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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Christmas Memories

December is now well under way and it's only 21 days until Christmas! Now that I'm older and spend the majority of Christmas time away from home it's gotten me thinking more about the Christmas traditions that I've had grown up. Whilst I have really fond memories of all of my family's traditions it's also been a blast creating new ones with my friends too. I'm buried under work at the moment (who invented Christmas exams?) but that won't stop me from sharing some of my favourite Christmas memories and traditions this festive season.

The Edinburgh Christmas market - Growing up so close to Edinburgh meant that the Christmas market was always a pretty big part of the festive season! I love walking around the market in the cold and seeing all the bright lights and interesting stalls. And with all the delicious food it always smells amazing! And every year it feels like it gets bigger and bigger. It now expands over the Princes Street Gardens and St Andrew's Square. My favourite stalls are probably all the dessert ones and the stall that sells the flavoured coffee beans. They both smell amazing.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Scotland

Today is St Andrews day! It's Scotland's national day. Whilst it isn't as big a celebration as it is in some other countries but I'll be trying to catch the fireworks at Edinburgh Castle tonight. It's looking likely that I won't be living in Scotland this time next year so I'm trying to savour my time in this beautiful country. Scotland is my home and I love it. I think that Scotland should be right up there on people's bucket lists as it has so much to offer. Here are my reasons for why you should visit Scotland:

1. Scotland is a relatively small country so it's possible to see a lot in a short about of time.

It doesn't actually take that long to drive around Scotland so if travelling by car, then you can see a lot of different places in a short time. In April I went on a day tour of the highlands with Grayline (which you can read about here) and I got to travel to Loch Ness and some other really interesting parts of Scotland. In a quick going 12 hours, we saw lots of different landscapes, wildlife and even the sun! I can't drive but once I learn how to I'm going to plan a more in-depth road trip because whilst I've seen a lot of Scotland I know that there's still so much more to see!

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Wagamama's New Menu

On Friday night I went to Wagamama with my dear blogging friend, Leda, for a catch up over some delicious Japanese food. Wagamama have added a few new sides as their autumn/winter menu so we were pretty excited to try them out. We opted to order a few sides to share rather than a main each - the best way to get to try out a little bit of everything. The restaurant was busy so we had a bit of a wait but a waiter was brining around samples of food and juice for everyone to try whilst we waited - amazing customer service. 

Starting with the new menu items, we shared some of the bang bang cauliflower. Crispy, wok fried cauliflower served in the old classic firecracker sauce. Cauliflower is definitely an underrated vegetable and this was really nice. I've never have cauliflower served fried before but I loved it. This dish also packs quite a bit of heat for the spice fiends amongst us. 


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

What's The Point In Blogging?

I'm currently the busiest I have ever been in my life. Third year is no joke: not only stressful but time consuming. But, despite that I've still been uploading a blog post a week. I've came to the conclusion that blogging is extremely important to me and is actually a great stress relief (even if it is sometimes stress-inducing). It can be a bit of a misunderstood hobby and to some it may seem a waste of time. But I'm adamant that blogging has lots of bonuses!

I've loved the written word my whole life, this is no different
I've always been a reader and when I was younger I was a keen writer as well. I essentially stopped writing fiction for a while and after that was when I started blogging. Writing my blog is just an extension of my love of both reading and writing. I'm a scientist by day so coming home and having the chance to explore my creative side through this blog is a welcomed break. 


Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Wahaca Edinburgh

One of the things that really sucks about blogging is reading posts from other bloggers about amazing restaurants... that are hundreds of miles away from you. I've been reading posts from some of my favourite English blogging babes about Wahaca for years now. So I was pretty pleased when I discovered that they were opening a chain in Edinburgh. I'd been meaning to try it out for a while but hadn't made any plans. Then last week I was returning to Edinburgh after some travelling. I'd been on trains for most of the day and was really hungry. In a split second decision I decided I'd go to Wahaca by myself, because if I'm not a grown independent woman that can go get her own tacos then who am I?


Wednesday, 9 November 2016

My Favourite Indie Films

Recently I binned all of my DVD cases as I'd transferred all my discs into a disc holder. It means that I can store all my DVDs in one place and they don't take up lots of space. But before I binned them I took some photos for a few blog posts about some of my favourite movies. I don't really consider myself to be a big movie fan as I often lose patience! I don't have a very long attention span! These are a few of my favourite 'indie' films. I don't know what I really class as an 'indie film' but I guess they're the ones that really stand out as being unique to me. Or where you can feel the style of the director really showing through. 

The Virgin Suicides - This movie is based on the book of the same name by Jeffrey Eugenides and I'm a big fan of his work (although don't ask me to pronounce his name). The movie is also amazing. The way this film is shot totally captures the dream like narrative style of the book which is so great to see. The storyline is a bit grim - it's about a group of sisters with strict parents and the boys who have crushes on them who try to 'save' them. It's not too long as well which is nice as I tend to lose attention if a film is really long. 
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