Confession: I’ve never been for afternoon tea before. And technically, I still haven’t. It is always something I’ve wanted to do: a whole stand of mini sandwiches, cakes and scones all washed down with tea or something fizzy, that just screams me all over. I tweeted into the abyss that I fancied afternoon tea and my good pal Hayley suggested we do before noon tea at Mimi’s Bakehouse in Edinburgh when I visited her in the next couple of weeks.
We scheduled in an 11am reservation for before noon tea on Sunday morning to round off my mini visit to Edinburgh. I have had my eye on Mimi’s Bakehouse since I was in Leith last year and seeing as it is so famous, I am so pleased I finally got to visit.
Travelling solo is something I have always wanted to do. Ever since I realised that yes, it is totally fine to go somewhere new on your own, I knew that it was something I wanted to do. After the disaster of travelling last summer, I was so ready to grab Italy with both hands and have an incredible three weeks exploring somewhere new.
However, I was terrified about going by myself. I had flown by myself before and I am totally comfortable on my own at home but travelling by myself did unsettle me. I was worried about everything from getting public transport by myself to having dinner by myself. The silence of being on your own can deafening and it can be hard to imagine yourself in this kind of situation until you are living in it.
I’ve begun typing this up on my phone notes as I loiter by the side of my hotel pool, patiently waiting for two o’clock to tick past so I can gather up my belongings and head to the hostel I’m booked into for the next week. On my own.
2018 marked a first for me. I travelled solo. For the first time. Previously I’ve only flown by myself (and how can we forget that ill fated trip to the states last year) but spending three and half weeks in Italy was totally new to me. It is without a doubt one of the best things I’ve ever done and after the disaster that was last summer, it was the confidence boost I needed so bloody badly.
Okay, before we begin, and I tell you how to visit Naples as a day trip from Sorrento, I don’t really like Naples. In fact, I kind of hated it. But I still want to share my tips for having a day out there from the beautiful seaside resort of Sorrento or as a potential day itinerary if you are spending a bit longer in the city. I’ve found it is a subjective city where you either love it or hate it, and I fell into the latter.
Despite disliking it, I did manage to have a full day out there and I didn’t actually cry once. I based (okay, followed word for word) Sam Sparrow’s AMAZING advice on Naples and what to do there after reading her fantastic blog post about Naples approx 1838464 times before I visited. Naples is an intense city that felt incredibly different to Rome, which I expected, but it is definitely a lot more gritty, raw and a tiny bit unsafe. View Post
Doing a free walking tour is the best way to begin exploring any city. Since doing one in Prague in 2016, they are something I always consider when travelling to a new city – especially one I’ve never been to before.
As I was arriving in Rome by myself, a city (a country) I’ve never been to before and I don’t speak any Italian, taking a free walking tour was the logical step for me to gain my bearings and not get hopelessly lost every five minutes.