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! ~*

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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! ~*

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 ~* 


Fuertaventura – Fish Therapy, Cocktails and the Sea! ~*

Good morning friend’s! Alas I am back with another post, signifying the second full last day of our time here in Fuertaventura!

I begin by digressing to the photo I accidently deleted from my last post and could not get it back on. So below is a photo that I took of the view from the top of the Volcano…

Pretty right? Now… let us get onto the main event of today’s post! ~*

We had a pretty chill morning of doing pretty much nothing for a good while… as we lamented over what we would do for that day.

As we got organised, we made our way to the first market, – where me and my brother got the oil paintings – in the hope that it was still open so that my folks could get one of their own. Luckily, it was and the owner of the stall remembered us so we walked away with yet another painting and having had a lovely discussion with the woman.

As we walked on, we came upon a fish salon… I don’t know if anyone has experienced this kind of thing before but I absolutely love it! Basically there’s a special kind of fish that will quite happily munch the dry skin off of your feet for ya and make them nice and soft! Anyways, myself, my brother and my dad were all eager to go for it. Below are some photos of the experience. ( My family elected for their photos not to be shared on the blog, so it’s just me I’m afraid! )

If ya asked me how painful it is to endure this, I would say not very! Why? Because although the fish use their teeth, it feels more like vibration on the soles of the feet as well as the tops… with maybe a tiny bit of pressure in there as well? If you ever come upon one of these in your lives then I urge you to try it on for size! I challenge y’all so say you don’t like it! 

After the twenty minutes spent there, we wandered once more to the harbour area. We stopped once more at the Waikiki bar and our second stop off was at a cocktail bar called Reef. I had the summer romance one – the orangey looking one – where my dad had the classic pina colada!

The glasses were huge and they gave us complimentary nuts to boot! I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who loves to lounge on a sofa, drinking a wee cocktail or two Wilstead looking out into the sea… speaking of which, this was our view after the couple in front of us took their leave…

As we wandered onwards still, it was decided that we would have our tea at the harbour area. We went to a restaurant called La Playita, where I had stuffed pancakes – with spinach and prawns – for a starter and a fillet steak flambee with mushroom sauce for a main. It was slightly disappointing and so my rating for this one was a 4/10 but that’s just my opinion, others may think differently…

I believe that is all I have to offer for this post! So until tomorrow friend’s, take care! ~*

Fuertaventura – Eco Cars, Volcanoes and Camels! ~*

Good morning friend’s! If y’all can remember what I said in the last post, then I can assure you that when I said this one was gonna be good, I truly did mean it! So, without any more hesitation, let’s begin…

It was another early rise on this, our 8th day in paradise… the only good point was the fact that our phone alarms got us up at the right time instead of an hour early! We sleepily walked into the local shopping centre to the stall upon which our trip was booked, paid the full amount and made our way to the car park downstairs! I should probably say that the name of the trip is Volcano Y Camels… I do believe there was a ‘Y’ in the middle but as I have holiday brain, who knows!

Anyways, when we got to the bottom of the stairs, we seen a neat line of perfectly parked Eco Cars, which can be seen in the photo below – taken later on when we found ourselves at the beach!

I have to say, although I was really a anxious about driving an automatic car on the wrong side of the road, when I got started and after following someone for a bit, I found it to be quite a pleasant experience! If I dare say so myself, it was easier than driving a car in Scotland!

After about five or ten minutes of driving on the roads, the guide led us off road to a more rough and dusty terrain. Whilst it was pretty bumpy and dust went everywhere, I found it thrilling and loved every second of it!

We came to a stop at a small distance away from the Volcano. We climbed out of the cars and walked on cobbled foot paths and you could choose whether you wanted to stay the bottom or challenge your fitness by climbing up the steep escalation to the volcanic crater. Although I have a fear of heights, I never let it stop me in America so why would it here! Below is a photo at the bottom of the Volcano before we climbed up…

Me and my dad made our way up the steep pebbled footpaths that led to the crater whilst my mum and brother stayed down. When we got to the top, it was worth it to see, just how much of an impact the crater made! The photo does not do it justice, but I can tell ya that it was pretty epic…

Looking around the area, you were able to see what the locals call squirrels, but in my opinion, they were more like chipmunks. These creatures were pretty sociable and had no fear when it came to people. I did hear something though that was, if your were caught by the authorities feeding them, you could get up to a €300 fine! Didn’t stop this guy though!

I did have a beautiful panoramic view from the top of the Volcano but I accidentally deleted it from the post and the WiFi has gone all funny again so I’ll just have to upload it in tomorrow’s post! 

In the meantime, here’s another panoramic view, this one at the bottom of the Volcano and at the apparently first ever house that was built on the island. I’m not sure if that’s accurate or not as when ya drive past other places here you see many ruins that look just like it.

Anyways, after spending a few minutes here, we made our way to the beach for a relaxing camel ride. Now, I can probably imagine what some of you are thinking and honestly I think that using animals for commercial purposes is a horrible thing that goes against my very being! However, we were told that the keeper of the Camels treated them with great care and upon appearance, they were more well kept than those at the zoo we visited. The ride was 20 minutes long and we walked through some of the dunes around us… we even seen the set of the new star wars movie that was being filmed there!

Alas, later on that day when we got home, we chilled out and watched some Wimbledon before heading out for our meal – I can’t believe Nadal is out of Wimbledon! My wee heart bled for him…

We ate at La Scarpetta, an Italian restaurant, where I had a carpriccio pizza for a main and a warm chocolate macaron for desert, another 10/10 meal in my opinion! 

With that, I’ll draw this post to an end! Take care friend’s and I’ll speak to y’all tomorrow! ~*

Fuertaventura – Frying in the sun

Good afternoon friend’s! Everyone still well I assume? Unfortunately for the past two days nothing too exciting has happened! 

Day 6 ~*

On this day, as we were all feeling pretty tired from the events of the zoo the previous day, we pretty much just chilled in the sun on our top terrace. 

It was on this day friend’s, that I consequently became a lobster… I put sun cream on… plenty of it in fact but somehow, the sun just wants me to fry… which, is what I did!

Alas, the wine I drank that day took the edge off of the bad burning and took away some of the embarrassment of the red blotches I now have about my skin as we wondered out for our meal at night…

We ventured out to a small traditional taverna sort of a place called Maison de Tejas, which we believed was somewhere the locals who live here frequent. I had fried cheese once again for a starter and fresh fish and prawn skewers for a main course! Another 10/10 scorer from me!

Below is a sunset photo that I took a few days ago, just because I thought it was a pretty breathtaking sight…

Day 7 ~*

Another day of Frying followed the last and to prevent anymore burning on my front, I concentrated on getting some rays on my back for a change…

My friend’s… I have never been so lazy in my life… I literally lay on the same spot – not alone in admit – for 4 hours, simply baking and enjoying a wee refreshment of white wine whilst doing so!

Later on that night, we went to a restaurant called La Oliva where I enjoyed baby squid for a starter and oxtail stew for a main course! As this was not as great as the past nights meal was I could only rate this one a 9/10, however, it is certainly worth a visit for hungry tummies!

That is all for this post friend’s, stay tuned for tomorrow’s, it’s gonna be a good one I can assure y’all! As always, take care and speak to y’all tomorrow! ~* 

Fuertaventura – Greeting the Wildlife ~*

Good morning friend’s! How are ya?? Again, I have a new refreshing post for y’all to react yer eyes upon so let’s get started…

On our fifth day, we were set to go to the Oasis Zoo… too eager maybe as we set our alarms to wake up for 7am but of course, our phones times are all messed up and so we woke up at 6am… the sun wasn’t even up yet! 

As we wondered sleepily for the pick up hotel for the bus that would take us there, we realised that we had to be there earlier than we thought, so the sleepy walk turned into a power walk to catch a bus that ended up being late anyways!

Two hours later, our feet touched down on the grainy, pebbly ground that was the entrance to the zoo and our spirits brightened considerably!

The zoo itself had a wide selection of animals including these guys!

Giraffes of course, are my favourite animal and I was able to feed them as well as the zebras, ponies, emus and the like!

Near the end of our trip, my brother, my dad and myself all had the pleasure of joining a small group in having a lemur experience. We actually got to go into the enclosure and see them up close and personal! We also learned more about them from the keeper that was in charge of leading the group.

Below is a photo that I took of a small group of lemurs gathered together with a baby attaching itself to the mother… it was the cutest thing.

This guy greeted us at the beginning and was a real hippy in character! I took this as we left but never thought he would actually look directly into the camera! 

At the end of the day, we suffered through the two hour journey back, by the end of which, we were all spent. We ended up buying food for tea at the supermarket and collapsed onto the sofa as soon as we could! 

And that was the end of the day… There’s more tomorrow so stay tuned! Take care friend’s, until next time~*