Olympic Park London, Kids, Kids, Kids!

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The Olympic Park Is Amazing!

We just got back from an amazing day visiting the Olympic Park in Stratford, London.

Olympic Park London
The Orbit – The 55 second enclosed slide with windows will open at the end of June 2016! 

I went with Joshua’s school along with 60 other children! We travelled on the London Tube from West to East London, it took a staggering 2 hours each way and we are angels for having survived this many children altogether on the London Tube! The journey was well worth it, we had a wonderful guide meet us at Stratford City, she took us all around the Olympic Village. The kids couldn’t wait to hear the stories about athletes and Ancient Greece where the Olympics first began. We started off at the Olympic Aquatic Centre where we got to go inside and take a tour of the main athletes pool and 5m diving pool.

Entrabce to the Aquatic park

The weather in London was beautiful, the sun was shining all day long, very nice but very hot, I wanted to jump in the pool to cool off and swim, but maybe next time!

Olympic Aquatic Park

Look at this amazing swimming pool! I love to swim more than anything.

Aquatic Centre

After the tour of the Aquatic Centre we went for a picnic lunch on many of the Olympic Parks green spaces. The kids sat on the grass enjoying their sandwiches and juices, I was lazing in the sun and silly me caught sunburn on my arms! Ouch. After the kids finished their lunches we took all the children to the adventure playground!

Olympic Playground

We were all a little worried the kids would go crazy and break an arm in this very wooden, jungle like playground, anyway kids will be kids and they got on with it and surprisingly there where no injuries, just laughing and screaming as all kids do.

Spooky treehouse

They climbed and used the swings and slides, they ventured up the rope bridges and into the haunted tree house like structures. The kids had a lot of fun!

After we all went atop the hill to see the 5 colourful Olympic rings, can you quickly guess which colours they are?

Olympic Rings Selfie

The children had a class photo taken and we all posed for photographs and took selfies… Well at least I did!

We sat down ready for our guide to give her main talk, we got to touch some really weird things which I’m still not quite sure what they were. One item was a giant shoe, this shoe was in fact the shoe of a very famous athlete and it was a whopping size 22!

Wow Olympian size 22 shoe

The kids got to learn long jump and had a good game of tug of war to tire them out even more. We heard stories of how the Olympic games changed over time and various different sporting events that used to take place, like gruesome wrestling whereby the only rule was not to rip your opponents eyes out! Yikes!

After the presentation and the visiting of the 5 Olympic rings it was off the to Lee Valley Velodrome where the cyclists go hard at the wheel to become the next world champions, well at least they practise here ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Cycling training at London Olympic Park

Velodrome

The training looked fun, I love cycling and I used to do 30km a day even when fasting in the British summer heat, I loved the challenge. Just seeing the Olympic cycling track gave me ants in my pants!

Velodrone

Overall it was a brilliant day, everything ran smoothly and the kids had a great day out, what a wonderful way to end the week! Now it’s Friday and the weekend before my birthday, time to plan what the rest of the weekend will hold!

Olympic Rings Pose

Single Mums Can’t Have Careers And Travel

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It’s not possible for single mums to have a career or their own business, travel and rear children, In fact the only thing you can do as a single mum is take care of your child and take hand-outs from the Government, you will never be as successful as a two parent family.

Well, the above simply is not true!

Firstly single mums are exceptional at so many things, much more than what society can begin to credit us with. Nowhere near.

Single mums are an underrated pillar of society, raising a new generation of children, working full and part-time, building great careers, paving the road to success for their families, contributing to the economy, contributing to the communities all around us.

But so many people don’t see this, they have a perception in their minds that allow them to believe single mums are leaching off the Government, raising bad and broken children, draining resources, uneducated the list goes on.. All this is just complete nonsense.

 

The amount of times I have been looked down upon for being a single parent, people judging me because I have a child by my side. Stigmatized by many with the majority of the politicians greatly disconnected with the struggles single parents face managing day-to-day life, childcare, work, study, business, teaching their children, but it’s our own fault, right?

In most countries around the globe single mothers are looked down upon, some are more supporting than others but there are also those who regard them as used and damaged, of no use and just a burden, if anything is damaging it’s that very mentality, and it needs to change, we all have a responsibility to make a change.

Take for example the wonderful work JK Rowling, current president of Gingerbread UK, Rowling boldly and proudly states:

“I am prouder of my years as a single mother than of any other part of my life”

As the author of the first four Harry Potter books, she strove to achieve her potential and beyond and with that success came; she has campaigned for single parents and is a voice that needs to be heard.

As a single mother since my son was 1 years old and being 23 I know the struggles, the remarks, the challenges that came and the challenges that remain, but don’t loose hope, keep striving and setting good examples, even when it seems impossible remember everything is possible.

Celebrate Being a Single Parent

My Most Inspiring Photos I Took Travelling

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My Most Inspiring Photos Taken While Travelling

Here is a small collection of my personal photos that I took while travelling the world with my son.

Eiffel Tower Single Mum Travels Joshua
My son seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time – his smile says it all

 

Riding a canoe at sunset along the Amazon River
Riding a canoe at sunset along the Amazon River 
Visiting The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahri in Luxor, Egypt
Visiting The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahri in Luxor, Egypt

 

Climbing all the way to the top for the view at Machu Picchu in Peru
Climbing all the way to the top for the view at Machu Picchu in Peru
Hiking in the heat to see Petra from above in Jordan - look how tiny it is down there, can you spot it?
Hiking in the heat to see Petra from above in Jordan – look how tiny it is down there, can you spot it?

 

Riding a boat made only of straw on the words largest, higher freshwater lake - Lake Titicaca
Riding a boat made only of straw on the words largest, higher freshwater lake – Lake Titicaca

 

Flying over the Andes Mountain range from a tiny aircraft
Flying over the Andes Mountain range from a tiny aircraft

 

Flying and seeing Amazon River from the air
Flying and seeing Amazon River from the air

 

Watching the changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace in London
Watching the changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace in London

 

Disney Magic Single mum travels
Watching Disney Magic at Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disney Land

 

The Amazon at sunset Pacaya
Waking up in the morning and stepping outside to see the Amazon River

 

Seeing baby squirrel monkeys dancing in the tree canopy - The Amazon
Seeing baby squirrel monkeys dancing in the tree canopy – The Amazon

 

Feeding baby Manatees at a rescue centre in Iquitos City Peru
Feeding baby Manatees at a rescue centre in Iquitos City Peru

 

Moscow's Red Square
Visiting Moscow’s Red Square at sunset

 

Riding a camel in the Beduin Village in Petra Jordan
Riding a camel in the Beduin Village in Petra Jordan

 

Seeing the sunsetting behind the Grand Masjid in Muscat Oman
Seeing the sunsetting behind the Grand Masjid in Muscat Oman

 

Taking a photo of Cusco from outside the City
Taking a photo of Cusco from the edge of the City

 

The view from Taquile island looking out onto Lake Titicaca
The view from Taquile island looking out onto Lake Titicaca

 

Hiking through the Amazon Rainforest and seeing my son discover new plants
Hiking through the Amazon Rainforest and seeing my son discover new plants

 

Climbing up a watch tower in the heart of the Amazon to see the view of the River
Climbing up a watch tower in the heart of the Amazon to see the view of the River

 

Jordan Middle East
Watching the lantern night show in front of The Treasury in Petra, Jordan

 

Seeing my son playing with children in a village along the Amazon near the Pacaya Samiria Nature Reserve, Peru
Seeing my son playing with children in a village along the Amazon near the Pacaya Samiria Nature Reserve, Peru

 

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Exploring the Sacred Vally of Urubamba

 

Visiting the Dead Sea in Jordan
Visiting the Dead Sea in Jordan

 

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