I first fell in love with Costa Rica when I spent a year of my A-Levels learning about what an amazing country it is. So I managed to convince my friends to come and visit this beautiful country with me and we was not disappointed.
IMAGINE fruit stalls on the corner of every highway, old American style school buses , a tropical climate of warm 33 temperatures in the day and hour downpours in the afternoon. Monkeys, Coatis, Raccoons, toucans and parrots swinging from the lush vegetation with black sand beaches and volcanos shaping the coastline – Costa Rica you truly have stolen my heart.
Costa Rica is in Central America connecting the USA with South America, not only is it rated the happiest nation to live in it is also named one of the most biodiverse.
Costa Rica offers everything from a relaxing holiday in the sun to an adventure holiday exploring all the land has to offer.
We stayed on the pacific ocean side (Guanacaste region) which was a mountainous region with rich rainforest and sunsets to die for!!!
The only thing I regret is not seeing any wild sloths – Another reason to go back right?
We zip wired through a jungle (& an active volcano), visited the local town of Coco Loco, went on a speedboat trip on the pacific & went horseback riding through the rainforest I recommend each & every one of them – they made our trip & allowed us to see the real Costa Rica.
(We travelled from the UK direct (11 hours) to Liberia airport with TUI – would highly recommend was both convenient & affordable)
If you want to see more pictures check out my Instagram @kanehuxley1
Whilst I was not naïve and was aware I had very little English in me, I believed I knew all there was to know about my family and where I was from but, I was wrong. I wanted the Ancestry DNA kit for a while, the process includes spitting in a tube and posting it to America and waiting 6 weeks for the results – odd I know.
The kit was £79 and from my perspective was worth every penny. Not only does it trace what countries you originate from it also matches you to close and distant relatives that show similarities your DNA and links your data to family trees on the site.
So I am basically a concoction of everywhere (apart from Africa and Far-East Asia – odd considering I have always been told my grandad was Madagascar – turns out he was in fact from an island in the Melanesia region in the Pacific).
What I love about this DNA test is that it shows you how all of us on this world are so similar and if you look hard enough we all are linked in one way or another. It proves to me that we are all part of one race and no one is better than another, I would love for those who have this superior mentality to other races and religions to do this test and get a shock that they themselves are part of a race which they can be so horrid towards. We are all on this world together so more love and less hate please.
Get your AncestryDNA kit now @ www.ancestrydna.co.uk/kits
Ok if you are ever in London and want a quick but chíc lunch you have to go to EatbyChloe in Covent Garden
It is a vegan fast food restaurant, the food was incredible and so were the vibes – especially the swing chairs. Very aesthetically pleasing
I loved everything we ordered, omg the ‘parmesan crust’ – Yum
I love you London and i’m definitely going to be back to ByChloe and try the meatball sub.
Thanks Sophie Bala for taking me to these fab places (and for the insta shots) xo
By the way this jumper was a bargain find in Bershka on sale. I love the way it fits and the whole style of it. A perfect spring hoodie for this time of year. All outfit details will be linked below….
Pink Jumper from Bershka – STILL IN STOCK!
Jeans from Boohoo man
Daniel Wellington Bangle
Daniel Wellington Watch
Wow… What a place. It is one of them places that you are maybe not as excited to go to and then you go and it is the best experience of your life. The main highlight for me in Iceland was the landscape everywhere you go. In particular mine was seeing the Glacier waterfall, the Geyser and the Blue Lagoon.
Visiting Iceland I felt so lucky, it was an oddly grounding experience as it really does highlight what is important. This was because of the nature it is so grand and wonderful it almost makes you feel small, it gives you perspective. As well as, the danger of nature makes you think that you shouldn’t take things for granted. (THAT WAS DEEP FOR A TRAVEL BLOG)
In terms of booking I highly recommend booking with TUI which works out cheaper as your flights, excursions and hotel is included in the price. We stayed at the Centre Hotel Arnarhvoll it had an amazing sky bar looking over the bay and the mountains this was where we ate breakfast and had a cocktail of an evening.
I loved Reykjavik itself it is so Scandinavian with lots of my favourite coffee shops Joe&TheJuice. The city (and the country) is a lot more forward than you would think it is modern and efficiently run.
For dinner we ate at an indian restaurant which was insane it tasted so good and the decor was beautiful. However you may need to remortgage to eat there, i’m talking £30+ for a curry with no rice (welcome to Iceland where they earn 3x more on average than the UK). Also we visited a turkish Meze restaurant and the Hard Rock Cafe. For lunch we got snack things like slices of pizza at the Deli or chips from Reykjavik Chips.
Fashion Side Note: These 2 items saved me in Iceland, I loved them so much. First being the warmest coat ever from Hugo Boss and this fleece oversized jumper from Urban Outfitters.
This was the best place I have ever been and ever will probably go because it is so unique. I really do hope this is on your bucket list, you won’t regret it. Thank you Iceland.