Travelling is often a fierce and unwavering passion for some. They enjoy the thrill of seeing a new location, visiting a different country, or indulging in a new culture. Some people have a bucket list that they like to tick off as and when they visit one of those dream destinations. A bucket list is a pretty common thing to have these days, filled not only with travel ideas but also any experience, from eating in a Michelin starred restaurant through to swimming with dolphins. However, if we are honest, many bucket lists can be quite generic and it seems that people are lacking imagination when it comes to devising their own.
Unique ways of remembering trips always make a great gift, either for a friend or a way to treat yourself ;). After you’ve had a great trip to a destination, you have your photos, but it’s always nice to have another ay to remember it! Forget your fridge magnets, it’s all about map art! Passing a map on a wall in your house you will be able to see all the different destinations you’ve travelled to, each one evoking different memories and feelings! Modern Map art provide great maps of most destinations across the world!
You might think farms are mainly for the kids, and so did we, but as Connor and I found out, apparently farms are just as much fun in your mid 20’s.
We visited the urban oasis and unique site that is Mudchute Park and Farm near Canary Wharf in London.
I remember going to farms as a youngster; the excitement of seeing all the animals, feeding them, and thinking I could actually talk to them.
My favorite were the sheep and goats who nearly took your hand with them when they gobbled up the food you gave them.
Now that i’m older I realize, to my disappointment, that I am no Dr Doolittle. However, the memories of visiting farms as a youngster are still very vivid and i’m sure I learnt a thing or two when I visited them!
Nestled in the shadows of the financial center of London lies Mudchute Park and Farm.
You can get on the DLR and hop off at either Mudchute or Crossharbour, then take the short walk over the road to one of the many entrances, one of which has quite a nice arched walkway.
Entrance to both the park and farm are free of charge. I don’t really know how they do this, I think they rely on charitable donations and the income from the few shops there.
If you come into the same entrance we did then the first animals you will see are the sheep and Llama. It has to be said, they do like their picture being taken.
Llamas are just funny animals who look clueless, and the way Raphael the sheep had been sheered left him a cute little afro which he appreciated being stroked…
There’s a variety of animals at Mudchute to keep you entertained and you can feed them all. I’m sure a few kids over the years have lost fingers to sheep and goats gobbling down the pellets offered to them!
Goats are particularly ballsy and will grab at anything they think is food! Unfortunately they don’t have any baby goats jumping around everywhere like you’ve seen on Facebook recently!
There’s also a few shops near the stables that serve food and drinks. The small fish shop provide good fried shrimp and squid which is advertised as £3 but costs £4.50 so watch out for that.
The other main cafe is open on every day apart from a Monday (we went on a Monday lol) so there’s opportunities for a relaxing meal! There’s also a couple of sweet stalls for you to get tooth decay at 🙂
Slightly to the south of the farm there’s a few little nature trails that look really nice and something you wouldn’t expect to find right next to the financial district! Further on there’s lots of football pitches, seems like Mudchute is a decent place to live for greenery!
All in all Mudchute Farm and Park is a great day out for all ages. I saw families there, couples there, and two strange guys in thee mid 20’s stroking a sheeps afro…
Written by Michael
Zaibatsu in the borough of Greenwich in South London is a hidden gem of a Sushi Restaurant. The establishment dishes up excellent sushi at a fraction of the cost you would normally expect.
Situated on Trafalgar Road the eatery won’t receive any awards for modern looks, but that’s all part of the charm.
The outside is pretty drab – however, this only adds to its hidden gem allure. You wouldn’t expect anything decent to be beyond the old and faded signage of the facade.
Sushi has seen its popularity sore recently with boutique restaurants opening up all over London.
One of the main reasons for this surge is claims that it’s a great food for your health, as well as tonnes of celebrities eating it.
However, i’m not attracted to the food for the health benefits, the main reason for my love of Sushi is the fact that it just tastes bloody good!
Step inside Zaibatsu Greenwich and you will see that the small restaurant has just enough room for one row of chairs and tables either side of the door.
You’ll be greeted as soon as you enter and then shown to your seats. As it’s so small its best to book in advance – most of the time they’ll probably be fully booked!
The seats are cheap plastic ones and the tables are a mix match of colors – it definitely reminds me of my time eating out in South East Asia.
If you want to drink alcohol with your meal Zaibatsu don’t actually serve it as they don’t have a licence (A reason their food is so cheap). However, they’re happy for you to bring your own alcohol and they’ll even uncork it for you, how nice.
The menu provides a huge selection of Japanese food; you have your standard rolls, Katsu curries, tempura, and sizzling dishes.
If you haven’t used chopsticks before the back of the menu provides pretty clear instructions on how to hold chopsticks and look like a boss.
Now here comes what you want the most – the food!
From where you’re sitting you can see the fridge where they store the fish and take it out for your order. You can order platters at Zaibatsu that are are very generous and good value for money.
The one below was the classic platter which was £14 and filled you up quickly!
On another visit I had 4 Salmon Nigiri (£5) as well as a huge Chicken Katsu Curry (£6.50) which I could hardly finish.
People are amazed at how much I eat sometimes and these two plates very nearly defeated me but tasted great!
The Katsu Curry was very filling! Within the curry there are potatoes in addition to the rice you already have, and the chicken is a very decent size.
The restaurant take great care in decorating each dish with a variety of vegetables, leaves, and cones.
My absolute favorite dish (out of the ones I’ve tried) is the Sizzling Salmon Teryaki (£8.50).
The plate comes out steaming hot to your table and the serving of salmon is always generous and slightly crispy on the outside. The vegetables taste great as well as the rice.
There are plenty of other dishes on the menu at Zaibatsu Greenwich and you’ll struggle to decide what to have.
After you’ve eaten you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the total price of the meal.
You’ll probably also leave realising not all hidden gems appear shiny at first 😉
Written by Michael
The size, weight and amount of luggage you can take on a plane with you can be a bit confusing at times. Different airlines have different limits and its often easy to forget which airlines allow what.
There’s a general rule when it comes places to go and things to do in destinations:
If the locals like it then its bloody good and you’re going to have a unique experience.
Greenwich in South East London is no different and contains hidden gems that you wont find through your tour operators. This list contains a Sushi restaurant, a pub, a wine bar, a jazz cub an a planetarium! Variety is the spice of life 😉
Ever since the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano (pronounced AY-yah-fyad-layer-kuh-tel) thrust Iceland’s amazing landscape into global media, the country has been on everyone’s bucket list.
There’s so much to do in Iceland; it literally has everything geological you could think of; glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes, geysers, hot springs and countless others. There are also a tonne of tours and activities to go on throughout this fantastic looking country.
With all this is can be pretty hard to decide what to do and how to plan your holiday! Well you can relax, all is well, TheWanderingBroski has provided you with your comprehensive guide on how to plan your trip to the land of fire and ice baby!