A light at the end of the tunnel ~*

Good day friends! I hope you are all keeping well, the snowpocalypse has officially ended in Stirling now but let us dive right in to the 4th day of the monstrosity!

The snowpocalypse: day four

So… is the heating fixed yet? the answer is a big fat nope. Thanks to the supplementary heaters we were supplied with the other day though, we were at least able to sleep in our own beds and not turn into living icicles!

The day had finally arrived where I had to make the choice of going to the gig of my favourite band and risk getting stranded in Glasgow the next day or not… the band in question? Apocalyptica. Ever since I was in high school, around 14-15 years old or so, this band have played a massive role in inspiring me to play the cello myself so I was desperate to see them! The blizzards were still falling though and apparently Glasgow was worse than Stirling… After phoning the Box office a couple of times I found out that they were still playing. I had no ticket. My plan was to go home and collect my ticket but Fife was terrible and all travel to there was still cancelled for the foreseeable future!

Stressed to the max, I phoned ticketmaster, a thousand times, to no avail! no human being picked up my calls and the automated service was trash! I even created a twitter account to deal with my problem, again, I found no help was given. Really guys??? to top it off the engineer finally showed his face and discovered yet more problems with the boiler, meaning it could not get fixed that day. Honestly, that was when deciding on going to the gig became, oh so much easier. I had, had enough and after packing my bag, I left for the bus.

I had made it to Glasgow! Now I just had to find the hostel I was staying at and all would be well… Google maps helped me greatly here as I have literally no sense of direction – even in Glasgow, and I am from Scotland. I arrived at the Euro Hostel stressed but so, so relieved that I could now relax! My first thoughts were that the reception area was really modern looking and you could see the conjoined bar/restaurant from it, no navigational skills needed to find where I was going to eat and drink before the gig tonight! The staff were also really friendly and willing to help me discover where the gig was being held that night – this would be my first time properly reading a map, something I’ve always avoided! Anyways here are some photo’s of my room if anyone is considering staying here in the future!

So, we got an edgy wall frame…

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This was just a photo I took before getting in the lift to show off the art you see on various walls in Glasgow!

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Finally! So I stayed in a four bed, all female dorm. I found it alright actually, I’ve definitely slept in worse hostels. The room itself was quite modern however the one thing letting it down is that I was intially told that there were lockers in the room and in actual fact, there were not. I was not about to let it ruin my stay though and off to the bar I went!

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The bar is called, Mint & Lime. I had the lasagna with a glass of red wine, I found it to be not too pricey of a deal and it certainly filled a hole before going to the gig. I stuck strictly to the map I was given and turned up to the venue 15 minutes later! Apocalyptica were playing their Metallica album that night so I was well excited to get in there and here them rock out on their four cello’s and I was not disappointed!

I am so happy that I finally got to see my favourite band! I couldn’t get back to Stirling the next day and just went home instead… to Narnia land! The snowpocalypse had hit home with a passion indeed! At least I can say I now know how to read a map properly!

Well I believe that is all for this post, until next time, take care friends! ~*

 

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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 ~*

 

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

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 – A crafty sort of day ~* 

Good morning friend’s! It’s just me again with another post here! I hope you are all fine and well and enjoying life as much as I am. Let’s begin what was the fourth day of this epic holiday…

This was the day that I had to say my goodbyes to the beautiful vintage bike I had rented, so I had my brother take a commemorative photo of me with it just to show y’all how epic it looked! 

As I went to return it though, the nice man let me extend my rent period until later that day! The people here are really quite friendly I have noticed… so where was next on my agenda of things to do? Well there was a craft market on so that’s where I headed since I love that kinda thing anyways! It was just across the road from the bike shop and there were many stalls to feast my eyes upon… I ended up buying a piece of magical photography mounted upon a black background of wood. Now I don’t usually appreciate photography as much as I do paintings but this guys photographs were just out of this world! I forgot his name sadly but it began with E.

After depositing the photographed piece in the flat for safety, I led the rest of my family to the harbour so that they could see what I was able to see… of course we stopped off at the waikiki lounge bar place for a cocktail or two – since both me and my brother had bikes, we just took off as our folks walked the journey. Anyways! I had the sweet tentation cocktail followed by the daikiki a la fresa one, they were both equally delightful in taste… below is the sweet tentation cocktail…

This was a photo I took of the beginning of one of the market rows we walked by…

I would show y’all the beautiful sunset that I captured as we walked for our team that night but I can tell you that this restaurant called La Calesta scored a 10/10 for atmosphere, food and service! If you are in this neck of the woods go here! I had seafood soup for a starter, meat ravioli – napolitana style – for a main and finished with a beautifully homemade blueberry cheesecake…

After the beautiful meal we all had it was time to retire to our beds… and that’s about it for this post! 

I’ll try and get the sunset photo uploaded for tomorrow’s post, also I’ll put up the name of the photographer when I unpack his photo at home because he was truly something! Until tomorrow then friend’s, take care for now ~* 

Fuertaventura – On Vintage Wheels ~*

Good evening friend’s! And what an early one it is to! I hope you are all well? I am still doing good as always and still enjoying my holiday… I have something new to share with y’all, so let’s get started…

It was day three of our holiday and everyone felt like a day of lazy relaxation was the best way to go… but I had other plans! For a whiley, I had noticed that cycling seemed to be the habit of many people around here so I wanted to try my hand at it to see what was so special about it! I had managed to cycle in the American heat after all so this kind of heat should pose no threat to me…

It was an exceptionally over cast day which I thought would be perfect for a nice bike ride to wherever! I waltzed into to bike place and the first question caught me off guard, or rather the second one did! The shopkeeper had asked what kind of bike I was after to rent for the day and friend’s, if I only had a filter for some situations! I immediately came out with,” Just a cycle bike please.” Duh. In my mind I was cringing for surrounding me was a shop full of cycle bikes! Anyways, after the confusion was overcome, I was on my merry way! Oh, it cost €12 to hire a bike for 24 hours here in case you’re interested. 

I got a beautiful vintage bike with a basket and headed straight to the harbour!

These are just some of the photo’s that I took at the harbour. It was a smaller one than what I’m used to seeing when I’m on my travels but the views were worth the cycle ride!

That night, we went to a restaurant called Ramoon, where I had a fried cheese starter and fillet steak ramoon for a main course (fillet steak wrapped in bacon.) I think out of all of us, I had the best meal and would rate it 9/10… still not perfect but it wasn’t too bad!

That’s about it for now though friend’s, take care and speak to y’all tomorrow ~* 

Fuertaventura – Day 2 ~*

Good morning friend’s! How are we all today? As for me, I am still in paradise, soaking in the sunshine and enjoying life, as usual! Shall I begin this next day in our adventure? I think I shall…

So! After the day of relaxation, we found ourselves geared up and ready to go exploring some of what this place has to offer. So we got all creamed up and wandered where our feet would take us…

After about 20 minutes we came to a small local market, of course, we ventured in to take a look… my brother and I got ourselves an oil painting done on linen by a local artist and my folks came away with a wooden plaque, carved by the owner of the stall himself!

After what I’d say was a 15 minute walk away, we stumbled upon a beach called Waikiki… have to say, I was stunned when I seen the views that awaited us! Here’s some photos for y’all… 

So, this place you can literally sit with yer feet in the sand, looking out to the sea whilst drinking a cocktail… which I did. I had the hunky drink cocktail which consisted in the most part of; southern comfort, passoa, Mango juice and cream, white rum and lime juice! I also snacked on a hawaiin (sorry if it is misspelt) sandwich which consisted of; crab, pineapple, lettuce and tomato. Very delish.

Finally… feast yer eyes on this beautiful beach, showing… was it, Casa Lomo? Or maybe just Lomo… anyways! It shows off the small island that is the closest one to us. It happens to have nothing or noone staying on it as we have been told but it’s pretty to look at for sure!

On the way back, I was pleasantly surprised from the amount of rock shops (as in rock music/era, that kinda thing) there are! My rock needs have been well satisfied…

When it came to tea time, I digress slightly as I made a mistake on the last post, which I came to realise after reading back in my journal. At El Torres, I had a smoked salmon starter and hake for a main course. It was at a restaurant called Poco Loco that I had the sautéed mushroom starter and squid rings for a main. I believe I now have what my folks are calling holiday brain! Anyways, I’d rate this restaurant a 7/10 so it is getting higher day by day!

I believe that is all for this one friend’s but tomorrow will have a new post of summer bliss. As ever, take care and speak to y’all next time! ~*