Claire Burgess’s Blog

Last Christmas – Florence and The Machine

Posted in Uncategorized by Claire Burgess on December 18, 2012

I’m really getting into the Christmas spirit today. It’s only 7 days until the big day and it made me dig out this. Possibly one of my favourite Christmas songs ever!

Florence rocked up with a note book with the words written out by her sister (just in case she forgot!) It is truly gorgeous… What do you think? What’s your favourite?

Join Me on Everest? I’m Freshly Pressed

Posted in Blogging, Claire Burgess, Everest, Fun, Nepal, Travel, Uncategorized by Claire Burgess on May 4, 2010

Last Night after my last post I was totally overwhelmed when I posted my “I’m off to climb Mount Everest” blog post and it was chosen to be on WordPress’ Freshly Pressed front page. It meant lots of you visited  and posted questions and thought on my trip.

I just wanted to post my responses here so that I don’t miss anything and say A VERY BIG THANK YOU to anyone who posted kind words of encouragement and advice. 

floatfly said, on May 3, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Are you not worried that the recent political situation might affect your trip? There is currently a nationwide general strike, with most businesses shut, and maoist protesters filling the capital. Political change is long overdue in Nepal- but I am wondering whether to continue as planned with my own trip, flying to Nepal in 2 weeks time, or to scrap that idea and go to India for 3 months instead… There is currently no public transport in Kathmandu at all, not even taxis… I will be interested to hear how things go for you

Hi Floatfly, I have been watching this situation very closely. One of my friend’s Jenny is in Nepal already on a retreat although not in Kathmandu so she has been keeping me up to date from inside Nepal. To be honest, there is little information getting through to her at the moment though. I have checked with The Foreign Office and they think it is safe to travel, as do STA. In terms of transport, your right, no public transport is running but according to The Foreign Office Website some hotels are running buses as are the Nepal Tourist Board. And to be fair, if I have to walk it will be good practice for the Trek. I think I will take Morealtitude’s advice bellow.

morealtitude said, on May 4, 2010 at 6:17 am

Have fun with your adventure Claire. Nepal is a stunning country and a ramble up to EBC should be a hoot. I hope it leaves you with lots of great memories. I’m more than a little jealous and looking forward to the next chance I get to return to Nepal and hit up the same trail.

In response to floatfly’s concern about the political question, it is of course always a concern at the back of the mind that your logistics might get a little snarled by protests, but to be honest the Maoists know as well as anyone that tourism of the sort you’re coming to do brings huge revenues for Nepal, and they’re generally pretty good about not disrupting it too much. When I trekked to Annapurna Base Camp in late 2007 there were lots of the same concerns around political unrest, but we went through the country just fine and had a great trip. The Nepalese are beautiful, beautiful people and the country is magnificent. Take your chances and have a great time.

johnhauge said, on May 3, 2010 at 7:26 pm

i wonder if you’re going to pick up after yourself or just leave your litter in place like everyone before you?      just a thought.

John, I will of course be picking up after myself. This year a great effort is being made on Everest to clear up some of the rubbish that has been left by travelers and I hope to help where I can. We will be taking Metal drinking bottles not plastic and I will be sure to leave nothing behind.

Mike said, on May 3, 2010 at 9:43 pm

this is going to be a great blog. be sure to keep everyone updated. I’m curious what type of training went into this. Not only endurance, but high altitude?

I always felt as though i could train for the endurance aspect of something like this if i really wanted to, although i consider myself a strength athlete; it’s the high altitude that always concerned me…

Hi Mike, I have been walking lots. My next post will be include some of my notes on the training I have been doing. I was really concerned about this to begin with but most people I have spoken to say that if your endurance is good you tend to survive the altitude sickness better. We are lucky that our trip has lots of rest time to adjust. Your more at risk if your body doesn’t have time to adjust.

Jim Hagen said, on May 3, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Do you really think that the carbon footprint of your trip is worth feeding your ego?

Jim, you make a valid point but all I can say is that as someone who doesn’t own a car, I feel that if I can share this trip with you, and people like you to save you going then surely it is!

pepperedskye said, on May 4, 2010 at 10:41 am

Good Luck, sounds like it will be amazing, will you be taking photos?

Dan Wade said, on May 4, 2010 at 11:59 am

Sounds like an amazing adventure! You have to post pictures and stories!

Dan and Pepper, I will be taking lots of photos. I’m no professional photographer but I will try to do the best I can to show you what it’s like. I will of course share my stories. I will try to blog where I can and where I can’t I will be writing in my notebook to write-up for you later.

Agung Putradi said, on May 4, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I like this, Maybe I can climb this mount too.

Agung, don’t just think about it… DO IT! Go on… I dare you! If I survive this then anyone can.

Skittles Vodka

Posted in Blogging, Claire Burgess, Drink, Fun, Uncategorized by Claire Burgess on August 12, 2009

Whilst preparing for the 1st Muchuu Party last month I got talking to Milky from Muchuu about a new drink she had found on a night out… Skittles Vodka. Having looked it up I found that you can’t actually buy it in a shop but instead have to make your own (Blue Peter style!) so with the help of this guide I made my own. I found some parts of the guide a little confusing so here is my very first How To Guide (for people like me who never normally attempt stuff like this for fear of blowing things up/braking things or just making a massive mess!)

You Will Need

To make 5x 250ml of Skittles Vodka you will need:

1.25 liters of Vodka

500g Skittles

5 plastic bottles

5 glasss bottles (250ml)

A funnel

A  jug

Some bleach free kitchen roll

I got all of this from Tescos except my glass bottles which I got from here. One was broken in transit so I had to improvise and use a small vodka bottle.

Step 1

Seperate out all your Skittles. You should have around equal ammounts. I didn’t and this is why my orange flavour vodka didn’t work out. Out of 500g of Skittles I only had around 20 orange skittles. I think you need around 40 plus for this to work.

The Skittles







Step 2

Seperate all your vodka out between the 5 plastic bottles and add one of your pots of skittles to each bottle. I did this by hand as it is easier and means you can wash your hands after each colour.








Step 3

Once all the skittles are in the bottles put the lids on and give the bottles a shake








Step 4

Put your bottles to one side until all the skittles have fully dissolved. For this size batch it took about 24hrs with me shaking them whenever I had the chance.








Step 5

Once all the Skittles have dissolved take a piece of kitchen paper and place it over your  jug. Pour the infused vodka onto the paper slowly so that the paper will filter and of the Skittles gung out and leave you with you Skittles vodka in the jug. This process may need to be repeated with some flavours as some colours need more filtering that others. The pour into your glass bottle using your funnel. Be sure to wash everything out thouroughly after each flavour.








You should now have 5 bottles of lovely Skittles Vodka. As you can see, I only ended up with 4 which is typical! It should be served chilled in shots or mixed with lemonaid to make your party go with a rainbow coloured bang.


My Skittles Vodka
My Skittles Vodka