An Afternoon of Tea and Cake for the Soul with The Chronic Traveller

An Afternoon of Tea and Cake is a regular feature where I chat with other bloggers,  to find out their thoughts and experiences on all the subjects that I cover on my blog.

Today we meet up with Jenny from The Chronic Traveller.

Tell us about your blog Jenny
The Chronic Traveller is a travel blog with a focus on chronic illness. I write about my travels with Ulcerative Colitis as well as give general tips and advice for travelling with a chronic illness. My main blogging goal is to create a useful, fun resource, and connect with other people who have a chronic illness.

Let’s get the important stuff out the way first. What is your favourite brand of tea and how do you take it?
Earl Grey tea definitely. I don’t really care about the brand so much, but Fortnum and Masons do an amazing smokey Earl Grey blend that I buy when I have the chance.

And cake? 

Argh, this is hard! At the moment probably baked cheesecake. I live in Barcelona and baked cheesecake is really popular here so there are all kinds of different varieties available. No recipe sorry. I never seem to get a functioning oven in my rented flats, so I consume only.

If you could have a celebrity afternoon tea, who would you invite and why?
Can I have Deborah Francis White from the Guilty Feminist podcast? She’s not a huge celebrity. But, she seems really friendly, and I think we’d have a good chat over tea about feminism, and coats.

What do you do to soothe or lift your soul?
I read. I practically inhale books as a way of soothing myself. All kinds. At the moment I’m reading ghost stories for October.

Also, pilates. I’ve really gotten into pilates as a way of combating my joint problems.

lady with red tshirt using exercise ball and wheel
photo credit Jessica Monte

Do you like crafts, upcycling or DIY? 
Yes. I’m really into textiles – embroidery, crochet, quilting, all kinds. My mother was a textile teacher and artist so I grew up surrounded by beautiful things, and was encouraged to create playfully. At the moment I’m really into fabric printing. It makes quite the mess! I constantly have brightly coloured fingers.

I’ve also started bullet journaling this year. The part I love most is decorating the journal. I love to sketch, paint and doodle.

Where is your favourite travel destination and why? Or even your dream destination?
I have SO MANY dream destinations. I want to go to Peru and Antarctica the most at the moment probably. One of my best friends is from Peru and it just looks amazing – especially the fabric weaving they do over there. And I want to go to Antarctica to see the penguins.

One of my favourite places that I’ve been is Uganda. The animals you can see there are wonderful. Have a read of the gorilla trekking trip I did.

two gorillas in the forest eating tree branches

What sort of books or mags do you read?
I read ALL THE BOOKS. Seriously. One that I read recently that I really enjoyed was The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill. It’s a reimagining of The Little Mermaid. I love fairytales.

Do you have any health tips or experiences that you would like to share?
I have a mental health tip. Make sure you do something physical every day. Even if it’s something simple like unloading the dishwasher, a small walk around the block, or some simple stretches. My chronic illness makes it difficult to be as physically active as I would like a lot of the time. It can have a negative impact on my mental health as well. Doing a small physical activity makes a big difference.

And finally, what’s your favourite post or category on Tea and Cake for the Soul and why?
I like your Days Out & Travel category. I’m always on the lookout for good places for a day trip so this is a great category for me.

Thanks so much for joining us Jenny. That must have been so amazing getting to see the gorillas up close in the wild.  Be sure to check out The Chronic Traveller blog, also on Twitter and Facebook.

* Read posts from other guests who’ve visited for An Afternoon of Tea and Cake for the Soul.

stormy sunset sky pink and orange with text Thanks for Reading


3 thoughts on “An Afternoon of Tea and Cake for the Soul with The Chronic Traveller

  1. Another great blog I’ve now discovered through you! I’ve recently been having excruciating stomach problems that are under investigation so finding a lot of comfort in blogs that cover those concerns. Again, loving the soothing tip. I also inhale books but find it so hard to find the time – but I suppose that’s the trick with self-care: prioritising it.

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