A Love Letter to Glasgow

Hey, Glasgow. Our time is coming to an end, and sadly I don’t know when I’ll see you again. It’s been a wild ride, hasn’t it?  I came to you on a cold Sunday in January, when your days were short and depressing, but I loved you anyways. I waited almost two years to finally meet you.  Little freshman college me stumbled upon a travel blog and realized that wow travelling is an actual option.  Regular people do it!  Whenever I felt suffocated during the dark days of sophomore year, I knew I had to hold on so I could get to you. On our first day together I cried.  Not because I missed my family, but because I was sleep deprived from my IcelandAir flight and couldn’t find my power converter.  (I eventually found it packed away in one of my Bean Boots, but sadly not before I emailed the […]

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Postcard from Paris

This is a part of my “Postcard From” series, where I write to someone, whether it be my past or future self, a family member, a friend, or a guy, with the perspective that a new city gives me.   I shouldn’t have texted you. I have never regretted sending a message that quickly before.  I knew it was a mistake before I even saw your little face bubble fall down, indicating that you read it. I told you that I liked you.  I hinted that I thought you were attractive.  Usually I wouldn’t regret hitting on a guy, telling him that I’m interested, because even if I get rejected at least I was still ballsy. The problem is that I don’t actually like you, and now I just look ridiculous. You must be thinking, “why the hell would you tell a guy you like him when you really don’t?  Who does […]

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What I’m Reading: May 2017 #1

This is my  bi-weekly series to share with you whatever I’m reading that has either interested, entertained, or angered me.  I’ll talk about the book I’m reading, articles I’ve read, blog posts I’ve liked, interesting videos, ect.  This is one of my favorite type of posts to read on other people’s blog, so I hope you will find some links you enjoy! Want to know what else I’m reading? Be my friend on Medium and Bloglovin’ and Goodreads for more! Books: I finished Caitlin Moran’s Moranthology and wow she really is one of my favorite writers. I started reading The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth since I’ve heard good things about it and the ebook was on sale for $1.99.  I’m not too far in, but I’m really enjoying the commentary on Christian youth group culture and the complexity of the main character. In the Dublin airport I picked up The Lonely City by […]

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Book Review: All Over the Place by Geraldine DeRuiter

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.  All opinions are my own.  So far, in this Year of Our Lord 2017, I’ve read 15 books, 10 of which have been of the memoir and essay genre.  Of those 10 books, All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft has been my absolute favorite. Geraldine DeRuiter is a blogger-turned-memoir writer and usually this transition doesn’t work out well.  It takes a special type of writer to transcend storytelling mediums; if you thought Geraldine was a talented blog writer then just wait to have your socks blown off when you read All Over the Place. As you can tell from the tagline, it’s a story of travel and love, but the most compelling arc of this book is the story of family.  Geraldine takes you through her family history, from anecdotes about her brother, to her mom, father, and her […]

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What I’m Reading: April 2017 #2

Books: I had some time to kill in London and I was very tired after over 3 weeks of travel, so I just sat in Waterstones and read all of Laura Jane Williams’ new Ice Cream For Breakfast.  I definitely want to purchase the book at some point so I can highlight my favorite parts and fill in all the prompts that are in the book. In Waterstones I also picked up Caitlin Moran’s new Moranifesto, which is a compilation of her columns for The Times and also some new essays.  I love how Moran writes (the only book of hers I haven’t read yet is Moranthology), so I’m trying to be conscious of what I like about her writing so I can use it to improve my own. I’m currently on track to read 50 books this year, which is pretty impressive because I feel like I don’t read much at all! […]

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a glasgow playlist

1.  Something Just Like This | Coldplay, The Chainsmokers 2. On My Way | Phil Collins 3. Weak | AJR 4. Jordan Belfort | Wes Walker, Dyl 5. Green Light | Lorde 6. Castle On the Hill | Ed Sheeran 7. Paris in the Rain | Alysia Harris 8. The Cure | Lady Gaga 9. Shining | Beyonce, Jay-Z, DJ Kahled 10. Liability | Lorde 11. How Far I’ll Go | Auli’i Cravalho Do you have songs that remind you of a certain place?

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Are Free Walking Tours Ethical?

I’m new at this whole international travel thing, still green behind the ears.  I’m a student who is currently studying abroad in a country where I’m not allowed to work, so I have no income at this moment.  All of my travels are funded by my savings and credit card points, which means I need to see each city as cheap as possible. Free walking tours sound like a great option.  They’re obviously free, hence the name, but the tour guides are working for tips.  You look like a jackass if you don’t tip at all, but it is understandable that students can’t tip as much as they would like, and this is counterbalanced by older travelers who tip more.  From the tours I’ve been on, which have only been in Western Europe so far so I can’t speak for other countries, the average tip is 5-10 euros, with the […]

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Packing for 3 Weeks in Europe (France, Spain, and Portugal)

Little Bits & Pieces toothpaste (two of them: one for mornings and one for night with a lot more fluoride), foldable toothbrush from Boots (#nonspon) Vaseline tin, tiny deodorant, nail clippers, Alieve, hair comb, razor, 28 days worth of multivitamins Glasses just in case, backup contacts, contact solution, contact holder (being legally blind is annoying) Concealer, powder foundation, waterproof mascara, eyebrow gel, tweezers, body spray that I got for £1 at Boots Clinique lotion because I’m worth it, hand sanitizer, hair elastics, bandaids Sunscreen.  It says oil free and for face but it STILL make my face super oily, which is why I’m taking the powder foundation 3 squeezy tubes: shampoo, face wash, and laundry detergent Bigelow lemon green tea (am I officially British now? I’m literally packing my own tea) Clothing 1 dress 1 pair of navy tights to wear with the dress (they were really cheap from Primark and […]

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What I’m Reading: April 2017 #1

Books: I finished Nasty Women on the bus from Madrid to Porto, which is a collection of essays inspired by the presidential election and published by a small press in Edinburgh, 404Ink.  Some essays were good, but most were forgettable.  I feel like they could’ve taken a little more time with the selection and editing process. I’ve started Books v. cigarettes by George Orwell, which is also a collection of essays.  Orwell is just so clever I feel smarter just by reading him. I also started If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio, which is inspired by Shakespeare and theatre culture in general.  It’s by a young, first-time author so I’m a little apprehensive about the writing quality, but I’ll give it a shot. Articles: Male authors thank their wives for typing their manuscripts. (And it’s always “my wife”, they never get a name, even though they did the rough work.) I haven’t watched 13 […]

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On the Road Update: London, Paris, Barcelona

Hello friends!  I am currently writing this from my friend’s dorm in Barcelona.  I’m so lucky to have friends studying abroad in different countries, because 1) it saves me money and 2) I’m going to places I normally wouldn’t go.  The plan was to spend my spring break in Ireland, but right now is the perfect time for me to visit Spain which I never would’ve done if it weren’t for my friend here.  And since I’m already in Barcelona, I might as well visit other Spanish cities and boop over to Portugal, right? I’ll write up a detailed itinerary once I get home, but for now I’ll just give you a little update. I spent 4 days in London, on another friend’s air mattress (God bless kind people), and mainly went to museums because they’re free.  I also saw the Cursed Child play.  Shoutout to myself for buying tickets […]

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