In Christmas 2019, I was with my extended family, eating and drinking merrily and playing Monopoly. Presents were exchanged. I got to see my little cousins all excited about receiving the latest new gadget or a sparkly dress. I got to complain to everyone how disgusting brussel sprouts were (Don’t try and change my mind please!) and peel vegetables like it was a communal activity rather than a chore. A flurry of Christmas crackers, dazzling jumpers and talking over Eastenders, it was truly Litmas.
Flash forward to Christmas 2020, we try and keep the same traditions but without the hustle and bustle of all my cousins running around and the adults talking and drinking, it just isn’t the same. There’s less washing up, less food and less chatter. Christmas is Christmas but with a tinge of sadness. I just want to fast forward until Rona has left the building…
That is,the airport Aisle. (sorry for the clickbait)
Who needs a chapel when you have the luxury of running to your gate because you woke up late want to get there nice and early. Getting that smooth boarding pass printed out and then instagramming it (without personal details of course because GDPR) for everyone to see that you’re on a Emirates First Class flight to Dubai…or a Ryanair Super Economy to Prague (a flight is a flight, everyone should be jel).
I need that pre flight Corona (the beer, to clarify) and a Full English breakfast. I need to stop salivating because damn, could really use them right now. I haven’t been abroad in just over a year and if you check my internet history it’s full of Skyscanner searches and travel blogs. I have no holidays booked at the moment but that doesn’t stop me bookmarking people’s Instagram posts to my folder aptly named ‘Wanderlust’, original I know. It doesn’t help that London is cold and dreary at the moment and waking up in complete darkness doesn’t help at all. I’m envisaging my next holiday to be an all inclusive at the beach kinda holibae where all I do is sip cocktails and complain about the heat while basking in it anyway.
I don’t know when my next trip will be but I am miserable and need a holiday asap. I kinda wanna wait until things get better or we get a vaccine or both. My mental health is a bit of a sorry state at the moment and I really think even a few days in a new city just lapping up that holiday glow is needed.
Here are some Instagram accounts that all brown girls need to be following. These accounts really close the gap between culture and social media and if you feel like you can’t relate, check these gems out!
@BrownGirlMemes – I love a good meme – like that white guy blinking a lot – but sometimes a good desi meme is what I need. I end up sharing them with my mum sometimes and you know its a good meme when both you and your mum can find them relatable. So much of brown culture like Bollywood, strict parent jokes and “Pooja, what is this behaviour” memes are missing from mainstream meme accounts and this account really delivers on those
@BrownHistory – This account retells stories and memories from people’s POV. There’s some really heart warming stories about how parents fell in love, powerful moments in history and pictures which tell a thousand stories across the diaspora.
@ Browngirlgang – An empowering and uplifting space with South Asian women worldwide. From hilarious TikToks, make up looks, Bollywood appreciation and the odd post about chai, this account is a must-follow.
@Browngirltherapy – There’s a large gap in the mental health community for brown people and this page is all about promoting therapy and self-love. Mainstream mental health pages don’t always touch on the link between mental illness and bicultural identity and this page really accesses this.
@BritishBindi – A page run by 3 South Asian best friends. Inspiring, comforting and more memes. Follow if you want a laugh and an insight into South Asian lifestyle and culture,
I’ve been absent for a while dealing with some life stuff but I am back now and ready to commence on these blog posts gathering dust in my drafts.
I took a staycation in mid August to lovely Cornwall staying in a lovely enormous cottage with my family. It was in a secluded farm area called Launceston and was about a hour away from central Cornwall. We were there for 7 days and then spent 3 days in Lizard Point. Here are some daytrips and activities you can do that are of course, socially distanced adventures.
W stopped off at Glastonbury to grab some lunch on the drive to Cornwall. Glastonbury has such a lovely assortment of colourful alternative shops and I was happy to have look around and grab some pretty items. If you need some sage, saris and sandlewood incense, look no further. I did some shopping and was happy to report that it really helped to keep me zen.
The cottage we had rented was located in Tresmoor, a village near Launceston, North Cornwall. The cottage really aligned with my vision of being a literary darling in a cottage writing her memoirs blog. Oak beds, ensuite bathrooms and a games room complete with a dartboard and a pool table. There’s not much to do near but Launceston is only 6 miles from here. I took a walk around the village and drank in the countryside views.
3. The Eden Project
A trip to Cornwall wouldn’t be complete without visiting The Eden Project. Two biodomes containing exotic plants from all over the world cannot be missed. Some areas of the project are closed off and mask wearing is encouraged to ensure health and safety. Give your senses a hit of this tropical wonderland.
I visited Padstow on a wet and windy day so it wasn’t as fun as it could have been been but it’s still worth a visit if you’re in town. Take a walk along the coast and around Padstow town. I was only here for a few hours before we had to take cover before the rain hit but check this website out for a few more ideas if you’re here for a full day. https://www.cornwalls.co.uk/top_ten/padstow.htm
5. St Ives
Boujie meets beach babe. St Ives has the most beautiful, picteresque beach location with actual sand (not that sharp pebbly rubbish the UK seem to prefer). Deep blue and green seas and some great views, It’s the perfect place to take a nice walk, indulge in some selfies, grab some tea and scones and sit by the sand and daydream. We ate at Mermaid Alley, this really cute restaurant in Penzance. If you stop by there, don’t forget the specialty glittery cocktail they have. The Notting Hill of Cornwall, St Ives is not to be missed.
6. Widemouth Bay
Up at the crack of dawn (7 AM) for physical activity? When its surfing, I make exceptions. I really recommend trying out surfing or if you’re a watersports virgin (I said what I said) even if you’re a seasoned surfer and want to catch some waves in the UK. What’s surfing like? It’s a mission getting into your wetsuit and not as glamorous as it seems in American 2000’s media. I stayed on my board for a maximum of 3 seconds. But it’s fun and really rewarding. Turns out pretending you’re surfing in California doesn’t make it stop raining in the UK but at least the waves were rough enough
7. St Michael’s Mount
St Michael’s Mount is an island with a medieval church and castle. I didn’t pay entry to see it but I’m definitely bookmarking it as something I have to do next time. Tickets are available to purchase here: https://www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk/plan-your-visit/opening-days-times
So UK travel wouldn’t have been my first option but with Coronairus, I didn’t really have a choice. It’s made me appreciate the UK more and make the most of staycations. Travelling is definitely more of state of mind than a place. It’s no Ibiza but Cornwall really is such a exquisite location.
A few months ago everything seemed to change for almost everyone. Our regular lifestyle, schedules and lives in general were changed as we went into lockdown. Although the changes have been made for safety reasons there are still things that we really miss that we wish we could still experience. Pooja, a fellow blogger and I were talking about this and decided to write a post about what we miss most and what we are excited to experience after this lockdown/pandemic is over. The first four are mine and the last four are hers. We hope you enjoy reading the post as much as we did writing it!
Underrated but I miss cheap and cheerful pub dates where you meet up with friends and get a pint (overpriced if you’re in London, of course) and talk and anything and everything. Bonus point if there’s a pub garden because who doesn’t love a bit of Sun and Sangria. Pub culture is just easy, laid back and chilled which is needed after a long stint of lockdown
There’s a strong chance my eyebrow lady will not recognise me the next time I see her. Or she’ll be speechless when she realises that lockdown pressure culminated in me trying to do my own eyebrows which resulted in a slight disaster. Suffice to say, give me the works (after it is safe, of course). A Mani, Pedi and a facial. Stat.
Food, Glorious, Food
My eyes are definitely going to be bigger than my stomach when all the restaurants open up again. Lockdown has reminded me that I need to be expanding my culinary bucket list and there is are variety of feasts that any foodie can appreciate.
International travel is going to be difficult in the foreseeable future as borders will likely stay closed until it is safe to travel. I definitely want to explore more of the UK and see gems like Cornwall and even partake in a road trip to Scotland.
I am not someone who is super into hugging or really showing a lot of affection in general but as they say- you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. I can’t wait to hug my friends and family and just be around them without worrying about wearing a mask, washing my hands or anything like that.
I am really looking forward to travelling a lot more as soon as all this is over and it is safe to travel to other countries again. I even have an entire list of all the places I want to see ready!
I cannot wait to be able to go out to just relax. Whether it’s to a restaurant, movie, coffee shop or just walking around downtown. I know that I can do that right now but I can’t wait till I can do that without having to put on a mask and avoid other people and keep a distance. Just being able to relax is something I am definitely looking forward to.
Taking the bus
I know a lot of people have a problem with taking the bus or don’t particularly enjoy the experience of taking the bus. I always did though- I thought it was peaceful and I particularly enjoyed longer bus rides because they gave me time to think and reflect. I haven’t taken the bus since the pandemic and honestly I kind of miss it.
What are you looking forward to once normal life resumes?
I collaborated with Pooja G on this post. She is an awesome, helpful blogger and it was lovely to collaborate with her! Check out her blog and her Instagram and Twitter