Amii @ Thirty

Lifestyle blog by a thirty-something city dweller


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International Women’s Day: Taking inspiration from the women in my life

I’ve felt really uninspired over the past few weeks to post anything. I’ve sat down to write numerous times and just haven’t been satisfied with anything I’ve come up with. Today, however, gives me every reason to feel inspired. Why? Because 8th March is International Women’s Day.

And, if ever there’s a group of people who have inspired me from day one and continue to do so today, it’s the amazing women I get to call my family.International Womens Day, women, family, amii at thirty, lifestyle blogThey say (for girls) that as you grow older, you turn into your mother. If that’s true, I have absolutely nothing to worry about. Continue reading…


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How to plan a fabulous mini-break

Not a day goes by when I’m not planning my next trip. I love travelling and seeing new places and am always looking for flights and deciding where to go and what to do next. This year, though, with an 18 day trip (11 working days) to New Zealand already booked, I need to be a little more frugal when planning some other adventures. Not only financially but also when it comes to making the most of my limited annual leave entitlement (I get the UK statutory minimum of 20 days from my current employer and 3 of those get automatically allocated for the days between Christmas and New Year’s).

I travel as often as I can and try to visit new places every year. Continue reading…


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Navigating Schiphol

A few months ago, I wrote a post called Navigating BHX which gave my top tips on travelling through Birmingham Airport. We’re two weeks into the new year and I’ve already visited another frequent destination of mine – Amsterdam. Although, to be more precise, Schiphol Airport, so I thought I’d give my top tips and share my advice for this massive transport hub.schiphol airport, amsterdam, netherlands, blog, travel blog

The company I work for is owned by a Dutch company and we also have Dutch customers and work in partnership with a Dutch charity. As such, I travel to the Netherlands fairly frequently (in the past 13 months, I’ve visited 7 times). Before my work obligations, I had only travelled through Schiphol Airport once – on a short stopover between the UK and New York. I hadn’t therefore spent much time at all at the airport and definitely hadn’t appreciated how huge it is. Continue reading…


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Other than England…

…or wherever your home country is, where would you like to spend Christmas? Is there somewhere you’ve been that you’d like to go to again for Christmas? Or is there somewhere you’ve never been to that you’d love to visit at Christmas time?

As a family, we have had Christmas in a few different places over the years and it doesn’t bother me if we’re not at home in the UK, which I know doesn’t ring true for a lot of people. For me, home is wherever my family is so the actual location isn’t the most relevant aspect of our festivities but I’ve had lots of friends say it wouldn’t feel like Christmas if they weren’t at home. Continue reading…

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Navigating BHX

This week, I’m going to share the most useful things to know about travelling from Birmingham Airport.birmingham airport, west midlands, united kingdom, blog, travel blog

I travel as much as I can. In fact, one of the main criteria for choosing where I live is that I must be less than 20 miles from an international airport. I get pretty claustrophobic on this little island we live on and I like knowing I can easily escape whenever I feel the urge. Not only do I travel a lot in my personal life, I also get the opportunity to travel for my job fairly frequently. As such, I’ve become quite the pro at navigating BHX efficiently and with minimal stress and time-wasted.

Unless I’m travelling long-haul, I only travel with hand luggage. I’ve perfected my packing skills so I can easily be away for a week and just take hand luggage. I also hate waiting around at the airport so I’m known for leaving the absolute minimum amount of time before my flight. As such, planning and preparation really is vital to airport success. Continue reading…


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Planes, trains, trams, buses, and a ferry

(Slightly delayed as internet issues meant I couldn’t post this yesterday) I write this sitting at the beach in the glorious sunshine on the French Riviera. I always try to get away at this particular time of the year, for my birthday. I’ve found as I get each year older that birthdays really aren’t that exciting nor something to really celebrate. Sure, I want to catch up with my family and closest friends but I want to do that most weeks so nothing special there.

Instead, I often decide to go away for a few days. This means that when look back on my birthdays, I do so with unique, fun, interesting memories of the amazing experiences I’ve had, rather than the focus being on another boring birthday. Some years I go away with friends and sometimes I go on my own. Continue reading…


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Why I love a pop-up restaurant

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Although not a new concept, the past 5 years have seen a growing trend in pop-up restaurants; giving chefs and restaurateurs the chance to really think outside the box when it comes to food and drink. I love a pop-up because they provide innovative, interesting ways to enjoy food (and I really do enjoy food) and drink. Often encouraging you to try new tastes, combinations, and environments.

On a recent business trip to Brussels, I attended an evening reception at a summer pop-up called Rooftop 58, a very cool bar & restaurant set up on the top floor of a multi-storey car park with incredible 360 degree views of the city. Having first convinced the taxi driver that yes, I was completely sure the restaurant was in the car park, I took the lift to the 9th floor and then walked up the ramp (the one cars would usually use to move between parking levels) to be greeted by the ‘door man’ (not so much a door as a steel gate). Continue reading…