One Outta Three

Just a quick update post, I am incredibly proud of myself that within the past three days *drum roll please* ……. I finished my first novel in about a whole year!
I absolutely loved and fell in love with all the characters in David Nicholls’ One Day. After watching the film when it first appeared in cinema and instantly buying the book, I came back from uni and looked on my bookshelf and was lost in
confusion as to why I never even started to read it. It’s one of those sorts of books which you can follow intensely with as true to life comparisons are made (to an extent). It is a modern twist set on a looming romance over two decades between two opposite people. The ending is incredibly sad, however the last four chapters really hit you even harder as the past and present are intertwined. Personally the fact that the student life of the two protagonists was set in Edinburgh completely intrigued me. I could easily picture all the places mentioned and Arthur’s Seat featured which played a significant role to this untypical love story.
I have began to read one of Nicholls’ other novels Starter For Ten. Having also watched the film I am already hooked and a quarter of the way through, even though I bought it this afternoon.
I highly recommend any of Nicholls’ novels for a brisk summer read.

Goodnight and take care! X20140531-005705-3425838.jpg


Summer Time Ambitions

As I am sitting here in my bedroom, not my ugly, prison-like room in student halls, I have got to thinking; before I return to Student life in September, what do I want to achieve at the end of Summer? Even the minor things like be outside as much as possible, even in the pouring rain. Therefore I have devised a quick list of everything I want to do this Summer and hopefully as time goes on over the next few months and as I check off these ‘ambitions’ I hope to add more and more and more!

So here it goes… Brace yourself… Summer is coming…

1) Read at least three books (Any recommendations would be mucho appreciated)

2) Get shifts in at work to work as much as possible and hopefully earn a substantial amount to help me fund travelling and a strong cider addiction.

Which brings me on to number 3…

3) Drink my body weight in cider through getting tipsy with friends in the long summer days. As of today I have bought three cases of cider to see me through nights out, the cheeky drink with dinner and *drum roll please* MY BIRTHDAY! To many of you reading and even to myself, I understand that this proceeding relationship I have with cider is quite strong.. (strongbow..).. But it’s a very guilty pleasure and I do try to drink responsibly.

4) Rewatch and catch up with all my favourite American shows. I get addicted to TV series’ and have a bad habit of powering through a whole season within a day or two if I am bed bound. So this Summer (only for when i’m bored, ill or lazy) I would love to cuddle into my duvet and watch reruns.

5) Agh.. here is the big one; I need and want to exercise more. One of my biggest regrets growing up was stop leading a very active lifestyle. I used to play every sport and join in with every sporting opportunity, however new relationships most definitely interfered with that and I hate myself for it. Thus I will strive to loose a few pounds which I have quite clearly gained over first year and I hope to fall back in love with something which always made me so happy. Plus (fun fact for y’all), exercising is a great method of enhancing mood as serotonin is released from the brain into the blood stream and is an immediate ‘pick-me-up’!

6) Festivals! For the third year I will be fortunate enough to attend T in the Park and I want to make sure that this will be the greatest of all the years so far. Firstly the acts are incredible this year and secondly for the first time I will be camping and going with a great group of friends.

7) Cook and bake. I’ve always been a keen baker/cook and this Summer I want to broaden my skills and knowledge of cooking. I want to reattempt to bake macaroons, I want to bake the most excellent loaf of bread crammed with seeds and I also want to make tiramisu. Watch this space for how I gained weight rather than loose it.

8) Reform a relationship with my family. Over the past years there has been a little family drama-rama which caused relationships to distance themselves slightly. I think this is possibly my number one goal starting as soon as and this Summer I will be solely dedicated to treating my Mum to days out, nice things and plenty of home cooked meals. Love you mumma!

9) Get work experience. Although I am fortunate enough to have been provided opportunities to work for about four years now, I really want to broaden my personal experience for future use. It would be great this year to be able to shadow a professional working in the field of work I am striving to achieve. Broadening knowledge is one of the sole things an individual can do in any situation throughout their life. I want to be 30 and look back and feel that the opportunities I have provided for myself helped me both personally and within a steady job.

10) Take as many photos as possible.


Once again I can only hope that anyone out there reading my lame blog posts will enjoy them. I’d love to know any of your summer hopes and also any advice would be greatly appreciated. In the upcoming months I will try to update this list and tell all of my experiences.

Thank you for reading

Goodnight from no longer the capital, but the comfort of my home. XEdinburgh




Tale of an Edinburgh Student

Making the choice to attend university in Scotland’s capital is and will forever remain one of the greatest choices of my young and future career. Being in a place filled with history and nostalgic memories from being a child is exciting. I can remember walking up to the castle for the very first time with the intentions of joining Hogwarts and the walk up the Royal Mile seemed like a hike up Ben Nevis. As soon as I moved into my flat in the heart of Edinburgh I made -what I thought was a heroic attempt to challenge the hill to the castle- my prime interest to walk to the castle. Aaaaaaaaand of course.. memory of a 7 year old had over exaggerated the height and steepness, even though the walk seemed twice as challenging (most likely due to the sedentary life style adopted over Summer).

To me Edinburgh is not a city, you walk from one post code to the next within the hour and bump into at least one person you know from Uni or even school. For sure it’s always bound to happen when you’re hungover and making the trek to Subway in last nights top with a pair of football shorts and flip flops. Going to university is when you realise that your dignity can be left at the bottom of the stairs at 10pm on the first night of freshers and being put to bed by your soon to become best friends and family. -I surely can’t be the only one who went through this life building experience?

The social life in Edinburgh is unreal. Never again in the future of my life will I go clubbing for a whole week and spend every penny in my bank, in my purse and in the drawer where all the loose change goes. The tip to surviving a full week of partying and drinking is sleep, food and water. Eat, sleep, rave, repeat. Be prepared to most likely spend about 70% of your summer savings on food alone. It doesn’t help when you open your door and every junk/drunk food available IS available.

BUT it’s okay because when the money is running unbelievably low, Edinburgh is the place of cheap/student activities. One of the best is the ability to go for walks in a place so beautiful that your iPhone camera roll is forever filled with photos of the castle in the sun, street performers, the castle in the rain, views off of Arthur’s Seat, the castle through the fog, the old buildings and (of course) the castle. To me the castle is the middle point of Edinburgh, as long as you know where the castle is -you’ll never get lost. I can see it from outside my flat, my uni, my local coffee shop.

As already said the walks throughout Edinburgh are amazing, even in the rain. The numero uno walking destination has got to be The Meadows. If you’ve not already heard of it, The Meadows is that one place every city has that when it’s sunny 75% of the population are guaranteed to be there. Countless times over the past Spring to Summer weeks I have been down there for hours at a time; whether it be simply walking, picnicking, playing football/dodgeball or even to go for a chat and people watch on those really really hungover days. The whole park is filled with cherry blossoms (which also take up half of your camera roll) and the smell of BBQ’s. However, for those days when an absolutely leg killer walk is in order, then Arthur’s Seat is the place to ‘hike’. Make sure plenty of water is packed and be prepared to ache in places you didn’t even know you could. Seriously. For the average person they say it takes up to 80 minutes to walk, but it really takes less than an hour and is completely worth it. The views from the top are more than incredible, it’s surreal that standing from so far up above you can still clearly see the whole of Edinburgh and the architectural differences from Old Town to New Town.

It’s hard to write, type, think and remember all at the same time.. and eat. There are a million experiences I want to keep writing about, so much so that a novel would be adequate. There are also numerous experiences I would rather not share, but i’m sure they’ll start to appear sooner or later. I feel that another blog post about the beauty of Edinburgh is definitely in order.

Edinburgh Castle

Au revoir from the capital. Edinburgh. Edinbanta. X