BALTIC HOLIDAY: COPENHAGEN, CRUISE SHIP AND WARNEMUNDE, DAY 2 & 3

BALTIC HOLIDAY: COPENHAGEN, CRUISE SHIP AND WARNEMUNDE, DAY 2 & 3

Hello everybody!

This is the second blog regarding my recent holiday on a cruise ship around the Baltics.

After watching Batman and having an early-ish night, we got up pretty early, had a standard continental breakfast at the hotel and boarded the ship by midday. It was pretty manic getting on, but we spent the first few hours exploring, playing mini golf… and eating food!! Pretty much the ideal day. That night we ate dinner and set sail. One thing that really did surprise me, however stupid it may sound, was how HUGE the ship was. No photos give it justice and I forever wonder how it floats. I’m pretty crap at science, but I just don’t get it. It’s MASSIVE.

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Warnemunde was our first stop and was like a beautiful little German Balamory.  When we first hopped off of the cruise ship it looked like a standard port, quite similar to the ones in the UK. But a five minute walk into the little town and it was beautiful. There were different colour boats on the river, a market place, colourful houses and restaurants, traditional German folk music playing and the sun was shining. It’s one of the worlds busiest cruise ports and boy you could tell.

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I think the weather makes a massive difference on trips like these. Having never been on a cruise before, it was really alien to me that we could only spend a few hours in each destination, despite the fact they all offered so much. So I have personally found that the places we stopped off that were sunnier stand out more in my memory. Warnemunde is one of them.

Walking down the river was like Instagram heaven. Every house was different, they were all unique in colour and style, the boats were dotted along the river and every ten meters there was another little dog dodging peoples feet. If I were to use one word for Warnemunde it would be ‘quirky’. A quirky little port full of quaint architecture and funky shops with bars, cafes and restaurants dotted everywhere.

Our first stop was at this cute little café, where I got a diet coke, as per usual and we sat chatting and soaking up the sun. We also visited a little restaurant later to grab a light lunch. As I try to avoid dairy (being lactose-intolerant!) I do sometimes find it hard to pick something from a menu that doesn’t have dairy in it. However, we ordered a pizza and I picked off the cheese- classy as hell, I know- and we (all 9 of us!) shared it.

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One of my absolute favourite things about the cruise was dinner. I love any excuse to get dressed up and I bought several outfits for the cruise. Most nights we booked a table in Tropicana, the slightly more fancy- and free (!)- form of dining. It was quite easy to avoid dairy on the ship from the menu as there were just so many options for food. I can totally see why people say you can just eat the whole time. Everything is just SO yummy. Plus, the wine and beer package didn’t help with the calorie intake! Luckily I didn’t have to drink my prosecco alone, Hollie (holliesfashion.wordpress.com/blog/) was my prosecco drinking partner in crime. The first night I had a pistachio tart and lordy it was insane. The presentation of the food was absolutely stunning.

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If I’m honest, it was completely fantastic. I visited so many amazing places, in some countries I have never been to before.

Warnemunde was a score!

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My Lactose Intolerance Journey

My Lactose Intolerance Journey

Hi everyone!

Today’s blog is a little bit different to my usual blog- I am going to be talking about my lactose intolerance!

What is a lactose intolerance?

  • It basically means that my body does not like as much dairy as other people. But I think it’s important to highlight that there are different levels of lactose intolerance. I am pretty lucky and my intolerance is pretty minor. That basically means that if I have a cup of tea with normal cows milk in, or maybe a cheeky slice of cake on a day out, I won’t necessarily have stomach cramps. So my body can deal with a small amount of dairy.
  • dairy-freeHowever, if I pig out and have a heap of dairy- I get the worst stomach cramps. The longer I have had this intolerance though, the more I have been able to judge how much dairy I can have.

When did I realise I was lactose intolerant?

  • There was a bit of a journey to figuring out what was going on and why I was having stomach cramps- but we got there eventually.
  • Period Pains- I first started getting cramps when I was about 13 or 14, at which point my Doctor’s were putting it down to my time of the month. I started my period when I was 12, so I had had some time to figure out what was ‘normal’ for me, and these pains were different. My stomach cramps are like stabbing pains that make me want to curl into a ball- not a constant ache like periods.
  • Appendicitis- I started passing out when I was 14 from the pains and I can honestly say it was mortifying. So after this happened a few times and started to be super embarrassing, I was taken to hospital to have some tests and I stayed over night. The tests came back negative.
  • Gall Bladder- they then tested me for problems with my Gall Bladder. I can’t really recall much about the tests, it all sort of merges into one in my head- but long story short they came back negative too. So yay for my appendix and gall bladder working!
  • Celiacs Disease– this was a quick test, but luckily this was negative too. The Doctors were basically ruling out different illnesses and allergies.
  • Gluten Intolerance- IBS– for YEARS I was convinced, and was diagnosed, with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Though originally this made a difference Lactose free stampand the pains died down, it wasn’t a long term fix. I completely changed my diet to be Gluten Free- which is surprisingly easy as loads of supermarkets accommodate for this diet. But the pains came back.
  • Dairy Intolerance- BINGO. By 18 I was still having the stomach cramps and I was getting pretty irritated. I ended up not knowing what to eat and what not to eat. At the same time my sister was told she was dairy intolerant, and so my family changed our diets again to accommodate  her. This meant lacto-free products- and the cramps started to die down. Though I was eating less dairy, I hadn’t completely cut it out of my diet. At this point I was about to go to University and my Mum suggested, with me shopping for only myself, to try a completely dairy free diet. That was that really, I went to University, bought only dairy free products and my cramps have been so much better!

Now I eat a mostly dairy free diet and occasionally have some dairy if I really have no alternative (or the food, usually cake, just looks too good!).

I know this is slightly different from my typical lifestyle blogs, but if you enjoy reading, or would like to know more about my diet let me know in the comments. Please like and subscribe!