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It might be january or the lockdown or those rainy days or the lack of lgbtqi+ in my area or maybe my period but well this has been a hole mood for the last week. : actuallesbians

It might be january or the lockdown or those rainy

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Four Days in Lesbian London – Our Taste for Life

Lesbian London - London Eye - Our Taste for Life

Lesbian London - London Eye - Our Taste for Life

4 days in London is the perfect amount of time to appreciate all that this pulsating city has to offer. And if you’re here looking for the best 4 day London Itinerary, you’ll be pleased to know you’ve come to the right place. I’ve spent most of my life living and working in London, which is why it’s not too difficult for me to suggest the best places to visit in London in 4 Days. In this guide, I cover all of the London hotspots, including some cool hidden gems. I include where to eat, sleep, and party. And finally, I share all of my insider tips to ensure you have the best possible time exploring the city.

London is one of the most happening and exciting cities in all of Europe. And I know you’re probably thinking I’m biased because I’m a local, but it’s true. You see, everything about the British capital is larger than life. With its rich history, vibrant culture, magnificent architecture, eccentric fashion, wild nightlife, and unrivalled culinary scene, London ignites your senses in the best possible way.

I grew up on the outskirts of London, and while I like to think I know the city pretty well, I’m certainly no expert. You know what they say, you rarely explore the beauty that’s right on your doorstep. But last year I pledged to change that. And I’ve seen more of London in the past 12 months than I have in the past 30 years. That said, I certainly can’t claim to know it all. It would be easy to spend weeks if not months exploring London and just about scratch the surface.

With this in mind, the goal of this 4 day London itinerary, is to cover several of the cities major landmarks such as the London Eye, Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace. But you’ll also discover a slightly alternative side of London by visiting quirky neighbourhoods such as Shoreditch and Camden. Not to mention, eating at remarkable restaurants and drinking at traditional London pubs along the way.

Full Story at Our Taste for Life

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Shannon reviews The First Days by Rhiannon Frater – The Lesbrary

Shannon reviews The First Days by Rhiannon Frater – The

The First Days by Rhiannon Frater

I don’t know about any of you, but reading has proven a bit tricky for me during the pandemic. I kind of flit from book to book, hoping to settle on something that will be the perfect escape from what’s going on in the real world, and no one was more surprised than me to find that escape in a zombie novel. Many of my friends are turning to romance and cozy mysteries, and I’m glad those things work for them, but for me, comfort this fall came from one of the most enthralling series starters I’ve ever read.

The novel opens with Jenni, a frightened wife and mother, fighting to escape from her husband and two young children, all of whom have contracted a deadly virus that eventually turned them into zombies. Jenni has managed not to be bitten by any of them, but she’s not sure how long she can stay safe and she’s desperate for a way out. Fortunately, a woman she’s never seen before arrives in a truck and urges her to jump in. Seeing no better option, Jenni hitches her fate to the stranger’s, a risky move even in the best of times. Fortunately for Jenni, her savior turns out to be Katie, a prosecuting attorney who has narrowly escaped from being bitten by a group of zombies not far from Jenni’s home.

As time passes and the two women search in vain for a safe haven, it becomes clear to the reader that finding one another is the best thing that could have happened to these women. Jenni, a domestic abuse survivor, struggles to relate to most people since her abusive husband systematically chipped away at her self-worth for years. Still, she’s desperate for a fresh start, and she finds herself drawn to the competent Katie who is mourning the recent death of her wife. In Jenni’s mind, Katie is everything Jenni herself can never be: strong, resourceful and smart, just the kind of person guaranteed to take charge and ensure the safety of those around her.

Jenni’s assessment of Katie is pretty spot-on, but it soon becomes apparent there’s more to her than her strength and compassion. As the story goes on and circumstances grow ever more dire for our heroines, we learn exactly who both Katie and Jenni are on the inside, and how important each will be in the forming of a new society full of survivors.

On the surface, The First Days is one in a long list of novels about the zombie apocalypse, but as I read, I discovered a deeper story filled with complex characters who will do whatever is necessary to stay alive. This is a tale of self-discovery and survival, of changing morals and the strong need to forge connections in an ever-changing landscape. It’s dark without being overly gross, and the author deals with issues of race, sexual orientation, and mental health with an abundance of sensitivity, weaving these themes into her plot in a way that feels utterly effortless.

I know zombie books aren’t for everyone, but I was especially pleased to see a bisexual heroine so well-represented here. Katie is one of the novel’s driving forces, spurred on by her enduring love for the wife she’s so recently lost and desperate to find a way to live without her. Her friendship with Jenni is beautiful to behold, and I loved the way these two very different women balanced each other out. This is a true testament to the power of friendship and determination, and even if books about  zombies aren’t your usual cup of tea, I urge you to give this one a try.

Lesbian Rajasthan in Five Days – Our Taste for Life

Lesbian Rajasthan - Our Taste for Life

Lesbian Rajasthan - Our Taste for Life

Rajasthan is one of our favourite states in India. So, if you’re here looking for the best Rajasthan itinerary, you’ll be pleased to know you’ve come to the right place. We recently spent close to 3 weeks in Rajasthan, which is why it’s easy for me to suggest itineraries for 5 days, 7 days, and even 2 weeks. In this Rajasthan Itinerary, I’ll be sharing all the best places to visit, how to get around, where to eat & sleep, along with all of our top tips for travelling this fast-paced state in India.

If you ask me, no trip to India is complete without visiting Rajasthan. It’s arguably the most exciting state in all of India and without doubt the epitome of Indian culture. It’s a land of grandeur architecture, enchanting cities, mystical deserts, and rich royal history. All of which decorated in a plethora of vivid colour. Rajasthan is big, it’s loud, it’s crazy, and it will attack your senses in the best possible way.

When planning a Rajasthan Itinerary, it’s easy to underestimate just how big the state is. If the state were a country, it would be around the 63rd largest country in the world, which is pretty staggering. It’s therefore not too surprising to find that each city in Rajasthan has an entirely different vibe. You’ll have the time of your life hopping from the golden city to the pink city, and if time permits, onto the blue and white cities too.

Having said that, it can be a daunting prospect planning your route in this truly vast and profound state. Thankfully, we’ve done all the leg work, and we’re here to help. So let’s get to it, here’s the best Rajasthan Itinerary for 5 days or more.

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Can confirm. But these days mostly its just snacks. : actuallesbians

Can confirm. But these days mostly its just snacks. :

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Awesome 3 days in Budapest itinerary

Awesome 3 days in Budapest itinerary

Today we counted in some time to sleep in a bit. You probably went out a little late last night and just want to chill today. 🙂

Day 3 of this Budapest itinerary starts with a visit to one of the most beautiful ruin pubs in the city. Szimpla Kert is truly stunning and loads of other visitors agree. It can get really crowded here but you just have to see it for yourself.

We started off in the vintage store right next to the bar. This curiosity store sells a lot of cute, decorative items. Also here it gets crowded from time to time which makes moving around a bit difficult. But worth a visit if you like to take a nice souvenir home with you.

The Ruin bar itself is a big complex, with an upstairs, and inside patio, and lots of plants and bright colours everywhere.

When we visited on a Sunday, people were playing music, selling stuff in little stalls, and a  hoards of other tourists were trying to make their way through the place.

A lot of people were having breakfast upstairs. I’m quite sure you had to make reservations for that.

Almost right next to the Ruin bar you find the Street Food Karavan.

30 Days of Sapphic Lit – The Lesbrary

30 Days of Sapphic Lit – The Lesbrary


30 Days of Sapphic Lit: Lesbrary Pride Month

This Pride, I wanted to put out a post every day celebrating bi and lesbian books: some of them new, some old favourites, and some updated versions of posts I’ve done before. I really enjoyed putting these together, and it’s given me new encouragement to keep regularly putting out articles and lists! I also made graphics for pretty much every post, which was a challenge for me, but I’m happy with how they turned out.

In case you missed it, here all the posts that went up in June, minus the usual reviews and link round ups:

  • Happy Pride! Here is Every Bi & Lesbian Book I’ve Read and Loved: Every single one of the (more than a hundred) queer women books that I recommend, organized by category and linked to their reviews!
  • Black Bi & Lesbian Book Recommendations: 14 of my favourite sapphic books by Black authors and why I love them, with resources to find more, and a long list of the ones on my TBR
  • The Lesbrary Goodreads Project: 150+ Lists of Sapphic Books to Blow Up Your TBR: My giant list of lists, including asexual f/f romances, lesbian Jewish sleuths,  Queer Women Road Trip Books and Lesbian Retellings
  • 10 Mind-Blowing Bi and Lesbian Books: Just a good old-fashioned list of some of the sapphic books that blew me away with their brilliance.
  • 40 Bi and Lesbian Comics to Add to Your Pride TBR: My favourite sapphic comics/graphic novels and why I love them! They also have links to my full reviews, and I included a list of some of the bi and lesbian comics on my TBR
  • How to Spot a Queer Book in the Wild: How can you pick out queer books when browsing a bookstore, library, or book sale? It’s easy enough if you have a list, but how can you spot them in the wild? Here are my tips, honed from many years of searching.
  • Queer Book Blogs You Need to Read: The websites that I rely on to discover new LGBTQ books, including what kinds of representation they focus on and which genres they cover the most.
  • 100 Must-Read Bisexual and Lesbian Books: A starter guide to the 100 sapphic books I consider essential, organized by genre.
  • Why We Need Queer Escapist Lit: An essay on the importance of queer escapist stories, including science fiction and fantasy books.
  • 25+ Happy Sapphic Books to Make You Feel Warm & Fuzzy: Sometimes you want a queer book that has no tragedy or heartbreak–nothing but cotton candy and rainbows. These books may have a touch of conflict, but they’re fundamentally optimistic and light.
  • Bosom Friends: The Gay Anne of Green Gables Scandal: My essay about why I definitely think Anne is bisexual (even if LM Montgomery was homophobic), and a brief history of Gay Anne of Green Gables outrage, including the Anne Made Me Gay cabaret.
  • Trans Sapphic Books: 25 bi and lesbian books with trans women main characters, including literary fiction, YA, fantasy, sci fi, and comics.
  • Reading Black Joy: F/F Romances by Black Authors: Covers and blurbs of F/F romances by Black authors, with a few bonus bisexual M/F romances at the end.
  • Top 20 Lesbian Mystery Novels: Megan Casey, who runs the Art of the Lesbian Mystery Novel website, gives her very informed opinion of the top 20 best lesbian mysteries.
  • The Sapphic Fantastic: Bi and Lesbian Fantasy Books: My favourite 18 bi and lesbian fantasy books and why I love them! They’re also linked to my full reviews.
  • Where to Start Reading Lesbian Gothic: Carmella shares 10 books that act as a primer for the genre, and why they should top your TBR list!
  • Celebrate Pride with Rainbow Book Covers! Would it even be Pride without an explosion of rainbows? Here are a bunch of books with Pridetastic rainbow covers, including YA, kids’, and nonfiction titles (and the blurbs, in case the covers intrigue you!)
  • Do Queer Books Still Need a Happy Ending? This one is a video I did for Book Riot exploring whether all queer books need a happy ending, and how that might be complicated.
  • 11 Literally Perfect Sapphic Novels: My favourite bi and lesbian books! These are the ones I’ve rated 5 stars, and why I think they’re absolutely perfect.
  • 10 Poetry Collections by Black Queer Women: Meagan shares 10 poetry books by queer Black women authors, and why you should pick them up!
  • Let’s Talk About Racism in Lesbian Publishing: A recap of the latest iteration of the conversation about racism in lesbian publishing and events, specifically GCLS. Including tweets Black authors of f/f fiction speaking out and others to add to your TBR, as well as some of the steps that lesbian/LGBTQ publishing can take to address systemic racism in their organizations.
  • 8 Books with Established F/F Relationships from the Start: Sometimes you want to read about two people slowly circling around each other until they get together in the last pages, and sometimes you want to read a book where there is already a happy F/F couple! Here are 8 books that begin with the couples already together.
  • What Charles and Anti-Charles Reveals About Goodreads Homophobia: A Goodreads user named Charles 1 stars thousands of LGBTQ books, especially F/F titles, including ones that are not yet released (and don’t have ARCs). Who is this person? Why are they doing it? And why is Goodreads allowing it?
  • 6 of the Best Sapphic Shakespeare Retellings: Since Shakespeare was bisexual, and his plays are already filled with crossdressing and other queer shenanigans, why not re-imagine his stories as explicitly queer? These 6 books do!
  • Lesbian Poetry: Because it Didn’t End with Sappho: Excerpts of lesbian poetry, recommendations of lesbian poetry collections, and resources to find even more!
  • Coming Out Later In Life: Books About Coming Out as Bi or Lesbian at 30+: Not everyone comes out as a teen! Here are 15 books about characters that come out in their 30s or later.
  • Black Sapphic 2020 Releases: Has there ever been a better time to support queer books by Black authors than Pride month 2020? Of course, you should be reading these all year round, so here are some bi and lesbian Black new releases to buy or pre-order now. Check out the embedded videos for other LGBTQ titles by Black authors out this year.

And that wraps it up for Pride 2020! (Though, fun fact, Pride in my city actually takes place in July, so this has just been a warm up for me!) I won’t be able to keep up a post every day, but I do hope to be putting out more regular long-form content.

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