A Liebster Award Nomination

I am very excited to announce that I have been nominated for a Liebster Award by Catherine at londonlately.  I’ve been reliably informed that ‘leibster’ comes from a German word meaning ‘favourite’ or ‘dearest’ so I’m incredibly grateful for Catherine’s nomination.  So, what exactly do these awards entail?  Well, I believe it goes something like this …

The Liebster Award is a fun way to recognize and promote new up and coming blogs of a good standard with less than 200 followers. Nominees are asked to:

1.  Post 11 facts about themselves.
2.  Answer the 11 questions they’ve been asked.
3.  Nominate 11 other blogs and ask them 11 questions of their own.
4.  Display the Liebster Award logo.

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Travel Upgrades

This week on TheRopesinLondon will henceforth be known as ‘St Petersburg Week’.  Mainly because I intend to write predominantly about St Petersburg.  I have plenty of pictures and stories to share so keep checking back for updates!

Flying Club Europe

Do you remember last week when I spoke about much I LOVE flying? Well today I love it even more!

For some completely unknown reason, we ended up travelling to and from St Petersburg in ‘Club Europe’.  It transpires that we actually booked this but neither of us remember doing that and the prices didn’t seem to reflect it.  So it felt just like a free upgrade!

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Long-Haul Flights: Love or Hate?

English: Long Haul to JNB

It is only in the last few years that I have stopped hating long-haul flights.  I think it was the boredom that I found really frustrating.  And being so uncomfortable that you can’t possibly fall asleep.  I would end up feeling so tired and irritable that even the films available didn’t have a chance of cheering me up.  Add in an abysmal meal and that probably explains my hatred.

So what changed?  Because in the last few years I’ve come to quite enjoy long-haul flights – which probably isn’t a bad thing, having spent 23 hours on three different flights to travel from Hoi An to Heathrow last year.

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Weekly Writing Challenge: Characters

Notes in a Moleskine notebook

Creative writing.  It’s something I’ve always loved to do but something that always gets forgotten whenever life gets busy.  I hope that this blog will encourage me to keep going even when I’m overwhelmed by other areas of life (I’m talking to you, dissertation).  So where better to start that The Daily Post‘s Weekly Writing Challenge.  Here’s the brief:

Tell us about a character in your life. It could be your best friend, your partner, your child, or even your third grade teacher. With as much detail as possible, make this person real for us. Tell us more than what they look like or how you met. Let us know what their laugh sounds like, or that oddball quirk that makes this person so unique.

And here is my very first attempt at the Weekly Writing Challenge:

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Eating Italian Food in Vietnam

I know, I know.  When in Rome and all that.  But is it so wrong to want a little bit of Rome in Vietnam?  I understand that it’s important to eat local food when abroad, but does that mean I can’t indulge in an epic spag bol in Hanoi?

The Italian restaurant in question is El Mediterraneo and the food was AMAZING.  It isn’t just me who thinks so either – TripAdvisor has numerous equally positive reviews (although it also has a few rather scathing comments dotted about).  I don’t in anyway regret choosing to eat there because it was a lovely meal and I really do love Italian food.  But, now, looking back, I can’t help but think that it was a little bit strange to visit an Italian restaurant in Hanoi.  It wasn’t as though we had weeks and weeks available in which to sample the Vietnamese cuisine, so I wonder whether I should have been more experimental (it was, after all, me who insisted on having an Italian meal).   In total, we visited this restaurant twice, although we did spend a few days away from Hanoi in between visits.  If I recall correctly, I also had a cheese and ham toastie in Vietnam.

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Did My Pancakes Look As Good As Betty’s? Errr … No.


But there was no need to worry because, as expected, they still tasted immense!!  As promised yesterday, I have included some of my own photos.  However, as you can see, the quality is somewhat questionable!

To start with, I created a ‘Pancake Station’.  It included strawberries, bananas, melted chocolate and an entire tub of ice-cream.  Oh yes, and a couple of glasses of Prosecco (which weren’t both for me!).

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The Ropes in London

The Ropes

Yesterday, The Daily Post suggested that I comment on the following:

Explain why you chose your blog’s title and what it means to you.

I haven’t attempted any of the daily prompts yet but I thought that, as a new blogger, this might be the perfect place to start.  I think that ‘The Ropes in London’ is a fairly self-explanatory title but then I would, I picked it.  Other titles I considered were ‘Learning in London’ (I think that was taken), ‘LearningLondon’ (I didn’t really like this one) and ‘Lessons in London’ (which sounds like it might involve whiteboards and timetables).  So, in trying to come up with something like ‘Learning in London’, I toodled off to find myself an online thesaurus.  One of the first synonyms for ‘Learning’ was ‘Learning the Ropes’ and so ‘The Ropes in London’ was born.

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