THE REAL REASON I WAS BACK IN S.A SO SOON AFTER MY LAST TRIP

This is a hard one for me to write. Recently, I've had a few problems and I haven't been well which has unfortunately had a negative impact on the blog as well as on me. As you'll most likely know, around 8 months a go I made one of the hardest decoisions of my life and decided to up and move to the U.K. and make a life for myself there. Of course, I won't lie to you, it's been extremely difficult being far away from friends and Family. 

One of the things you don't realsise when you first decide to move from one country to another is just how much admin is involved. It's all sorts of things like changing doctors and moving medical history across etc. 

I learnt rather quickly that medicine prescribed in one country actually has to be re-prescribed in the other country and all the relevant tests have to be done. For years now, I have been on my parents medical aid and have had a long list of prescription medications which I have always taken. One of these medications is called adco alzam. I have been taking this particular medication since I was around 19 and I would never have had any idea how dangerous it was for me to be taking it long term if I hadn't moved to the U.K. Adco alzam is actually Xanax and is a highly, highly addictive drug. So, this is the part where i request that if you've been on adco-alzam or xanax for longer than a few days to a week, you call a trusted medical practitioner (probably best for it not to be the one who is happily prescribing the xanax on a monthly basis and ask for help). I REPEAT, THIS DRUG IS HIGHLY ADDICTIVE AND YOU CANNOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES GET OFF IT WITHOUT THE HELP OF A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL AND YOU CANNOT JUST STOP TAKING IT AS SIDE EFFECTS OF JUST STOPPING CAN BE DEVASTATING OR EVEN DEADLY. 

Anyway, the NHS actually can't prescribe Xanax and so the doctor told me that she would be prescribing Diazepam and that it would be fine, I could simply swap over from Alzam to Diazepam and it would be fine. Needless to say, it was NOT fine. The Diazepam it turns out, interacts very very badly with my anti-depressant which is called Fluoxitane. With the Diazepam, I became suicidal and started self-harming. I lost control of my bladder, I lost my memory, I couldn't remember the simplest of things, I was dizzy and severely nauseous all the time. I barely ate and slept once through an entire 20 hours followed by a full nights sleep the next night. I was very unwell and the consequences of the medication were at the very least dire. I was (and I don't say this lightly)on the brink of just jumping in front of an oncoming train or off a bridge and I honestly think I might have if the circumstances had presented themselves. I couldn't function at work, I could barely wake up in the morning. I was put on suicide watch. I went back to South Africa due to severe stress and mental illness. My parents paid for me to go back and I needed it, needed the time off and to just be. 

Whilst all this was going on, I was struggling to keep my head above water. So, here is my apology to you, my lovely readers and followers. I'm so sorry that the blog has been unreliable of late but I am back on Xanax and busy slowly weaning myself off. I am doing my best to update the blog as often as I can and I will get back into the swing of things as soon as I can. In the meantime, thank you so much for sticking by me! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LONG HAUL FLIGHT? SORTED

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Digital & Restricted Items 

Always store your laptop in an easy-to-reach place. We all know how difficult security can be and you don't want to add to your own stress and the stress of others by having to rummage around to find all your bits and pieces which need individually scanning through security. Keep them in your handbag and easy to reach and move things around post security. Stress = Avoided 

                                                                             

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Keep Warm

Always pack a blanket or if you're tight on space, pack a scarf which can double as a blanket on the plane. The blankets provided are always thin, flimsy and not very warm. Its much easier to survive if you're at least warm. 

 

 

 

 

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Airport Lounges

You can pre-book yourself into an airport lounge from around 30 quid and it's definitely worth the money! A peaceful and calm atmosphere away from the craziness of families and kids with the added bonus of free drinks and snacks. 

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Free WiFi?

Find it, seek it out and use it. Seriously, one of the most difficult things about long-haul flights is how long you are offline for. Use the time waiting for your flight to do some work, catch up on emails or just chat to your friends and family.

 

 

Bring Baby Wipes or Hand Sanitiser

Airports and aircrafts are damned dirty places. Millions and millions of people go through them each day and thus are touching the same surfaces and using the same things as you. 

 

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Netflix & Fly 

Download any programmes you might want to watch during your flight from Netflix. With Netflix, you can download and save series and movies to watch at a later date and when you're offline. Just download the app, and download your faves and you're all set.

 

 

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Books

As lovely as a good book is, they take up space and weight and it can be very hard on your eyes to focus for periods of time that are that long. I find an audiobook such a fabulous alternative as you can just sit back, relax and listen without needing any external source of light. It means you can listen for as long as you want and get deeply involved without bothering anyone at all! 

TRAVEL BUCKET LIST 2018

1. IRELAND

BELFAST:

  • Titanic museum; 
  • The Giants Causeway; 
  • The Old Bushmills Distillery; 
  • Botanic Gardens, 
  • Grand Opera House, 
  • Belfast Castle, 
  • The Golden Mile, 
  • St Georges Market, 
  • Carrickfergus Castle, 
  • Cavehill, 
  • Parliament Buildings.  

 

GALWAY:

  • Galway City Museum
  • Lynch Memorial Window
  • Dunguaire Castle
  • Galway Atlantaquaria 
  • Hall of the Red Earl
  • Galway Arts Centre
  • Oranmore Castle
  • Terryland Castle 

 

DUBLIN:

  • Guinness Storehouse
  • St Stephen's Green
  • Dublin Castle
  • Jameson Distillery
  • Ha'penny Bridge 
  • National Gallery of Ireland 
  • National Leprechaun Museum
  • Irish Whisky Museum

 

2. NEW YORK

 

  • Central Park
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • MOMA 
  • Empire State Building
  • Times Square 
  • Ground Zero 

3. PARIS

  • Eiffel Tower
  • The Lourve
  • Notre-Dame
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Le Marais
  • Montmartre

4. GREECE

  • Acropolis of Athens
  • Parthenon
  • Acropolis Museum
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Elafonisi
  • Myrtos Beach
  • Theatre of Dionysus

5. VENICE

  • Piazza San Marco
  • Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Grand Canal
  • Venitian Lagoon
  • Lido di Venezia
  • Murano Glass Museum