Napa 2011

Napa 2011

A 10 day holiday to the hottest place I have ever been to, is never a good start for someone who hates the heat. I think the perfect holiday for me would be a nice visit to Iceland.

It was just under 30 degrees at night, every night. The pool was hotter than I had my shower, as the heat and humidity never dropped low.

We found a nice little spot on the grass by the pool for our sunbeds, as it got all the wind from the sea that was close by.. I didn’t moan so much then!

I was skeptical of this holiday to start with as we went to a Zante last year, a party holiday similar to this one, and I knew I’d be comparing the two constantly. But at the end of the holiday they were so different in many ways.

Ayia Napa has a lot more bars and clubs, the clubs are on a larger scale and there is so many more people. It was just packed which made it impossible to find anyone if you lost them.

Last year we went for a week in Zante, but we went for 10 days this time, so our holiday was a lot more relaxed. We had a really nice hotel and the rooms were rather large for the 3 of us in each.

We were split up, with 2 rooms together in the same block, and my room in another block the other side of the hotel. The hotel reception must have loved us with the amount of  ‘can you put me through to room 1801 please?’ or ‘sorry, can you call 1803 please?’ and then they fixed the phone so that we could call directly. Peace at last.

I had a really good time, and it was pretty eventful. I think we went for the right amount of days, where we went out some of the nights, stayed in on others playing games and watching Fort Boyard in French on one night… yes we are extremely like all  other 19 year olds.

I still realise that even though Wolverhampton has been a city for years now, I get so excited and surprised when I meet someone from there on holiday.

I loved meeting all the random people and hearing about how they know some people from uni or from home, small world aye?

Jo-jo

Jo-jo

And of course there was Jo-jo, the hotel entertainment man who’s 26 and is on placement at Panas (our hotel) to complete his masters degree in Hotel Management and Tourism. He’s from France and played football with George Elokobi from Wolves.

He liked my freckles and wanted to marry me, or have his babies.

The holiday consisted of; many drunken nights out, a few drunken rows, lots of waiting around for my room to get ready, a hospital visit and a drip, sick still outside my room for a week before being cleaned, corn on the cob, the STI pool, permanent marker, henna tattoos of each others initials, cotton ponies, morning debriefs, vodka cranberries, quad-bike ride home, nips out, smuggling tic tacs, Mr. Green Light and the constant comparison of tans.

Bring on the next one I say!

Yeah, finishing uni and looking for something to do over the next 5 month summer break, alongside all the drama that has gone on, has made me grow as a person.

A leopard can’t change its spots, so it’s always going to be the same old story for me.. Until someone comes along and breaks the pattern.  This realisation has been enough. Acting upon it is showing improvements too, I’m proud.

Leopard Changing Spots

Looking for a job, I just applied everywhere and anywhere, mainly looking at non-paid summer placements and work experience related to Journalism. Surprisingly, I’ve got responses. One is to work at Wolverhampton City Radio, and I will be actively involved with the running and presenting. The other is a 3 month volunteer internship with Banardos, being a Marketing and Communications Pathway Volunteer. This is if i survive the interview. Oh and another is working for CSV Action joint with the BBC West Midlands, to raise awareness in the community. That sounds good. I just don’t know which one to go for.

Volunteer

I’ve found it hard to find companies that will accept students in their first year at university, but these three seem the best ones available, relating to Journalism. I just decided I best make use of my spare time, especially as a job in the media is so competitive. The more experience I get, the more chance of getting a better job at the end of my degree, and a better grade too.

I think everything is just me coming to terms with the fact I’m growing up. Everyone’s had it or will sooner or later, but I realised I needed to change to gain maturity. I just hope I can last it out!

Laura Izibor – Shine

Right, we were told that a theme for our blogs would be a good idea, which I agree to, something that we are interested in. I have had this question a lot recently; What are you interested in? What are your hobbies? And honestly the answer is very little.

Except for the odd Wolves match I go and see when I go home for the weekend, I literally do nothing with my days. I have little motivation, a severely messed up body clock and a lack of funds to do a lot of other things.

I was pondering on this question in bed the other night, and I watched a movie within which involved an art class. I used to enjoy art at a-level, it gives you something to focus on and spend time on something decent, so I googled ‘art classes in Sheffield City Centre’ as it would narrow down all the other areas around here so I don’t get my hopes up with a place I have to pay for transportation to get there. 

My results came back okay, but the money aspect became involved. It’s not like I don’t know how to draw, I can, so I don’t want to be paying  extra for the teaching help. I gave up in the end. I’m bad at committing myself to things, so i thought this could become a bad idea, and make me feel more down about my abilities.

With that idea out the way, I’ve decided to take it week by week. If I’m bored, I’m bored. I just have to find something productive.

This week my highlight was going to the Sheffield United v Nottingham Forest football game on Tuesday. I put the idea forward to my Dad, to come up and visit for the evening and watch the game and he kindly agreed and rushed from work and took the 2 hour journey up north in his stride.

We thought it would be a good game to go to as Sheffield United are struggling to stay away from relegation, and Nottingham Forrest are aiming for the top places for promotion, so a lot of fight would be seen on the pitch. Also because my flat mate supports Notts Forest and doesn’t stray away from insulting poor performances of Wolves.

The reason why I wanted to watch Sheffield United in the first place was because;

 1. I miss my weekly dose of watching football matches and
2. Sam Vokes from Wolves has gone on a ‘one month emergency loan’  to Bramall Lane and I wanted to see him play, 2 minutes from where I’m living at the moment.

I should explain, I have a stalker-ish adoration for this footballer. He was the ‘super-sub’ for Wolves in our rise to promotion in the Championship 2008-09. Yes, I admit, he’s not the best player on the pitch, but he’s a good-looking one! Plus he does good in the air due to his height.

Before the match, I’ve been keeping tabs on the Sheffield United website, reading reports of matches to see if Sam Vokes has been playing, and he had! Coming on as a sub 20 minutes before the end, like he used to at Wolves in the Championship.

My Dad and I were a few minutes late into the ground as we had to collect our tickets and find our seats. We were row B,  which felt like I was actually on the pitch  as I was that close. Then it clocked on, Sam Vokes started the game on the pitch… I was in my element.

Obviously the quality of football wasn’t the usual standard that I see due to Wolves being in the Premiership, but I must say Nottingham Forest looked like we did when we got promoted. I personally didn’t think that Sheffield United would win, as it would have been their first win since December. (Even if Sam Vokes was playing!)

Summarising the match, 0-1 to Forest at half time and then it went up from there, with the first goal from The Blades by the one and only, his first goal for the club since he joined in February. The score ended on 2-1 to Sheffield!

Yes I’m one of those superstitious fans who thinks I brought the team luck, as it was my first time going to a Sheffield United match, and Sam Vokes started for a change, and it was his first goal at the club. He must have felt the love!

CLICK for the match report. 

I still don’t know what I can do about the theme of my blog, in the meantime I’ll continue to post whatever is on my mind.