I’ve lived 20 minutes outside Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow my whole life. I went to University there, I go there to eat, to party, to socialise and so much more. Because I’m there all the time it’s easy to forget how great Glasgow actually is.
Showing my friend Kate (aka Adventurous Kate), a first time visitor to Glasgow, around recently made me remember just how much I love this city. I’ve written before about how most tourists and visitors visit Edinburgh instead of Glasgow, and how sad that makes me, and I firmly stand by this opinion. Glasgow has so much more to offer than most people realise.
The University of Glasgow where I studied for my English Literature degree was the first place I took Kate. The University dates all the way back to 1451 and has some of the most stunning Gothic architecture. It has stained glass windows, grand halls and staircases and striking features.
Travel can be the best thing in the world, but it can also be tough. Just like everything in life there are highs and lows in travel. Sometimes things go right and other times they go horribly wrong, like the time I was stuck in an airport for 2 days. There’s a few things I always do in order to keep my travels running smoothly…
The good old Scouts motto ‘be prepared’ also comes in handy for travel too. If you’re heading to a new place, and especially if travelling solo, being prepared is the best option. Even if you’re the type of person who doesn’t like to commit to booking accommodation for long periods of time it’s best to book accommodation for the first night in a new place. What happens if you arrive and everywhere is full? I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t fancy spending a night on the streets!
I don’t fancy sleeping here…
I didn’t have a lot of time to spend in Pisa. I was in Tuscany as part of a Mediterranean cruise and had spent the majority of my time in enchanting Florence. I arrived in Pisa by train and took a taxi from here straight to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa to save precious time.
What I saw on the taxi ride to the tower was a pretty town, with a river running through it and some lovely architecture. I’d heard from a few people that there was nothing to Pisa other than the tower and the area immediately around it, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that this didn’t look to be the case.
When I stepped out of the taxi the first thing I could focus on was tourists. So many tourists. It was crowded, with everyone attempting various generic poses holding up the tower. It was a pretty comical scene to be honest.
When I was younger I went through many different phases. I wanted to be a VET but I’m scared of horses (yes I’m a little weird!), I wanted to be a physiotherapist, I wanted to be a pathologist. But every single time I boarded a plane and sat in my window seat looking out, I longed to be a pilot.
I’ve taken hundreds of flights in my lifetime. I was on my first flight aged just 6 months. Heck I’ve even been on 30 flights in 2012 alone.
I love flying.
I’ve admitted before on here that London isn’t a city that I particularly like, but some parts of it still appeal to me. I like the variety of cultures and nationalities, I like that you can find food from the majority of nations in the world, I like the diversity, I like the open spaces and quirky places. There are many elements that I like about London. So here’s a few London pictures from my last visit to the UK’s capital…
One of London’s most recent icons set against typically British grey skies… Read more
Russian city St. Petersburg is one of the few places I’ve visited that has really wowed me. I had expected it to be amazing, after all I’d seen pictures, read about the history and spent hours researching what to do and see there. But nothing could have prepared me for actually being there. It’s a unique and fascinating city with some of the most incredible architecture I’ve ever fixed my eyes upon. The Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood was without a doubt my favourite building in the city, and probably my favourite building in the world.
These colours are mesmerizing… Read more