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Mini Adventure: Theatre for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Mini Adventure: Theatre for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Moving to Edinburgh at the height of The Fringe [an annual festival for theatre, comedy, and such] could have screamed excitement for this theatre geek, but hundred of events and one week of festival left is, well, overwhelming. 

Birthday list in mind, I searched for some new Shakespeare, but alas, nothing I hadn’t seen. I did, however, find Shakespeare for Breakfast ^, a morning mash-up of the Bard’s characters with coffee and croissant included. Yes please. 

Mini Adventure: Theatre for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Another no-brainer was A Play, a Pie, and a Pint ^, since I’d been fascinated by the concept months ago: a play, pie, and pint are all included with admission. The actual play was not announced, but it turned out to be the perfect introduction to Scotland: a solo performance by a lively Scottish diva.

After breakfast and lunch at the theatre, it hit me: I need to find dinner. I can break down this impossible Fringe guide by limiting my search to shows that give me food. I turned to the D section just to see. Sure enough, I found Dinner is Swerved. The description didn’t give away much, but that’s how I like my theatre: mysterious and unexpected. All I knew: it was immersive, and seated only 14. I purchased my ticket right away, and later realised that I would be dining at midnight.

Mini Adventure: Theatre for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

In the foyer, we were given nightcaps and name tags. We shifted awkwardly, but once inside the playing space we sunk into cushions, and were encouraged to hug the provided teddies. My kind of thing.

It turned out to be an evening of mindfulness, engaging the senses with each bite. We were advised to view the world like a toddler, and of course, I felt right at home. I only wish I had brought one of my own cuddly friends. By the end of it, gone were the awkward shuffles, and everyone was chatting and sharing tea like old friends.

Mini Adventure: Theatre for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
A combination of the right people – the daring, open-minded Fringe-going types – and the perfect environment was exactly what I needed to feel at home with myself again. After months of near isolation, exercising my social muscle in a way that reminded me that I don’t have to be formal or “correct” or cool, but simply enthusiastic and attune to the world brought out the magic I needed. 

miss xandra bee

Sunday Sampling: Get it done

Sunday Sampling: Get it done

♡ Sometimes people don’t get multi-passionates. Here’s an extensive guide for dealing with them.

♡ a lovely reminder to take a deep breath and enjoy your life.

♡ I’ve been saying it all along: limitation fosters creativity.

♡ an excellent, fresh take on how to pursue happiness when it’s already within you

is your wardrobe up to 100 percent?

♡ an innovative way supermarkets in France are getting people to waste less and buy “inglorious fruits and vegetables” – love!

♡ Public service announcement: Get it done.

miss xandra bee

Adding Crystals and Other Magic

Adding Crystals and Other Magic

I wrote my birthday list as the clock struck midnight on my birthday, and little did I know, I would be making progress on it by the end of the day. 

Clear Quartz from the Fairy Shop

With some extra time to spare in Boston on the day of celebrations, I requested a stop by The Fairy Shop to say hello and goodbye before jetting across the ocean. Coincidentally, Michael had just started stocking crystals again, even though I had never seen them there before. I selected an über magical clear quartz pendant, which was sprinkled with fairy dust before being tucked away.

Adding Crystals and Other Magic

Strawberry Quartz from the Astrology Shop

We happened to choose a restaurant in London right next door to the Astrology Shop, so I had to collect a crystal here too. I chose the one that drew me the most, then read the description of its properties. It is the perfect crystal to keep in my pocket to relieve travel stress and fill my heart with hope.

Adding Crystals and Other Magic

Aquamarine from Amsterdam

I found this beautiful bracelet at The New Label Project in Amsterdam. Now that I’m looking for crystals, I spy them everywhere. This particular bracelet by Ish Jewels is called Blue Ice Flower, and is a symbol of self-wisdom, energy, and courage.

Adding Crystals and Other Magic

And some crystals for you!

Do you want to add magic into your life? I have been working on a very special project. My life’s work, perhaps.

Blogwarts is a course based on the values we can learn from fantasy, literature, and believing in magic, structured by the Hogwarts houses and taught alongside some inspiring and talented ladies. I am so excited to work with the wonderful group of students we have already admitted, and I hope that you will join us! Wizard school is within reach. Heroines who wish for training, this is for you. Magic crystals, Hogwarts letters, and extra wishes coming your way. 

With these crystal phials, you will receive a 20% discount on your admission! All you have to do is mention it in your application. Hurry – applications due 29 August.

apply-now-blogwartsDo you collect anything magical?

miss xandra bee

Mini Adventure: Amsterdam-ing

Mini Adventure: Amsterdam-ing

Get a new stamp in my passport: an eternal item on my annual Birthday List. This year, I ticked it off by visiting the Netherlands with Monkey. This spontaneous venture involved limited planning in the form of  a) advice from my parents, who just had a layover there (book the Anne Frank House in advance! Go to the Van Gogh Museum!), b) pages from my 36 Hours: 125 Weekends in Europe book, and c) the neon orange Wallpaper*City Guide I picked up at Stanfords in London on the way over. 

Mini Adventure: Amsterdam-ing

Our first stop was Pancakes!, a seriously delicious eatery where we sampled authentic Dutch pancakes. My favourite part, though, was the sidewalk chalk provided as we queued just outside.

Mini Adventure: Amsterdam-ing

We realised that the best thing to do in Amsterdam is wander around the canals and the “Nine Streets” – a lovely indie shopping district to browse. I was enchanted by The Darling, an adorable boutique/tea house, with cupcakes spinning on vinyl in the window. True story.Mini Adventure: Amsterdam-ingThe streets exploded with colour and character. It’s wonderful to feel right at home in my favourite brights. 

Mini Adventure: Amsterdam-ingThe things I carried were coincidentally pink, with the exception of a black Muji pen. Sadly, I dropped it in the canal during a rush to whip out the umbrella, making everything Officially Pink. 

Mini Adventure: Amsterdam-ing

In between wandering through bike-filled streets [see best decorated bike, ever, above], we stopped in cute cafés to read [more Harry Potter for Monkey, Lola and the Boy Next Door for me] and play cards, my new obsession ever since the William Schaff pack arrived in the post.

Mini Adventure: Amsterdam-ing

Before heading to the Van Gogh Museum, we fueled up on some of the best pizza ever at Pazzi

monday mini adventuresmaking the most of one’s surroundings through conscious exploration and appreciation 

miss xandra bee

Sunday Sampling: Take it Personally

SUNDAY-SAMPLING

♡ A nice way of looking at the job hunt: it’s like dating.

♡ If you have only five minutes, try one of these quick and super-productive mental exercises.

for UK dwellers: this is a lovely site for finding mini adventures in “your kingdom”.

50 simple steps for cultivating self-love: an excellent go-to list.

♡ an in-depth, mind-expanding article on how watching less tv can change your life.

♡ some easy ways to lean [love that verb for this topic!] into ethical clothing.

♡ perhaps the best what’s-in-my-bag post ever: in Orla’s bag

miss xandra bee





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