Friday, 12 July 2013

Germany + exam results!

After a bit of a weird and poorly organised start Germany has actually turned out to be quite good. The lab I'm working in is working on isolating new transcription factor binding sites within plant pathogen response genes so it's all pretty interesting and I'm learning lots about how research labs actually work.
The town is pretty, but is a little bit boring now I've been here for 3 weeks since there isn't a lot to do.
So far I've also ventured to Hannover (to the zoo and the shops) and also to Goslar, which is a nice small historic town near Braunschweig.
Pictures from Hannover


Pictures from Goslar.

This weekend I'm off to Berlin which should be really good!

I also got my exam results today! Ended up doing so so so much better than I expected and finished second year with a 2:1 at 67.5% average. After a bit of a rough time last year and some less than proud moments I'm actually so happy that I chose Bath and really really proud of how I've done. Roll on placement in September!

Tuesday, 18 June 2013


I might still see rain but can't wait for some warmer weather!!! 5 days til Germany :) x

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Road trip!!

After a lot of faffing about in the morning I finally plucked up the courage to brave the motorway on my own yesterday. I have been driving for almost 3 years now, but where I live there isn't any need to get onto a motorway. I was quite nervous, but it actually turned out to be completely fine and I actually enjoyed it! Sat navs are definitely a God send! 
I actually drove all the way to Ipswich for a friend's BBQ before she leaves to go to New Zealand for a year. She lives on a farm so we walked around that for a bit, she has some very cute and funny animals! 
I'm really glad I went and even more glad that I ended up driving! I feel like I've properly bonded with my new car now!
Jennie x

Friday, 14 June 2013

Travel goodies :)

Pantene shampoo and conditioner travel bottles, Solait sun cream, Simple Oil balancing face wash, Simple face wipes, Simple Oil balancing moisturizer, Nivea roll on travel deodorant, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, Orange travel shower gel.

So I decided not to take a lot with me to Germany initially and this is what I've got to take so far. Since I'm staying for 6 weeks I thought it would be easier to just pick up a bigger shampoo and shower gel there (hopefully!!). It was 3 for £3 or something in Superdrug, so I got the 2 hair things and the shower gel and then also the roll on deodorant. I'm not actually a fan of roll on at all, but I think this smaller one goes further than the travel size aerosol does and it smells quite nice so I went for that instead.

The Simple face wipes I've used before and come back to, because there was a buy one get one free offer on (I got another packet too), but the face wash and moisturizer are new to me. I always had bad skin as a child/teenager and now I've hit 20 it has finally started clearing up a bit and I only ever get a few small spots, not the massive break outs I was used to. My skin had been really good at university, but now I'm back at home and working at McDonald's again (kill me now) it has got all oily and disgusting from the greasy air and from the make up that I've been wearing to work. I did have an Elemis oil balance matte moisturizer as a tester from a magazine and loved it, but as a student it was far too expensive for me to purchase the full product so I stumbled upon this moisturizer instead. It does seemsto have tamed my oiliness a bit - especially in combination with the face wash (which is really nice and gentle and leaves you feeling clean and fresh). I like that the moisturizer dries nice and quickly, so I'm not waiting around for ages to put make up on. A little seems to go a long way with the moisturizer, whereas the opposite is true for the face wash. I've not had it long and gone through quite a bit. It isn't a foaming wash, so I think that is why you maybe have to use a bit more of it. I do really like them though!

Finally, I also got the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in vanilla since I'd heard such good things about it. I have an Estee Lauder foundation which is my favourite, but I didn't really want to take that on holiday as it is a very full coverage and not really necessary. I also need to save it up for my brother's wedding in August!! I like the smooth finish of the foundation, and also how nicely it goes on - it even smells great too! I think it has a nice light coverage, which is good now I am quite happy with my skin. I think I need to give it a few more tries, and I can't exactly rave about it, but it is a nice, light product. 

Jennie x

First post!


So writing a blog is a little weird for me, but here goes.
I'm now on my "summer holidays" away from uni and am soon off to Germany for 6 weeks so I thought I would start writing this for people to have a look at what I'm up to. I guess it will be mainly about what I'm taking out there, what I'm doing and how I'm getting on.

I'm quite nervous about going away for so long to Germany. I did learn the language as a child, but stopped over 4 years ago - wow that makes me feel old! Hopefully it should be nice and exciting though, and I am looking forward to learning a bit more German. What's worrying me most is getting around the airport on my own! I have been to Heathrow before, but it isn't really the part of the holiday that you remember is it? Haha, oh well I'm sure I'll get there! I bloody better after all that it's cost me. It is exciting to be flying again though, I love going on planes and I'm going with BA so it should be nice and comfortable.

Until next time,
Jennie x