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May 2019 in review

May 2019 in review


I cannot believe that we're almost halfway through the year. Time really does fly. So it's time to look back at everything that happened last month. Are you ready for my May round-up?

1. Photo shoot with Steven

I honestly think that I'm a not a very photogenic person. I feel weird in front of the camera and I always manage to pull a strange face. But I have to admit that shooting with a friend is a completely different experience than having people snap random shots of you here and there. First of all, there are no expectations, just fun. Steven and I went for a walk around Stockbridge and just casually took some photos. Around 90% of them is me laughing hysterically because I can't keep a straight face but he still managed to get some nice shots of me, even though I didn't make it easy for him. It was a great experience and I'm sure there are more shoots to come in the future. 
2. North Queensferry day trip 

On one sunny Sunday, my boyfriend and I decided to take a train to North Queensferry. It takes around 15 minutes to get there by train so it's a nice option for a quick and affordable day trip from Edinburgh. We've had a quick stroll around the village and then we headed to the Fife Coastal Path. We didn't go far so I would definitely like to go back in the summer. It guarantees beautiful views of the Forth Rail Bridge, the coast and lots of nature. As a self-diagnosed flower addict, I was very happy about that. We had a quick sandwich break at the tiny beach and we walked back to the village. The reason why I wanted to visit North Queensferry so badly was to cross the Forth Road Bridge. It is such a nice walk and there were a lot of people crossing it on that sunny day. If you would like to do that reserve some time as the bridge turned out to be longer than I expected. It took us around 40 minutes to get to the other side. After that, we decided to have some fish and chips for lunch (my very first fish and chips in Scotland and probably the last - not a fan). We found a cute place that had a terrace that overlooked the bridges and even though we weren't amazed by the food it was still a lovely ending to our little day trip in the sun. 
3. Family time

In May we also had guests! My boyfriend's sister came to visit us and we had a week of fun! We walked around town, took her to the Botanics for a stroll, took the train to North Berwick and enjoyed some delicious food. And as we live very close to the FountainPark we decided to play Mini Golf and have fun in the Laser Arena. It was a first time for me doing both and I loved it! We ended up playing Mini Golf twice as we loved it that much. We also had some nice, chill evening in the flat - we watched some good and not-so-good movies on Netflix and ate tons of snacks. I miss having her over already and can't wait to spend some more quality time together when we go to visit her in Spain in August. 

4. Blogger conference

At the end of May, I had the pleasure to attend a blogger conference in Edinburgh. I got invited by the lovely ladies from The Creative Events Company that organised the whole event. And what a great job they did! It was my first time attending a conference so I wasn't sure what to expect but I had a great time. We had a chance to listen to some really inspiring speakers and to network (although I have to admit that I failed a bit at this part as I felt shy). I really loved to listen to Leah Hutcheon from Appointedd and Ian Lebruce, who is a managing director at Ignite Your Brand. Their talks were definitely the most memorable to me. I have to mention the food as well because well, I simply love me some good food. Girls took care of everything so we were spoilt with the choice - from pizza to doughnuts and so much more. I can't wait to see what they're up to next! If you're interested in any of their future event go and follow their instagram - @creativelyeventful.
5. the Mousetrap in the Playhouse

At the end of May, I spontaneously bought tickets to the theatre to see The Mousetrap. I'm a huge Agatha Christie fan and I couldn't miss an opportunity to see this classic murder mystery written by her. And of course, it did not disappoint. If you have a chance to see it then I would highly recommend it. It made me want to re-read some of my Christie's favourite books so I'm going to head to the Edinburgh Library soon to pick some of them. 
Turns out that May was much more eventful than I thought. I think it’s good to look back and see how much can actually happen in a month. Because even though I had some hard moments I much prefer to focus on the positives. May was a month of many firsts for me - first photo shoot, first conference, first time going to Mini Golf and Laser Arena and it was absolutely lovely! It truly reminded me that you don’t need to go away to exotic countries to discover new things. They’re around, you just have to find them! 

And what are your favourite things that you did in May?
5 things to do in Utrecht

5 things to do in Utrecht

I had a chance to spend one of the weekends in April in Utrecht - a city that I’ve never really heard of. So when I was going there I didn’t really have any expectations. Maybe that’s why I didn’t expect that Utrecht would totally steal my heart! 

HOW TO GET TO UTRECHT

I landed at Amsterdam airport and went to Utrecht straight from there. Schiphol airport is connected to a train station and a bus station, so you don’t have to worry about getting around. Tickets to Utrecht cost around 9 euros and you can buy it from the machines at the airport (you can find them in the baggage reclaim area) or at the train station. When you get off the plane you just have to follow the signs - everything is in English so you can easily find your way to the train station even though the airport is big. The train trip itself takes around half an hour and the trains depart regularly. If you want to plan your trip beforehand you can easily check everything at https://www.ns.nl/en. Just pick Utrecht Centraal as your destination and it will show you the train times and all the stations. Easy peasy!
WHY I PREFER UTRECHT OVER AMSTERDAM

I think it’s worth mentioning that I’ve been to Amsterdam before and I already did most of the touristy things there. However, I was absolutely sure that I was going to take the Utrecht-Amsterdam train every day during my time there. I ended up spending only half a day in Amsterdam and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Amsterdam is an extremely busy city (and I can totally understand why) but the number of people, bikes and cars can give you a headache at the end of the day. You have to be careful when crossing the roads, and it is the bikes you have to beware - they’re literally everywhere and they always have priority. Utrecht with “only” half a million inhabitants is much calmer. And what’s even better it has all the great things that people look for in Amsterdam. Canals? Check! Lovely Dutch architecture? Check! Cool independent shops? Check! Museums? Check! Delicious food? Check! Check! Check! 

WHAT TO DO IN UTRECHT

1. Visit a local market

If you’re visiting Utrecht during the weekend then you definitely should go to one of the local markets. On Saturdays, you can visit Janskerkhof Bloemenmarkt - the flower market. Even when you’re not planning on buying any flowers it is still worth going to see the explosion of colours and scents. I was so tempted to get myself some tulips, as I was visiting right in the middle of the tulip season but unfortunately, it’s impossible to take a flower bouquet on the plane. 
Another must-see in Utrecht is Market Vredenburg. It’s the perfect spot to treat yourself to some local cheese or try the traditional Dutch delicacy - the Stroopwafel! 

FLOWER MARKET: Neude Janskerkhof en Domplein, 3512 JE Utrecht
Open only on Saturdays from 8AM to 5PM.

LOCAL FOOD MARKET: Vredenburg, 3511 CW Utrecht
Open on Saturdays from 8AM to 5PM as well as Wednesdays and Fridays from 10AM to 5PM.
2. Discover small, independent shops

Utrecht’s city centre is filled with the independent stores and boutiques where you can buy clothes, jewellery and home decor. There’s also a lot of vintage shops and high street brands available like H&M, Zara and Lush if you fancy some bigger shopping spree. However I would highly recommend the independent shops - you can find some really amazing, one of a kind things there and the interiors of most of them are just to die for. Perfect if you’re on a hunt for some home decor inspo. 
3. Get lost in the charming streets

Utrecht’s city centre is just ideal for strolls. Thanks to the city’s compact size you can easily get everywhere on foot which is not only eco-friendly but it also helps to burn the calories after eating ridiculous amounts of the delicious Stroopwafels. While walking around look for stairs that will take you down to the canals. There are some nice, slightly hidden restaurants there as well as benches where you can sit, enjoy the city view and eat yet another waffle.
4. Go on the boat tour around the canals

Utrecht’s city centre is surrounded by a canal and it makes a perfect opportunity to see the city from a different perspective. You can go for an organised boat tour - the trip takes about an hour and it costs 13 euros per person. If you feel more adventurous you can rent a canoe. It costs 6 euros per person per hour so it’s a more flexible option as it lets you take your time and explore the canals for as long as you want. 

BOAT TOUR: Oudegracht 85, 3511 AD Utrecht
Open every day from 9AM to 6PM. Tours start at every full hour.

CANOE RENTAL: Oudegracht 275, 3511 AL Utrecht 
Open every day from 10AM to 8PM except for Mondays (1PM - 8PM). 
5. Take a stroll around one of the parks

If you feel like you want to spend some of the time surrounded by nature then just go to one of Utrecht’s many parks. You can just go for a walk, go on a bike ride or have a picnic. In Utrecht, you can buy some really scrumptious bread and cheese so if your itinerary allows then I would highly recommend this option - relaxation guaranteed!

PARKS IN UTRECHT: 

- Vilhelminapark: Wilhelminapark 65, 3581 NP Utrecht
- VOORVELDSE POLDER: Lo Bruntpad, 3573 PT Utrecht
- Park Bloeyendael: Archimedeslaan 1, 3584 BC Utrecht, Netherlands
- Griftpark: 3572 KC Utrecht, Netherlands
I have to admit it - Utrecht really managed to quickly steal my heart. It’s such a cosy city that it is really easy to feel like a local. It’s not only a perfect place to stay if you’re planning to see Amsterdam but it’s a great city that’s well worth a visit. Even though it is significantly smaller than the capital it still offers tons of things to do and makes a perfect spot for a quick city break. 

Do you have places that stole your heart when you didn't expect it at all? 
Goodbye 2018

Goodbye 2018

It took me way longer than I expected to finally prepare the summary of my 2018. I have to say that January went by in a blink of an eye and we're on the first weekend of February already. But I think that it's never too late for some good memories. Last year I prepared my first summary of the year and it made me realize that we tend to forget so many small moments. 12 months is a really long period of time and when I look back at that it just seems like a big blur of memories with just a couple of events that stand out. That's why I like to look back at everything that happened and remind myself of those little moments that made my everyday life a good one.















JANUARY

1. I love those white houses / 2. <3 / 3. Spanish winter / 4. Back in gloomy Edinburgh / 5. And back to eating that sweet and sour chicken / 6. A little teaser of what's to come
















FEBRUARY

1. Warm tea every day/ 2. Exploring Edinburgh again / 3. Delicious fried bananas with Guacamole in El Cartel / 4. First proper snow in Edinburgh / 5. Sea of light / 6. Snowball fights
















MARCH

1. Insta meetup with Ben Hunter / 2. First ramen of the year / 3. One of my favourite buildings in the city - Balmoral Hotel / 4. A date night that started my unhealthy The Greatest Showman obsession / 5. It's beginning to look like... spring! / 6. Girls day out in Civerino's


APRIL

1. Stunning views from Arthur's Seat / 2. April started my obsession with greek yoghurt and granola for breakfast / 3. First spring walk / 4. Last day as EE Customer Advisor / 5. Catching glimpses of spring / 6. New job





MAY

1. Eurovision watching party and my beloved Domino's takeaway / 2. Holidays in Poland / 3. My favourite boy / 4. Botanic garden walks / 5. Delicious gyoza from Stockbridge market / 6. Rainy day in Camera Obscura







JUNE

1. My boyfriend is a homemade pizza master / 2. Sunny walks around Dean Village with my friend and her boyfriend / 3. Finally had a chance to visit The Canny Man's after months of peaking through the window / 4. Ed Sheeran's concert - one of the highlights of the year / 5. Delicious breakfast in Newcastle / 6. Boiling hot day in Glasgow






JULY

1. I'm a sucker for a pretty rainbow / 2. Gym attempt number 65237464 / 3. Day trip to Perth / 4. RIP long hair / 5. The canal is one of my favourite places for a walk / 6. We managed to escape from prison - first escape room experience in Edinburgh was a success

AUGUST

1. The grand opening of Headcase Barbers / 2. Foodies Festival in Inverleith Park with my favourite Dora / 3. Ladies night in the cinema watching Mamma Mia 2 / 4. Queueing for The Greatest Showman sing-along / 5. Enjoying the festival madness / 6. The beautiful wedding of my lovely friend
















SEPTEMBER

1. Promoting Headcase Barbers at freshers week / 2. First time seeing the famous Circus Lane / 3. Burgers in Foundry 39 / 4. A quick shopping trip to Glasgow / 5. Delicious doughnuts / 6. A long-awaited visit to Baba Budan
















OCTOBER


1. Enjoying that autumnal sunshine on walks / 2. Find your rich experiment / 3. Delicious ramen in Maki & Ramen / 4. Stunning sunrise on my way to work / 5. My boyfriend's work party - Grease inspired! / 6. My neighbours never disappoint when it comes to seasonal decor 
















NOVEMBER

1. Blackford Hill is the best place for autumnal walks / 2. I got to be an Edinburgh guide for my friends / 3. Some tacky Christmas jumper shopping / 4. Christmas hits silent disco under the lights / 5. A feast in Meze Meze / 6. Beautiful Christmas at the Botanics 

DECEMBER

1. Company Christmas dinner that I organised / 2. We managed to escape from a Harry Potter inspired escape room! / 3. I looooove the Christmas market / 4. Snowy walks with my parents' doggo / 5. Christmas in Poland / 6. New Year's celebrations

What are your favourite moments of the past year? 


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