Life Update: Valencia, sunburn and Starting Third Year

So I’ve been absent recently and haven’t really written any blog posts. Sorry about that, I’ve just been super busy getting settled into another year of uni to be honest and I’m so tired all the time!

Anyway I thought I’d do another little life update because I’ve been up to quite a bit recently.

So, instead of going back to Glasgow for freshers week this year me and some of my friends decided that we’d go away for the week instead. We figured that if we go cheap we’ll probably only spend about as much as we would’ve spent in the clubs at home anyway. We decided on Valencia (because it was cheap) and headed out there on the 11th of this month. This is how blue the sky was.


we stayed in an apartment with a private terrace with sun loungers on it. It was roasting all the time (over 30 degrees most days) so we spent a fair bit of time there!

On the first day we went looking for a restaurant to have dinner at, but we went at an awkward time and for that reason we could only find one place. I’m a big lover of prawns but in the UK they usually do all the dirty work for you so when a big plate of fully shelled prawns arrived I was a little intimidated. I had to rip the head off (at which point a load of brown goop fell out onto the plate) and then wipe the poo track out… to be honest by the time I’d done all that the idea of the prawn wasn’t so appetising anymore!

We went to a beach club one of the days as well and the sun was super hot and we just lay on sun loungers drinking cocktails and occasionally dipping in the pool to cool down (aka it was absolute bliss).



This was a berry mojito, ,very nice.

We headed to Marina Beach on our last day and I was …very burned from the day before


so I stayed in the shade but it was a beautiful day nonetheless and I enjoyed sitting reading my book and cracking open a few cans of shandy from our cheap cooling bag that ripped as soon as we lifted it up to leave the hotel 🙂

Most of the food we ate was amazing. Caprese salad was a favourite with the group and also the classic Patatas Bravas. I’m getting hungry now writing this (but when am I not hungry)!

Now I’m back in Glasgow my workload has increased a lot. I have novels to read and essays to write and a 2 hour lecture at 9am on a Monday morning… who’s idea was that?

Anyway I’ll hopefully get past to posting about weekly now, I won’t be able to do two posts a week anymore as I’m back at uni and in third year so it all counts now!

Until next time,

J x


Life Update: Moving and University

Tomorrow I am moving. A few months ago in a previous life update I mentioned that I had a new flat. So far I’ve lived somewhere different for every year of uni (I’m going into third year now) and I’m hoping that this flat will be the one I stay in from now on!

Key differences between new flat and old flat include:

  • New flat is not infested with mice.
  • New flat has a living room.
  • New flat has a properly fitted kitchen with a window.
  • New flat is just for Ellie and I so we can do whatever we want.

I am SO glad that when I get off the train tomorrow and get in a taxi home it won’t be to my old flat. It was a second story tenement that had been lazily looked after and was rented out at a ridiculous price to students who knew no better (me). Living there was a total misery. I woke up in my room, studied in my room, ate my meals in my room and socialised in my room (or Ellie’s). There was no communal area to spend time in. We weren’t even allowed to keep a table in the hallway so our dining room was literally in Ellie’s room which was disgusting.

It’s a miracle that I passed the year and made it into honours to be honest. I didn’t study and I didn’t go to classes. In fact it got so extreme once that I read two novels in a day right before an exam once. Somehow I got my first A at university in my honours subject English Literature, but I also got a G in another subject so you know… that wasn’t so great haha.

Over the summer I’ve had plenty of time to think about how I want to go forward in my third year. I’ve overhauled my diet (which was genuinely shocking last year) and exercise routing and I’ve decided that I want my whole lifestyle to be different. It probably sounds like a cliche, I mean I say “i’m going to work harder this time” at the start of every term but deep down I do always know I don’t mean it. This time, I really do and I’m taking steps towards it already. I’ve got started reading books for my Victorian Literature course and I really believe that living in a new flat that is actually fit for human habitation will allow me to lead a more stable life with a routine.

The days of being so hungover I spend most of the day in front of the toilet at least twice a week and buying a bottle of wine (to sit and drink by myself) on my way home from the one class of the week I actually attended are over. They need to be. Spending like a third of my life hungover is maybe the biggest reason I never got any work done and also it just feels HORRIBLE. Anyone who’s ever been a big drinker will probably have come to a point in their life where they’ve either had some kind of intervention or done it for themselves.

Anyway, enough of that alcohol talk. Tomorrow I am getting on a train, probably not very gracefully because I will be struggling with a lot of luggage, and heading back down to Glasgow for round 3. Also my brother is coming with my to come to an open day, so I won’t be completely by myself when I arrive at the flat. That’ll be nice because coming from a house of 4 people and 2 cats to an empty flat can be daunting! I’m always the first one in the flat.

Well that’s about all I have to update right now. Oh and in a week I’m going to Valencia with a few friends!!!

Until next time,

J x

Campsie Glen monument

Bad at Spontaneity

It’s not too often that I’m spontaneous, but when I am I suck at it!

I can recall a couple of times over the past few years that I’ve been spontaneous and it’s actually gone well. One time I decided I was going to go see Ariana Grande live that weekend in Glasgow. It just so happened to coincide with my friend moving out of her flat and coming home for the summer so we went together and travelled back up to Inverness together. You could say it was a success.

Other times haven’t gone quite so well. I recently spontaneously decided to go to Amsterdam for a few nights and also bought a ticket for TRNSMT (a summer festival in Glasgow) because all my friends are going (and they’re enablers that convinced me to come). I had a great time in Amsterdam and I’m sure I will at the festival too but these split decisions have also resulted in me being at the bottom of my £600 overdraft for the past few months.

Yesterday, however, was perhaps my biggest fail at being spontaneous. My cousin and I had just signed the lease on our flat for next year (side note, it’s a lovely flat and we’re super excited!) and we went for lunch and cocktails to celebrate. Yeah I know what you’re thinking, that sounds like a nice way to spend the day? It would’ve been had we been satisfied with that. But, alas, no. We decided to go to the bus station and get on a bus somewhere, with the idea that we’d have a little walk and find a pub to have a few more drinks in. We ended up on a bus to a place called Campsie Glen.

Once we arrived in Campsie Glen we quickly realised that we’d got off at the wrong stop and basically had to walk 4 miles to the village! This really wouldn’t have been so bad had it not been pissing it down with rain and we were dressed up nicely after signing the lease which (for some reason) resulted in a few men in vans beeping their horns and shouting at us. Charming. It also would have been fine if, when we arrived in the village, the pub had been OPEN!

Yes, the pub was shut. We walked even further to another pub and walked in to the welcome of the judging stares of the locals. Also to be told that they don’t accept card and we had no cash. By this point we were both just so done. So we decided to write it off as a MASSIVE fail and get the bus back to Glasgow.

What later occurred was the consumption of a disturbing amount of alcohol, an impromptu night out and a HORRIBLE hangover today.

So there you have it. I’m a fail, no surprises there. Some good came of it though because I took some cute pictures in Campsie Glen. May as well focus on the silver lining eh?

Campsie Glen signpostCampsie Glen Aldessan Gallery and Coffee ShopCampsie Glen monumentCampsie Glen LakeCampsie Glen sheep, Cheviot sheep, Scotland
Until next time,

J x

The Ultimate Vacation Book Tag

I was recently tagged by thatwildsoul to do the Ultimate Vacation Book Tag (also the original creator of the tag is so go have a look at both of their blogs! It’s taken me a few days to get around to it as… well… excuses aside (I’ve just been sleeping a lot much to all of your surprise I’m sure) here you have it!


*Answer the questions below
*Tag 5 friends
*Link back to (the creator of the tag) in your post


It’s the dead of winter and you are escaping to a tropical location. Hours in the sun with a book are on your “to-do” list. What book do you bring with you?

I’m not entirely sure how well all of my answers will relate to holidaying because I usually just pick up any old book I’ve been wanting to read. With that being said if I were going away somewhere exotic over the Christmas period I think I’d want to completely disconnect from the drizzly weather and absolute madness of the UK at Christmas time. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is set in Nigeria (very far from the UK) and is a super interesting and educational read. I read this book for one of my university courses and it was one of my absolute favourites to write about. It provides a unique, new perspective on the white colonisation of Africa (probably because it’s not written by a white person). I think Things Fall Apart is one of those books that everyone should read at some point in their life, and what better time than when you’re away in the sunshine and have the time to give it your full attention!

things fall apart chinua achebe

You see the first signs of spring and your heart beats faster with the thought of warmer days. You are escaping for a nice cruise to herald in the warm weather. What book do you bring to accompany you on the decks of the ship?

This one way easy for me to choose. When I think of springtime reading I think of lighthearted, fun, easy readers. The pinnacle of which being Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding! I’m sure absolutely everyone knows the basic premise of the Bridget Jones books. They’re essentially a modern day, hilarious retelling of Pride and Prejudice (hence Mr Darcy). As a fan of the original by Jane Austen and also being a citizen of the modern world there is absolutely nothing for me to not love about Bridget Jones! If you love a bit of light reading and are looking for a good laugh, get on Bridget Jones’s Diaries right now!

Bridget Jones's Diary Helen Fielding

Summer has arrived! You spend your weekends camping in the mountains. Fresh air, trees, animals, and campfires keep you company on your outing. What book do you bring to read next to the sound of the flowing creek?

For me, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is quite a fitting book for this type of situation. Spending a lot of time out in the wilderness, and especially camping, I’d imagine reading Frankenstein might even give me the creeps at times! I love Gothic novels and this is one of my favourites. As a large portion of this book is set in Switzerland and with frequent descriptions of landscapes and scenery I think this would be a great read when spending time outdoors in the summer weather.

Frankenstein Mary Shelley

Fall is approaching. Nothing makes your happier than crunchy leaves turning red and orange and purple. You bring a book to the local park to read on a bench under the whispering trees. What book do you read?

I absolutely love the autumn. It’s probably the most beautiful season to me but also has a slightly melancholic air which I love. It’s a welcome break from the bright, persistent high energy of summer for me. That’s why I’ve chosen quite a serious book for this answer. My pick is The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. As with the majority of Plath’s work The Bell Jar chronicles Plath’s struggle with depression through the character of Esther Greenwood. I personally think it’s more fitting for a crisp autumn evening than bright summers day and, as a modern classic, it’s a definite must read for me (and anyone studying literature I would imagine).

The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath

Christmas is in the air. Lights, and carolers, and shopping. You want to curl up next to the fireplace with a good book that reminds you of comfort. What do you curl up with?

From my experience I’ve found books that revolve around Christmas generally quite disappointing. So for this question I’d prefer to pick up a book that just happens to be set at Christmas time but the plot isn’t preoccupied with it. I think I’d probably pick Carol (The Price of Salt) by Patricia Highsmith. I read it about a year ago now and was recommending it to anyone who’d listen so now it’s your turn! It’s really a great book, as I’ve come to expect from Patricia Highsmith. It begins with Therese Belivet working a pretty tiresome job in a toy shop over the Christmas period. One day she ends up striking up conversation with a particular customer (I wonder if you can guess her name) and the rest is history!

Carol Patricia Highsmith The Price of Salt

Winter lasts sooooo long.You need something to remind you that the sun will come out again. What book to you read to take you away on the vacation you wish you were going on?

Yes, winter does last WAY too long. When I think of the vacation I wish I was going on one book immediately springs to mind. On the Road by Jack Kerouac. In On the Road, Sal (the narrator) documents his hedonistic travels around the states with his impulsive (bit of a loose cannon) friend Dean Moriarty. As somebody who really wants to visit many of the different states in the USA this book was a very interesting read. Not to mention the interesting historical significance of the book as one of the most recognisable pieces of literature from the Beat Generation.

Jack Kerouac On The Road

I hope you enjoyed reading my picks! Now it’s time to tag a few people to do this tag if they’d like to:


Until next time,

J x



A Mediocre Beach in Scotland

I’ve been pretty ill (again, I know) recently with an infection so I’ve been in bed a lot recently taking antibiotics every few hours, very glamorous. Anyway we had (relatively) good weather yesterday so I decided to get outside for a while and drove my brother to a nearby beach for a walk. I haven’t seen my brother properly since Christmas and now he’s a bit older he actually wants to spend time with me again (unlike when he was in the 14 year old practically in a relationship with his computer phase. If you read this Andrew, sorry), so I thought it’d be nice to go somewhere.

Scotland is, undeniably, a beautiful place. It has stunning mountains, lochs, valleys and forests. One thing we’re not really famous for, however, is our weather… or our beaches. But what’s the fun in walking ten minutes down the road to a pretty, secluded pond that we can see any day of the week. No, we were driving at least 20 minutes whether or not the destination was worth it!

So here you have it: Nairn beach.

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The tide was out unfortunately, probably would’ve looked slightly less unimpressive if the tide had been in.

Until next time,

J x



Last night I returned to Glasgow from my short break to Amsterdam. I’m now sat on a train going home for Easter so I thought since I have almost 4 hours to kill I may as well write a blog post documenting the trip!

On the night we arrived we went to a restaurant for dinner and then decided to go walkabout. The first, most obvious, thing about Amsterdam is that it’s GORGEOUS. The architecture is so unique and pretty.

Amsterdam BuildingsAmsterdam Buildings
Walking around the city at night was quite an experience. The city is buzzing yet serene at the same time, depending on which street you turn down and Amsterdam’s intricate canal system means that there are beautiful rivers and bridges at almost every turn.

Naturally, we were all quite excited to try out one of the (many) coffee shops. So we looked around for a while and eventually ended up in a shop called “The Greenhouse”. If you’re going to Amsterdam and want to try a coffee shop I’d highly recommend that one. The walls were coated with pictures of celebrities in the shop: Rihanna, Drake, Miley Cyrus and Eminem among the many others. It was loads of fun and the atmosphere was great! I wasn’t supposed to take pictures in there but before I was told that I managed to sneak a picture so here you go, the “menu”.

Amsterdam Coffee Shop Menu
We tried super lemon haze, it was pretty nice. Fun fact, there’s a set amount of lisences in Amsterdam for coffee shops. No new ones are produced and the only way to get one is if you know someone who doesn’t want theirs anymore. The lisences essentially get passed around. They can, however, be taken off people on the grounds of misuse so for that reason the number of coffee shops in Amsterdam is ever decreasing. There used to be around 600, now only 200. So if you want to smoke weed go NOW!

On the second day we went on a walking tour around the city that lasted around 2 and a half hours. It was amazing and maybe my favourite part of the holiday! Our tour guide was amazing. If you’re going to Amsterdam (or somewhere else in Europe) and want to go on a scenic, interesting walking tour I highly recommend SANDEMANS (Link here). It was SO informative and I’ve come away knowing so many interesting facts about Amsterdam and also with some lovely pictures.

Red Light District ChurchAmsterdam Walking TourAmsterdam CanalAmsterdam City GatesAmsterdam University
The first picture is of a church in the Red Light District. I know what you’re thinking, seems like an odd place for a church? Well apparently back in the day sailors used to go to the church for a confessional after visiting the Red Light District. Or, if they were sailing out early the following morning, they sometimes even professed their sins before they’d even committed them! “Forgive me father, for I am about to sin” were our tour guide’s words.

Speaking of our tour guide in that second picture is our awesome guide Robb showing us the plaques on the buildings that used to be used instead of either house numbers or family names (can’t quite remember) to identify who lived where.

The fourth is a picture of the old city gates and the fifth is of the local university.

After the walking tour we went for lunch at a traditional Dutch restaurant with a friend we had met on the tour and ate Stamppot. It was delicious.

Dutch Food

Afterwards, we walked to the Van Gogh museum (on his birthday no less). Unfortunately you aren’t allowed to take photographs in there so I have none to share, but there was an amazing and vast collection of paintings and I’d recommend the museum to anyone.

Later that evening we went to another coffee shop and out to a bar for some drinks. It was a great night and we got home at about 4am.

Amsterdam Coffee Shop
Obligatory weed picture.

Edibles Weed
Sorry about the snapchat filter on this picture but my friends and I tried space cakes and it was great fun so I thought I’d share a picture. The shop also had the most incredible fruit juices available and I tried lychee juices, amazing.

On our second day we did went to two museums. I really wanted to go to the Anne Frank House but unfortunately we forgot to book in advance and the queues were about 3 hours long. I will DEFINITELY be returning to go and visit that though, it’s on my bucket list. The museums we did go to were the sex museum and the Amsterdam cheese museum. Cultural.

Personally I thought the sex museum would be a bit more artistic and informative (about the history of sex/sexuality) than it was. It was a bit more of a novelty museum than expected. Here are some pictures.

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As you can see, a lot of dicks.

After the sex museum we headed to the cheese museum which was pretty cool to be honest! There were a lot amazing cheeses to try and I ended up buying a bit of goats cheese. There was also a bit downstairs for you to dress up as farmers and get a picture, so… here you have it.

Amsterdam Cheese Museum
You’re welcome.

Our friend Calum came out to visit us that evening. He’s doing a semester abroad in Arnhem. We decided we would try truffles which are also legal in the Netherlands. Honestly, they were potentially the weirdest experience of my LIFE. We went to a park which we later found out was called Flora Park. It was stunning and we sat on a bench there for hours and hours just talking absolute rubbish. There’s no way I can put into words what it was like unless you’ve tried truffles before but it was the most high I have EVER been by miles.

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Flora Park Amsterdam
The park really was beautiful, there’s another picture on my Instagram if you want to see more Click here. After hours of being too high to do anything other than sit and admire a park, cry with laughter and then morbidly consider our own existence in the world (you know there’s a chance life is just a simulation?) we finally managed to act normal enough to go for a pizza.

The following day we travelled back to Scotland, exhausted and sore from all the walking.

It was an incredible holiday, one I’ll never forget. I hope you enjoyed reading about it 🙂

Until next time,

J x

Life Update – Sick Day and Bad Ice Cream

Well this isn’t the most exciting or interesting blog post. More just me having a bit of a rant about being ill. Since this is my blog filled with my own miscellaneous ramblings I thought I may as well just have a bit of a rant.

I was in Aberdeen this past weekend celebrating my friend Euan’s 21st birthday. I had an amazing time. Me and my friends always make sure to meet up at least once during uni time to catch up and it’s always in March!

Scottish People

Anyway that was super fun but I only got 2 hours sleep after the night out and 2 of our friends had the cold… You can see where this is going. I felt fine on the train back to Glasgow and fell asleep really early that night. On Monday I woke up not feeling so great but assumed it must just be hay fever as the weather had been so good (hence the artistic ice cream shot which actually tasted great). Today though… full blown cold. I feel like an alien life form has taken up residence in my nose and sinuses (sorry tmi).

To be honest though I finished uni last week and have been off since so it could be worse. I am, however, going to Amsterdam tomorrow and I’m worried about my ears hurting on the flight 😦

Well that’s my health update I’m sure that was very interesting for you all.

On a side note I really need to learn to budget better as I’ve splurged on my trip to Amsterdam and a few other things and now I have barely any money to like… buy groceries and stuff. Priorities…