Arthur's Seat, Part One



On Sunday I went to explore Arthur's Seat, a peak of hills situated just a few steps from the centre of Edinburgh. It was formed by an extinct volcano and approximately 350 million years old (!).





There were not so many people there today, which was nice. Apparently it can get kind of crowded sometimes.







Edinburgh view.



People looking at the Edinburgh view. It was stunning, pictures sadly don't do it justice.







This last picture is actually not edited in colour or contrast at all. 

More pictures will follow!

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Publicerad 15.05.2014 kl. 20:57

A stroll around town, Greyfriars Kirkyard and Edinburgh at night



On Saturday I slept late because party, but then I went out into the sun. 



Greyfriar's Bobby was a terrier owned by John Grey, who worked at the graveyard. According to the story, when Grey died, Bobby sat on his grave for fourteen years until he himself died in 1872. People first tried to evict him from the graveyard, but finally let him stay and brought him food and shelter.



Bobby's own grave. People had put down sticks instead of flowers <3 <3 <3 I left one aswell.



Such a calm and beautiful place, with headstones from many centuries ago.



Edinburgh is a really beautiful town.



The headstone that is said to have been the inspiration to Tom Riddle Sr., Voldemort's father, in the Harry Potter-books. Can be true since J. K. Rowling did live here while writing at least the first book.



So naturally, I needed to see the Elephant House, or the "Birthplace of Harry Potter", as they have printed in fugly letters on the window. Didn't go inside because it was crowded, but here J. K. Rowling sat and wrote a lot of the books. But didn't Rowling come up with the story on a train ride between London and Manchester? Oh well, maybe they couldn't fit "The place where J. K. Rowling wrote a lot of her best-selling books about Harry Potter" on the window.







Cakes, art and a wigs.



After I had a burger I went back to the hostel and took a nap because super tired from last night. Woke up in time to watch Eurovision on my phone! After about fifteen songs I got so nervous I had to go out for a walk. I took my phone with me and listened while walking in the Edinburgh sunset. Gotta love 3G.



Magnificent.



Propaganda.



Found the beautiful Cockburn Street that Hille had told me about. But at this point it was already getting really dark and it was almost time for the voting ceremony, so I just had to hurry back to the hostel, lie down in bed and keep my thumbs up for Austria.

And then I cried so hard of happiness for about two hours.
<3 Conchita <3

Publicerad 15.05.2014 kl. 13:01

Edinburgh, part one



I went to Edinburgh! Yay! Been waiting for this trip since I booked it in February. Now will follow a lot of pictures, mostly of nature because nature is awesome. Here we go!



Here I am, hello. It was cold outside even if it looks warm in the picture.



Our happy tour guide Ancor. 



We did a quick stop at the beautiful Scottish countryside.



The Lannister-flag was high in the air, though in inverted colours. Hear me roar!



After leaving our stuff at the cosy hostel Budget Backpackers (which I failed to take photos of, sorry) we met here for dinner!



I had one of the most delicious beers I've ever tasted! Hints of toffee, vanilla and oak. Perfect.


((This picture is from a friend's Facebook-page. As you can see (maybe), almost all of us at the table had the haggis! I really liked it, tasted like spicy meatloaf. The whisky-cream sauce was just delicious. Edit: Picture disappeared :( Maybe will come back later))



After dinner, I walked around town for a bit.



At nine o'clock I went here, where it was time for the Ghost Tour!



A glimpse of our scary ghost-guide. The tour was really interesting and funny, definitely worth going to if you're visiting! We learned a lot about the gruesome witch-huntings, how the plague came to Edinburgh and horrible stories about murder and torture. 

After this I went home, had a Long Island Ice Tea and went out with some nice people from the hostel! Had a great time, but didn't take any photos. However, there will be pictures from what I did on Saturday in a later post!

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Publicerad 14.05.2014 kl. 18:39

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Spring arrived in Nottingham! My winter jacket could finally be put away, and make room for a new summerjacket from Primark.



My darling boyfriend came to visit! One day we went here, the oldest inn in England (or so they say). I had the best fish and chips ever. Okay, it was my second fish and chips in my life, but still. It was super delicious.



We also visited Wollaton Hall and Deer Park, also known as Wayne Manor in The Dark Knight Rises. That is Batman's home that is.



Me and my love outside Batman's home.

Now I have no more school! Whaat! Just exam-revising and essay-writing. And running. I've started running. And I love it, which I never thought I would. Sometimes things just happen.

Publicerad 22.04.2014 kl. 15:30

Dublin in black and white





"The National Museum of Ireland - Natural History apologises for the appearance of this rhino. The horns have been removed due to the risk of theft. This is a growing problem in museums as rhino horn is poached in the wild and stolen from museums and private collections in order to be soled illegally for its supposed medicinal properties. Any supposed medicinal value has been scientifically disproven. Rhino horn is the same material as hair and fingernail and of no medicinal value.

This rhino will be fitted with replica horns and will soon return to its normal appearance."

Molly Malone and James Joyce. 
And that's all for Dublin, for this time. Maybe we'll meet again.

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Publicerad 31.03.2014 kl. 16:35



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