Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Andorra Skiing Holiday - The Ski Slope Is My Catwalk

Another day in the life of Bearded Couture, brings another adventure. This time, a 4 day long ski holiday in Andorra with 31 work colleagues and some of my nearest and dearest. WOO! But what could make this holiday even better I hear you ask? Well, it was all organised through work and it will probably be the cheapest skiing trip I will ever go on. 

Back in August 2015, a number of friends and I all signed up to our work ski trip. I had never been skiing before (apart from an awful dry slope attempt when I was 10 years old) but had always wanted to try this sport. After 7 longg months of waiting, the time had come. A few mates mentioned that they were going 'vintage' with their skiwear, but in true Mike style, I went one step further and borrowed my friends bright pink vintage ski suit. 

Andorra Skiing Holiday Vintage Pink Ski Suit - Bearded Couture

Teaming this up with a leopard print bag and bright blue scarf, I was definitely kitted out and couldn't be missed on the slopes. Needless to say, I got lots of comments, both negative and positive, but mainly the latter. I thought I looked great so I didn't care haha.

Anyway going back to the story, we flew out from Gatwick airport after a VERY traumatic experience at Easyjet's check in. Basically, we were told that all of our 32 seats were overbooked and we couldn't get on the flight. After having a panic attack that lasted nearly an hour (thank god we got there early) it was discovered that there was an error in the system and we were allowed through. We flew into Barcelona around 20:30 before quickly purchasing some sangria for our 4 hour coach journey to Andorra. Longgg. Most people fell asleep apart from my best mate Chrissie and I who listened to tunes and had a mini rave. We finally got to our apartments around 00:00 and decided to call it a night to ensure we were fresh in the morning for our first day skiing. 

Andorra Skiing Holiday - Bearded Couture

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Our Icelandic Adventure in Reykjavik – Part 2

Welcome back. If you enjoyed reading ‘Our Icelandic Adventure in Reykjavik – Part 1', you are going to LOVE part 2. Where did I get up to? Oh yeah, icky Samantha who couldn’t hold down the bagel and coffee. Great start to the morning.

After a few more stops and an unnecessary purchase of some very expensive woollen socks, we started making good headway for day twos activities. First on the list was another waterfall in Thingvellir National Park, another beautiful, naturally formed waterfall in the Icelandic scenery. I am unsure whether I was still drunk or just Bambi on ice, but I was sliding around everywhere here. My very inappropriate footwear of trainers probably didn't help the situation. In my defence, I was rushed out the door when I got home from work and forgot to change my shoes. For anyone thinking of going soon, be sure to take hiking boots.

Thingvellir National Park Reykjavik, Iceland - Bearded Couture

Thingvellir National Park Reykjavik, Iceland - Bearded Couture

The second stop of day two’s self-directed tour was the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. I was literally like a kid in a candy shop. This may sound sad to some, but I have wanted to see a glacier my whole life. It has been on the top of my bucket list for such a long. I think they are one of the most amazing formations around the world. When we parked up, it was around a 15 minute walk to the glacier, with a sign at the end saying ‘please don’t walk on the glacier without appropriate footwear or guidance’. Seriously, no one was going to stop me do this, not even my grip-less trainers.

Mýrdalsjökull Glacier Reykjavik, Iceland - Bearded Couture

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Our Icelandic Adventure in Reykjavik – Part 1

As I am sure you all know by now, I have become a bit of a traveler in my older years. When I was younger, I was never really into travelling. I would much prefer to stay in the UK and ride my house through the English countryside which was amazing in itself. However, since I met my partner, this has all changed. Last year I was lucky enough to visit three different countries, with this year looking to be equally as good.

For my partners birthday in early February, a group of us, also known as S Club 7, traveled to the beautiful city of Reykjavik, Iceland. Luke has always wanted to go to Iceland since he was a child but as he grew up in Australia, this was always going to be hard due to the distance.

We all finished work early on the Friday and quickly made our way to Gatwick airport to catch our 19:30 flight with WOW air. Luckily we made it in time for a cheeky pint to calm the pre-flight nerves. I am not the best flyer. We landed around 22:30 after around a 3 hour flight, made our way through customs and then to the carpark to look for our beautiful, upgraded (happy birthday Luke) mumma van. F**k it was cold. We decided to hire a car from Europcar whilst we were in Iceland to make the most of what this picturesque place has to offer, and I think it was the best idea we had made. It makes the whole trip a lot cheaper as you aren’t paying for multiple tours, and you get the freedom to do go wherever and do whatever you want.

After piling in the van and Mr Withers being the token driver, it took us around an hour to get to our Airbnb after slowly making our way over the scarily icy road. I found out I am also a very nervous passenger. All I could think of was “don't make unnecessary journeys, don't take risks on treacherous roads”. Scary.

So, when we arrived at our apartment (which you can see here) in one piece, we were more than happily surprised with how it looked. Simple, yet stylish with enough beds for the 7 of us. We did try to find an off-license to get some mixer for our duty free voddy, but everywhere was closed so we went to bed. Party. Mind you, it was around 1.30am by the time we stopped faffing around and had to be up at 7 to go to the Blue Lagoon.

Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik Iceland - Bearded Couture

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Reykjavik, Iceland Photo Diary

I know I have probably said this about every city that I have visited, but Reykjavik in Iceland has been most beautiful place on my list so far. I wanted to share a photo diary of my travels here, all taken by my 5 friends, partner and I.

Blue Lagoon Reykjavik Iceland Photo - Bearded Couture

Strokkur Geyser Reykjavik Iceland Photo - Bearded Couture

Gullfoss Waterfall Reykjavik Iceland Photo - Bearded Couture

Reykjavik Iceland Photo - Bearded Couture