On my last trip to Glasgow I was so impressed by the murals I saw that I wanted to go back and do the City Centre Mural Trail – a path that visits 19 murals. So, even though the weather forecast didn’t fill us with hope, myself and two friends decided to get on the train to Glasgow last Sunday.
A couple of days ago I took part in the Great City Swap – a new campaign led by Scottish train company Scotrail that encourages residents of Edinburgh and Glasgow to swap their hometowns for the day. According to research only around 30% of residents in Edinburgh and Glasgow travel to the other city for leisure – which doesn’t sound like a lot to me considering that it’s only a 50-minute train journey that separates the cities! Although I am a bit ashamed to admit that I’ve lived in Edinburgh for 3,5 years and only visited Glasgow properly once…You can read about it here.
It’s finally happened; summer is here! Well for only one day for now as it’ll be raining all day tomorrow according to the weather forecast…But I’m grateful that we’ve had a much needed sunny and warm day on the beach – I actually think this has been the warmest day I’ve experienced during my 3+ years in the Burgh! (+25 degrees haha)
We usually take it pretty easy on weekend mornings, but last Sunday we were out the door at 9.30am! We were picked up by our friends and drove to Lauriston Castle, a 16-century tower house just a 15-minute ride away. The weather wasn’t great, but at least it didn’t rain (I’m starting to be really, really sick of this non-summery weather here – the other week I had to get out Lana’s winter coat because it was so chilly)!
The Royal Highland Show is a celebration of the best in food, farming and rural life and one of Scotland’s biggest events. I’ve been wanting to visit for years and decided that now is the time, so Matthew took a day off work and we got on the dedicated bus service and headed to Ingliston near the airport where the showground is.
After my job interview on Thursday I met up with Matthew and Lana, had pancakes and coffee at Broughton Deli and then decided to go to the National Portrait Gallery. We’ve seen many exhibitions, but this time I was a lot more interested in taking photos of the beautiful building instead – especially since the spring sunshine contributed with some dramatic effects.
Pretty much ever since I moved to Edinburgh I’ve been wanting to go on a guided tour in the Old Town, but just never quite made it. We did go on one of those ghost tours in the underground vaults when I was still living in London and only visiting, but we had to interrupt the tour as I thought I was going to faint due to lack of oxygen (and perhaps my hangover had something to do with it too…)
Since I travel between Finland and the UK several times a year I cannot help but make small observations about differences in Finnish and Scottish everyday life that I find curious, interesting or just plain annoying – and now I thought I’d share them with you as well my dear friends. Remember that these are just my personal, not-so-objective observations and generalisations based on 1,5 years in London and 2,5 years in Edinburgh! So without further introductions, here they are:
This will be a bit of a Throwback Thursday post from our short break to the Trossachs National Park last summer. Our friends drove up from London the last weekend in July, and as we thought it would be nice for them to see something else than ‘just’ Edinburgh, we decided to stay in a caravan at the hotel we stayed in for my 30th birthday. So after a night with dinner in the sun followed by some stand-up comedy in Edinburgh we got up earlyish the following day and started driving north.