Improvised musical, being kind, and going to ROME| weekly round-up

Big news, everyone! This travel blogger is actually going on a trip, and she’s going next week. Yes, Faraway Lisa Mae is heading not-too-far-away and hopping on a plane to Rome for a long weekend. I’ve never been to the city before and I am very excited to see the sights and eat endless amounts of pizza, pasta, and gelato.

All in all, this week has been long. A very sleep-deprived, draining and rollercoaster-like week. I’ve actually learned a few things this week. One is that I need to cut myself some slack when I’m feeling under the weather, and another is that I still function incredibly badly after missing out on sleep. But it was good to be reminded that I am capable of staying up until 5am when the need calls for it.

I went to Manchester to see my uni pals at the weekend and it totally messed up my week, after an incredibly delayed journey home meant I missed my regular run and then I couldn’t face putting my 6.15am alarm on to get out and pound the pavements of London. But the weekend was worth it overall.

On Monday, one of my oldest and loveliest friends and I went to see Showstoppers: The Improvised Musical. It’s not one of the more well-known pieces of theatre currently showing, but don’t let that put you off. We had a great time and I couldn’t stop laughing.

Without further ado, let me tell you about my week.

BLOGS I'VE LOVED (1) Showstoppers

When I tell people about an improvised musical, their first question is normally ‘how’, quickly followed by ‘why’. I take their point, but the absurdity of it makes Showstoppers: The Improvised Musical so brilliant. We went to see the show back in November and loved the story set in an allotment in Yorkshire. It was hilarious stuff. Since every show is different, we decided to go again and this week we were treated to ‘Bats: The Musical’. It featured a bat cave, Batman, genetic enhancements, mistaken identity, love and a lot of laughs.

The highlight was definitely being picked to shout out our favourite musical style. We had to pick Hamilton, and they did a surprisingly impressive song inspired by the hip hop style of the show. I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a good laugh and a light-hearted evening.



Being kind

As you may remember, I’m training to run a half marathon at the end of September. It’s a ridiculous endeavour, and my success relies on following my strict training plan. This week, I was feeling a bit ill and also too busy to run. I knew it would mean cutting down on training considerably, but I still felt guilty about it.

I learned that putting myself down about not being able to do something that I want to will only lead to disappointment. It almost started a chain reaction of apathy, but I’m feeling better now and ready to smash the next week of running.


I can’t believe I finally have travel news again! After many weeks (or maybe even months) of discussing a long weekend in Europe, I’ve finally booked a hotel and flights to Rome with my best friend Jaye. I’m so excited.

I’ve never been to Rome before, so if you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them.

With a bit of luck, I’m hoping to vlog the trip. Even if that doesn’t go to plan, there will be lots of reviews and photos coming to my blog over the coming weeks.




Katie’s World of Beauty – Since we’re almost half way through the year, Katie decided to do a re-cap of the goals that she set herself at the start of 2016. I think it’s so easy to set New Year’s Resolutions, but so difficult to try and meet them for a whole year. Most people are off the bandwagon by the time January has passed, but Katie is doing well. Keep it up!

Zanita – I liked Zanita’s tips for networking and generally being a better person. I completely agree with the idea that you’ll recieve kindness when you give it… Though it’s a little harder in London where personal interaction with strangers is rare!

Kat Last – A shout-out to Kat, as she’s been blogging for six months and I recently hit the half-a-year mark as well. We both like blogging about similar topics, and we seem to have learned rather similar things about blogging along the way as well, according to her latest blog!

Have a lovely week everyone, and don’t forget to leave any tips about Rome in the comments!

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photo credit (featured photo): Piazza San Pietro via photopin (license)

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  1. June 26, 2016 / 8:04 am

    I really want to go to Rome one day, everyone seems to go except me I swear haha

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

    • Lisa Mae
      June 26, 2016 / 12:56 pm

      I always thought that, too, but I decided it was time to change that! Thanks for stopping by.