Mission: Alpacatine ~*

Good afternoon my friends! how have you been? how is life? are you living it to the fullest? I hope so! What can I say, the business continues with uni but one must not forget to have fun along the way!

I have been more sociable since the last time I posted and I feel like I am a better person for it! It began with our society, the Rock Society, doing a collaboration with the L.G.B.T Society by hosting our event ‘Classic Rock Rewind.’ It was a pleasure to do  the collab with such an amazing bunch of people and I had my first experience of the drinking game Race Boat… or at least that’s the name I remember taking from it! I am sorry about the blurriness of the photo but here is our ‘before the race’ take…

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After catching up with a friend and getting into a heated conversation about The Greatest Showman and how amazing the movie is – not to mention, how hot Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron are in it, I went for a night of bowling with some members of our society and never lost for once! But the one event I looked forward to the most my friends, was the Alpacalypse! or as stated in my title – Mission Alpacatine!

As it has done so for the past few days, the snow that began this morning signalled alarm bells in my soul. Would I never get to pet an alpaca in my last semester of uni? has the excitement built up for this very day, all be for nothing? No, this would not be the day that the alpaca’s would loose out to this Scottish weather, and true enough, a friend and I stood like soldiers on the freezing cold battlefield, both anxious and excited for the alpacalypse to arrive… and it did…

Observe the two cream ones… already eyeing up their helpless victims, like they already know who will win this battle… Our adopted alpaca was called Arti, I believe he was the sassiest one there…

For those still new to my blog, I’m the one in the second photo, I had to bend down since Arti was adamant about eating the grass for the foreseeable future! All in all, I would say waking up just to go into uni for the ten minutes we spent with Arti was worth it and definitely a highlight of my uni life! Alpacas for life yo!

Anyways, that’s about it for this week, until next time friends! take care and love alpacas ~*

 

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A day in the life of a crazy student ~*

Good afternoon friend’s! it is true that I am now two days overdue for a blog post I promised to deliver on Wednesday but this sure is a crazy time in the life of me. All the dissertation-y work followed with my psychology project tied together with my society commitments is a crazy ride, not that I am complaining – so far things are going smoothly I am pleased to say! On another note, check out this moon! I took a photo of it last night whilst I was busy procrastinating… sadly my phone didn’t do it that much justice but it was just too pretty not to share!

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Anyways! time to give you a proper update on future plans! I had planned to to a work holiday in Canada after graduating from uni but after something inconvenient happened, I have decided against that idea. Although I have a love of Canada and will one day live there in the future – and yes, this is a thing I am determined to do, even if it down to crazy dreams or some other motive – it is something that I feel like the best thing to do for now would be to put it on hold. But what now? where will you go from here? I here you ask… well, who knows to be honest. All I know is I still have a deep desire to travel around various places of this big and beautiful world and spread my crazy Scottish-ness to those in need of having their brains being wasted by listening to crazy drivel!

I want to live life more in the moment than I have been recently, I want to say yes more and just end this semester on one big high! Of course it may end with disaster but in the words of this inspiring quote,

Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” – Les Brown

This has been somewhat a mantra for me throughout the university journey and it’s time I took it to heart! Graduation is only a few months away and it is going to be spectacular! 

Other things that are coming up include seeing my favourite cello rock band Apocalyptica in Glasgow in March! Worlds Collide is my favourite album if you want to check it out…

Japan week is coming up also, and I’m booked in for a Japanese lunch on campus with a fellow Japanese fan ^^. There is also a calligraphy session afterwards which we will be joining, photo’s will follow the event but I can tell you that I will fan-girl more than once on the day! 

That is all I have to share with you this week my friend’s so I will leave you with another quote from one of the most inspiring films I have ever seen! until next time, take care ~*

           “No-one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.” – P.T Barnum 

– The Greatest Showman

New Year, New Adventures ~*

Good evening friend’s! How has everyone been? I hope you have had a good Christmas and New Year! it seems like so long since I have posted anything but alas, I have been a busy bee since the last time and the first semester of fourth year almost had me questioning why it was I decided to do a joint degree in the first place! Take it from me kids and fellow scholars with a desire to get out there and see the world, doing a joint degree is like serving a prison sentence – tediously long and you find yourself questioning whether it was worth it in the first place! I am hoping though, that by the end of this final semester I can come back and tell myself that I did the right thing by putting myself through this suffering!

Anyways enough of the pessimistic talk that I’ve opened with and now onto… slightly more optimistic talk! bear with me guys, this is just the beginning. As I grudgingly rolled out of bed to welcome the start of this new hideous semester, I opened the blinds to reveal a beautiful snowy blizzard tumbling headfirst from the skies above… it was a beautiful sight to behold as Scotland has not had much snow this winter so seeing it making a comeback was nice and all but knowing that I would have to go out into it was heartbreaking. I am a lover of being inside warm places and watching the rain or snow making an appearance but being outside in it is an entirely different ball park altogether and one that I do not appreciate as much as maybe others do!

Alas, as this new semester takes its shape I will be looking forward to writing a dissertation on children’s rights and well as working on a research project for the psychology part of my degree. In the meantime I will update y’all on what adventures I have planned for this mighty 2018. I will make this year one to remember and as such, I hope that you will follow me as you once did as the more people there are to share a journey, the better it will be! As far as my blogging goes, I plan to blog once every two weeks, probably on a Wednesday or Thursday so keep your eyes peeled for those updates! That’s about all I have for this week – There will be more to come in two weeks time so see ya then!

Until next time, take care for then! ~*

Fringe-ing it ~*

Good Evening friend’s! I am a week or two and a day late so apologies for that… I have been quite busy in life recently with work and whatnot but I hope you have all been well! This week I have something that is a bit on the traditional side to share with y’all, so let’s get started!

Ok! so for those who don’t know or are unaware of this, once a year, a festival called ‘The Fringe’ comes to Scotland; specifically Edinburgh. What is this fringe? I hear y’all ask… The fringe is a cultural festival which welcomes street performers, comedians, amateur shows, hypnotists and the like!

From the beginning of August ’till the end, Edinburgh becomes a hive of business and fun! I surely was not going to miss it this year and so I was glad to go with one of my friend’s from college and experience what The Fringe had to offer this year!

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We started our day watching a street performer dance to like, music box music but in that very kind of static way that you may come across when you open a box and find a ballerina or something dancing to a tune… her appearance was very Lolita/victorian like and I loved her dress!

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Unfortunately, my phone died a short time after this so I never took more photo’s! After this one we came across another street performer who used balloon’s to tell a story… my friend’s, to this day I cannot tell you what the story was but it was very entertaining so that’s a plus! After visiting some stalls nearby, we went to watch another street performer for a bit before going to see the show we had tickets for. The performer was a comedic magician who was actually pretty good, considering the fact that I’m normally sceptical of these things…

After watching this performance for a while, we made our way to the Assembly Hall, where a show called ‘China Goes Pop’ was starting. It started with a gymnastic type explosion that turned into so much more! Throughout, there was a story being told and it was no surprise that it was a love story but it was too cute! I highly recommend this show to anyone going to The Fringe this year, highly recommend!

After the show, we were starving! we found a place called Five Guys, which is apparently a big thing in America? Anyway, for food, it was pretty decent. I had a cheeseburger and regular fries, my stomach was very happy to welcome this tasty food. It was not too pricey and it was busy, which in my experience, is a good thing!

I was also able to make it home for a bit a week or so ago so I hope you enjoy these photo’s that I am now going to flood your screen’s with!

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All of these were taken on the ‘Gypsy Trail’ walk that me and Sir Brinks take every time I go home for a while! Still my second favourite place to be! Alas, that is all for this week friend’s, have a good one and take care, until next time! ~*

A Jaunt to the City ~*

Good evening friend’s! how are y’all this week? I am doing good and settling into the new flat more and more as each day passes. Alas, let’s get started on this week’s post without further ado! 

So, after discovering how long it took to sort the oven out, the next thing was the electric meter… what a minor disaster that turned out to be as one of the meter’s, once topped up, would not be accepted into the thing and so we had to go into the emergency supply for a little bit until we got the second one topped up… successfully that time around!

On another note though, my flatmate’s sister arrived from Cyprus a few days ago and so we thought we’d show her around… Today was our trip to Edinburgh! Even though I’ve been many a time, I love to visit it every so often and it was nice being somewhat tourist-y. 

Here’s a photo of the Scott Monument, just off of Waverley station… it was only after I took the photo that I realised the top had been chopped off of it! but anyway’s, you can go all the way up to the top if ya want but you have to pay something for it. We chose to give it a miss today since we are trying to save money before the new term starts.

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Next we went to Greyfriars Kirk where, if you go into the graveyard, go to the furthest right point you can go – through the archway, and turn right again at the first column of stones, you come to a grave which, may or may not have inspired J.K.Rowling’s character, Tom Riddle, A.K.A Voldemort. Apparently this guy had a son and two daughters in his lifetime so wouldn’t it have been funny if J.K.Rowling made a spin off series where voldemort redeemed himself and had mini Voldemort’s or something? Just a thought…

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After visiting Tom Riddle’s grave, we headed for the infamous Greyfriars Bobby statue just opposite the Kirk. It was somewhat smaller than I always imagined it to be but it was still precious to me since it’s a story that I was raised upon – being Scottish and all.

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After that! following the Harry Potter theme, we went to see the Elephant House which was, apparently where J.K.Rowling began the stories… We never went inside since it was mobbed but it looked cute and dinky from what I could see of it…

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By this point, we had walked three hours without realising it so we set off down the street that Diagon Alley was inspired from in search of a cafe or somewhere we could plant our bums and have some grub alongside a refreshing drink to lift our spirits. We came upon an Italian cafe place in the Grassmarket called ‘Made in Italy.’ It was a packed place which never quietened down and had a great vibe to go with it. The prices weren’t too shabby either! I had a chorizo stromboli which was super tasty!

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After our meals, we decided to call it a day and head back to Stirling… But I will most definitely be going on more trips to Edinburgh in the future! With that, I will bring about the end of this post for today. Until next time friend’s, take care! ~*

Starting a New Chapter ~*

Good evening friend’s! How are y’all, I hope you’re well… from now on, I’ll revert to my once a week posts, mainly on Wednesdays but we’ll see what happens! For today, I have some exciting news for y’all regarding le moi and what has been a big step in my adulting achievements this far! 

So! The day after I got back from my holiday, I was to move into what would be my new flat for my last year of uni… as you can imagine, doing something as big as this the day after coming back from somewhere was probably not the best thought I’ve ever had but, hey ho! Of course, a part of me was really excited for this to happen, – y’know, the feeling of being independent again amongst other things –  whilst the other half, – the more rational half – felt like I should have moved the move-in date to some time a little later…

On the actual day however, things went a whole lot smoother than what was expected. My flatmate and his partner were seriously helpful and helped get my stuff, along with what was theirs, from the three car fulls I had travelled through with, up the stairs and safely into the flat. I love my room in the same way that I loved it when I first seen it…

Yeah, it might be a tad on the small side and the white paint ain’t doing much for it, but now that it’s all dressed up, it’s much more homely and so cosy to be in! The living room is also coming together slowly, we need to decorate it more for sure but this place is so much better than being in halls… and so much quieter to! 

That night, after most of the unpacking was done – I hate unpacking, more than packing, don’t you? Anyways, we all chilled on the sofa with a glass of Asti to celebrate what was now our new home! Even if it took us ten minutes to figure out how to turn on the oven! 

That’s all for this week friend’s, stay tuned for next week’s post which will feature more minor disasters as we figure out how to actually own a flat! Take care for now though! ~* 

Fuertaventura – The Last Day ~*

Good evening friend’s! How are y’all doing! I am rather spent as you’ll find out why later on in this post… I’ll split this post into 2 parts as they are both quite short, the first will be on the last full day and the second on the flight home! Let’s get started…

Part 1 ~*

So this day, our grand finale as it were was in itself not very grand at all… we slept in… and after breakfast we just could not be bothered for anything! ( I fear that it was the obstacle of packing everything old and new into our cases that made us feel that way. ) 

As we are all loyal Wimbledon fans, we turned on the sport to support our favourite player, Andy Murray play against, Gilles Muller. ( before y’all say, it’s not just because we’re Scottish that he’s our favourite! ) unfortunately, our player was defeated… slaughtered actually, after a 5 set defeat with only one set being won the scotsman. My heart bled to see both Murray and Nadal out of Wimbledon for good but I guess that is the way the game goes…

By the time the match had ended, it was the back of three and what better way is there to spend the last day of your holiday than getting fried one last time! We did that fairly well if you ask me!

For our evening meal, we all agreed on going to our favourite restaurant called La Calesta. The meal did not disappoint and neither did our final game of gin rummy… which I lost! 

Part 2 ~*

On this, the very day, we got ourselves ready to say goodbye to the paradise which we were so at home in…

Again, we flew home with Ryan Air. Fortunately enough, it wasn’t the catastrophic train wreck that it was when we left Scotland. Even so! I still wouldn’t fly with them again… hopefully! Of course I have another compulsory photo of Gerald but this time, he has a friend whom I have named Jerry, that I adopted from the zoo as everyone needs more giraffes in their life!

Alas, we touched down safe and sound and now we’re all back home… there is truly nothing like home comforts indeed, already I am chilling in my giraffe onesie and preparing to unpack…
That is all for this post friend’s, until next time, take care ~*