it. Hate it. If I could travel everywhere by train, I would. (America, catch up pls before I get there thanks πŸ‘Œ). It was one of those times when the pilot asks the cabin crew to buckle up: THEN you know it's bad. My book got put away - I couldn't even concentrate on putting three words together. Thankfully we landed fine but damn I had high blood pressure for a good hour during that. . . #montenegro #tarabrifge

461 steps in this heat? Not to be advised. But we did it! We climbed this to get to the Mausoleum of Petar II Petrovic-Njegos in the middle of LovΔ‡en national park in Montenegro and it was so beautiful πŸƒ . . I still haven't quite learned *why* this tomb is at the top of a 1700m mountain, but it was certainly impressive and the near 360Β° views from the top prompted playwright George Bernard Shaw to exclaim, "Am I in paradise or on the moon?" πŸŒ™ . . #montenegro #lovcen

Hi from Montenegro! πŸƒ . . What a beautiful way to start the day with a short walk up to a Mausoleum in the mountains and 360Β° views. Please shout Montenegro must-dos at me! ⛰️ . . #montenegro #lovcen

What's one travel fvck up you can't seem to live without? For my other half, he always somehow seems to forget his swim trunks (even if I constantly remind him). This was brought up in Iceland where we'd booked expensive Blue Lagoon tickets and subsequently had to hurry around trying to find a pair of trunks he could wear (we almost had to buy the ~€100 trunks that the Lagoon gift shop sold 😬 but thankfully we found some for waay less than that). . . For me, I always leave my phone charger in hotel rooms or AirBnBs. And I've left some really nice ones before too 😏. And my latest item of importance I've forgotten? My contraceptive pill πŸ™„πŸ™„. Anyone currently taking this will know what a ball ache it is to miss a few days and have to start all over again 😭 argh!! . . Sometimes I think I should just write myself a set of generic travel lists that I can always refer back to.... but πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ it's just finding the time isn't it?! One day I'll be *that* organised. . . At least we haven't left the passport behind. Yet.... πŸ›‚ . . #rouen #france

Oh, this? No biggie. Just a blinding white cathedral in the centre of Helsinki. Nicknamed the "White Jewel of Helsinki", it's probably the most recognisable landmark in the city and overlooks Senate Square, home to many festivals, concerts, exhibitions and various Government events. . . Not gon' lie, I've been *really* struggling with my Instagram creativity lately. And I keep having this annoying repetitive thing happen: I'll spend ages trying to think of a witty caption, only to give up and decide it's too difficult. Come 11pmish, I'll be lying in bed, about to fall asleep and a brilliant idea for a caption will pop into my head... but can I be assed to move and jot the idea down? Can I 'eck. Goodbye awesome thought, forever πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ . . PS last night I had a dream about dragons 🐲 . . #myhelsinki #helsinki

We recently took a weekend trip down to Normandy in northern France. We visited some pretty haunting museums about World War II, stuffed our faces with pastries πŸ₯ and and wandered throughout the pretty coastal towns 🌊. On our drive back we also stopped off at a city that I've been wanting to visit for AGES. . . Do you ever want something so bad and dream it up in your head so much, that it can never quite live up to your expectations? Yes the city of Rouen had some cool buildings (incl this cute row of cafΓ©s) and some delicious boulangeries to boot but on the whole I was a bit disappointed. I wasn't as overwhelmed as I thought I'd be and it didn't compare to some of the other places we'd stopped at on our journey. Do you ever get that?? πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ . . Maybe it was just 'wrong place, wrong time'. . . . #dday #normandy

A dreamy walk along the Estonian coast 🚢 . . . So today, moving got *really* real. We went to a family party for a birthday but they also put up πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ bunting and had flag napkins so that it was also a leaving party for us (even though we're still 5 weeks and a completed Green Card application away). It's really soon. *Really* soon and I still have so much I want to do before we go! Thankfully we're now done moving houses in this country so I can finally unpack and crack on with that list! πŸ“ƒ . . . How's everyone's weekend been? πŸ€—πŸ€— . . #estonia #tallinn

We're in our new house! And guys, I don't wanna jinx it, but so far it's pretty sweet πŸ€Έβ€β™€οΈ . . We actually have our own washing machine 😍😍 (and yes this is a big deal, sharing one between multiple flats in the last building was *not* ideal). Also there's no screaming children everywhere, dumping boxes of rat poison outside our bedroom window (urgh don't even ask πŸ™„). AND we have a letterbox/mailable address again, which we didn't have in the last place (seriously?!) which made it super difficult for things like bills and stuff. So glad we're outta that place, it was the reason why we escaped so much last month 😳 . . . To the photo: so I'm not sure I really mentioned this before but whilst we were in Estonia last week, we actually took a ferry to Helsinki for the day! It was super easy to do on foot from Tallinn and pretty cheap. I'm so glad we did it as Helsinki has a wonderful culture, and some amazing buildings. Plus, some really fancy churches. Like this one. . . . Has anyone been to Helsinki before? I also want to note this was my 23rd @HardRockCafe and thus I'm *nearly* at the halfway point of hitting up all the European ones πŸ•Ί . . #helsinki #finland