You know those days when you wake up feeling like you don't know where time went? I mean, what happened this year? How is it even December already? It feels like yesterday was the 1st of January, and yet here we are...nearly a whole year later!
I don't know what happened, but all around me the stores are filled with decorated trees, there's Christmas music playing on nearly all radio stations, I hear people talking about how there's only 16 sleeps until Christmas....16!? At this point, I am even tempted to say 'grab your hot chocolate, put on a Christmas film or playlist on Spotify, and get comfy before reading this blog post'. No, seriously! I can wait....
Are you all set? Here we go, then.
This morning, as soon as I woke up and realised how beautifully blue the sky was, I craved nothing but a smoothie bowl for breakfast. I normally would go for a toast and a cup of coffee or tea, but since the sun was shining out there, I decided to start the day off with a yummy berry smoothie bowl full of antioxidants, made with soy milk and fresh fruit, decorated with some pomegranate, coconut flakes, hemp seeds by Linwood Health Foods. I also used half of my favourite, delicious ‘bunnycomb’ bar by the lovely Moo free chocolate, to give it extra sweetness.
I devoured the whole thing within minutes!
After breakfast, I spent a few hours cleaning up the house: I hoovered, did some dishes and put a load of wash in. Bruno had been working through the night on Saturday, so I kept busy in the morning and ended up also going to ASDA to shop for some groceries for the week ahead. As soon as I came back from the supermarket, Bruno was up and we decided to head over to Newcastle's Christmas Market.
The market has been open for several weeks, but I guess I wasn't feeling very festive yet. I mean, I don't even understand how it's December already, so I'm sure you'll understand why I wasn't feeling it this year.
We left the house at around 1:45 pm. The market closed at 4:00 pm, so I was confident there would be plenty of time to explore all the different food stalls, and also all the Christmas crafts' stalls, festive drinks, music and environment.
It took a while to find a parking space, I'm not going to lie. With it being a Sunday, and close to Christmas, parking spaces weren't abundant, as you can imagine.
Eventually, we found a space, and walked a short 5 minutes to the market. Upon arrival, I finally also checked the famous Fenwick window for this year. I didn't meticulously check every detail, because of the crowds, but I did enjoy the little bits I managed to see.
As soon as we arrived, we were hit with all sorts of stalls: cake stalls, mulled wine stalls, coffee stalls, Churros stalls, paella and Spanish food stalls, Mexican food stalls, German food stalls...there were LOTS of options to choose from. I obviously couldn't leave without going to the Churros stall. Covered in sugar and cinnamon, it was the perfect way to warm up on what was a fairly cold day.
Some of the stalls had insane queues. It almost looked like these catering businesses were selling the very last bits of food out there in the world. It was crazy!
This little coffee stand looked amazing, but unfortunately they didn't offer any dairy-free alternatives, and I was really craving a milky coffee. We ended up going to Starbucks for the hot drinks, and even though I ended up going for a boring Starbucks, rather than a proper street food stall traditional coffee experience, it still tasted pretty good and warmed me up on this cold afternoon.
Newcastle's Northumberland street and Grainger street were super busy, and I actually found it quite funny to observe how stressed out everybody was running around...the whole Christmas-rush madness has definitely begun!
I regretted not taking my gloves and beanie with me, because as the sun was setting, it definitely got colder. We called it a day and walked back towards the car, but we first stopped to grab dinner: Bruno went for a Greek food take-away, and I stopped at Junk It Up to pick up some southern fried 'chicken' for dinner. Junk It Up is a vegan fast-food bar, and if you're vegan and you ever come to Newcastle, I highly recommend you try this place! You can eat in, and they also do take-outs and deliveries.
As soon as we got home, Bruno and I watched a TV series.
Christmas markets are always fun, and I love to walk through the town, immersing myself in the Christmas spirit. Well...if I wasn't really feeling it before, I definitely am now!
I can't believe how quickly this year, but in particular this weekend went! It feels like only 2 hours ago it was Friday, and tomorrow is Monday again. Next week will be a pretty busy week of work for me, but I'm sure I'll find the time to blog a little bit about some recipes, photography, or any exciting things I get up to. Wishing you a wonderful week.