Edinburgh | Arthur's Seat and Update

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Today I'm writing a more general life post and update on what life is like in Edinburgh, alongside sharing some cool pictures that one of my friends took when we climbed The Crags next to Arthur's Seat a few weeks ago!

So, by the time this post goes up, I will have been living in Edinburgh for two and a half months which seems pretty crazy to me! I have to say that I couldn't be happier! When I moved here, I knew that I loved the city and I was pretty sure that my course would be what I wanted but I had no idea that I would meet such amazing people and get involved with so many cool things!

If you didn't know, I'm on the linguistics course at The University of Edinburgh and it's an absolutely incredible course, exactly what I wanted it to be! Alongside that, I also study Danish and Social Anthropology as at Scottish universities you take other subjects alongside your degree subject for the first two years. We also have exams before Christmas which is different to most other universities but, personally, I prefer that as it means I don't have to revise over Christmas!

I got placed into a flat by the university's accommodation services. I put down a variety of 5 choices of self catered accommodation, as I didn't want to go into the uni's catered halls and then they allocated me my second choice (which I actually preferred to my first choice, it's just more expensive) so I was very lucky in being allocated a place in which I really wanted to live! I know many people who didn't get the choice they wanted so I was very happy to be placed in an amazing building which is a new build, a little further out of the centre than is ideal but I have an ensuite and a double bed so, it's swings and roundabouts! My flat consists of 8 girls, we all have single ensuite rooms and share a huge kitchen! It's an amazing flat to be a part of, we all get on really well and share similar views so that's incredible!

Socially, I hang out with the people from my course mainly as I had started talking to a few of them before I came to uni as we had a subject group chat. Strangely, they are all mainly American which is funny as when I said I was going to a Scottish uni, people thought they would be full with Scottish people as they get it free, however I only have a few Scottish friends! They are really amazing friends go have and I feel so lucky to have found a group of friends that I can be really close with and became close with in such a short space of time!

Overall, this was a little bit of a rambly post, but I wanted to share these pictures and update you on how life is going in Edinburgh so I hope you enjoyed!

Travel | Krka National Park, Croatia

Sunday, 20 November 2016

I've got to say, it's getting pretty wintry up here in Scotland now so I thought I would do a throwback post to my holiday in Croatia last June and write in a bit more detail about Krka National Park that we visited! 

So, we were staying in Split and, as we didn't have a car, the easiest way for us to get to Krka National Park was through a tour company. It was definitely something we wanted to do as so many people had recommended it to us so we went through a tour company in Diocletian's palace that had been recommended to us and I think we paid £18 to them for the 2 hour coach ride and a boat ride into the national park and then we paid £8 as students for entry into the park.

So Krka National Park is based around the Krka River and is known for the series of 7 waterfalls which are absolutely beautiful! When you enter the park, you enter at the bottom of the waterfalls where there is the river and you can swim and sunbathe. There is then a hike that you can do up to the top through other parts of the park which lets you see some of the beautiful nature that lives there amongst more picturesque scenery and waterfalls!

The day we went was the hottest day whilst we were in Croatia, getting up to 36-7 degrees and it also coincided with the day that it was announced that the UK are leaving the EU! We met up with some lovely women on the coach who kept us up to date with everything that day as the British political world tore itself apart and we also met some lovely Australian girls and we explained everything that was going on to them throughout the day!

After the 2 hour coach ride, we arrived at the Krka river and had about a 30 minute boat cruise along the river to get to the entrance to the park. As we walked in, we could hear the waterfall before we saw it and it's difficult to describe in words how stunning it was. There are so many tiers to the waterfall and the water is just so blue, it's unreal. We spent quite a bit of time at the bottom swimming, taking photos and eating ice cream! When it got really hot at midday, we started the hike up through the surrounding park and forest areas so we could spend sometime out of the sun!

It was an absolutely incredible day and I think my pictures speak for themselves! It was also an amazing day as we met some lovely people who were a delight to be with, one of the things I absolutely love about travelling! If you are going to Croatia and have the opportunity to go to Krka, it's definitely worth it!

Review & Giveaway | Morse Toad Chocolate Cards

Friday, 18 November 2016

Today I'm doing a bit of a different post, it's a review of a product called Morse Toad Chocolate Cards who got in touch with me to review their product in the run up to christmas! I, like many other people my age, don't often see the point in birthday/christmas cards unless they have a really special heartfelt message in that I want to keep, as often, they just get thrown away after the event. With Morse Toad cards, as they are made out of chocolate, they serve a purpose - you eat them!

They very kindly gave me a £15 voucher to use on their site which I used to purchase this card from their Christmas range! The packaging is really cute and it comes ready packaged as a gift meaning you don't need to wrap it up again! You can personalise messages on the cards but I chose not to as I loved this message! You can also upload a photo onto the card that comes inside the box which makes it more special for the recipient and more personalised!

I planned on saving this card and actually giving it to someone for christmas, however, when sat in your room doing tutorial work with the knowledge that you have a lot of chocolate sat there, you need a bit of chocolate! I did end up eating some of it and I can testify that it is really good chocolate! Sometimes with things like this, the chocolate can be a bit naff, however this is really nice and creamy, perfect for helping get through that uni work!

The team at Morse Toad have been kind enough to provide me with another £15 voucher to give away to one of you guys! I have created a rafflecopter widget so please enter below and you could be in with a chance to win £15 to spend on Morse Toad! If you do want to make an order with them then they also gave me a discount code for you guys to use which is 34bmonotonywky which will give you 10% off your order!

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Freebies | October 2016

Sunday, 13 November 2016

It's the beginning of the month which means it's time for last months freebies! This month it's all cosmetics samples from a variety of brands which is exciting! So, firstly I have two 3ml sachets of Bioskin from Salcura which is a hydrating moisturiser for particularly dry skin which will be nice for the cold, Scottish winters! That was an online sign up sample. Then I have a sample that came with an ASOS order of Angel by Thierry Mugler which happens to be one of my favourite perfumes so that was exciting! I got a 1.5ml sachet of Rimmel's new foundation 'Fresher Skin' which has SPF 15 in and I got the shade Ivory sent to me so hopefully that will be the right colour! Then lastly, La Roche Posay had a sign up form on their website for 2, 3ml tubes of their new Effaclar Duo (+) Unifiant. They sent a tube in the shade Light and a tube in Medium which means I can use one now and then save one for summer when my skin is a bit darker!

So they were the freebies from this month! Hope you enjoyed this little round up post and let me know if there are any other topics you would like to see me write about!

Edinburgh | Mary's Milk Bar & St Giles Cathedral

Sunday, 6 November 2016

This is the next post in what I hope will be a mini series about Edinburgh, seen as I live here now and definitely want to explore all the amazing things that this city has to offer! One of my friends from home who I have known since I was a child came up to Edinburgh to see me a few weekends ago for the Edinburgh University Open Day as she also wants to do the same course as me. On the day after the open day, she wanted to have a look around Edinburgh so I gave her a little tour and we ended up going into Mary's Milk Bar which is an ice cream shop on Grassmarket and St Giles' Cathedral which is the big cathedral on The Royal Mile so I thought I would feature those two things in this 'Edinburgh' post!

The first is Mary's Milk Bar which is an amazing little ice cream shop on Grassmarket! It can get really busy in peak times so you might be best to head there when it's not so busy but they do amazing homemade ice cream in really unusual flavours as well as some more traditional flavours! They also do delicious hot chocolate floats which is what me and my friend had in which they make a hot chocolate (their hot chocolates are amazing - like real hot chocolates) and then put a scoop of an ice cream flavour of your choice on the top - I had salted caramel! I have also had regular ice cream there once and I had a Bramble Sorbet which I had no idea what it was going to taste like but it was pink and I fancied something fruity, which it was - I described it to my friend as 'like raspberries, but with an earthier twist' - I don't know if that was a good description or not!

We also popped into St Giles' cathedral as we were waiting for her train and had nothing to do so we popped in there to have a look around as it is a beautiful building. I like going into the cathedral as it always seems really peaceful and it's nice to be in such a beautiful place which is literally on the busiest tourist street in Edinburgh! The stained glass windows are amazing and the ceiling has amazing patterns on too!

So these were my Edinburgh experiences for this post, if you have any recommendations then please let me know!!
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