August.

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Seeing as July has been quite uneventful, I’ve been looking forward to August for a while now. I won’t be spending much time at home this month! Here’s what’s coming up…

Dublin.

This weekend I’m off to Dublin to see two of my friends – one who lives there, and one who’s coming over from Germany. I have been to Dublin before and well, don’t¬†love it, but I’m excited to see the girls and just have a fun few days ūüôā

Home home.

Two days after I’ll have gotten back from Dublin I’ll be off to the Netherlands for an appointment I have on the tenth. However, that also means I’ll get to spend three days at home back with my family. I haven’t been since Christmas, so it’ll be good to be back, even if just for a few days.

Wales.

From the Netherlands I’ll fly to Bristol and make my way to Cardiff, where I’ll be spending a week with my dad. I’ve never been to Wales before, so I’m curious to see what it is like! If you have any recommendations, let me know!

Isle of Skye.

And if that wasn’t enough, a few days after I’ll have gotten back from Cardiff, I’m off again, this time to Skye with my dad and sister. I’ve been meaning to go there for soooo long and I’m excited it’s finally happening! I’m looking forward to just spending a week in the middle of nowhere, hiking, reading, playing board games, and who knows, maybe climbing another Munro.

… and when I’ll get back it’ll be September already, eek!

 

Recent reads.

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I read every single day before I go to sleep, meaning I get through quite a few books every year. Because I know that not everyone reads on an regular basis, I figured I’d give a little overview of a few of my recent reads, so you can decide which one(s) to read. I’m not going to give a description of every book, but you can click the titles to be taken to their Waterstones page, where you will find one.

The Girls – Emma Cline

Let’s start with my most recent one. The Girls was all the hype last summer, so I’m sure you must have seen it somewhere. I was a bit hesitant about reading this, because it did get a lot of negative reviews as well as good ones. Some people said it felt like it was trying too hard, and although I love my literature, I know how annoying that can be. However, I absolutely loved this from beginning to end. I think the writer did an amazing job at setting the atmosphere and the story itself is interesting as well. Honestly, just read it, it’s really really good.

My name is Lucy Barton – Elizabeth Strout

Before this I had read another one of Elizabeth Strout’s books, Olive Kitteridge, which was really good. This one was very different though, mostly made up out of little snippets of Lucy’s life and chapters often are only a couple of pages long. I think Elizabeth Strout’s an amazing writer, and I did enjoy reading it, but I felt like I was somewhat missing the point. I know it’s supposed to be about her relationship with her mother, but I just didn’t really get it. I’d say, definitely pick Olive Kitteridge over this one.

Do not say we have nothing – Madeleine Thien

This one definitely wasn’t an easy read – it’s long, there’s lots of characters with (sometimes several) confusing names and it takes place during China’s cultural revolution, meaning it’s quite dark. I also felt like it was sort of plotless and the ending quite anticlimactic. Still, I’d recommend giving this a go if you’re interested in China’s history – I did enjoy learning about the cultural revolution.

Shtum – Jem Lester

This isn’t the sort of book I would normally read – I bought this as an easy read for my trip to Lisbon – and it only confirmed why. The writing is simplistic, the story very predictable and boring and I didn’t like it at all. Judging from the reviews, you might like this if you’re in some way interested in autism, but otherwise I wouldn’t recommend this at all.

Are there any books you think I should read?

 

Week #27

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I’m thinking I might have to stop doing these posts over summer, because not much is happening haha. I worked a lot this week, which is fab, because I’m seriously skint right now. I also had a little park and dinner date with one of my friends on Monday. We went to Shilla in the West End. I had never had Korean food before, but it was so good! Definitely recommend.

I also played tennis again on Tuesday. I’m really enjoying the Tennis Tuesdays sessions – there’s not too many people, meaning everyone gets plenty of attention from the coach and I think I’m actually improving a little. I mean, I’m still not going to win any matches anytime soon, but still, haha.

Running was made slightly difficult this week because of Glasgow Green being mostly shut off for the Trnsmt festival. I’m still so gutted I didn’t get to go (note to self: get your friends into indie music), although the weather was shit on Sunday, so that made me feel a little better ūüėČ

I did go out this weekend, and ended up going to Garage for the first time. How I still hadn’t been there after three years of having lived here, I don’t know, but it was really good and quite busy for July, and I had a really good night.

Let me know what you did this week! x

Positive thoughts.

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As I mentioned in last weekend’s post, I tend to find summer quite difficult. It leaves me with a little too much time to think, which usually ends up being a bad thing. If you would’ve asked me to write a negative thoughts post, I could have come up with at least a fifty thoughts, right there and then, but that doesn’t really help anyone, does it? Looking for the positive is harder to do, but definitely possible, so here’s some of my positive thoughts.

I’m seeing my sister in one week time.

Living abroad obviously means that I don’t get to see my family all that much. My sister is by far my favourite person in the world and it’s a bit sad, really, that I only get to see her two or three times a year. So I’m very excited to be spending a whole weekend with her this month. Which brings me to the next point.

I’m going to London.

London is my favourite place in the world. I’ve done my fair share of travelling, but no place has stolen my heart quite like London has. I haven’t been yet this year, so I’m looking forward to spending the weekend there (and with my favourite person, so hey!).

I’m running again.

I’ve already mentioned this, but after injuring my knee back in May, I’m finally running again, whoop.

I’ve almost finished my Invisalign treatment.

Back in January I decided to get Invisalign to fix my slightly crooked teeth and although it hasn’t been particularly bothersome, I’m happy to be on set 12 out of 15 at the moment. Only a month until I’ll have perfectly straight teeth!

I’m spending tons of time with friends.

Most of my friends have left town by now, but that does mean that I get to spend a lot of time with the ones that are still here. And I’m really enjoying it, because now meeting up no longer feels like catching up, but instead we can just chat and laugh about all sorts of nonsense, which is fab.

Okay, I am going to be honest and say that I’m struggling to think of anything else at the moment, so if you have anything to add, please let me know in the comments! Stay positive x

Week #26

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It’s starting to get quiet…

Tons of flat inspections are being carried out at the moment, so I spent a lot of time stuck in my own flat, waiting for some sort of workman to stop by. This did give me time to start working on my 365 project’s photo book though, which is coming along quite nicely.

Lots of people have now left Glasgow, but I still managed to meet up for coffee with a friend on Wednesday and have a few other friends over for drinks that night. Saturday I met up with another friend for coffee, and ended up also having a pint at the West Brewery. This always seems to happen with certain friends, haha.

The weather has been awful and meant I wasn’t able to play tennis last week, but I did manage to squeeze in two runs, so I am quite pleased with that. The lack of daylight is seriously getting me down, but I am trying to remain positive. In two weeks’ time I’ll be in London, whoop!

Hope you’ve had an amazing week x

 

 

July.

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Halfway through the year already.

I tend to find summer quite a difficult time. I love being busy, running from one place to the other, always having something to do, never a reason to be bored. Now that I don’t have a lot to do,¬†I feel like I’m wasting my time and it’s making me restless. Sometimes I truly wish that semesters in Scotland were longer than 11 weeks.

I know I said back in June that I was looking forward to things slowing down a little, as April and May flying by had been a bit unsettling. However, things are getting a little too slow for my liking now. Although a few of my friends will be here all summer, most of my friends will be leaving within the next two weeks and I’m afraid it’ll become very quiet in Glasgow.

I don’t have many plans yet either. The main thing at the moment is that I’ll be going to London for a weekend with my sister, where we’ll be going to Wimbledon. I’m very excited to¬†see her, to be in London, to go to Wimbledon for the first time and also to get some sun. The weather in Glasgow’s been very gloomy and it’s been so cold that I’ve had to turn the heating back on, which is not something you want to be doing in June.

There¬†was also going to be a holiday with my mother and sister at the end of July, but nothing’s been booked yet, so I’m not sure that’s still happening. They have been suggesting the Maldives, the US and Cuba though, so that¬†does¬†all sound very exciting.

Also, to end on a positive note, my knee seems to be okay with running again, which is making me very happy. Although I have a love/hate relationship with running itself, I find that running three times a week makes me a much happier, relaxed person overall, so I can’t wait to pick it up again this month.

I hope you have an amazing month ahead x

 

Week #25

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Posting later than usual, because I’m not sure what happened to my sleeping pattern, ahem. It’s been a really good week though, and I’m in a very good mood, hope you are too ūüôā

My mother left Glasgow on Tuesday and I spent some time getting the flat tidy and clean, before heading out to play tennis at Kelvingrove Park. It was the first time playing tennis since I injured my knee and I was very nervous beforehand, but it was alright. I wish I could say the same about my backhand though, haha.

I worked all day on Wednesday, so not a lot I can say about that, and¬†I worked some more on Thursday before getting my seventh – and probably final –¬†ear piercing. I barely even felt it this time, and I’m so glad I’ve finally got four in my left ear now, whoop.

Friday I met a friend for lunch, which turned into a four hour talking session (but I’m not complaining) and went for my first run. Again, super nervous and I only dared to do 4 x 5 minutes, but my knee did okay, so I was very happy about that. At night another friend came over to my flat and we had a couple of drinks and just chatted for hours.

Saturday I caught up with my sister on Skype (for 3,5 hours, because we always have plenty to talk about haha) and at night I had a dinner at a friend’s flat. A couple of my friends and I ended up going to Buff club afterwards,¬†a club¬†I’d never been to before, but I really enjoyed it.¬†Although I also really enjoyed singing and dancing along to Don’t Look Back in Anger, somewhere in Sauchiehall Street, haha. Much love for my friends ‚̧

Yesterday I was mildly hungover, but mostly just really tired and I just pottered around the flat, which is how every Sunday should be spent if you asked me.

LISBON.

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As I may or may not have mentioned about fifty times on the blog already, I went to Lisbon last week.¬†Here’s all you’ll want to know!

The hostel.

I stayed at the Nest House Hostel, which is by far the¬†best hostel I’ve ever stayed at. It’s relatively small, with only one floor and five rooms, which sort of makes¬†it feel like you’re sharing¬†a house with lots of flatmates. Common rooms were amazing, light and airy and there was also a free breakfast, which was simple, but really good. I’d definitely recommend staying here if you’re travelling on your own.

The weather.

The weather in Lisbon is dreamy. It’s sunny all day and about 30 degrees, but it does cool down at night, meaning you can still get a decent night’s sleep. The sun is incredibly bright though, and even though I’m not normally one to get sunburnt, I did get sunburnt twice in three days time. So take my advice and bring your factor 50.

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The city.

Lisbon is absolutely beautiful. All the buildings are so colourful and I just loved the tiled houses – so pretty! There’s also plenty of view points, squares and little terraces. I did not one, but two walking tours on my first day (although the second one hadn’t been part of the original plan haha), the first¬†in Bairro Alto and more what I suppose is the city centre, and was a great introduction to the city. The second one was of the old town, Alfama, which I didn’t like nearly as much. The tour was good, but I preferred the other parts of town.

The people.

Now, a little warning: they do not speak English. At all. Having said that though, they are the loveliest, friendliest people around and always willing to help you out. When I couldn’t find my platform at the train station, a woman (who didn’t speak English) offered to walk me there, even though that meant leaving her own platform. So kind.

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The food.

I had some really good food whilst there. The pastries, pastel de nata, are amazing, the best of course being from the world famous Pasteis de Belem. Still warm, topped with cinnamon and icing sugar and with a slightly salty crust…. so good!

I also had an amazing spaghetti and a generous glass of white wine at one of the restaurants in LX Factory, followed by the famous chocolate cake at Landeau, just a few doors down. I’m not normally a fan of chocolate cake, but oh my, this one was good.¬† Other good places were Gutsy in Carcavelos for burgers and the Time Out market, with lots of little food stalls.

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And drinks.

One thing you can’t help but notice in Lisbon is that everyone is drinking all the time.¬†I frequently saw people drinking beer/wine at 11am and was constantly offered drinks during the walking tours as well. I tried both the¬†ginjinha and green wine and it’s safe to say I wasn’t entirely sober¬†by the time the tours had finished haha.

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The beach.

On my last day I decided to go to the beach. I ended up going to Carcavelos beach, because it was easily reachable by public transport, but supposedly there’s some beautiful beaches near Sintra as well.¬†I splurged on a sunbeds and parasol combo, because of the intense sun mentioned before and spent the afternoon¬†reading and people watching, which was perfect.

I had the best few days in Lisbon and I was really quite sad to leave, which is something that rarely happens now that I live in Scotland. I’m definitely hoping to go back soon!

Have you ever been to Lisbon? x

 

 

Week #24

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It was a weird one, but a good one.

Of course I spent the first three/four days of the week in Lisbon, which was absolutely beautiful and I bloody loved it. However, I’ll write about Lisbon in more detail later this week, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

On Thursday I flew back to Glasgow, swapping the sunshine for some very thick clouds and rain. But no reason to complain, because my mother had arrived in Glasgow a few hours earlier and when I got home I was immediately treated to an amazing home cooked meal.

Friday was my birthday. I woke up in a somewhat bad mood, because a, I hate my own birthday and b, I had taken a sleeping tablet the night before¬†that tends to leave me drowsy and (ironically enough) tired in the morning. However, it did turn out to be a good day. My mother and I went out for lunch and did a bit of shopping after, before going for dinner at¬†one of my favourite Glasgow restaurants,¬†Paesano. After that, I¬†left¬†my mother and met up with a few of my friends for some birthday drinks. I got a little tipsy and didn’t make it home until about 3am. Such a good night.

Continuing the drinking, my mother and I went on to do the Tennents Brewery tour the following day. Obviously I had done it before, but I still enjoyed it and we had a hilarious conversation with two of the other group members after, so that was good.

Sunday we went to Stirling, which was – and please don’t hate me for saying this – even smaller and more boring that I’d remembered it, so we¬†basically had lunch and then went back haha.

Yesterday I had the lease signing for my flat, which wasn’t particularly exciting, but I’m so glad I’ll be able to stay here next year! We had some tea and cake at Kember & Jones and when the sun decided to come out for a change, we went to Kelvingrove Park, where we sat chatting for hours, which was lovely.

Hope you’ve had a good week as well! x