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

 

 

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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

 

This was 20.

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Today I’m turning 21. Now, instead of talking about how that’s seriously freaking me out (because it is), I’d like to look back for once and talk about the year I’ve had, because 20 was pretty damn good.

First of all: the people. I’ve met so many amazing new people over the past year. At university, at my summer job and just generally, in life. And some of them have become really good friends, really fast. A lot of my days/nights out or crazy stories would not have been there without them, so lots of love to all of my friends – you make me a very happy girl ❤ Naturally this year has also seen its fair share of boy drama, but none of it’s led to anything serious. And you know what, that’s fine – I’m more than happy on my own.

Then there’s all the trips I’ve been on and places I’ve been able to visit. Celebrating my 20th birthday in London last year was amazing and I can only hope that today’s birthday will be as good as last. Whilst working in England last July I was able to explore a lot more of South-England and it made me fall in love with England all over again. Since the beginning of this year I’ve also been lucky enough to visit Brussels and go on holiday to Mallorca with my mother and sister. Then there was, of course a study trip to Dubai, which was such an eye-opener. Although I didn’t like Dubai itself, I had an amazing time and I’m so glad I went. Looking at pictures from that trip still gives me all the feels. I also finally had the chance to explore some more of Scotland and it’s only made me want to see so much more before I graduate next year. Last but not least, I’m off to Lisbon this Sunday (I will just have returned when you’re reading this), a place I’ve only heard good things about, so I’m very excited!

There were other things, changes, this year that were a little less obvious, but maybe even more significant. This was the year I finally started to feel a little more settled and happy. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying I wasn’t happy before – but the first two years of university were such a whirlwind and it’s nice that that seems to be over now. What has made a major difference was moving into my own flat. After having lived in two different houses for most of my childhood and then in student halls for two years, having a space that is 100% mine is amazing. For the first time in my life I have a place where I feel totally comfortable and at home and hearing that I’ll be able to stay here next year, has made me incredibly happy.

I also feel like this was the year I truly left my life in the Netherlands behind. Having only been home for about three weeks last year and now having officially emigrated as well, things are different. Of course, my family will always be there, but my life’s here, in Scotland, and I couldn’t be happier about that.

Here’s to another amazing year x

 

 

Week #23

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Hey hey, hope you’re well. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

I worked a good ten hours or so this week and more importantly, got another ear piercing during my lunch break on Monday (casual like that haha). It’s the third in my right ear and my sixth in total. I sleep on my side so didn’t want to get both sides done at once, but the seventh will follow soon…

Most days this week were quite quiet. I did a bit of shopping for my trip to Lisbon and sorted out the first five months of the 365 project, which took an awful long time. I wish my knee would sort itself out so I could start running/playing tennis again, but alas.

More exciting news though, I got my class results back on Friday and I’m happy to say I’ve passed with merit and with 75% on average on finance 🙂 That night I was supposed to go for a few celebratory drinks with a friend, but things got way out of hand and before I knew it was 5am. Whoops. So mildly hungover on Saturday, I went for Mexican food with another friend and spent some time packing and organising.

This afternoon I’m off to Lisbon and I’m very, very excited. Not in the last place because it’s currently pouring down with rain in Glasgow. Some sun would be nice please.

Hope you’ve had a good week as well x

& Other Stories haul.

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I’ve recently come to realise that about 95% of my summer wardrobe is navy and white. Now, clearly I like this colour combination, but how it has taken over my entire wardrobe? I’m not sure. Anyway, that, combined with the fact that living in Scotland hasn’t really enticed me to buy new summer clothes over the past few years, meant it was about time I bought some new bits and bobs.

After having done some unsuccessful high street shopping in Topshop, H&M, Zara and Mango, I decided to go online and spent a good chunk of my salary at & Other Stories. It arrived super quick (big thumbs up for their delivery!), albeit at my neighbours’, who I woke up when picking up the parcel this Sunday. Whoops. Although in my defence, I had waited until noon. Guess we’re not all morning people eh?

Anyway, here are the clothes, including the bits I’m not keeping, just in case you would like to buy them.

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Wide strap top (£35)

Having forbidden myself to buy anything navy, I went for classic red instead. I tried this on and it’s absolutely gorgeous – I can’t wait to wear it!

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Flower Power Tee (£25)

I love the embroidery on this one and I think it’ll go perfect with either jeans or a skirt. I ordered this one size up from my normal size, because I prefer my T-shirts a little oversized, and it fits really well. Here’s to hoping it actually says flower power though, because there’s lots of Chinese students in my classes, haha.

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Loose T-shirt (£19)

This I did order in my normal size, as it comes really oversized. I’m planning on wearing this with my favourite Levi’s denim skirt.

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Scoop back jersey dress (£49)

I like this one, but I’m not keeping it. It’s a bit too short for me (I’m 5’8) and I don’t find it very flattering. (Picture also featuring my very sexy broken door handle).

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Future perfect tee (£19)

I do realise this is navy, no worries – I only ordered this in order to qualify for free delivery (don’t tell me you’ve never been there). The only size they had left was 40, so I figured it’d come quite oversized, but the opposite is true – it could’ve been a 36. Anyway, I didn’t find the fit of this too flattering on me (I have quite broad shoulders), so am returning it.

Apologies for the terrible lighting by the way – in true Scottish fashion it’s only sunny for about 5 second intervals at the moment.

Hope you like the new pieces x

 

 

Emotional.

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The title of this post says it all, really. Lately I’ve been feeling a little emotional. It’s not all bad – no worries, but it is something I wanted to get out of the way before moving on to lighter topics. Here’s what’s been going on:

At the beginning of this year I decided to do the 365 project, which involves taking a picture every single day. Last week I was going through all of the pictures, because I wanted to get the first five months printed soon and I realised – I’ve done an awful lot this year already. A lot of pictures were of things I hadn’t necessarily forgotten about, but that had definitely disappeared to the back of my mind. Seeing all these pictures again made me realise how lucky I am to have done all of these different things and how grateful I am for the life that I’m living right now.

However, at the same time there’s so much more I wish I would have (achieved) right now. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, I am happy with my life, but it could be better, you know? In particular, seeing pictures on social media of friends/people I know doing amazing internships this summer has left me a little frustrated. Because I’ve tried so, so hard to get one as well. And it didn’t work out. And I’m proud of my friends, I’m very happy for them, but it doesn’t help me to feel better about my situation. I know competition in finance is fierce, but feeling like you’re not good enough when you’ve been working so incredibly hard is disheartening, I’m not going to lie.

Of course I can’t write this post without mentioning the recent terrorist attacks. News of another attack always leaves me in tears and I don’t want to say too much about it here, but I do hope you watched the One Love Manchester concert, because I think it was the perfect way for us all to show that we are not afraid. That we are strong, because we have love and love is stronger than hate.

So as I said in the beginning of this post, it’s not all bad. I’m not sad, I’ve just felt a little overwhelmed lately. I guess we all are sometimes.

Thank you for reading x

 

Week #22

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Hiya, hope you’re all well. Since my life is lacking any sort of routine/structure at the moment I’ve decided to no longer use headings for days, but instead just ramble about how my week’s been. Better be prepared…

There’s been some slow days this week, but Tuesday was an exception. For the first time since I’ve started my new job there was enough work to work a full day (9-5) and I got another four hours in on Friday, so that made me feel quite productive. I’ll be back at work on Monday, or today as you’re reading this, so hey ho.

Thankfully I’m not the only one who’s getting a bit bored, so I met one friend in Glasgow Green on Wednesday afternoon and another for coffee on Thursday. Also, as there are not going to be many nights out over summer, we tried to squeeze in one on Friday, only my friend had a few too many drinks ahem, and they wouldn’t let her into the club (or clubs, as we tried two), so that ended up being a bit unsuccessful.

I spent most of the weekend doing some organisational bits and bobs at home. News of another terrorist attack in London has left me a little emotional and ruined what otherwise was a good week.

I hope you’re all safe. My heart goes out to everyone affected by the recent attacks ❤

 

June.

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So it’s June already. Guess who didn’t see that coming? It’s scary how fast time goes by sometimes, isn’t it? I feel like I’ve barely even lived through April and May. With not one, but two trips, starting a new job and sitting final exams, the past two months seem to have evaporated. But it’s all good and I’m excited for June. Here’s what’s coming up.

Lisbon

I’m off to Lisbon this month. I’ve been wanting to go for absolutely ages, but somehow never made it there, because we kept going to other places – absolute first world problem, I know. Anyway, I’m excited to finally be going, even if it is on my own. A whole lot of bloggers are there at the moment and their pictures look very very promising. Also, I can’t wait for some sun after those 2/3 teaser days we’ve had in Glasgow.

My birthday

I’m turning 21 this month. I’ll write a separate post on this later this month, but bottom line is I’m not ready yet, so just kill me now please.

Family visit

Good thing about my birthday though: my mother will come over to Glasgow and stay with me for a long weekend. Although it’s not too long since I’ve seen her – I saw her in Majorca beginning of May – it’ll be good to have her around 🙂

Piercing changes

You’re not going to find this interesting at all, but it’s something I’ve been contemplating for a while now and I’ve finally decided to change all of my silver-coloured ear piercings to gold ones. Gold’s a lot more expensive, but I’m ready for a change. I might also get two new piercings, but the whole healing process is holding me back a little. Anyway, whatever I decide, it’ll happen this month.

Apart from these few things, I’ll spend my time working, meeting with friends and hopefully (fingers crossed!) I’ll be able to start running again this month. What are your plans?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week #21

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I always find this such a weird time of year – uni is over, but everyone’s still here and it feels like summer hasn’t properly started yet. I don’t really know what to do with myself if I’m honest. Anyway, this is what I did last week.

Monday

As you will have read in my latest blog post, on Monday we went to St Andrews.

Tuesday

It was my dad’s last day here and he was quite tired, so didn’t feel like doing much, which is why I went to work that afternoon. At night we got fish and chips from Gandolfi’s, which was brilliant as always and watched some TV.

Wednesday

My dad left in the morning and I spent some time tidying and cleaning the flat before I went off to work again. I like having people over, but it’s always nice to have the place to myself again. I’m sure other people that live on their own will understand haha.

Thursday

THE. WEATHER. 27 degrees in Glasgow is a bit of a miracle. I spent the morning at home because my letting agency was coming over to carry out a flat inspection, but in the afternoon I met my friend in Glasgow Green where we just sat in the sun and chatted for hours.

Friday

I met two friends for lunch, then went shopping afterwards. I’m always being told off by my friends for constantly wearing the same outfits on nights out, so I was on the hunt for a new outfit, but couldn’t find anything I liked. Anyone’s got any tips? That night we went out and had pres on campus, sitting in the grass, which was so nice. Could we have more good weather days please?

Saturday

So umm, yeah, Saturday I was incredibly hungover and didn’t do anything.

Sunday

I had a lazy Sunday morning and worked on the blog a bit. In the afternoon I met a friend, again, in Glasgow Green, seeing as the weather was still quite good, albeit not nearly as hot as earlier in the week.

It’s been a good week, but I’m finding it quite hard to adjust to (almost) no responsibilities and routine. I’ve caught myself getting bored on several occasions already, so I’m going to have to think of some more things to do. How’s your week been?

Venturing out of Glasgow

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I’ve seen a fair bit of Scotland, but all of it before I actually moved here. Now that I live in Glasgow, I very rarely leave the city. And why would I? I’ve got everything I need, right here, within walking distance. However, last weekend we had a (rental) car at our disposal, so decided to venture out of Glasgow. And I’m so glad we did. Not only was it great to get out of the city for a bit, it also made me realise how much Scotland’s got to offer and how lucky I am to live in a country as beautiful as this. In case you’re curious, here’s what we did last weekend.

 

Puck’s Glen, Argyll Forest Park

The weather forecasts weren’t very promising, hence why we decided going to a forest was probably the safest option. After having read the guides, we decided on Puck’s Glen, which is approximately a two hour drive away from Glasgow. We did the Puck’s Glen Gorge trail, which is a stunning trail past waterfalls and massive trees with everything overgrown with a thick layer of moss. It’s absolutely beautiful – almost fairylike. The trail is supposed to be a loop, only to us it seemed like the path just ended after about an hour? If you know more about this, do let me know haha. Anyway, would definitely recommend.

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Ben Lomond, Loch Lomond

I’d been wanting to climb a Munro (for all non-Scots: those are mountains of over 3000 feet) for quite a while, and last weekend we finally decided to just go for it and climb Ben Lomond (974m), one of the easier Munros. It was supposed to take between 4-6 hours and I’m not going to lie, I was a bit nervous. I worried about my knee and the weather, which again, wasn’t looking great. The first half an hour was such a steep climb that I genuinely thought I’d never make it to the top. However, it did become easier after that and we climbed to the summit in about two hours. Unfortunately, the weather got worse the higher we got and we didn’t get to see any of the views we’d been promised (as you can probably tell from the pictures above), but still, it felt like such an achievement and it was totally worth it. The descend was quite painful for my knee, but I managed, so if you’ve never climbed a mountain before, don’t be afraid to climb Ben Lomond! It’s totally doable.

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St Andrews

St Andrews is one of those places I had been wanting to visit for ages, but which was just that bit too far away for me. But again, we had a car, so on Monday we drove to St Andrews, where we had an incredible lunch at Forgan’s, before exploring the town. It’s absolutely tiny and you could do the whole thing – castle, cathedral, shops and beaches – in less than an hour. It’s cute though, and I’m glad we finally went. Also, if you’re into golf, you are going to love St Andrews.

So that was my weekend. I’m so glad we did all of this and it’s inspired me to explore some more of Scotland. There’s still quite a few places that I haven’t been to and seeing as I’ve lived here for almost three years now, it’s about time I went!

What are your favourite places in Scotland?