A Weekend in Inverness in Pictures

This is an assortment of photos I took while in Inverness. They were all taken using my iPhone (so I apologise for any blurriness etc)

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The Victorian Market right opposite the train station
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While it’s now got mostly modern shops, the layout and building itself is still lovely
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And they had a Christmas tree!
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The castle stand on a bit of a hill
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It’s now the Sheriff’s Courts (I believe?)

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The statue in front of the castle/courts is for Flora MacDonald, who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape to France
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The kinetic theatre show in the museum was stunning!
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Entry to the museum is free so I highly recommend you go and see the show

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You can see how restless the river was!
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The wind and torrential rain raised the water level and made it very choppy

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A column outside the shopping centre
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The shopping centre had a sweet little nativity scene

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A couple of the lovely the buildings I happened to walk past when I was exploring

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Illness, Deadlines and Inverness!

Hey everyone. It’s been a busy, stressful few weeks, which hasn’t been helped by me falling ill a couple of weeks ago and feeling terrible for ages. At first it was just a cold which wouldn’t have affected me too badly (I get a lot of colds, so I’m pretty used to them by now), but then I developed a bad cough and sore throat, and a recurrent ear infection made an unwelcome visit and everything just went south. I’m feeling on the up now though (at least my cold is gone and I can semi hear again, even if my cough is still here) so hopefully things will just get better from here. At the very least, I should be back on full form by Christmas. Also, it’s December so I can officially say YAY CHRISTMAS IS COMING and none of you can hate me for it!

I also had coursework to complete for every subject (an essay for linguistics, a lit review for psychology and an essay AND a report for human skeleton). They were all due within weeks of each other, and me feeling lousy definitely did not speed up the writing process. BUT they’re all done now (at last, finally, hoorah) so now I can have a small break before my exams start. I’ve decided to celebrate by going to…

INVERNESS!!!

Inverness is a Highland-y place in Scotland (quite a bit further north than Ed). I’ve never been and I’m REALLY excited. I’m going with a friend of mine, we’re staying in a local B&B, and we plan to visit the zoo/Highland Park  near there that’s connected to Edinburgh zoo. The rest of the weekend we haven’t quite decided yet. We’re leaving today (Friday) and returning on Monday. I don’t yet know whether there is wifi where we’re staying, but if so you will hopefully get an update of each day (complete with PICTURES). Fingers crossed, eh?

Well anyway, I hope you’ve all had a better start to the winter than I have, and I hope you have a great weekend! Let me know if you plan on going anywhere fun this December. See you soon!

Friday: London in Pictures

Hey all! My best friend and I are in London for a little mini break, and I thought I’d share with you all what we get up to. There’s so much to do here – we’ve been discussing coming for a week next time to be able to her more in! I’ll do each day separately as I think we’ll get up to a lot more on Saturday. 

  
We got into Euston station a little after lunchtime. We didn’t have to be at our room until 3 so we headed off in search of lunch. The weather was amazing all day, and hopefully it’ll be just as good the rest of the weekend!

  
We went to one of the many Pret a Manger cafés for lunch. I had a sushi selection, edamame beans and red grapes, with a coconut smoothie. It was kinda expensive but I saved most of the beans and all of the grapes to eat later. You can tell how sunny it is by the terrible photo quality!! I was so desperate to tuck in though that I didn’t realise until the food had been packed away…

  
We were pretty disorganised in our plans, but we managed to find a room on AirBnB. It’s in Teddington (although we get off the train here). It’s a lovely room and the host is so nice! Hannah and I bought Oyster cards, and I almost had a heart attack the first time I used it – I thought the journey had cost £13.55 when the machine was actually telling me that I had £13.55 left on my card!! So much for being of the technology generation, huh?

  
We’re staying in a beautiful classic leafy suburb, with squirrels! They wouldn’t stay still for a photo shoot though…

  
And this is the lovely posh bit of town that we found ourselves in when we got lost…how on earth do you get lost from Regents Street to Leicester Square?!? We must’ve taken a wrong turning somewhere but don’t ask me where… At least we got lost in what looks like a nice neighbourhood though.

  
At last we made it to Leicester Square. I love it here – all the hustle and bustle is so exciting! We went into a theatre booking office to see if there were any cheap tickets going, and we managed to get tickets to a show on Saturday night – you’ll have to wait for tomorrow’s post to find out what we saw and what we thought of it though! We also attempted to find Cafe Rouge as we have vouchers but it was nowhere to be seen! I’m adamant it was somewhere near Leicester Square as we’ve been before, and we even asked a bouncer and still couldn’t find it. In the end we gave up and went to Ed’s Diner instead. We’ll find Cafe Rouge tomorrow.

   
   
Ed’s Diner is adorable! It even has little jukeboxes by every table – gotta love a bit of Elvis when you’re eating your American classics, right? I had the Chickpea and Quinoa burger plate (it came with fries, onion rings and coleslaw). I was so hungry I just dived straight in without taking a picture but it was delicious! I DID remember to take a photo of my dessert though. I had the pancakes with maple syrup and vanilla ice cream. It was heaven on earth! The pancakes were lovely and light and fluffy, and soaked up the syrup beautifully. Even the ice cream, which is usually just the limp side, was so creamy and completely delicious! If any of you guys ever go to Ed’s Diner then I totally recommend you try the pancakes. Go! Now! 

And that’s really all we did the first afternoon. Stay tuned for pictures of Camden Market, (hopefully) the Globe Theatre and the show! See you soon guys.

Happy Easter Everyone!!!

So, I finally got home today after a LONG train ride (and a pretty long wait at the station to catch my second train). It’s been a taxing and very tiring day, but I got home at around 6pm. Although I do love it in Edinburgh (and I already kinda miss it) I’m glad I’m back – and very happy to seen my family. My dogs were waiting by the gate when I got home. This post is very short (I’ll do a longer one tomorrow when I can think straight) but I just wanted to wish you all a (belated) happy Easter! Did you spend your Easter with your family or your friends? Are you visiting anyone, or are you going on holiday for a week or two? Are you guys happy to have a break from studying, or do you work and so don’t really have a holiday? Let me know in the comments.

See you soon guys!