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Photos by Sadie.

When travelling, I try to keep things as comfy as possible. I'm no Chung, who manages to skip off an eight hour flight with her fedora at the perfect angle, but think more along the lines of no make up and a roaring stomach - it ain't pretty. So imagine my absolute delight on hearing that I have a seven hour coach journey ahead of me, arriving at sunrise to a day of exploring a new city... Yep, there were a few grumbles that even the really cheap ticket couldn't quite quieten. On the promise of a walnut and apple muffin x caffeine mix, I managed to tidy myself up a little bit here for breakfast at Bullys Bakery (after the bulldog of its logo!), and with each sweep of my eyeliner things got a little better. Of course, a smock is the optimum travelling garb, even if it's a bit short, plus a faux fur coat is equivalent to wearing a pillow and, really, what more could you want?
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I want you we can bring it on the floor.

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Aubin and Wills breton top: £30. American Apparel corduroy skater skirt: £15, via ebay. Topshop buckle strap boots: £76.50. Urban Outfitters fedora hat: £26. Knitted scarf: borrowed from Sadie. Charity shop belt: 20p. Asos over knee socks: £3.60. STYLIGHT tote bag. Essie "lapiz of luxury".
Photos in front of Brandenberg Gate by Carmen.

I've never quite managed to take outfit photos in front of the Eiffel Tower, and definitely haven't bothered to fight the crowds on Southbank to score the perfect Houses of Parliament shot à la Jazmine and Cat (in fact, my only recognisable background was probably the Disneyland Paris castle, although I am pretty proud of that one), but at least we all took the opportunity to be Berlin tourists and take some photos in front of Brandenberg Gate.

On our last full day, we headed down to the site of the evening's festivities (more on that later!) and to do our best tourist act, albeit without those "look! I have this massive gate between my forefinger and thumb!!" photos - missed opportunity, I know. From my personal experience, Berlin may be better known for its graffiti and nightlife (and serving burgers from a converted public toilet, which is on my to-do list next time folks, next time) when visiting, but it's still home to all those things you learnt about in your History A Level. Much like Saint Paul's, I've got no idea how this beautiful piece of architecture survived the air raids, but I sure am glad Brandenberg Gate was preserved.

As I've now passed my halfway point in Munich, maybe it's about time I started sharing the touristy places I walk through on a daily basis on my blog too, because, even if they're cliché, there's no shame in being a tourist in your own city.
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Now I know the lonely days are gone.

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River Island tartan tappy dress: £25. Zara navy coat: £30. Zara tartan scarf: borrowed from Charlotte. Topshop Anna boots: £76.50. Tan satchel: borrowed from Sadie.
Photos by Sadie.

After spending half the night awake on the coach due to unruly passengers throwing food at us (yep, "pardy bus" vibes being ruined by my 4am "can you stop"), Salma and Max somehow still had the energy to go shopping, whereas Charlotte and I met up with Sadie (who very, very kindly let me stay at her pad) for a hot beverage at Coffee Fellows, which is the german equivalent of Costa. It may seem a bit odd to go to a new city and sit in a coffee shop which you can do anywhere, but there is something nice about whiling away time with people you work in different departments from and an old friend who you haven't spoken to properly for years. As it reached golden hour Sadie, who's an (amazing!) blogger too and can therefore appreciate the difficulty of winter lighting, quickly headed out to take some snaps, and I seriously considered never giving her bag back.

That evening we headed vintage shopping where I was very self-restrained (which had a lot to do with me having about one euro in my bank account), before heading to Good Morning Vietnam for the rest of the evening. I'm no expert on vietnamese food, but I'll tell you that it was pretty delicious, and I wouldn't mind going back for more.

And here is a photo of a pug looking sad on the u bahn. Because pug.

rather sad looking pug
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