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Monday, 27 June 2016

Boston Travel Diary



It's now been weeks since I left Boston but I've seriously been putting off writing about it. I fell in love with Boston as a city. So much so that I know deep down that one day I will return to the city to live there. Boston was everything I expected it to be and so much more. So it's quite difficult for me to write about it because I want to do my best by it, if that makes sense. But here we go. I'm going to be sharing all that I got up to in my 72 hours in Boston. When in Boston I was staying with my good friend Leda from Little Girl, Bigger World. We met last October at a bloggers event and it's really strange to say that I've visited her on the other side of the Atlantic after knowing her for such a short space of time. But that being said I'm forever grateful for the wonderful people that the blogging community has and is continuing to bring into my life. 

And enough of my rambling, lets get on with how I spent my first day in the city!
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Friday, 24 June 2016

April & May Reading Wrap Up

So it's been a while since I posted a reading wrap up. Ooops? I think because I took an accidental blogging break for the whole month of May it's best that I just combine two months together to catch up. I did quite a bit of reading due to rereading Harry Potter which made it much easier to pick up a larger number of books for my 2016 GoodReads reading goal. I mostly enjoyed the books I read over the last two months and now that it's summer I have more spare time to actually read the books that I want to be reading! Yay. Charlotte and I have put Sassy Books on hold for the moment, it might return soon if we are feeling up to it but honestly there was very little participation and I don't think either of us were really enjoying it anymore.


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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Lake Huron, Lake Erie & Western Ontario




I spent my last few days in Canada staying in London, Ontario. Despite growing up in the UK, I have never actually visited London, England and I think it's wonderfully ironic that I visited the Canadian London first. They even have a river Thames. Which I imagine is much more idyllic than the English equivalent. We travelled up here during the day on Friday stopping for a stroll in Stratford (also has a River Avon) which is a tiny picturesque town in Ontario with a pretty big theatre. I also found out after visiting that it's Justin Bieber's home town. Not what you'd expect from the photos is it?! We also stopped in New Hamburg for lunch where we had the most amazing soup in a cafe called Meme's. I had sweet potato, ginger and coconut soup with cheese muffin(scone type thing) and it was absolutely delicious. Since I have gotten home I've actually tried to replicate the soup with this recipe and I'm pretty impressed! After that we travelled on to London. After we arrived I got to meet some more of the family. London is where my grandad's aunt and uncle moved to when they emigrated so it's where most of the family still live. 
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Saturday, 11 June 2016

Books About Blogging

I like books. I like blogging. So it would make sense that I like books about blogging right? It occured to me recently that I have actually read a lot of books that contain blogs/social media as a big part of the book. However, not many of them are well known books. I've had a look back at the ones that I've read and picked out a few that really stood out. Sometimes I read books about blogging and think it's amazing how the author has managed to capture the community. And sometimes they get it so wrong that it's hilarious! But here are a few that stand out for me, some in a good way and others not so much...


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - This is one of my favourite books of all time. It is just so nice and cute and mushy but excellent and I just want to burst with excitement when I start talking about it. The main character is an identical twin who is very socially awkward. She relies a lot on her more sociable twin and is really hit hard when her twin says that she doesn't want to share a dorm room with her at university. She feels all alone and is trying to discover herself. She also writes a really popular fan fiction series and is struggling to find her own writing style with her own ideas. A big part of the story is about Cath trying to work out what she wants to do with her website/blog and fitting it around university life. There is a bit of romance in this book but really it's about growing up, finding your independence and realising where you stand in the world. Rainbow Rowell's books are getting more and more popular which is great because she totally deserves it. 

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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Toronto Travel Diary




Despite flying into to Toronto I never actually made it into the city centre until the third day of my trip, the day after my visit to Niagara Falls. I caught a commuter train into the city from my relative's town and arrived in Union Station around 10:30am. The station itself was very grand and I could have easily spent a while just walking around it. Really puts Edinburgh Waverley Station to shame to say the least! Following some signs I actually managed to get myself to the CN Tower without having to leave the station. The CN Tower is the typical part of the Toronto skyline that we all think about and I couldn't wait to see the view from the top. The queue was tiny, especially in comparison to the queues I saw later in my trip at NYC attractions!

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Friday, 3 June 2016

Niagara Falls

So my time in Canada has come to an end. I still have another week left of travelling through the US before returning to Scotland as I write this. Due to being a stress-ridden traveller I have approximately two hours free in this tiny airport so I thought I'd start writing my blog posts about my time here in Canada. It's been an amazing trip and honestly one week was nowhere near long enough. I've seen so many different things, met many amazing people and eaten a considerable amount of food (very little of which was healthy). That makes it very hard to put the experience into words but I guess we'll start with Niagra Falls. Typical Canadian tourist spot and exactly where I headed first. 


Last Tuesday I woke up, only slightly jet lagged, for my first morning in Canada. I was staying with relatives in Oakville, a smaller town outside of Toronto so we drove to the falls. There was a lot to see on the car journey and my relatives were very knowledgable about the area and were great tour guides. We arrived at the falls around 12pm after stopping to see the Niagara Flower Clock. I've seen a few flower clocks around (even Edinburgh has one) but they do make for some lovely photos. 

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