Budapest

Made it to Budapest! The final destination of my little Eastern Europe tour. After a couple of days exploring Vienna and Bratislava, I was excited for the real goulash. Having heard so many positive things about Budapest I've longed to tick this one off my bucket list.

We spent three nights in Budapest, which I think was a decent amount of time to cover some of the main attractions - but of course, it’s never enough to experience a whole city thoroughly. Anyway, here’s what I managed to get up to this time:

Day 1: Breakfast at Fakanál Étterem in the Great Market Hall. We stayed at a very cool AirBnb a few hundred meters away from the market so it was quite convenient to get our fresh breakfast here in the morning and simultaneously explore the hundreds of stalls selling food, fresh produce, souvenirs and what not. After breakfast we walked to the Danube river, crossed the Liberty Bridge and headed towards Buda Castle. So for those who don’t know, Budapest is a combination of two former cities, Buda and Pest, which are separated by the Danube river. It wasn’t until recently (well, a couple of hundred years ago) that the cities were unified into Budapest. So, Buda Castle is obviously located on the Buda side, along with Fisherman’s Bastion and Gellért Hill. According to my opinion, you’ll find the best views from this side of the city - naturally - because that’s where the mountains are at.

These views were captured on our hike from Buda Castle to Fisherman’s Bastion. It is a very short hike, so unless you are incapable of walking, I don’t see the point in taking the funicular. Once on top of Fisherman’s Bastion, you can’t miss to check out Matthias Church, Halaszbastya and enjoy the panoramic view from Panoramia Cafe and Bar. Watch out though, the food and drinks here are expensive. If you’re on a budget, avoid this place like the plague.

Afterwards we headed down and towards the Pest side again into the city centre and St. Stephen's Basilica. I craved falafel for lunch and found the best place called Hummus Bar. This place was a dream. I ended up going back three more times. For dessert we went for rose ice cream at Gelarto Bistro.

Towards the evening it started pouring down and Chloe was so ready to go home. Being the person that I am though, I still had so many more places to check out and eventually managed to drag her along with me to see some more sights, including the Shoes on the Danube Bank, a memorial for the victims of the Holocaust. The shoes represented the jews that were lined up and shot into the river. As if that wasn’t dark enough, a couple of hours later there was a deadly tourist boat accident just a few hundred meters away. Safe to say it made the rest of our experience in Budapest feel rather surreal.

Day 2: Starting off the morning at Széchenyi Thermal Bath, another “must-do” in Budapest. How often do you get to enjoy a spa day at a palace? We booked discounted tickets online and skipped the queues when we got there, which was a nice way to save some time and make the most out of the day. The weather was rather grey, but the pools are really hot so there’s no need to worry about freezing! I definitely would recommend this experience to anyone visiting Budapest. My personal recommendation is to bring your own towels and flip flops to avoid extra charges.

After Széchenyi, we walked towards the city centre, stopping by the City Park and the Millennium Monument, down through Andrássy Avenue. Along this road you’ll find the House of Terror museum, the Hungarian State Opera and many other unique Neo-Renaissance architectural buildings of Budapest. Not far away is the famous Dohány Street Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter, which is also worth checking out.

When it was time for dinner, we wanted to try a local and traditional restaurant and ended up at the nearest restaurant, Drum Cafe. More goulash, lángos, spätzle and you name it. The food was so so, but overall good value for money. For dessert we went to The Sweet by Vintage Garden, where we had delicious cakes and espresso.

Since I have a need to “walk off my dinner”, I suggested we go for a hike up Gellért Hill to the Citadella, crossing the Elizabeth bridge. The trek is not too hard, but a little longer and steeper than the ones up to Buda Castle and Fisherman’s Bastion. This place was one of my personal favourites of the whole trip, so I’m quite gutted I didn’t have my DSLR camera with me to capture better shots. The sunset view from here is supposedly amazing! I guess I just need to come back another time then? On our way back, we walked down the opposite direction, crossing the Liberty bridge, which took us straight back to our Airbnb.

Day 3: Breakfast at New York Palace Café. Let me get straight to the point on this one - the majority of people come here for the beautiful interior and pictures for the gram (guilty) and not for the food. After all, it is one of the most beautiful cafés in the world! However, if you do come for the food be prepared to pay a lot for very average quality. For example, the high tea platter costs €60, coffee and cake starts at €20 and the goulash soup is €10 plus service charge, i.e., triple the price of other places. Chloe’s pasta was €16 and it looked like the microwave meals I used to get on my student budget. Really, if anything I’d describe the food here as resembling the on-the-go meals you’ll find in the British grocery stores. But I don’t regret going, I just don’t think I’ll ever go back.

As this was our last day in Budapest and the sun was finally shining, we went on a Danube boat tour to wrap up the adventures. It felt a bit weird going after the recent incident, but it was also a unique opportunity to see more of the city and the Hungarian Parliament Building from the river. For 5000 HUF (Hungerian Forint) we got a 1,5 hours tour with two complimentary drinks each, which I think was a good deal.

Overall, I had a really good time in Budapest and since there are so many things I didn’t get to see or do this time, I’m sure to come back again in the future. I hope this post inspired you with some sights to see next time you’re in the city!

A Day trip to Bratislava

- A perfect stopover destination from Vienna to Budapest -

After a 50 minutes drive from Vienna, Chloe and I arrived in Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia. We took the FlixBus which costed me ONE(!) euro (and €8 for Chloe because she booked after me) and honestIy, I am yet to find a pack of chewing gum that is cheaper than my journey to explore this new country. While I must admit Bratislava was never that high on my bucket list, I certainly don’t regret spending a day here. It is a very small city where all the main attractions are walkable destinations from the city’s centre, so a perfect stopover destination for anyone travelling to and from Vienna, Budapest, Prague etc.

On arrival to one of the two bus terminals in Bratislava, you cannot miss the iconic MOST SNP, or so-called UFO bridge. The bridge was inspired by the optimistic futurism of the 1960s, i.e., the communist era. It offers a panoramic view of the city and the Danube river, which also runs through Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine - the latter five countries which I have yet to visit.

A must-do in Bratislava is to walk around the Old Town as many of the main tourist attractions are located in this area. My impression is that there really isn’t much else to do otherwise, except visiting the Bratislava Castle - but of course I did not spend enough time here to claim it as a fact. Although I can say that I managed to tick off 80% of the “Things To Do”-list on TripAdvisor in more or less a day. This included seeing and touring around St. Martin’s Cathedral, Michael’s Gate, Old Town Hall, Church of St. Elisabeth (The Blue Church), Man at work, and Galéria Nedbalka to name a few. Of course I also insisted on hiking up the Castle that is located on an isolated rocky hill of the Little Carpathians. It was the least touristy tourist attraction I have ever been to in my life, but I reckon the rain played a role in that too.

Indeed, the biggest downside during our trip to Bratislava was the bad weather. It was raining most of the time except towards the evening when we were about to continue our journey to Budapest. Luckily, I rarely let rain stop me from seeing a city especially when I have limited time so I made good use of my umbrella. On the other hand, it was also a perfect opportunity to have a little café crawl: eat cake and drink hot chocolate in cute coffee shops: Štúr Café, Zeppelin, Mondieu, Urban House, Bistro St. Germain, and U Kubistu are some I can personally recommend. The latter is a cosy restaurant where we had dinner. And yes, I drank a lot of tea and coffee on this trip.

So, what do I really think of Bratislava? I can honestly say it’s not my favourite city in the world, mainly because I didn’t feel like there was much to see and do which I personally found interesting. While there is a lot of history in the country, there is only so much time I am willing to spend towards visiting museums and war sites. But I will say it was a very charming city overall and I would recommend for anyone to visit for about a day or two, and even longer if you think there are things here that attracts your interests.

First time in Vienna

My first time in Austria was spent visiting the capital city, Vienna. I spontaneously booked this trip last minute in the midst of writing my master’s thesis because I was longing for a nice relaxing getaway. Additionally, flight tickets were only 150DKK (£17) from Copenhagen! With such an impulsive decision and less than a few days until departure, I was left with no concrete plans whatsoever on where to go, what to do, when to return, where to return from, and who to go with. Basically, I had a one-way ticket to Vienna and a €1 bus ticket to Bratislava, Slovakia with me, myself and I.

I would say I’m quite familiar with solo traveling by now and I’m very comfortable in my own company regardless of where in the world I am, but this time I thought it would be nice to have my dear friend Chloe joining me as our last travel together was our bachelor’s grad-trip to Barcelona. So glad she managed to join me despite my last-minute request.

We both arrived in Vienna around the same time at 6pm from Copenhagen and London and headed directly to our hotel in Messe Prater in Leopoldstadt District. Not a very central location, but perfect if you want to explore different areas of the city and visit Vienna Prater and “Schweizerhaus”, a famous amusement park and beer garden. We spent the evening there and ate a good local wienerschnitzel dinner! Please rely on Google images for this one, as I didn’t bring my devices to capture any photos.

The next morning was a full day of sight-seeing. We got the 24 hour Vienna ticket for €8, which was a perfect way to use the public transportation system to go anywhere we wanted. Usually I would prefer walking from A to B, but Vienna was quite a large city and there just wasn’t enough time for that this time considering the amount of sights I wanted to see.

First stop of the day was a healthy and delicious breakfast at Joseph Brot, before walking towards the unique Hundertwasserhaus, a residential building designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser (which reminded me of Antoni Gaudí’s architecture in Barcelona). From there we explored the city centre, such as Stephansplatz and St. Stephen’s Cathedral etc. If you’re on a kaffehaus hop like we were, Central Café and Demel are two classics not to be missed.

Later we made our way out the MuseumsQuartier, where we visited the beautiful public park, Volksgarten which was close to Justizpalast, Vienna Operahouse and the Kunsthistorisches Museum. Unfortunately, the latter was closed when we were there so if you ever travel to Vienna on a Monday, be aware that certain places will be closed.

In time for lunch, we walked towards Naschmarkt, Vienna’s biggest and most popular market for food and vintage stalls. The sun was shining so we took the advantage of sitting outside and soaking up the rays. Big tips: the food is better and cheaper the further into the market you go. The market is quite big so give yourself enough time to explore it all.

Since we didn’t have many more days in Vienna, I wanted to check out the Schönbrunn Palace, about a 20 minutes metro ride from Karlsplatz. After all, it is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in the country. This place was absolutely huge and it took us a couple of hours to get around - and we were only outside in the free entrance areas. I think we would need a whole day if we opted for the additional full guided tours inside the palace. Overall, a gorgeous place that I’m happy we managed to see during our visit. Definitely put it on your Vienna bucket list if it’s not already on it.

Later in the evening we headed back into the city where we had dinner at a local restaurant. We stayed out for a bit before heading back to the hotel to get ready for Bratislava the next morning.

I liked Vienna and I think there are much more to see, so I’ll probably be back on day for a longer stay. Then I would visit Salzburg and Hallstatt as well, and not to mention the Austrian alps. And who knows, I might attend a classical music concert too.

Prague: My three-day itinerary

Czech Republic was one of the top countries I wanted to tick off my bucket list this year, so naturally Prague felt like a good place to start. It’s quickly become one of my favourite European cities. The neo-Gothic capital city has loads to offer when it comes to things to do, sights to see, foods and drinks - all within a reasonable budget. Although Rickie and I only spent a long-weekend in Prague, we definitely managed to cover some main highlights and a little bit more. Prepare for a full three-day itinerary of our first time in Prague:

Day 1: We arrived on a Friday night from Copenhagen and London to Václav Havel Airport and took an Uber straight to our apartment located in Žižkov district (Prague 3) - definitely one of my favourite stays so far. At midnight we decided to check out a pub called Pivnice U Sadu nearby after receiving a local recommendation, and oh my I’m so glad we did. In contrast to Rickie, I’m not a pub-person at all. I can’t drink beer (which automatically makes me unsuitable for Prague, right?), I can’t stand the smell of cigarettes and I’m like a grandma by nature so I’m not a big fan of rowdy places - but this place… This place had the best fried chicken wings ever. If a pub could offer me this then count me in every time. Apparently you can “see the happiness on my face” when I eat good food. Anyway, that was a fun night we both enjoyed a lot and a place worth checking out if you’re in the area.

The next morning we took the tram into Old Town where we began our full day of sight-seeing. We started in Old Town Square and made our way up to the top of Old Town Hall for an incredible panoramic moment. Stunning stunning stunning! Unfortunately the Astronomical Clock was under construction during our visit, so that is something we are yet to see. But there were plenty of other highlights to explore around the area. The Havelské market for example was worth a visit.

After spending enough time in Old Town we began making our way towards Charles Bridge, which links Old Town to Malá Strana. On our way there we explored some very empty streets until we eventually reached the Vltava river. It always surprises me how in some places you can literally walk 300 m out of the tourist attractions and there will be no crowd.

Before crossing Charles Bridge, we decided to climb the Old Town Bridge Tower for the second panoramic view of the day. I love the medieval vibe of this city, and this view in particular with Prague Castle in the background really captures that. We didn’t end up going there but instead spent the afternoon exploring more of downtown Malá Strana, having a very traditional lunch in Lokál U Bilé, and just discovering new things along the riverside.

We slowly walked towards the direction of Museum Kampa, which hosts a small collection of Czech and central European modern art. Shortly after we stumbled upon a beer fest garden and took the opportunity to stretch our legs, have a drink and soak up some sun. We spent an hour just lying on the grass, watching pedal boats drive by and enjoying each other’s company. A very relaxing evening!

As the sun was setting, we made our way to the famous Dancing House where we had another drink and watched the golden hour from Glass Bar, situated on the top floor of the building. We contemplated whether or not to have dinner at Ginger & Fred on 7th floor as I’d read some good reviews about it, but we decided to go to a restaurant called Lavande across the river instead. It was more casual, less touristy, but the food was excellent - seriously one of the best meals of the trip!

After dinner it was getting quite late so we decided to go home and watch a movie. From experience we’ve learnt not to burn ourselves out from trying to squeeze in all the activities on the first day (although it might seem like we just did), so this was indeed a sensible decision. As midnight struck, it was Rickie’s birthday and the morning after I had a lot of things planned out for him.

Day 2: I made a reservation for the two of us to have breakfast in Oblaca Restaurant, situated on top of the Žižkov TV Tower and five minutes walk from our apartment. I loved everything about this place: the service, the ambience, the authentic food, the fresh OJ, the view… Bliss! And since it was still quite early in the morning, we had the whole place for ourselves.

At midday we went for birthday drinks at Terasa U Prince. We got a cosy seat outside on their rooftop terrace with beautiful views overlooking the Old Town Square. Later we decided that we wanted to get out of Prague 1 where most of the main tourist attractions are, to explore other places. However, Prague is a fairly large city split into many different districts so there was no chance we could see everything at once, but we did go to Holešovice (Prague 7), a district north of Prague - also named one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Europe. A friend recommended us last minute to go to the Street Food Festival that was on the same weekend, which suited perfectly for food lovers like us. We also went to a Vietnamese Food Festival south of the district where there was live Vietnamese entertainment and more Vietnamese food. While in Holešovice we took the opportunity to check out DOX Centre of Contemporary Art.

As sunset lovers, we wanted to catch it somewhere nice on our last evening in Prague. We spontaneously ended up on a romantic one-hour river cruise on the Vltava river where we had a couple of drinks, saw Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and other historical buildings from a new perspective. We were so lucky that timing was on our side and that we managed to book the last tickets for the 7PM-cruise. I had made a reservation at Field Restaurant at 8PM and for our convenience, it was located right by the dock so we made it just in time for dinner.

Field is a Michelin-starred restaurant that I had booked one month in advance for Rickie’s birthday. It was a lovely evening in a really low-key modern restaurant, the food was great (portions were small though, but as you’d expect for fine dining) and the staff did a great job helping me arrange a surprise for him afterwards. In the past five years of celebrating our birthdays together, we’ve rarely given each other materialistic things but rather experiences, whether it be culinary experiences, activities or travels. I love that because whatever the gift, we get to share it. With that being said, we can both look forward to enjoy his birthday present together in Budapest pretty soon.

Day 3: It’s always a bit sad waking up on the last day of an amazing vacation, especially if you’re in a long-distance relationship. But we always try to make the best and the most out of our limited time together. Our flights wasn’t until in the evening so we spent the morning exploring more of the Žižkov district. We visited the National Monument of Vitkov on top of Vitkov hill, built in honour of WW1 and later used to promote the communist regime - a very interesting place. Then we went to Eska for lunch, a must-visit restaurant if you’re in the area. Delicious food and super cool ambience! In the last two hours before we had to rush to the airport, we went back into the city centre because Rickie really wanted to see the Paternoster elevator at Prague City Hall, which was only open during weekdays. So we got to tick that off his bucket list, and I got to see the infinite book tunnel at Prague Library just next door to the Town Hall.

Our long-weekend in Prague was an unforgettable trip. I loved the city, the food, and the people who made our stay so comfortable… I never felt like we were getting ripped off either, which is always a plus, right? With that being said, I’m forever grateful for the chance to travel around in the weekends and then go back to uni in Copenhagen the next moment without compromising my studies (perks of choosing my own courses and only having lectures twice a week). It’s a privilege I’ll never take for granted. For the remaining half year that I am still a student, I hope this will continue to be my lifestyle. I know things will get much busier during Christmas time until summer but I’m ready for the challenge.

Thanks for checking out this long post and for following my journey. Stay tuned for more travel updates… Next stop, Scotland!

Dubrovnik and Lokrum Island

You wouldn’t expect any less than magical sceneries when you’re in a city on the Adriatic Sea! Dubrovnik, known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, perfectly combined my love for crystal clear waters, beautiful beaches, mountains for hiking, good food, culture and history - all in one place. I would’ve definitely stayed longer if I could, however since we had limited time, here’s what Rickie and I managed to experience before heading off to Split. Be prepared for the full 3-days itinerary and loads of photos!

Day 1: We arrived in Dubrovnik airport at noon (I arrived from Oslo and he arrived from London) and we took the bus into Old Town where we had lunch at Barba and roamed around a bit before checking into our accommodation nearby. What really astonished me about this Old Town is how it’s literally encircled by a massive two kilometres long stone wall built in the 16th century to protect against rivals and enemies. And despite a massive earthquake that destroyed most of the city in 1667, the wall still remains today for thousands of people to walk on it.

We made a a quick visit to Banje Beach and Buža Bar, and later that evening when the temperature had gone down a bit (as in below 30°C), we decided to hike up Mount Srd to catch the sunset. It was the steepest zigzag hike I have ever done and I was pretty exhausted by the end of it - but it was so worth it! We sat there for almost an hour just absorbing the view, until it got too dark to hike down so we opted for the cable car. That night we had our first dinner at Restaurant Taj Mahal and drinks at The Bar by Azur, which was located on a steep step in a narrow alleyway just off the Luza Square. Great food and drinks, which I can recommend.

Traveling with Rickie is one of my absolute favorite things to do. We share so many similar views of the world and I think that’s especially important since we’re exploring it together. We for example both love to experience new places on foot, because honestly there is no better way to see a city than to walk it. I can go on and on about all the amazing things we‘ve stumbled upon and discovered along the way. And not to take for granted how lucky we are to be fit and healthy, and capable of moving our bodies. Let’s use it while we can.

Day 2: Balance is key. Since our first day was very active we opted for a relaxing beach day on Lokrum Island, a small island conveniently located a 10-minutes ferry ride away from Old Town port (the same island you can see in the pictures from our balcony). If you have an extra day or half-day in Dubrovnik, I highly recommend a visit. The ferries depart regularly during peak-season and we managed to purchase tickets at the port on the same day.

In Lokrum Island we got to float in the “Dead Sea”, sunbath along the coast of the island, marvel in exotic plants and animals, explore beautiful caves and rock formations, and lunch with cute rabbits running around our feet at Lacroma Restaurant.

We got the ferry back to Dubrovnik at 6PM, went home to freshen up and went back to the port to dine at Gradska Kavana Arsenal where we had made a reservation the night before. And let me just say… What a beautiful location for a restaurant! Lucky enough we were given a seat beneath the arches overlooking the marina as the sun were setting, so that was extra magical. The food was delicious and it was just a very lovely dining experience overall.

Day 3: Our last day in Dubrovnik (nooo). We had booked a ferry to Split departing at 4:30PM so we got up early that morning to seize the day. Sometimes we don’t know what rest is when it comes to maximising short stays, so we decided to walk the Ancient City Wall to see more of Dubrovnik from a different perspective. It was about a two-hours hike because we stopped quite often to take photos, but we couldn’t help it. The views were just incredible from every angle, from Minceta Fortress to Lovrijenac Fortress to St. John’s Fortress, and of course, the city’s red rooftops. Neither of us are Games of Thrones fans, but it was nice to see the real location of “King’s Landing”. After that we strolled around Old Town and enjoyed the city’s best ice-cream from Peppino’s.

We wrapped up our final hours at Port Gruz where our ferry to Split awaited, and lunch at Bon Appetit nearby was the perfect spot to fuel up for the four hours journey ahead. Overall, to say the least, those were some incredible days in Dubrovnik. And although there are a thousand more things to see, I’m really happy with what we managed to experience in such a short time. If you haven’t been to Croatia before, there is a lot to look forward to!

Istanbul

I love exploring a country for the first time. When I found out I was going to Turkey I spent so much time planning an itinerary, only to realise that two and a half days in Istanbul could barely get me half-way through the city. Especially for someone like Sadia and I who loves to just wander around, accidentally stumble across every sweet shop that offers free tasters, and befriend locals who will seat you down at a table, serve you Turkish tea and literally talk for hours. People of Istanbul are so kind and welcoming!

Anyway, there's a lot of pictures coming up so I'll try to keep it brief with the captions. I hope this post will inspire you to visit Istanbul one day if you haven't already been - and to never let fear stop you from exploring this very beautiful world we live in. 

Grand Bazaar

One of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world located in the heart of Istanbul Old City. Grand Bazaar felt like a big maze. It has more than 4000 shops inside it and attracts up to 400,000 visitors, daily! Everything from Turkish tea, spices, lamps and carpets - you're sure to find it here in thousands different varieties. 

Hagia Sophia

Lunch with a view? A few hundred meters from Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque is Seven Hills Restaurant, perhaps the best place (for Instagrammers that is) to have a cuppa.

The Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque, also known as Sultan Ahmet Mosque is the most famous mosque in Istanbul. As beautiful as it is, I personally think it's an unfortunate imbalance between religion and a tourist attraction. With so many people and so much noise all around it lost a bit of its spiritualness, but that's just my opinion.

Topkapı Palace

A large museum which was once home of the sultans and harems of the Ottoman Empire in Istanbul. Gorgeous architecture! 

Bosphorus Cruise

My biggest recommendation if you're in Istanbul is to take a Bosphorus Cruise. I love everything about the sea, but what is so special about this is that you're cruising between two continents, both Asia and Europe. Meanwhile you're passing through unique waterfront palaces and mosques on either side in close-up views. The cruises varies in duration, but we took one that lasted about two hours which was more than good enough. It's cheap too, shouldn't cost more than 5 Lira. Just make sure to buy tickets at the official ticket offices by the dock and not through tourist booths. They're usually ten times more expensive.

Galata Tower

So where do you get the best views of Istanbul, you ask? Galata Tower, just before sunset. You're welcome.

If you enjoy smoking shisha (which I personally don't however), LuLu Hookah Lounge is a really cool place to go at any time of day. Just wanted to put it out there anyway! It has good views, good food and tasty drinks - i.e. mocktails and smoothies for people like us.

Asian Side of istanbul

Located east of Bosphorus and geographically on the Asian mainland. Easy access with either metro (that goes under water) or a five minute boat trip across the waterway. We didn't have much time to explore this side of the city unfortunately other than a quick drink before heading off to Nurs-et. Definetly a place I would've loved to explore more of though.

Nurs-et Steakhouse Etiler

Saving the best for last: dinner at Nurs-et Steakhouse, famously known as #saltbae. We had to take a 45 minutes bus ride to get here from our hotel, but it was well worth it. The steak was amazing and the baklava (famous Turkish dessert), oh my days... the baklava was so good I shed a tear of joy. I can only recommend this place to everyone, or at least to all the steak-lovers out there. Our last evening in Istanbul was made complete.

So, that was my recap from Istanbul! I hope you enjoyed the photos. Since I've been so busy with exams these past couple of weeks I didn't have time to make separate posts, but something is better than nothing, right? Anyway, next month I'm going to Brussels with my boyfriend, which I'm really excited about. I have never been in Belgium before so I can't wait to see what it has to offer. Shortly after, a big celebration in London awaits! Stay tuned. xx