Solo Travels: Day 2 – Vega

‘Sup from København!

My day started late. Got out of bed at 10am, opened the curtains to see that it was snowing! I mean I knew it was bound to happen so wasn’t that surprised and just because it’s a different place doesn’t make me like snow any more.

Anyway I ate somewhere new today. Café Emma. They make the best hot chocolate I’m being serious. I mean if this is brunch what’s breakfast and dinner like? I have to go back.

If you’re ever in Copenhagen, I’d recommend at least going once.

Afterwards I got on a hop on hop off tour bus. My plan was to get down and explore but boy that snow was not playing around, therefore I was not playing around either.

So I stayed in the warm bus and took pictures from the window.

Oh, one thing I realised from the other day is all the mermaid things they had in the gift shop. Realised it was because of this Little Mermaid statue.

I’m not really fond of statues, I have a phobia of them, so I’m surprised I got off the bus to take a picture of this whilst the snow was trying to devour my face. Not only that but I had to run in the snow before the bus left otherwise it was another 45 minutes wait for the next one.

One thing I was excited to see was a lake freezing over. I’ve only ever seen this happen in movies so it was nice to see in real life.

After the tour I came home and started getting ready for the Ella Mai concert. Which is the actual reason I wanted to come here. I couldn’t go whilst she was in Manchester or London because it was exam, dissertation and assignment season and I was trying to pass my module haha.

Once I was ready I made my way there. Guys honestly I can’t say it enough, I chose the best location to stay!

From my place it was 11 minutes by bus and 20 minutes by foot. I walked it, only because the guy said it was 10 minutes away. He lied! Add 10 on top mate.

I got there and was amazed to see a cloakroom! They don’t have this in the M.E.N that’s for sure. For 25k (£2.95!!) you can put your stuff away.

Anyway that’s not the best bit. There were no seats! I know that doesn’t sound that great but there was none of that “I wish I got a floor ticket so I could be closer” feeling because I was closer!! I had the floor ticket!! I didn’t know that I did, but I did!!

Time for the actual show. An artist named Jvck James the opening act and oh my days. The lungs on this guy … so amazing. He had the best energy, joking about with the audience as he sang and he’s 20 years old.

I’ve added a few videos onto my Copenhagen highlight on my Instagram if you want to check that out. Better yet go and check him out he’s awesome!!

His names highlighted so you have no excuse. Anyway, anyway, as I was posting the first video of Jvck (it’s highlighted again so you better click on his name mate!) I looked around the stage only to see Vic Jamieson!! He’s a guitarist and married to artist A*M*E. Couldn’t take a great picture of him because he was right under those purple lights.

When I say this was the best night, it was the best night. It was surprise after surprise.

And then the lady we were all waiting for Ella Mai! She was AWESOME!!

And she looked beautiful.

She looked amazing under purple light.

And I don’t think I’ve ever crushed on a woman so hard.

Yup. I feel it. I’m fan girling. Man, feels like I’m 15 again but instead of Chris Brown it’s Ella freakin’ Mai !!

Her band was great. Her singers brilliant and she … she was just amazing!

She sang all the songs from her album, Ella Mai!

Ok quick top 5 Ella Mai songs, in order:

  1. Sauce
  2. Trip
  3. Boo’d up
  1. Naked
  2. Run my mouth.

Right moving on. When the beautiful Ella left the stage, I also left. I walked out the doors and saw a black man talking with a few other people.

I looked at his face and said “nah not him” then I looked at the clothing he was wearing and I was like “oh my goodness it’s him!” It was Jvck Jones!!! Just chilling with a drink and two of his mates. I walked over to him and spoke to him then turned around and realised one of his mates was friggin Vic Jamieson!!

I took a picture with them using their friends phone, because my storage with friggin full, which I semi feel like I should have asked him to send it to me right there and then but I was too worried about the cloakroom queue [ugh Farielle you annoy me sometimes].

We actually had a good chat and I really can’t stop smiling.

I haven’t stopped smiling since I got to Manchester Airport but now I’m smiling even more because it was the best night ever.

Tonight was great. And I swear when I get that picture I will put it up on here honestly. Oh my days it was such a great night.

Here I was thinking I’d just be seeing Ella Mai and possibly falling in love with new music with Jvck James (which I definitely did), only to meet the man himself and Vic Jamieson.

I’m done.

Today has been wonderful.

Copenhagen you’ve actually been the best snowy holiday to date. I love you. I love Copenhagen.

But guys imagine if I had gone to London or Manchester, I wouldn’t have gotten to see them. Flip sake! I’m so happy right now.

It’s midnight here right now so I’m going to call it a night.

I love you all for reading.

That’s all she wrote … but she could write more but she won’t bore you.

F A R I E L L E. N

Guys it was the best night of 2019 so far!! Hands down!

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Day 6: Rejoice

Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals🎄!!

This interview happened like a month ago but it’s Christmas, might as well give you a present.

HERE YOU GO!!

You know when you see someone on social media and you imagine how they’ll be in real life? Rejoice met my expectation.

Rejoice is a 24 year old singer from Manchester. She was born in Zimbabwe, came here at the age of 9. She studied Psychology as her undergrad and Forensic Psychology for her masters. And she has one of the most beautiful souls that I’ve ever met.

I wanted to interview Rejoice because of three reasons:

  1. She has an amazing name. Rejoice. To feel or show great joy or delight. Which I feel she does do. Immediately upon meeting Rejoice she was smiling like nobody’s business.

2. Her voice is amazing. Like … have you still not heard her song Repair and Try Again? Go listen and download now, you sillies.

3. And lastly … I wanted to see if I my expectations of her were right. They were.

So that’s why I wanted to do the interview.

Now, here’s the interview. **oh btw I is me and R is Rejoice.

I: Growing up, who would you have said is your musical influence?

R: When I was young I grew up listening to Brenda Fasi, a South African artist. But I’d say that my biggest musical influence now, someone I’ve listened to the longest, is Tory Kelly.

I: You sang one of her songs at your gig.

R: Yes! I sang Day Dream. Not only do I appreciate her as a singer/songwriter, but also as a person too. It’s a big thing for me when listening to music.

I tend to fall in love with all of what they are.

I: Before the gig where else have you performed?

R: I’ve performed in and out of Manchester. Different kind of events. ACS Events, but I never put anything out although I got to network … I do love being on stage because I get to share, not just the song but the vibe.

I: Leading up to the event, were you nervous?

R: I had fear and anxiety throughout the whole process. I sat on my bed with my phone in my hand, breathing [deeply] thinking “there’s no going back now”. I was terrified.

I: Now that the gig is done, how do you feel?

R: I feel better. Great about it … Can’t stop thinking about it, I’m so proud of myself.

I: What made you finally share your music with everyone?

R: I felt like I was sitting on something that was special to me and I should be sharing it.

We’re our biggest hindrance because you have so much self doubt, but you have something you should be sharing that’s not just for you. But you’re holding back.

I thought “if I get to 30 [years old] and I haven’t given it everything I can, it would be my biggest regret.

I: If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?

R: Tori Kelly without a doubt in my body!

I: How do you feel about people enjoying your music?

R: It feels great and amazing. Especially from people I don’t know … It makes the difficult part of doing this so worth it!

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So there you have it folks. A quick snippet into Rejoice’s interview.

You might be thinking “but Farielle, this isn’t a resolution.”

Well babe, it is a resolution, just one too personal I’m gunna keep it to myself.

My interview with Rejoice really triggered a few things in me, inspirationally. How? That’s what I’m going to keep to myself.

And that’s all she wrote, folks.

F A R I E L L E. N

Day 3: Identity Crisis

I’m 22. And it’s normal for me to sometimes question who I am, what makes me happy and what I really want to do.

I went through this weird identity crisis around this time last year, but due to being too busy to notice why I constantly felt drained and down, it only dawned on me when everything had died down.

During this time I was going through an identity crisis, as you do in your early 20’s, and I tried to find myself again not knowing I was putting my everything into everyone, and not having enough of ‘me’ for myself (go back and read Self Love blog).

I had to find myself any way that felt like me ‘doing what I wanted to do’ because I thought that this was me knowing who I was.

I’ll tell you it’s, been hard because I really didn’t know exactly how to get out of it and I thought I was going crazy. I though “people don’t go through these crisis until their in the 40’s, why me? Why now??”

So obviously, if you know me you know I like learning and researching when I have questions, (the psychology degree is making more sense now). So I googled!

Apparently it’s a thing, but not until the age of 25 years of age. The questions/statements I read on Independent correlated with what I was feeling.

What is my purpose? And how the hell do I figure that out?!! I want to explore the world but I need a good paying job and get my career going! What the hell do I do???

God gave us a purpose but doesn’t mean we immediately know what it is or how to get there. We have to do some major soul searching!

So after a lot of praying, conversations with a few people and a lot of googling, I was walking to the bus stop after doing an overnight shift when it randomly dawned on me what I really wanted to do. “Well it’s about bloody time”

Obviously I still have to figure out how to get there, how to travel and still have a good paying job, which now saying it out loud seems near enough impossible, but anything is possible.

Lesson:

Through this I learnt that … I’m boring. I had no hobbies! It was church, work, uni, work, church, maybe a hang out here or there and the cycle continued. I didn’t really have a life.

I learnt that because my life was boring with no hobbies, I waiting on peoples hobbies or for people to come and do things with me, but we all know that most of the time that means it never happens.

I learnt I need to grab life by the balls and go for things I want to do if people can come or not. Sometimes I don’t need to ask if anyone wants to ‘come with’ on my next venture.

Resolutions:

For 2019, I did come up with these myself but I also saw it on a Forbes article online. Here are the three that I feel like resonate with me.

Be creative! I’ve already mentioned how I’d be doing that on the day 2: self love.

To stop pleasing others! I don’t need to get validation from others to feel like I’m doing something right. What I need to realise is the life I have within myself and not look for it in others. Hence the ‘go for things I want to do’. I’d put that in the lessons section too.

Trying new things! The other month I went dancing! I enjoyed it so much but with uni I haven’t been able to go back but I do plan on continuing. I already have a list of things I want to try doing which makes 2019 even more exciting!!

So far this whole 12 days thing is going well. I’m enjoying sharing, I just hope people are finding some sort of relatability what I’ve written.

Until the next blog mates…

That’s all she wrote …

F A R I E L L E. N

12 Days of New Years Resolutions !!

Hey all!

It’s been a while.

Whilst I’ve been drowning in the last of my assignments for the year, I got to thinking.

Everyone’s doing these ’12 Days of Christmas’ posts which got me wondering … what if I do a 12 Days of New Years Resolutions where I speak on the highs and lows of 2018, how/what I’ve learnt them and how to apply them in 2019 and for the rest of my life!

And how you can use them in yours too.

We live and we learn from every situation, big or small, good or bad.

Wouldn’t it be selfish if you didn’t share what we’ve learnt with others?

So from the 20th December I will be doing 12 Days of New Years Resolutions, leading up to New Years.

Look forward to sharing what I’ve learnt with you all.

But for now,

That’s all she wrote …

F A R I E L L E N.