I'm not gonna lie to you, after the best part of a month trekking around in Norway wearing all of the thermals and a quite incredibly unattractive fleece hat, I was so ready for some Spanish sunshine. Don't get me wrong, Norway is all kinds of beautiful (I mean come on, Northern Lights, people), and I love snow in the way that hyper kids do, but to be able to wear normal Spring clothes and wander around without your fingers freezing off every time you try to take a photo after a while? I'll have some of that now please.
I only had a little while in Cadiz yesterday, but luckily I've been there before and had some idea of what I wanted to do and where to go - always helpful! Now, Cadiz isn't really an obvious tourist destination and so it's not as cosmopolitan as say Barcelona or Madrid, but because of that it's got such an authentic Spanish feel to it, if you know what I mean...? It's a city in the south-west of Spain, in Andalusia, and is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Spain - pretty cool, right? I'm not going to ramble on too much, you can read more about it on wikipedia if you fancy.
I started off the day with my fella and we went to this really rustic-looking restaurant/tapas bar/cafe that I love called El Aljibe (I'm so glad I'm writing this rather than trying to say it because, dude, I have literally no idea what the correct pronunciation of that is). We stumbled upon it last year by chance, and it's got a beautiful unfinished feel to it. It's also always filled with locals rather than all the tourists in Spain - if you pick where the locals eat, chances are the food will be nicer, cheaper and the wifi (if there is any) will be one hundred times quicker than the cloud in Burger King where everyone else goes to download their shiz. Sounds obvious, I know, but you'd be surprised.
The waitress was quite amused with me because I kept taking photos of everything, but she was lovely and let me have a little wander around the upstairs, which is normally only open as the evening restaurant.
The boy was recommended a meat paella from the main menu, which was really, really tasty (best thing about eating with other people is stealing their food), but I had my heart set on the toasted goats cheese on nut bread with blueberry sauce from the tapas menu. This may well make me a heathen, but I have literally no idea what 'nut bread' is... I do know it's good though! I also ordered a spinach and pine nut crepe with melted cheese and Spanish sauce - again, had no idea, but it appears that Spanish sauce is basically like a thick, creamy tomato soup. I die. They were amazing. Presentation wasn't the best in the world so unfortunately these aren't the most attractive photos, but I pretty much licked my plates clean. Not even sorry. The rest of the menu sounds pretty great too, and they have an entire section dedicated to both sweet and savoury crepes - I had a caramel and nut one last time and thought I'd died and gone to heaven.
Cadiz is such a lovely city to just wander around, so I tried not to make too much of a plan and wound my way around the streets for a while enjoying the sunshine and the sights. The cathedral is pretty awesome, and you can go inside for about €5 or something and explore the catacombs. I did that once before but I must admit I got a bit jumpy down there - I was on my own and everything echoes so it always sounds like there's somebody sneaking up on you. There's also a lovely beach which it wasn't quite sunny enough for today, so I had a wander along the promenade and snapped some more pictures instead.
Yet another thing I love about Cadiz is the shops. Oh my lord the shops. Little hint here though, don't try shopping on a Sunday as pretty much everything will be closed as it's a very traditional Catholic area. Cadiz is pretty labyrinthine until you find your way around so if you ever go there I'd really recommend doing some research beforehand and keeping a map handy while you're out and about. The first couple of times I went there I couldn't even find the shops, and there was a lovely restaurant I went to once that I couldn't get you to now if my life depended on it. I also recently discovered a free iPhone app called GuidePal, where you can make yourself a travel guide for every city you go to and save all the cool places you find for next time. Everyone but me probably knows about it already but, if not, there you go. Anyway, I digress.
I hit the shops but I was having one of those days where, no matter how much you're in the mood to buy things, you can't seem to find anything you really like, so despite my best efforts, I came out of Zara, Mango and all the other clothes shops I tried empty handed. Makeup, thankfully, was a whole other story. Kiko is an Italian makeup chain that have their own standalone stores in loads of cities around Europe, and you may have noticed they've recently made their way to the UK. If you haven't been in one yet, you need to get that sorted pronto - they've been one of my favourite little beauty secrets for years, as everything's pretty cheap and quite good quality. Plus they often have killer sales on.
Yesterday they had a bargain section where you could get 5 things for €10, which is only about £7. Amazing. I ended up with two coloured mascaras in blue and purple, a rather cute 3-in-1 nail buffer, a "brow filler" (chunky eyebrow pencil) and something called "eyebrow fibers", which is basically a coloured mascara with fibres that cling to your eyebrows for those of you who aren't so good with the ol' brow pencils (I'm so in your club). I've only had a chance to give it a quick try, but it seems like a pretty good rip of Benefit's "gimme brow" minus the payday price tag. On top of those, I bagged two eyeshadow sticks in brown and purple that were on sale, and then got a free nail varnish at the till. I love this store more than should be allowed! There'll be photos and reviews of this stuff in another post to come, when I've had enough time to test them out for a bit.
I spent the rest of the day having a wander around the town, and went for a coffee and some more wifi, but both were a bit rubbish to be honest. C'est la vie. In the evening I wore my new Mac matte lipliner & lipstick - I went for Mehr, which is described as a "dirty blue pink", with the Soar lip pencil to match, and I love them! I have fairly dark lips anyway, so this lipstick is sort-of-nearly a nude on me, just a bit more dramatic and vampy (I like to think). I picked up the necklace I'm wearing in Norway in the H&M sale for 300 Kroner (which, mercifully, comes to about £2.80). Here’s a very glam picture of me pulling faces in the bathroom mirror. Obvs.
After getting ready we went out and I had a couple of glasses of Prosecco, because I’m all wild like that.
That's probably enough rambling for now - thank you if managed to make it through with me! We're off to Valetta soon so hopefully I'll have some gems for you from there. Leave me some comments, ask me some questions and let me know what you think! Hope you're all having a lovely day, wherever you may be.