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    The Best of Brunch in Canterbury, Kent

    Brunch is Sunday’s saving grace.

    Whether you’re hungover and in need of some tender lovin’ care (of the food variety) or, you simply want to gorge on mouthwatering, fabulous food before your ‘diet starts’ on Monday, Canterbury is bursting with some great places to indulge in everything from scrumptious cakes and pastries to calorific pancakes and waffles.

    For anyone who is planning a visit to this charming city, make sure you check out at least one of these brunch joints:

    The Best of Brunch in Canterbury, Kent - Canteen - My Culture Craving

    Canteen

    Nestled down a cute, cobbled side street alongside the Cathedral, Canteen offers everything from zesty fruit smoothies and velvet-smooth frozen yogurt to melt-in-your-mouth Mediterranean flat breads and bulging burritos.

    Priding itself on each item on the menu being lovingly made to order from fresh, local produce, Canteen is the perfect hangout spot for a wholesome yet, healthy meal, which won’t leave you feeling like a sack of potatoes.

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    Mrs Jones’ Kitchen

    Based in the heart of Canterbury, Mrs Jones’ Kitchen provides great quality, honest food in a relaxing, light and airy environment.

    Whether you are craving a luscious, freshly baked slice of cake, a strong cup of aromatic coffee or a plate piled high with their hot dish of the day, this cafe serves up one of the finest (and best value) brunches in the city.

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    Chocolate Cafe

    Chocolate Cafe is a chocoholics haven.

    This Italian inspired cafe offers an extensive menu filled to the brim with naughty chocolate delicacies.

    From heavenly pastries and dainty truffles to chocolate-doused Belgian waffles and uniquely flavoured cakes, there is no question in where you need to go in Canterbury to get your daily chocolate fix.

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    Cafe Chambers

    This American pancake house is my most recent discovery in Canterbury.

    Selling everything from extravagant stacks of thick, fluffy pancakes smeared in gooey maple syrup, berries and cream to unusually flavoured milkshakes such as, peanut butter, banoffee and gingerbread, each item on Cafe Chambers’ menu oozes pure American indulgence.

    With its diverse menu, fabulous view of the Cathedral and rich history, Cafe Chambers is a must visit if you’re in desperate need of satisfying that Sunday morning sweet tooth.

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    La Trappiste 

    One of the most popular restaurants in town, La Trappsite is a Belgian inspired bakery/restaurant, which provides the very best in freshly baked bread, cakes and pastries as well as, gourmet slap up meals.

    Although this restaurant is busy all year round, during the summer months it overflows with customers flocking to the rooftop terrace to soak up the sun whilst sinking a crisp Belgian beer.

    Make your way here for a decent, strong coffee and anything from a croissant to a hugeeee bowl of moules mariniere. Nom nom nom.

    Where’s your favourite place to go in Canterbury for Brunch? Please comment, Facebook or Tweet me to let me know :)!

    My Top Travel Destinations of 2014

    For me, 2014 has been a year of change. I have graduated from University, moved back home, found a job at a magazine, started this blog and, I’ve even been lucky enough to visit some incredible destinations and have a hell of a lot of fun along the way!!

    It has been hard to choose my favourite countries/cities of the year however, I have managed to whittle them down.

    So, without further ado and in no particular order, here are my top four travel destinations of 2014. Plus, the destination I have voted as my number one country/city of the year:

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    Kerala, India

    I started the year of 2014 indulging in a luxurious Indian banquet, drinking a lot of wine (it would have been rude not to take advantage of the free bar) and dancing the night away thinking I looked like the main star in a Bollywood movie- all in a 5* hotel in Agra… it doesn’t get much better than that, does it?

    However, my great discovery of India this time around (this was my second chance to travel around this unbelievable country) was Kerala in the South of India.

    On my last trip I travelled Rajasthan extensively however, the sandy beaches, endearing house boats and tranquil backwaters of Kerala remained a mystery. Therefore, I assigned the last week of my most recent trip to relaxing, becoming a beach bum and soaking up the calming side of this hectic country in Cochin.

    Kerala is exotic, picturesque and a lot more peaceful than Rajasthan however, it also has a lot of things to see and do! Check out my post on things to get up to off the beaten track in Cochin, Kerala here.

    A week was no where near long enough in this easygoing state (I think a month would even be pushing it) therefore, I will definitely be going back during gap year #2!!

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    Canterbury, England

    Despite having to wave goodbye to my life as a student in Kent this July, Canterbury will always be my home away from home.

    If you are a student in Kent or just happen to be in the area, make sure you take time to check out Canterbury’s cute, cobbled side streets, charming cafes and outstanding Cathedral.

    I still rush back here at every chance I get. Find a few posts I have written about good ol’ Canters here, here, here, here and here (you can take the student out of Uni, but you can’t take the student out of the girl… does that even make sense??..)

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    Ibiza, Spain

    After years of testing the water on the notorious party islands of Malia and Ayia Napa, my girlfriends and I decided that this year, we were ready… we were ready to experience the party capital of the world, IBIZAAAA!!

    Beautiful beaches, huge performances, 24/7 partying and quality time with the gals… it was everything I had always imagined it to be.

    Although we were on a standard 18-30s holiday, it surprised me at how classy and beautiful the different areas of the island were. I would love to go back and experience the luxurious side of this eccentric island… maybe when my budget isn’t so tight!

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    Montreux, Switzerland

    As you may already know from my last couple of posts, I discovered the picturesque municipality of Montreux, Switzerland a couple of weekends ago.

    With its magnificent mountains, unique, wooden houses and mounds of cheese and fondue, Montreux was the perfect place to get a real taste of Switzerland.

    I had a great day unearthing a side to Switzerland I had never seen before and can’t wait to adventure further into the Swiss countryside at a later date!

    And number 1 is… drum roll please…

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    Hvar, Croatia

    I went to Hvar in Croatia for an end of University blow out with my Uni gals… and boy did it deliver!!

    Known for its crystal clear waters, pebbled beaches, marble-esque buildings, backpacker nightlife and luxurious yachts, we knew that Hvar was going to offer us both culture and crazy, drunken fun, all on one island.

    When we first arrived I was taken aback by the immaculate beauty of the island as well as the steep prices. However, we soon found that excessive pre-drinking (not that I’m condoning binge drinking in any way…) and befriending their more… wealthy visitors, played in our budgets favour!

    This island is stunning by day, soooo so much fun by night and has still not been ruined by us binge-drinking Brits. So get there while you can… it is my favourite destination of 2014.

    What have been your favourite destinations of 2014? Please comment, Tweet or Facebook me to let me know :)! 

    Tequila, Burrito, Por Favor – Club Burrito, Canterbury

    When I visited Canterbury a couple of weekends ago, my friends and I made the most of being back on student turf and did what students do best… we ‘painted the town red’ two nights on the trot (woahhhhowow).

    However, after an alcohol fueled night on the Friday, we awoke on the Saturday morning feeling a little worse for wear and desperate for something stodgy to soak up the remaining cider sloshing around in our stomachs.

    Therefore, keen to make the most of being back in Canterbury, we trudged our way into the city centre, in search of salvation – of the food variety. Having heard a lot about the delicious and affordable burritos, at one of Canterbury’s newest restaurants ‘Club Burrito’, we thought we would check it out. Carbs – check, cheese – check, meat – check… we were always going to be a bunch of easy to please customers.

    Nestled down one of Canterbury’s quaint, cobbled side streets, Club Burrito sticks out like a sore thumb. With its wacky rodeo-esque sign, vibrant colour scheme, quirky graffiti drawings, kaleidoscopic fairy lights and rustic outside seating area, you can’t help but be enticed by this restaurant’s eccentric, Mexican charm.

    The inside of the restaurant has a chilled out hostel vibe. The bar is lined with vibrant bottles of tequila, vivid coloured soft drinks and Mexican inspired beers and spirits, whilst the walls are plastered in rustic panels of wood, interesting pictures and traditional, brightly coloured masks.

    Club Burrito, Canterbury - Inside - My Culture Craving

    After admiring the eclectic decor, it didn’t take us long to find our way to the counter.

    Laid out like a posh Subway, you order at the counter, watch as they create your heavenly Mexican mix of yum and pay there and then – perfect for when you don’t fancy waiting around for your food (or, when you’re hungover and hungry).

    With a choice of burritos or tacos and a filling of beef, chicken, pork, veggie and toppings, you’re bound to be spoilt for choice. Whatever you choose, everything on the menu is £6.50 (50p extra for guacamole) and of a substantial size. They even serve the burritos wrapped in cute personalised paper and cradled in adorable baskets (it’s the little touches).

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    Despite being a little bit messy to eat (I looked like a starved warthog as I devoured mine), my chicken burrito was ‘delicioso’ and really hit the spot. My friend even went back for seconds!

    As well as being a hip place to chill out for a spot of lunch, Club Burrito also hosts a diverse range of exciting events. From open mic nights and live bands to club nights and poetry readings, there’s something for everyone at this upbeat saloon.

    So, head over to Club Burrito for a couple of cocktail potions, a tequila slammer and some slurred poetry…

    I’m hoping next time I visit I’ll be feeling a little more up to sampling one tequila, two tequila, three tequila… four?

    Find out more on their website or on their Facebook or Twitter page.

    The UKC Bucket List – Part Two

    After a wonderful/heavy weekend back in Canterbury, it is safe to say that it has been a struggle to survive my 9-5 life this week (hence, the delay in part two of this post). However, I made it through, and here are my final seven things I think all UKC students should do before graduating (if you haven’t read part one of this post, have a read of it here before continuing to read this one):

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    Have a picnic by the river

    In the summer, Canterbury’s riverside blooms with bright and beautiful flowers. Therefore, with the view of colourful, manicured gardens and charming, traditional houses and the relaxing sound of punters gliding down the river and cute ducklings bobbing along the water, what better way to soak up these sights than with a cheeky glass on vino and a picnic on the grass?

    Stock up on some sausage rolls, sandwiches, scotch eggs (those are for you Lauren aka. The Student Travels) and sangria and enjoy a lazy day by the river – the perfect remedy to unwind after a stressful week in the library!

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    Go punting down the river/float down the river on airbeds

    Once you have appreciated the river on-land, it’s time to get on or in it (depending on how brave you are) off-land…

    I spent the majority of my second and third year of university trying to force someone to come punting with me – I was unsuccessful. However, I did get to float down the river on airbeds, which, in my opinion, is way cooler!

    Although we got papped most of the way down and angered a few of the punters who had to skillfully punt around us (we had no steering device), it was hilarious! Accompanied by a few alcoholic beverages and Morrison’s £1 snacks, we threw ourselves belly first onto the airbeds (literally) and enjoyed the sights of Canterbury from a squishier and wetter angle.

    SO, head to the Wilko’s, buy a couple of airbeds and get floating!

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    Watch a performance at the Gulbenkian and/or Marlowe theatre

    Unfortunately I never made it to the Marlowe theatre however, I did get the opportunity to watch a great rendition of The Great Gatsby (one of my favourite books) at the Gulbenkian.

    Even if you’re not an avid theatre-lover, it is definitely worth making the most of having a cinema/theatre in such easy reach and at such reasonable prices (£5 for students).

    Not many universities have the luxury of a cinema on campus and I wish I had made more of an effort to make the most of it while I was there! Therefore, you’re just going to have to make the most of it for me…

    Check out the upcoming performances and films that you can watch, here.

    University of Kent Bucket List - Restaurants - My Culture Craving

    Cafes, cafes, restaurants, restaurants, cafes

    There are so many great restaurants and cafes in Canterbury (have a read of my post on my favourite cafes in Canterbury here) therefore, it makes sense to go to as many of them as you can!

    From Mexican and Moroccan to British, British, British, there is a restaurant to tantalize anyone’s taste buds.

    Some of my favourite restaurants are: Cafe des Amis, Cafe Mauresque, The Olive Grove, The Old Buttermarket, Tacos Locas, The Shakespeare, Club Burrito and La Trappiste.

    As you can probably tell, I’m quite the foodie so, instead of making my way around the men of Canterbury, I made my way around the restaurants. A wise decision I’d say, although perhaps not for my waistline…

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    Go for a walk/picnic/run on the Crab and Winkle walkway

    The Crab and Winkle way was a railway, which opened in 1830 and ran between Canterbury and Whitstable. Since closing in 1953 due to flooding, the walkway has transformed into a picturesque stretch of countryside, ideal for a walk, picnic or run.

    As well as the impressive scenery, there is also an enchanting, little church, a rustic, man-made swing and a field of bluebells (if you catch it at the right time of year) to admire on the way. All, also great excuses to stop for a breather if you’re dying on a run…

    Situated behind Parkwood (first year accommodation), Crab and Winkle used to be my go-to route to walk or run along to de-stress before an exam.

    Go and check out its relaxing beauty for yourselves!

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    Go to Bramley’s and The Ballroom 

    With their quirky decor, scrumptious cocktails and 1920s jazz atmosphere, Bramley’s and The Ballroom are two ‘exclusive’ cocktail bars you must go to whilst in Canterbury.

    The cocktails here don’t come cheap (approximately £7 a drink) however, the grand, sparkling chandeliers, vintage bath tubs turn tables, classic sewing machine centre pieces, rustic candles and cocktails served in cute, ornate teacups, all make stretching your budget more than worth while. These bars transport you into a scene from The Great Gatsby – and who wouldn’t want that?

    Holding jazz, folk and open mic nights, student club nights and 2-4-1 cocktails on selected evenings, there is something to entertain everyone at these bars. And if you choose your night right, it can even be done on a budget  – bonus!

    The prickly pear and rose petal martini are two of my favourite, so, if its 2-4-1, you may as well make the most of it and try one of each…

    Both bars are located on Orange Street in the same building – Bramley’s downstairs and The Ballroom upstairs. Therefore, making the transition between the two a lot easier after a couple of potent cocktails may have impaired your eyesight/stability.

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    Visit the coastal areas close to Canterbury (Whitstable, Herne Bay, Broadstairs etc.)

    I’m like a kid at Christmas when it comes to going to the seaside. As I live near Oxford (apparently one of the furthest cities from the sea in England), it is no surprise that when I hear the trill of seagulls, the chime of an ice-cream van and smell salt in the air, I get overly excited.

    It took me a good term to realise that Canterbury is so close to the coast (I know, bad from me). But once I discovered this important piece of information, I took every day of sunshine as an opportunity to head to the beach, sink a few ciders, scoff some fish and chips and, when the parents were visiting, to try out some of the seafood restaurants (which weren’t so student budget friendly) on the seafront.

    Whitstable is fab for oysters, sailing and trundling around the harbor, Herne Bay aka. the coastal graveyard is worth going to, to admire the rainbow coloured beach huts and Broadstairs has the best beach around, offering real sandy sand (the others are stone beaches)!

    I had the BEST time whilst living in Canterbury and urge you to branch out from the four walls of the Venue and explore as much of this beautiful city and surrounding area as you can.

    Get drunk, party and tick off as much of this UKC bucket list as possible and you are guaranteed to have the best three years of your life!

    Enjoy! From the crazy girl who floated down Canterbury river on an airbed with some her fellow crazy friends…

    The UKC Bucket List – Part One

    Having graduated from the University of Kent in July, I have spent the last 2 weeks (Freshers) in a state of depression. No longer does my life consist of drinking snakebite, going out on weeknights, ordering dominoes as a ‘midnight snack’, waking up at noon and struggling to make it to 4 hours of seminars a week. It consists of a 9-5 job, early nights and the occasional glass of wine when I feel I’ve really ‘earned it’.

    Facebook status’ about ‘heading back to Uni’ and ‘Fresherrrssss’, snapchats from friends who have another year left at Uni, photos of Wednesday nights at Venue (Vensday) and the sinking feeling I get when I remember I can no longer get student discount at Topshop or New Look, feel like salt being rubbed into my very deep post Uni wound.

    When it came to my last term of University, I could suddenly hear a time bomb ticking in my ear – I hadn’t done half of the things I had planned to do whilst living in Canterbury.

    Everyone has a bucket list of things you ‘must do’ whilst at Uni – Frosty Jack’s challenge, join a society, kiss a stranger, prank your housemates (scattering a whole yellow pages across their bedroom floor, abducting their beloved toy, duck taping their bedroom door, filling their bed with flying saucers and labeling every item in their room with sticky notes… to name a few), steal a road sign, dress up in outrageous fancy dress costumes, buy a pet, the list goes on and on (check out this link for more bucket list ideas).

    Anyways… these are all things, which students want to do because, lets face it, Uni is the only place where you can do it without being labeled an alcoholic, lose a friend or get arrested.

    However, in my last 6 weeks of Uni, my biggest concern was that I hadn’t experienced everything Canterbury had to offer. Therefore, I wrote a bucket list of everything I needed to have seen and done before I had to reluctantly leave. And for all of you lucky UKC freshers out there, here it is! Some of these may be obvious and others not so much (number 2) – I have split this post into two parts as it is rather long… I hope it comes in handy!!

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    Walk around the Cathedral

    I know this is a given however, you’d be surprised by the number of people I met in my third year who had never been into the Cathedral! Its architecture is breathtaking, its grounds are calming and peaceful and its crypt is endearing/a little creepy.

    My male housemate and I (guys, it doesn’t make you any less ‘cool’ if you go into the Cathedral voluntarily) used to wander into town (usually to put off writing our essays) and  meander around the Cathedral, learning about its incredible history and envisioning the idyllic wedding we could have if we got a first in our degree (okay, that was just me, and I didn’t get a first, but just imagine it…).

    Entry is free for students who are studying in Canterbury, so you have no excuse!

    Try and get tickets to the Christmas Carols in December as well, they’re free and in high demand but it’s just magical.

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    Laser Rush in Whitstable

    Don’t get too excited.. but YES there is a Laser Tag just a 20 minutes drive from Canterbury!!! When I was told this valuable piece of information, my inner child jumped for joy. I LOVE LASER TAG.

    At just £4 for one game, £7 for two games and £9.50 for three games, it won’t stretch your vodka fund and is something a bit different to do before a night out or for a birthday etc.

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    Do a pub crawl

    This one is pretty self-explanatory – go to as many pubs in Canterbury as you can before you graduate! Some of my favourite pubs are: The Cherry Tree, The Parrot, The Kings Head, The Dolphin, The Three Tuns, The Old Buttermarket and Spoons (obvs).

    Apparently there are around 30/40 pubs in the city. How many can you tick off your list?

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    Go to Siesta (a shop opposite La Trappiste)

    This shop sells everything I love.

    Incense sticks (Ganesh is my scent of choice), Buddhas, Aladdin pants, precious stone rings, meditation CD’s, worry dolls, singing bowls… I could go on forever. My point is, if you’re weird like me and adore everything cultural and spiritual then you have to go to this shop! I used to go here every time I was in town and will, without a doubt, be visiting this weekend as I am back Canterbury. Eeekk I’m so excited!

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    See Coco and the Butterfields live

    Coco and the Butterfields are an up and coming local ‘fip fok’ band (a mix between folk, hip hop, pop and rap) who can be spotted busking on Canterbury’s high street, playing gigs in local pubs and bars and this year, playing at Glastonbury festival (congrats guys!!) Consisting of a violin, banjo, beat boxer, guitar, chello and singer, they are a one of a kind band.

    I’ve been lucky enough to see them live three times now. They are energetic, out-there, engaging and so so SO fun! Make sure you see them while you can… as I have no doubt they will be huge in no time!

    They have performed during Worldfest on the University of Kent campus for the past few years and have also played at The Ballroom in town. Check out their website here to find out more.

    SO, get exploring and stay tuned for part two!

    See you tomorrow Canterbury 😀 😀 😀

    Cheerio Canterbury, Hello Reality – Graduating from Uni

    It was 10am on a Tuesday morning and I had awoken with a sense of excitement niggling at the bottom of my stomach.

    The day I had pined for since unwillingly moving out of my student house, waving goodbye to the town I had called home for 3 years and surviving the emotional goodbye to all of the incredible new friends I had made, had finally arrived – I was heading back to my University town of Canterbury to (reluctantly) graduate.

    Still being just as poor, if not poorer than we were when we were students, we decided to save a few pennies on accommodation by spending our first night camping on our University sports grounds (luckily we weren’t caught) before moving into a student house which we were renting for the remainder of the week.

    What better way to soak up the countryside and sunshine than going back to basics, eh?

    Graduating from the University of Kent - Camping - My Culture Craving

    After carefully searching for the perfect spot to enjoy our indulgent picnic of scotch eggs, crisps, chicken and mushroom slices, doughnuts and custard pies, we settled overlooking a picturesque cornfield.

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    Going back to our student routes, we drank a selection of beer, boxed wine and prosecco (Asda’s finest) as we watched the sunset over the cornfield and reminisced about how unbelievable our time at University had been.

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    Graduating from the University of Kent - Picnic - My Culture Craving

    After waking up at 7am with a heavy head, in what felt like a sauna, we realised that we had the troublesome task of collapsing our two pop up tents (a task which was not as easy as we had expected). We wrestled the tents for a good five minutes before deciding the only resolution was to shove them forcefully into the back of my car half collapsed.

    Following this, we became increasingly aware of the fact that we were homeless for the next 7 hours.

    So, where better place to rid of a hangover, freshen up and dose ourselves with caffeine, than, you got it – McDonald’s.

    After finally getting the keys to our house in Parkwood – a first year student housing area surrounded by charming countryside and cute woodland creatures, we settled over a disposable BBQ of ‘gourmet’ burgers, hot dogs and beer, relishing everyone being back together again in the stomping ground where our University lives began… and would subsequently end after graduation (cue tears).

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    The day of graduation was upon us and the weather was sensational. Although, perhaps not for wearing the formal black gown and hat all graduands must wear to graduate.

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    Graduating from the University of Kent - My Culture Craving

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    As I stepped into the Canterbury Cathedral grounds I was swooped up into a whirl-wind of historic beauty.

    I had been to the Cathedral many times before graduation day however, that day its outstanding elegance and beauty sparkled.

    The hundreds of people floating around in their gowns looked like a snippet from Hogwarts and the magnificent architecture of the building was radiating as much as the proud parents and graduates-to-be.

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    After taking A LOT of photos we were shimmied through to a side room draped in just as many historical carvings and intricately painted, iridescent windows as the rest of the Cathedral.

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    Here, we were lined up, and to our surprise were given an MC to ‘hype’ us up for the 2 hours clapping we were about to endure (who would have thought it – an MC in one of the oldest historic land marks in the country, I had to chuckle).

    Once we were successfully ‘hyped’ it was time for the ceremony to begin. At this point my nerves began to set in, my impractical heels began to slip of off my feet and the fear of falling over in front of the entire Cathedral was all I could think of.

    However, as we entered the congregation my nerves dissolved. We were greeted by a harmonic brass orchestra and familiar faces, which all beamed with the achievement of graduating.

    After cat-walking my way down the center of the Cathedral to collect my certificate and successfully not falling over (yayy), we enjoyed a humorous speech given by the comedian Harry Hill (he was being granted an honorary degree) which even included a very entertaining but not so traditional ‘selfie’.

    As I emerged from the Cathedral and admired the families and friends congratulating one another, I felt a sense of achievement, a sense of maturity but also a sense of  disappointment – it was over.

    It is undeniable that I had the most amazing time at the University of Kent and couldn’t have asked for a better city or a better group of friends to have shared it with.

    Despite my disappointment that it is over I must keep reminding myself that this is the beginning of a whole new adventure… The globe-trotter has just become the globe-trotting graduate.

    Watch out, gap year #2 here I come!!

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    To all you recent graduates out there. Be warned this song may make you cry…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrUQcmI9Fi4

    The Canterbury Cafes

    During my three years studying at the University of Kent I have spent a considerable amount of time being in awe of and admiring the beauty of the city of Canterbury.

    Along side working hard for my studies and keeping up with my all important social life I have also tried my best to discover the ins and outs of what this historic city has to offer.

    Being an avid coffee drinker I spent my breaks from shopping in town… I mean buying books for my course, seeking out the best cafes.

    So, here are a collection of my favourite cafes I came across in Canterbury and why I think they offer something a little more unique than your bog standard Starbucks (not that I have anything against Starbucks… they sell a mug of refillable filter coffee the size of a tankard for just £1.50 – the perfect student hangover fix).

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    Tiny Tim’s Tearoom

    This cute cafe is located in a rickety and supposedly haunted building (check out their website for the low down on the ghost sightings).

    It is hidden away down one of Canterbury’s many cobbled paths of off the high street and offers a diverse selection of coffee and tea from all over the world (I went for the Colombian cafetière which I would highly recommend).

    They also have an indulgent breakfast, lunch, cakes and desserts and afternoon tea menu all of which are at a reasonable price (£17.50 per person for afternoon/high tea and £34 per person for afternoon tea and a bottle of bubbly).

    If you are looking for a quaint yet, bustling cafe which serves traditional English and Kentish food and drink then look no further.

    Just be cautious when going to the toilet as this is where the ghosts are rumored to hang out…

    The Canterbury Cafes - Boho - My Culture Craving

    Boho 

    Probably my favourite cafe in Canterbury, Boho takes bohemian decor to new heights. Directly on the high street of Canterbury, you can’t help but be absorbed by this cafe’s wacky choice of wallpaper, eccentric gallery of clocks, bizarre array of table cloths and safari-like garden terrace.

    There’s enough to keep you busy here without even looking at the menu.

    However, it is most definitely worth having a look at the menu…

    On some of my many visits to Boho I have indulged in a fragrant bouillabaisse, a scrumptious Stilton and pine nut stuffed mushroom, a fresh parma ham, balsamic glaze and goat’s cheese sandwich and (if you’re not drooling by now) one of their impressive gourmet burgers –  all of which were washed down with a pint of Whitstable’s finest raspberry beer (interesting, but definitely worth a try).

    Although it may seem a little more pricey than some of the other cafes in Canterbury, the taste and presentation delivered here in the food lives up to a la carte restaurant standards and with the addition of the quirky decor and bustling atmosphere, it is a gem not to be missed whilst in Canterbury.

    The Canterbury Cafes - Oscar and Bentleys - My Culture Craving

    Oscar & Bentleys 

    This elegant and traditional cafe is a new addition to Canterbury (2012) and is a coffee shop with a difference – everything it serves is gluten-free.

    From having a couple of friends with an intolerance to gluten I understand how difficult it can be for them to find food which they can indulge in. Therefore, the emergence of this exciting new cafe was a god send for these friends – they could satisfy that itch for cake and biscuits without experiencing the repercussions.

    However, whether you are gluten-free or not, Oscar & Bentley’s grand, twinkling chandelier, inviting outside seating area and vast selection of affordable food (I’ve heard the duck wrap is a popular choice) and drink definitely still makes it a worthwhile visit!

    Last Thursday I went there after my graduation (keep an eye out for a post about graduating in the Cathedral) to make the most of their 25% off champagne offer.

    It’s safe to say… It was a moment of pure indulgence and luxury – but one well deserved… I like to think.

    Enjoy your coffee drinking and cake eating in Canterbury!