Monday, 27 May 2013

On my way Part I

So I've been away for a wee while. My Summer has officially begun.
Had my final exam on Thursday and then my Mum arrived in Edinburgh. We had dinner at The Albanach, which I'd been recommended by a friend. The food was good...when it arrived. This is why I have no pictures. The food took FOREVER to arrive; we knew what we wanted so ordered almost immediately, but the food took 45 minutes. I was in physical pain from hunger by the point the food arrived (I hadn't eaten since before my exam (about 12:45) and it was  about 20:00 when we arrived at the restaurant). The waiter said our order had got crossed with someone elses. Not good. Food was nice though. My Mum & I shared a Balmoral Chicken & a haggis, neeps & tatties. Good Scottish fare. I felt I needed to eat Scottish food considering I'd just finished half of my degree in a Scottish university. Only 2 years to go!

The next day we headed to St. Andrews, very slowly, along the Fife Tourist Trail.

This is going over the Forth Road Bridge (the car one). It felt like we were driving into the clouds.
 We accidentally headed down a cul de sac, but this beach was at the end so was very worth the detour.
 This view is back looking at the Forth Road Rail Bridge, and Edinburgh is in the very far background.
 There were so many of these snails on the beach. They're alive, don't worry.
 Here's me, being a tourist.

I took SO many photographs this will need to be done in parts. So this concludes the first installment.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

I'll tell ya what I want what I really really want

So I said something exciting was happening...
it did.

I dyed my hair. Well, I bleached it, then dyed it due to the very dark nature of my hair I knew that just dye wouldn't work. So here's an instagram picture of the final results; I'll put more in the future, but all my technology seems to be breaking down on me at the moment.

I feel like Scary Spice. My plan is to go a bit more adventurous in the Summer, pinks, blues, maybe everything altogether (ha!) I've been checking out Bleach London's blog for inspiration. I'm excited :)

One more exam to go and then fun times!

Saturday, 18 May 2013

If you people be ballin' then boy I must be FIFA

Currently I have the song Miami 2 Ibiza by Tinie Tempah & Swedish House Mafia in my head. I don't know why, I don't think I've listened to it for a while. I guess it could have been playing in the background at the gym, but yeah.

Anyway this post is just to say, I'm in my final stretch for exams, 5 days and I'm done! SO EXCITING, but can't get too excited because I have to study still.

Do you ever get to that point where you feel like you've studied all that you can and that you're just going around in circles. I'm getting there. Although post-optimality analysis is currently hindering my understanding so if you know anything about this or know anyone that does...hook a sister up.

Also something exciting happening this weekend (tomorrow) and you might find out about it if it works.

That probably makes no sense. All will become clear.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

I like the way you work it

Have you heard of Chet Faker?
Check out his soundcloud  I really like his music. I think it also helps that he's from Australia. As I'm pretty sure I'm in love with that country, and all its Antipodean ways.

Look at that beard. Intense.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

That's just what this song's about

I don't want to restrict myself on this blog like I used to, just purely being about fashion. I'm just going to write what I want, when I want. Hopefully I'll be more regular in it for this reason because I often think I'd like to write about something, but then I worry that it wouldn't fit in. I don't think you'd realise this if you looked through my last few posts because they are random, but my life is random, so it makes sense that my blog would be too.

So today I want to share with you my favourite songs at the moment. Hope that it is agreeable.

1. No Angels- Bastille ft Ella (TLC vs The XX)
This song just makes me feel chilled. Also being a 90s kid, it brings back memories.

2. Home Town- Rizzle Kicks
I'm pretty home sick at the moment, even though I've only been back in Edinburgh for 6 days. Maybe its worse when its been less time, I'm not sure. However, this song expresses that longing for home, the people and the memories.

3. Made Alive- Citizens
This is such a jolly song. Seriously. It just makes you want to bob up and down. Also best/truest (is that a word most true maybe?) lyrics of all these songs.

4. Flashing Room - 2AM Club
This makes me dance. I was just casually shuffling through my iPod whilst brushing my teeth then this came on and I had to dance. That is unusual for me. I am not a frequent dancer, especially whilst brushing my teeth. Hence why this song makes this list.

I realise 4 is a random number to stop at, but that's my list so, that'll be it.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

On the hunt

This baby is very cute. I want my friend's baby to look like this. She is black. Thus she needs at least a half Oriental person. If you fit this requirement, contact me.
p.s. You must love Jesus.

Friday, 10 May 2013

I don't care, I love it.

It is possible that I have the best friends in the world.

Very possible.

They're so encouraging. I actually went to bed last night thinking 'how is it that I have such good friends in my life?' Last night was also the night before my economics final (I had it this morning, it wasn't great, wasn't horrific, so we'll see come results). I could so easily have tossed and turned, not being able to get to sleep panicking about what's on the paper AHI'MTOTESGONNAFAIL but I didn't, due to my friends being the most encouraging people (& God's Word too, reading the Bible helps)

And this isn't about being boastful, its about acknowledging my blessing. I am SO thankful for the people around me.

It makes me a bit sad that I'm not always around them, living in a different country and all that, but technology makes the world so much smaller. I realise it is only 400 miles, but its still a distance and its tough at times, but texts, facebook, instagram, twitter, oh boy you make life that bit nicer.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

But you didn't have to go so far

You may have noticed in my profile description that it says I just want to see the world. Well, I do. So recently I've been looking up ways to do this without spending a fortune, which as a student I do not have. So here's four websites that have caught my fancy recently. I'm not saying that I'll use these and I've not used them yet, however, they provide a more feasible way of travelling. So here goes, kind of a note to self.

Websites for travelling on a low (student) budget:

1. Workaway
This website lets you search by country for hosts to stay with who require you to do a bit of work in exchange for board (sometimes food too). The opportunities range from babysitting to farming to painting, for example. There's loads of choices and I like how there are reviews left on the hosts and by the hosts, so you get further insight into the experience by those who've actually experienced it.
It was also reviewed on The Guardian's website.

2. House Carers
This is house sitting, on a global scale. Most houses have pets to look after though, so if you're not the most animal loving person, this probably isn't ideal. However, the lengths of stay range from a few days, to six months plus so if you want to travel, work and truly get to know a place like the locals, I would think this would be great.

3. Airbnb

I LOVE this site, you can create wishlists and I currently have 10. These do cost money though, not time, HOWEVER you can find some really cheap places to stay which look amazing. There's also reviews on many of the rooms/flats/houses/villas so you can get a better idea of what its like (I realise photos can be deceiving). In addition, because you can rent a whole house or flat its ideal for travelling with friends. Be aware though, some places charge extra per additional person after a certain number, so just make sure you read through properly. There's also etiquette associated with this site, but maybe I'll do a post about that later.

4. Staydu

Very similar to Workaway, however has additional options of staying for free, staying by working or paying to stay, which is cool . On cold Edinburgh days when I was in the library last November writing essays this website got me through, just imagining the things I could do and the places I could see in the world.

So have a browse, be inspired, let me know if you know of any other sites similar or different, yet appropriate still for the poor student with a desire to see the world.