Hello all!

I went to Crete in Greece.

For a week.

Thought i’d just dive right in there with that one haha.¬† The picture was from my balcony. ūüėÄ Just, awesome.

It was my first ever abroad holiday! I had a lot of firsts this past week while on holiday too. Let’s see…. I had my first spa experience. Which was a little bit cringy to start with… I had my first flight experience, my belly flipped on the way there, so bad… so bad. My first water park experience that was cool! And my first ever 40 degrees experience – I’ve discovered the heat makes me more tired.

Anyway, I wanted to just have a quick update about what I’ve been up to and this post will be about my spa experience.

It all began by the pool with my friends on holiday, a kind lady came up and asked about whether we would like to try a sample of her products from her spa menu. We ageed and decided it would be fun. We sat there for a good half hour trying these products. She was very nice and her English was spot on. We all could communicate well with her, which helps haha. We agreed we would go for a treatment and she gave us a really good deal for 2 treatments each. We booked in when we wanted to go, we all decided on a facial and a body scrub. Me being me, was awkward, and chose a different facial to everyone else so I had to have a specific time, so that they could prepare for me. Typical me. 

Day of the Spa treatment

You are probably thinking, oh this is boring, it’s just normal and not cringy at all.

Bear with me.

The day of the treatment I had been talking to my friends about it and they were concerned about undressing. I had reassured them that when I asked the spa manager she told me it was okay to keep our bathing suits on, so our bikinis would be fine. With this knowledge I was at ease going in. As I’m not the type to just whip of my clothes in front of strangers – ahem –

So, me and a friend went in together but we were in seperate rooms (they only had 2 rooms available at one time). I waddled into one, she the other, and it was fine. Until it wasn’t.

The masseuse, lady, person… you can tell this was my first spa treatment already. Is it okay for me to call her a masseuse… that’s what she is right? Right!? *inward panic*

Er, anyway, she handed me a one use thong, thingy, and if you can, imagine me standing there staring at her blankly, holding this thin piece of cloth between my thumb and index finger. Thinking “what the…?!”

Let me also point out, her English was not as good as the managers.

*Picture this* You’ve got me looking at her and her looking at me. And then, she just walks out the room for me to get changed. I stand there just staring at the cloth and look around the room thinking, do I just do it? Shall I wear it and just be uncomfortable for the treatments? Or am i meant to put this on over my bikini bottoms? Wait! Wait, that’s just silly, don’t do that…. and so on and so on. Until she comes back and literally says –

“No, no get changed.” and points to the meterial in my hands.

I respond with, “Sorry but the lady said I could wear this?” And I point to my bikini top and bottoms.

She replies with “Yes, but this!” and points to the cloth item again, and leaves the room.

By this point, I am utterly confused. What on Earth does she want me to do? I’ve just told her I was allowed to wear my bikini and she just agreed but still wants me to put this on?!


I can feel myself getting a bit uncomfortable by this point as I slowly bend down to put the material over my bikini bottoms.

This isn’t… right.

I frown about to take the thong piece off, when the masseuse suddenly comes in again.

“Ah, ummm, is this… is this right?” I point, nervously feeling very silly at this point.

“No!” She exclaims, “need this off, this on” various pointing motions and she is about to leave again.

I hurriedly take the thong off leaving my bikini bottoms still in place.

“But I was meant to keep this on, I was told I was allowed to.” I feel my face flush.

“Okay you can, come on” She says, almost sighing.

I don’t know if it was me, but her tone felt like one of annoyance. I was embarrased and nervous. So I just told her “If you need to, you can take the back off, when i’m lying down” I point to my back straps.

“Okay” She replies, “Lie – down” I follow her instructions.

I felt really awkward during the body scrub. It was hard for me to relax. I felt I had offended her, which is probably really british of me. But I couldn’t help it. I would’ve thought the manager would have let her assistants know…. As I lay down she took the straps off a bit forcefully, and I couldn’t help but make a face. Luckily my head was facing down through the hole so she couldn’t see me.

I laid there for a good 30 – 40 minutes unable to move, being increasingly uncomfortable whilst also trying to relax. Ugh. Going over all the questions and what just happened in my head. One question I had was “Should I make conversation?!”¬†Now I don’t know about you, but if you’ve not been in this situation before it’s kinda hard to work out what would be socially acceptable… I decided to use the logic of, ‘I think it’s like the hairdressers but a bit more strict – don’t try to make conversation unless they do.’ I went with that and it seemed okay.

Turns out I was just over thinking again! Staying quiet is good. Noted.

After the body scrub, she said she was done and I got up a bit too quickly as I emerged from my thoughts and anxiety and said “alright?!” But what actually came out was “orrrightt?!” … I went momentarily very ‘Somerset’¬† (umm think farmer voice if you aren’t sure what I mean). I cursed inwardly at being abrupt with my response, however this seemed to have broken some tension as she giggled and said I can go for my shower now.


She told me not to get my bikini wet and to put it up on the side, I told her I could do that bit at least. And she laughed. I don’t mind if she was laughing at me, I was just relieved to break the tension properly.

After I got out of the shower it was time for the face mask treatment. It was a lot nicer, and I felt a lot more relaxed and a bit sleepy by the time she finished.

The treatments on the whole were lovely, and I’m sure i’m not the first to make a silly mistake like that. Regarding the fact it was my first spa treatment and language barriers can make things a bit tougher.

I think i’d have a face treatment again, but i’d probably pass on the body scrub. Even if it did make me all soft and smoove… I don’t think I could go through that again, ha!

Later that day….

I heard that my friends went through very similar, quite awkward, experiences too. Some chose to go along with it, others felt really awkward and tried to negotiate items of clothing that could stay on. I was the only one to say “no” completely. Ooops. Oh well! At least it wasn’t just me with the awkward experience! I can always count on my friends to be just as awkward lol! ‚̧


Until the next time ~  








Ancient Greece: Gods and Goddesses!

Hello again dear reader,

Many of us from time to time have had a chance to take some form of quiz, related to variable topics. A couple of days ago, whilst on facebook I came across a quiz “Who is your Greek God Parent?” This was by chance, but a strange occurrence since that day I had been talking about the Greeks and their Gods. The meaning of this quiz is basically which God/Goddess are you most alike to?

You can take the quiz yourself here: (Try not to take it too seriously, ‘ey?)

The reasoning of this discussion about Greek Gods and Goddesses was because I feel quite intrigued by the fact there were so many of them. You could argue (if you are that way inclined) that there are so many Gods and Goddesses because they were then able to make sense of the world around them. For instance they are the compensator’s as to why things happened, so it made sense to have different beings/entities for different jobs e.g. ruling the weather or ruling war and disease… Completely different jobs correct?

Therefore I did a bit of research about the roles of these Gods and Goddesses in Ancient Greece to remind myself all about them,

Here are some facts for you:

  • The main Gods of Ancient Greece were called the Olympian Gods.
  • They overthrew the Titans (their ancestors/parents).
  • They lived on Mount Olympus, which was the highest mountain in Ancient Greece.
  • Their Leader was called Zeus. (Sure you’ve heard of him, right?)
  • They were by all accounts imperfect. Meaning they had human flaws.
  • There said to be no more than twelve Olympian Gods at a time.

This type of religion is called Polytheistic religion (more than one God). They had a hierarchy of Gods and Goddesses much like mankind and animals. They made it so the Gods and Goddesses were not too high above them, which in turn made it so the Gods were not “all knowing and all powerful” so that they could have potential flaws like them. Which I feel made the Ancient Greeks feel closer to their Gods. (Although apparently sometimes this led to having babies with each other. Which I think you would agree is just weird.)

…I could go on further about afterlife and rituals but for now let’s stick to Gods and Goddesses!

Moving on, here a few facts of my favourite Gods/Godesses starting at number five!

5) ZEUS!

  • ¬†“leader of the pack”
  • ¬†King and ruler of the cosmos (world)
  • ¬†Last child of the Titans and took the place of his own Father.
  • ¬†Respected and loved by all.
  • ¬†Had a large number of children.
  • ¬†The Lord of Justice¬† – Punishing the liars and those who went back on their word.
  • ¬†He was fair and kept the balance of the world (even though he had love affairs, causing his wife to be jealous.)
  • ¬†Responsible for the weather (don’t make him angry)
  • ¬†Limitation to power¬† – like all the others he couldn’t intervene with the “Fates.”
  • ¬†Symbols: Sceptre, throne and Thunderbolt.
  • ¬†His Tree: Oak Tree
  • ¬†Sacred Animals: Eagle

4) HERA!

  • Her husband was Zeus. (Also unfortunately her brother. Ugh.)
  • The Goddess of marriage, relationships and protecting married women.
  • A fair Goddess but her troubled relationship with her husband meant she would become jealous often.
  • Hera didn’t trouble herself much with people.
  • She was powerful but her flaws were jealousy and being vain due to her beauty.
  • Symbols: Diadem (type of crown), Sceptre and the Pomegranate.¬†
  • Her flower: The lily
  • Sacred animals: Peacock and Crow


  • Brother of Zeus and Hades.
  • God of the Sea, Earthquakes and Horses!
  • Famous Child¬† – Triton (I always think “the little mermaid” when I hear that name, don’t you?)
  • Responsible for supernatural and natural occurrences surrounding the oceans.
  • His Trident could “shake the Earth” causing massive Earthquakes.
  • He could make the Earth drown in water and crumble but could also stop it just as quickly.
  • Poseidon liked to stay in the depths of the ocean with his wife Amphitrite. Even though he could go to Mount Olympus at any time.
  • Symbol:¬†Trident
  • Sacred animals: Dolphin and the Horse.


  • Goddess of the Hunt, Moon and protector of pregnant women and the young.
  • She asked her father Zeus to be a virgin forever.
  • Very independent and kept to herself.
  • Had complete authority over nature and gave fertility to places that worshipped her.
  • Loved to hunt with bow and arrows (usually the arrows would be dipped in poison.)
  • Responsible for the movement of the moon, across the night sky.
  • Has some healing powers like her twin brother Apollo.
  • Symbols: Bow and Pike
  • Tree: Cedar tree
  • Sacred animals: Snake, the Bear and the Deer.

1) APOLLO!  (Has to be my top favourite)

  • God of Music, Art, Prophecy and the Light.
  • Invented the Lute – a stringed instrument. However he became popular for his gift in playing the Lyre instrument. (Which looks a bit like a small harp…)
  • He often plays a Golden Lyre
  • Doesn’t lie.
  • Responsible for moving the sun across the Sky.
  • Owns the gift of Prophecy given to him by his father – Zeus.
  • Symbols: The Lyre, Laurel Tree, Tripod and the Navel Stone.
  • Plants: Laurel and the Myrtle
  • Sacred animals: The Wolf, Raven and Lizard.¬†

And just because it’s Valentines day…


  • Greek Goddess of Love, Beauty and Eternal Youth.
  • Her husband was Hephaestus¬†God of Iron. But her heart belonged to Ares – God of War. Which she had a love affair with.
  • Famous children: According to mythology Aphrodite gave birth to our winged cherub – Cupid. Or Eros. He has two famous portrayals – one of an adult male, and the other perhaps more famously as the baby.
  • Connected to the life/death/re-birth of all things.
  • Symbols: Girdle, Seashell and the Mirror.
  • Sacred animal: The Dove.

There you have it, my top five plus a bonus treat. I hope you enjoyed reading? Who would your favourite Greek God be? There are so many to choose from!

Thanks for reading,

Until next time~

Photo: Found here; Picture edited by me.

Yes Miss, No Miss, Three Bags Full Miss!

Hello again reader,

Have you just had “one of those days” ? People say, “Oh, it’s been one of those days.” And what they mean is that it’s either been stressful or just a giant pain. I’ve said it and I’m sure most of us have. One of my favourites is “It’s a chocolate day.” – Which is different but so perfect! Having a bad day? Get a chocolate bar at the ready. Nice.

I’ve had “one of those weeks” so far. Which I’m sure you’ll be able to imagine what that’s like.

I’m all over the place this week so far, and it’s not been any better since I’m feeling like crap. No one likes being ill, especially when they have a thousand things they need to be getting on with. Although I guess some people like the occasional day off or relaxation day away from all the stress. Yet for some reason I feel it is my responsibility to keep going until I physically cannot stand and/or function.

It can be frustrating working with little’uns when you are feeling rubbish and the class just doesn’t seem to want to listen. I can’t say for sure if it’s any indication on my part (or the teacher) I just know that children sometimes come in with a “funny” head on their shoulders and it has a domino effect on the entire class. So I’m going to go with “a mix of events” to even it out.

Despite this, I’ve had to cope with other side jobs and trying to remember the endless list of tasks that I’ve been assigned. I mean, they are talking to a young woman who -this morning- couldn’t tuck a chair in for some unknown reason. My hands and brain just decided “nope, we aren’t going to co-operate, okay? Okay.” – Feeling bloody useless at the moment. Sinuses are a pain!

That aside I’m hoping I wont get much worse. The bad weather is coming in which isn’t a good sign, however I hope you are doing better than me?!

I think it would be okay if my job finished as soon as 3:00pm struck on the common school clocks. Though it doesn’t since when I get home I’m almost always having to do odd jobs for people and helping my parents with something. I’ve only just been able to have a chance to write to you, and even then I’m writing with my eyes half closed as I’m so tired!

I shouldn’t complain. Everyone likes to complain a bit though don’t they? I think it gets us through by having a moan about something that’s getting you a bit down. It’s times like these when I can truly reflect by saying “this is my purpose in life.” I can confidently say I am a helper, supporter and educator. I wouldn’t change that. What would I be without these things in my life? I certainly wouldn’t be me. What would you be without those “things” in your life? Whatever that “thing” is or “things” are. What is your purpose in life?¬† Stay positive about it. There is always something that is just right for you. Yet it’s your job to find it.

It’s this attitude that reminds me to get out of bed in the morning. That gives me the strength to take on the day in school; even if I am running around like a headless chicken and even if it does become “A chocolate day.”

Thanks for reading.

Until the next time!

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