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Life Lately | My Scottish Summer

This summer 2016 has been a busy non-stop train from working to holiday to a rushing madness toward finding a job. Can you believe tomorrow is September already?

I haven’t been wanting to bring up the subject for many reasons, but my current visa is expiring in one month and I’m hoping I can find a job to be able to stay – especially since the Brit still has a year to his PhD. It’s been difficult, but I’m working hard at it – hence why my blog has been suffering lately. 

When I have this situation under control again, I want to start blogging again more seriously. I want to write more about travel (and hopefully host a link up), and I also want to start writing about living life creatively.

Through this slightly maddening time lately, creativity is what has stopped me from going crazy. When I can, I write some ideas for my book down, I write a blog post here and there, I draw, I read, I listen to podcast by other creative minded people. I am soaking up inspiration and I want to start sharing it as well!

Amidst these ramblings, today I wanted to share what we’ve been up to lately. Because despite all the exciting job hunt, we’ve been trying to make the most of our summer!

|| We spent a long weekend in Dublin and it was fantastic! I’ll be posting about it very soon! ||


|| We went to have the amazing seasonal tasting menu at The Kitchin in Edinburgh. Review to come. ||

|| I am now on to level 2 of Danish and level 1 of Japanese. They are both so much more difficult than any other language I’ve learnt before, but I’m loving the challenge. ||


Whaaaat! Just done the first level of Danish 😀 #Danish #language #learning #Denmark

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|| We went to see the Shakespeare play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in the Stirling Castle gardens. The evening weather was perfect and we brought a picnic. Perfect summer activity! ||

|| We visited the Scottish Parliament. It had been on my list for so long and I’m glad we did. It doesn’t take more than one hour if you’re interested. ||

|| I went to Go Ape with a friend. It was fun – but I can only recommend it for the zip lines! || 

|| I had afternoon tea at Tigerlily in Edinburgh with an ex-colleague. It was delicious, I highly recommend it! ||

|| We attempted to go to the Edinburgh Foodies Festival though it was cancelled due to high winds. We tried to head to the Botanics instead but they were closed as well. A very successful day, you know? ||

|| We met up with my St Andrews flatmate. She’s the one who introduced the Brit and I, and we were both happy to see her after nearly three years. ||

flatmate reunion

|| The Brit and I spent a long weekend with his family in the countryside. His uncle was turning 70 and it was a great weekend of celebration with the extended family. ||

|| We went horseback riding again! It was lovely – though I gotta say, it was less fun than last year as my horse was a wild one this time. ||

horseback riding

|| We spent a day in Glasgow, we ate some gorgeous Argentinian food at CAU and then went for a walk around the Necropolis. It’s a lovely and quiet place for a nice walk, and it has a great view over the city! ||

|| On the same day we also headed to Largs on the west coast because a good friend of mine wrote and starred in a two-women comedy show. And it was so good! She’s a future star, I’m telling you! ||

|| I spent a day in St Andrews with the lovely Mel from Everything I wished for… showing her around my alma mater town. || 

|| And last but not least, we celebrated the Brit’s 29th birthday! It was a fun, low key affair and it’s crazy to think he’ll be entering his 30s in a year. ||

Despite a few setbacks during the summer, I think it’s been a pretty good one! Now onto the autumn and to more success!

What have you been up to this summer?xx

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