Here’s another post celebrating 10 years of friendship with my favourite nerds. I thought in this post I’d mention some of our favourite memories. I doubt I’ll manage to fit them all in because already the list is really long and there are tons that I can’t remember so prepare for a long post.
Our first ever holiday! It’s strange now but it seemed so difficult to pull off at the time. We wanted to do something before me and Jess went to university in London because we were under the impression it’d be ages before we saw each other again (whoops) so we decided to go on a small holiday to the beach. We looked at most seaside towns but settled on Rhyl, I can’t really remember why but we decided to go.
Jess hadn’t long passed her driving test and I can’t remember if Hirst had her licence by then or not, she wasn’t long off either way so Jess and Hirst sat in the front because they could both drive and me and Becca sat in the back having a great time. I’d made a CD before we left that mostly contained songs from the ‘Into The Woods’ soundtrack but also had some cheesy Disney music on it too which we listened to and sang along with the entire way there.
We stayed in a house and it was a bit of an old person’s house to be honest but it was nice to have our own space. If we wanted to go to the beach front we had to drive but it didn’t matter too much because the house had been relatively cheap so we didn’t care.
We did some fun things while we were there – did shots on the first night in the house, went to an aquarium, went to the circus, went to a fairground that nearly ended all of our lives and watched the sunset on the beach on the last day. It was quite a simple holiday but we all enjoyed it and we still look back at it with fond memories.
It’s weird to think we found it so difficult to plan at the time considering we’ve been abroad five times now but yeah at the time we had no clue what we were doing but I think we did quite well for our first holiday together.
Our first trip abroad, something I thought we’d never manage to pull off. Basically we went to Paris to go to K-Con (except for Hirst) and we had about maybe two months’ notice at the most. Tickets went on sale about a month before the concert so we had to rush to book everything and get our spending money sorted in time. But we did pull it off and it was amazing.
Due to time and money we didn’t have much choice and had to book a coach to take us to Paris instead of a plane because it was a hell of a lot cheaper. It wasn’t too bad on the way there because it was an overnight coach (although Becca did down eight sleeping pills which stressed the rest of us out) but the way home was torture. We got on the coach with nothing but a box of maltesers and three mars bars and within two hours we’d completely eaten our supplies. Luckily the driver had the sense to stop at a service station when we got back to England. That sausage roll and chocolate milk was one of the best meals ever.
I loved our first trip abroad even though it was far from perfect. The hotel we stayed in was a bit naff, I got scammed out of ten euros at the Eiffel Tower (Jess only got scammed out of five while Becca and Hirst got away) and me and Hirst got told off by a lady on the metro but honestly it’s one of my favourite trips we’ve been.
We did all the typical tourist stuff, I’m pretty sure we didn’t even meet up to talk about it that much because we knew what we wanted to do. We saw the Eiffel Tower, went to Disneyland, went to Notre Dame, saw the Mona Lisa painting, went down into the catacombs. And best of all we went to K-Con and saw BTS, Block B, f(x), FT Island, IOI and SHINee live.
I was exhausted by the time we eventually got back to England (it took us about 18 hours) but it was worth it. We vlogged this trip and it was the first time we’d ever attempted to vlog a trip but it’s still one of my favourite vlogs to occasionally rewatch. If you’d like to watch it then click here [x]
Harry Potter Studios
For my 20th birthday I was told that Jess would be staying with her Auntie and that Becca couldn’t get the day off work so I thought me and Hirst were doing something together. Turns out it was all an elaborate trick and the three of them were taking me on a surprise trip on my birthday. I was thrilled that it had been a trick because I had cried a little when I thought everyone was busy on my birthday except for Hirst, because I’m dramatic like that.
They took me to the train station and we changed at Birmingham New Street with me still having no idea where we were headed. They’d hidden letters within my presents and cards and I was told I had to use these letters to figure out where I was going, which I was going to do on the connecting train. This was a plan that quickly failed when I went to WHSmith with Jess to look at food and she turned to me and asked “Do they even allow food in the Harry Potter Studios?”
There was a moment of silence before Jess tried desperately to change the subject upon realising what she’d done but I couldn’t pretend I hadn’t heard it. The others were mad but I couldn’t wait. I’d been to Harry Potter Studios with Jess the year previously but I hadn’t read the books at the time and I was excited at all four of us going even though Hirst hadn’t seen a Harry Potter film at that point.
I had the best day ever, it was so nice of them to surprise me like that and I had an awesome time. I even got to push open the doors to the Great Hall because it was my birthday. We got a ton of cool photos and it was probably the best birthday I’ve had so far. Thanks guys!
I’ve talked a lot about the time I saw 24K by myself but the first time I went to see them was with Becca and Jess and we went to London together. We had an awesome time even before the concert started, the train journey there was hilarious and Jess downed an iced coffee when we got to the hotel and went a bit hysterical. We spent all afternoon trying to find something to do and hours later we ended up at Big Ben for some reason? Then we headed to the concert and waited outside in the rain until we were allowed in.
We were stood towards the back but 229 is quite a small venue so it didn’t really matter where you stood because there was still a good view. At the time I didn’t even know many songs and I was a casual fan but oh my god they were so good that I had to stan. 24K are one of those groups where their songs are good but you don’t sit back and think ‘wow that’s amazing’ but once you’ve seen them live it all changes. They’re one of the most energetic groups I’ve ever seen and seem to genuinely care about their fans.
We had such a good time that me and Becca saw them again in Amsterdam and met them that time. We talked about it for ages afterwards and there’s an eight minute long video of us freaking out about it once we got outside, it’s one of my favourite things to watch. I’m really hoping 24K come back to Europe this year so we can see them again because it’s been a while since I saw them with Becca and I wanna freak out with her again.
For some reason in August 2015 just before me and Jess went to university the four of us would meet up and just drive around in someone’s car. A lot of times we just drove around because we weren’t sure what to do so we ended up in the Aldi car park a lot of the time just chilling. We don’t really do that anymore because we’re all too busy which sucks.
One of my favourite times was when we drove around in Hirst’s car and for whatever reason Jess rolled the window down then tried to roll it back up and Hirst’s car was quite old so it kept rolling itself back down and I remember sitting in the back seat crying with laughter. We went to ASDA to buy some snacks and two girls decided it’d be fun to follow us around and take the piss out of me so obviously my friends had my back and as we were driving out of the car park we spotted them walking along so Jess rolled down her window and yelled at them. They yelled at her to kill herself and Jess started doing some manic laughing then tried to roll the window back up but obviously it was Hirst’s dodgy car so they kept rolling themselves back down.
I can’t remember if it was the same night but we decided to walk up a hill and it was quite late at this point so we were driving down some country lanes in the pitch black and me and Becca were in the back worrying that a werewolf was going to pop out the bushes or something. We never found the hill we just managed to creep ourselves out.
I remember playing this when we were maybe sixteen or seventeen and at the time it was the funniest thing ever. Unfortunately we played it when we were a bit older and we didn’t find it as funny anymore but the first time we played it was hilarious. I was pretty good at the game, Jess came a close second but Becca was definitely the worst.
For those who haven’t played Innuendo Bingo and don’t know what it is, you fill your mouth with water and listen to some clips of innuendos. The idea is you hear the innuendo and try not to laugh or in some cases massively fail and spit the water everywhere. As I said, Becca wasn’t great at the game and she was stood directly opposite Jess and every time she managed to spit her water the length of the garden and land it right on Jess’ shoes. Becca was way funnier than the actual innuendos a lot of the time.
It’s a shame we don’t find it as funny anymore but it’ll still be a good memory.
Bean Bamboozle Challenge
I don’t have any photos of this one unfortunately or any videos but God, what a day. Jess had been on about playing this game for a while and eventually bought the beans and brought them into college. The four of us only had one lunch break a week altogether and that was on a Friday so that’s when we sat down to play it. Out of me, Jess, Becca, Lucy and Hirst only me, Jess and Hirst decided to play.
If you haven’t heard of this challenge basically you buy a box of jelly beans which will be colour coded on the back. There are several of each colour but there’s a difference in the taste. For example a brown one could either be chocolate flavoured or dog food flavoured. It’s pretty much impossible to tell which is a good one and which is a bad one and the challenge is that if you get a bad one can you finish eating it?
What an absolute joke that game was, Jess got all eight good flavours whilst me and Hirst got seven bad ones and one good one each. We ate all our bad flavours except for rotten egg and vomit. The ones I definitely remember eating were smelly socks, dog food, baby wipes and snot. Dog food was particularly hard and I remember Lucy and Becca saying “That smells so bad that I feel sick.” Yeah, it must’ve been so difficult for them.
It’s funnier now but at the time I did want to vom a little bit, they tasted absolutely horrific. I’m convinced that Jess can’t taste if she has a bad flavour but we have yet to test that theory.
Becca had mentioned this a couple of times over the years and that she wanted to go but it was one of those things we talked about but never got round to planning until eventually she put her foot down in 2017 and insisted that we go. Hirst decided to sit this one out because she’s not really a fan of people dressed in costumes, especially if they’re jumping out and deliberately trying to scare her. To be honest I was very worried too but ended up absolutely loving it.
I wrote a long post about it here [x] but basically it was really funny, I made Becca and Jess hold my hands the entire way round and Becca was making me laugh so hard from how much she freaked out. It was a brilliant night and we’d like to go again this year but it might not be possible with everything going on around that time.
I already mentioned we went to Amsterdam to meet 24K. It was the first holiday where we went on a plane together and I was honestly terrified. My Mom very kindly drove us to the airport and then suddenly we had to navigate our way through the airport. In the past I’d just relied on my Mom to sort everything and I’m not gonna lie, it was a bit nerve racking being there without a parent. But we were fine and we got to Amsterdam in one piece!
We were very lucky with that holiday because the weather in Amsterdam was gorgeous so it made the city look even more beautiful. It’s definitely somewhere I’d love to visit again because there were a couple of things we didn’t manage to see, for example Anne Frank’s House was sold out because we hadn’t planned it until the last minute. But we saw some amazing things like the palace, Vondel Park, went on a canal boat tour, the red light district and the ice bar. Truthfully my only regret is that I didn’t do a weed brownie with my friends on the last night but ultimately that’s my fault.
Given the opportunity I would definitely go back because it’s truly a beautiful place and I had some good times with my friends there. Even if we did stay in the dirtiest Airbnb apartment I’ve ever seen in my life.
Hirst’s Birthday Party
I will be 100% honest with you now that the party has passed, I wasn’t looking forward to this. Not in a nasty way but at the time I wasn’t really into parties, I didn’t drink and I just didn’t really like them. But obviously as Hirst is my best friend I knew I would have to go and I would have to find a way to enjoy it. You only turn 21 once and I was not about to ruin my best friends party by having a bad attitude.
Anyone who knew me knew that I hated alcohol, refused to touch the stuff most of the time but I realised that to have a good time I might need to get a little drunk. The trouble was that I knew I could put on a happy face but they know me too well and I knew that if someone mocked me and said they knew I wasn’t having a good time then I’d turn sour very quickly. But I couldn’t let that happen so I quickly figured out the best way – down a bunch of shots and get a bit drunk.
Hirst was a bit surprised when I said I wanted to but Becca agreed she’d do it too and that was the plan. I was nervous before we went but I knew I just had to get on with it. I’m painting a picture of me proper dreading and hating this party, I honestly was looking forward to it and I did get into it when I bought my costume, I was just a bit apprehensive at the time!
I actually had the best time ever. Me and Becca had like three shots each every half-an-hour and eventually got just a little bit drunk. I say a little bit. Becca cried outside the venue and I lost count of the amount of times I fell over. We were both a little bit of a mess but hey we were happy (except for when Becca cried) and I have nothing but good memories of the night. I’m really glad that whenever we talk about it it’s nothing but positive. And now I’m looking forward to any other parties I may get invited to in the future!
Mine, Jess and Becca’s birthdays are very close together so for our 21st Jess and Hirst decided to team up to book a holiday for me and Becca. Their original plan was to go to Blackpool but somehow they ended up booking flights to Lithuania and that’s where we ended up going.
I’d never really heard of Lithuania before and for the first 24 hours or so I had a really difficult time remembering the name of the country – there’s a video of me on the plane trying my best to pronounce it, I really don’t know why I kept forgetting. So I didn’t know much about it but ended up absolutely loving it, it’s probably one of my favourite places I’ve ever been.
I think what I liked is that it was quieter than most cities so you could actually see and do more, for example we made a wish on the lucky brick (mine didn’t come true but whatever) and it was one of those things that if you were in Paris or somewhere more popular you wouldn’t be able to get anywhere near it.
It’s a shame that Jess got sick on the Sunday but other than that it was an amazing trip and I’d definitely go back in a heartbeat because I really liked it there.
The four of us became proper best friends when we were about sixteen and around that time we started playing ‘Slender Man’ quite a lot when we hung out. Over time the game kind of loses its appeal because all you do is walk around these woods looking for pieces of paper and it only really gets interesting if you find one or see Slender Man himself, 90% of it is just walking round in circles though.
I remember when we first started I absolutely loved it but I was also too scared to look at the screen so the first time I sat on a different sofa and just watched the others play it for the first few rounds. We went in pairs so that someone controlled the mouse and someone controlled the keyboard. The worst combo had to be Becca and Hirst, Hirst kept panicking and Becca kept telling her off. For example saying “Oh great, the ground, just what I wanted to look at!” The best combo probably would’ve been Becca and Jess because they’re probably the bravest. When I eventually played I kept looking away from the screen ‘cos I’d get creeped out and was probably a bit useless but it was a fun game at the time!
Looking Around the School
The secondary school the four of us went to was quite an old building and when we joined the school we were told that they were going to be building another one and by year eleven we would move into this magical new school. That didn’t happen because the planning permission didn’t go through or something but our school did eventually merge with another one and they built a new one, we’d just already left by that point.
Someone on Facebook had posted some photos they’d taken of our school now completely abandoned so we decided to have a look around it for old times’ sake before it was completely knocked down. A lot of other people in town clearly had the same idea because when we walked down the gate was unlocked and we could just walk inside.
We were quite lucky with the night we picked because when we went into the old science labs there were a ton of shot glasses, condoms etc. so there had clearly been a party going on at some point and the next night a few groups went into the school for a look around. The only people we saw that night were a group of lads on bikes who thankfully left us alone and let us carry on looking around.
It was strange to see the school we’d gone to for five years was suddenly abandoned but it was cool to be able to enter rooms that had once been forbidden to us, for example the staff room, the kitchens, the basement etc. It was creepy because we went at night but it was definitely worth it. It wasn’t exactly the safest building anymore but none of us were injured.
Some of the highlights include me and Jess smashing plates just because we could, Jess trying to break a TV with a fire hydrant but the TV was the sturdiest thing ever and wouldn’t break, me collecting any keys I found and ending up with about 500, Becca and Hirst ripping framed paintings off the wall to keep and Hirst taking all the chalk. I’m making us sound like complete vandals, all the stuff left behind was definitely not wanted anymore so we weren’t just being assholes! It was a good night, I’m sad the school’s been knocked down now.
Greece was our most recent trip and we had an amazing time. It was a ‘surprise’ for Hirst’s birthday that I managed to completely ruin. Basically, we gave her cards with little hints about the trip inside and gave her 50 euros each so she’d know we were going away but the plan was not to tell her. I’d been worried that I’d get a bit drunk at her party the night before and tell her but luckily didn’t, only to end up accidentally telling her when I was completely sober the next day.
Other than that the trip was a complete success. We rented a car, something which I’d been a bit nervous about, and drove round the island and just driving through Greece listening to absolute bangers was amazing. The highlight was definitely the lake, I would go back there in a heartbeat. We had so many laughs on that trip and the weather was amazing. I’d love to go back to a different part one day.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Me and Becca went to see this show, it felt like so much waiting around but the day eventually arrived. It was worth the wait, it was absolutely amazing and it was so good that we’ve booked to go back next year but with more expensive tickets this time. The only thing that had sucked about last time was that our view wasn’t brilliant. I wrote a longer post about it here but yeah, it was amazing.
This was our first sight-seeing holiday and I guess it brought out the tourists in us. I’m pretty sure we went because Five Seconds of Summer were performing in London on Hirst’s birthday and the day after – she didn’t want to be away for her actual birthday but as a sort of birthday trip we went to see them the next day.
We obviously did some over sightseeing while we were over there – Camden Market, Trafalgar Square, Platform 9 and ¾, the Globe Theatre, Oxford Street. We also went to see a show, it took a lot of debating on what we should see but we eventually settled on wonder.land which was sort of based on Alice in Wonderland but was about an internet app or something… By the time we got to the theatre we were all so exhausted I’m surprised none of us fell asleep during the show. It was a good show but I remember us all sitting there before it began, none of us speaking and just looking absolutely dead inside.
It seemed like the weekend was over way too quickly but we had an amazing time and I’m glad we all went.
I’m sure there are tons and tons of other amazing memories that I’ll kick myself for not including on this list but it’s already quite long so I’ll end it here. I hope you enjoyed reading this and here’s to ten more years with my favourite nerds!