Greetings from November! It’s been a while again, hasn’t it? It’s been a rather strange couple of months in the world of Almost Ginger… You might say the past month or so has been some kind of transitioning phase for me, but I’m hoping to get back to normal ASAP. I have a few trips coming up which I’m looking forward to, and yesterday I bought a 140 hour TEFL certificate so I’m just quite excited about what the future might hold. What about you, though? You been good? Pleased to hear it! Now let’s get on with all of the films I’ve been watching and places I’ve been visiting in September and October…
What I’ve been watching
So, by the end of October, to keep up with my 1 film every other day plan, I need to have watched 153 films. I have actually watched 143. I’m not quite there yet but this is a MASSIVE improvement from last time and I’m confident I’ll make this up in November. My goal for films at the cinema is 43 films by the end of October and I am on 48, so I’ll make 52 films by the end of the year no problem! The films I’ve watched at home are mainly due to Netflix. Urgh, they just make it so easy don’t they? And I’ve also been catching up with 2016 films I missed earlier in the year.
Re-watches: Super 8 (2010), Raising Arizona (1987), Good Will Hunting (1997)
Screenings: Dr Strange (2016), American Honey (2016), Queen of Katwe (2016), The Magnificent Seven (2016), Swiss Army Man (2016), Inferno (2016), Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016), Julieta (2016), Sausage Party (2016)
New watches: The Other Guys (2010), Midnight Special (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Eye in the Sky (2016), Pather Panchali (1955), The Fundamentals of Caring (2016), Searching for Sugarman (2012), Kung Fu Panda (2008), Magic in the Moonlight (2014), The Jungle Book (2016), Mascots (2016), Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014), The Talented Mr Ripley (1999), The Apartment (1960), Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Looper (2012), 12 Angry Men (1957), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Box Trolls (2014), Halloween (1979), Zombieland (2009), Under the Tuscan Sun (2003), Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Big Eyes (2013), Raging Bull (1980), Ashes and Diamonds (1958), Hocus Pocus (1993), The French Connection (1971)
TV Shows: The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, The Great British Bake Off
Where I’ve been
September started with a bang as me and the bf went to visit the incredibly sunny, pretty city of Prague in the Czech Republic. Cole really wanted to get away before he went back to Uni and I had the holidays from work left to take, so why not?! I’ll be honest, I didn’t like it as much as other cities I’ve been to in Europe as it was very touristy, but it was still a fantastic weekend getaway.
We also welcomed Cole’s new nephew Jacob who is freakin’ adorable, and I also got to see McFly for the 3rd time in 12 years! He also took me to my very first football match!! So I can finally cross it off my Manchester Bucket List. We went to see Man City (who Cole supports) V Bournemouth AFC and won 4-0, so it was a pretty good game!
Finally, towards the end of September I attended Blog On Conference at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry. I’m very pleased I went because the commute home was definitely the shortest out of any conference I’ve been to, and I got to chat to some awesome bloggers. However, I would say about 90% of attendees were parenting bloggers. The brands and the whole conference seemed very focused towards this, and considering I’m such an introvert it was so hard to strike up conversations when I had no idea what to say.
Not a lot happened in October, mainly just watching a LOT of films and visiting family and friends. However, this past weekend my entire family went down to Snowdonia in Wales just for the weekend but we actually managed to see a lot! We first visited Portmeirion in Wales which is a stunning coastal village which was designed to look like an Italian town, but it’s also quite kitsch-y with a Buddha statue and Asian influences thrown in. Me and Cole also climbed in Mt Snowdon and my legs still hurt. It was such hard work but I’m really glad I did it.
Finally, on the last day we went to Zip World which is becoming quite a popular place for adventure seekers, and it’s obvious why. It’s built on an old Victorian mine and quarry and boasts the fastest zipline in Europe. You can also explore the underground caves and learn about their history, but we went for Bounce Below. Bounce Below is a series of trampolines underground in a cave and was so much fun! But after climbing Snowdon the day before, I was still a little sore. I’ll be posting a photo essay on Snowdonia, Wales soon!
What I’ve been writing
September was nothing less than shit for blog writing, but in October I almost made up for it. I managed to keep on top of my In-Flight Movies… series and Woody Allen Tourist films. My October Blind Spot will be coming in November, but considering I chose to do a Trilogy in October I think you can let me off.
What’s coming up in November…
First up is World Travel Market in London at the start of this month before heading off to Amsterdam towards the end for a fantastic weekend at the International Documentary Festival. Then, I’ll be in full-on Christmas mode and getting myself ready for a crackin’ 2017!
5 Goals for November:
- Finish writing all my articles for The Culture Trip, which is a fantastic resource and online publication for everything travel, food and culture. I’ve got 4 left to write until I reach my yearly target of 10 so I aim to do that this month.
- Have an amazing time at World Travel Market! My aims are to meet as many bloggers and brands as possible and enter as many competitions as possible! I fear I may get the blogger’s equivalent of #FreshersFlu by the end.
- Speaking of amazing times, have some more of them in Amsterdam later on in the month at the International Documentary Festival.
- Pleeeeeease keep up to date with blogs and social media updates.
- After October’s galiant effort, it won’t be too difficult to keep up with my film target this year of 1 film every other day. I just need to watch 10 extra films and, with the Film Festival, hopefully that won’t be too hard.
Did you get up to much this September and October?