Sunday, 28 September 2014

Happy Post #5

Goodness, I just realised I haven't done of these posts in almost two months! I think it's high time for another wee list (yeah, practising my Scottish.....) of positive things. Quite a lot has changed since the last time I wrote an appreciative post, so perhaps the content will be a bit different.... I genuinely don't know yet as I'm literally planning to come up with things as I write! What an organised blogger, eh?

Okay, here we go. These are the things I've been feeling appreciative over lately:

- The lovely autumn that Scotland is having. One of my more recent posts was all about autumn, so I think it's fair to say that I'm a big fan of the season. September is soon over and the weather in Scotland so far has been absolutely lovely, with many sunny days and temperatures around 15 degrees celsius. To be honest, I do look forward to more colder weather, but I'm still really glad September has been so lovely.

- Shortbread, oatcakes, scones, crumpets, and the likes. Since moving to the UK I've been taking advantage of the fact that I can buy delicious treats like the ones mentioned pretty much everywhere. For all you Britons this is probably commonplace, but for me it's still a bit exciting. Back in Sweden I used to bake scones regularly but so far I haven't got around to baking anything over here, so I'm glad I can enjoy them anyway! I love having any of these treats with some butter and jam, together with a nice cup of tea. It's the perfect afternoon snack.

- Interesting lectures and engaging lecturers. Even though I've only had one week of proper lectures I feel that I've picked the right path, which is such a nice feeling. So far I've also been lucky enough to have mostly very inspiring lecturers, so I'm hoping that will continue! Although with so many guest lecturers it's not very likely, but at least the main lecturer for English Lit is amazing.

- My king sized bed. My whole life I've slept in a 90 one so at first I didn't know what to do with all the extra space, but I've found that it's really quite nice to have a larger bed all to myself. All that extra space is great!

- Finding a club that feels 100 % right. I've been trying out different clubs to find the ones I like the most and last Tuesday I went to a meeting with the Creative Writing club. I had been rather unsure about it before going but it turned out to be so much fun. Moreover, I think it'll definitely help me with my perpetual writer's block. I'm excited for the meetings to come!

Alright, I think that's it for now. Tell me, what has made you happy lately?

x Mimmi

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Brunch at the Hillhead Bookclub

I signed up to way too many clubs and societies during the Freshers' Fair and am now in the midst of attending a few first meetings with these clubs to see which ones I like the most. Last Sunday I met up with the Brontë Society, which is basically a society that appreciates the Brontë sisters and the Victorian era in general. I'm honestly more of an Austen fan, but the people I met were all really nice and friendly and I had a lovely time!

We met at the Hillhead Bookclub, which is a very charming café/restaurant/bar in the West End which does really good breakfast, brunch and of course, food. Well, I've only been there once, but everyone says it's lovely and my first visit wasn't a disappointment! I opted for pancakes with berries, butter, honey and jam, and although they were a bit burnt on one side they were absolutely amazing otherwise.  There were a lot of tempting things on the menu, including many vegetarian options, so I can't wait until I have an excuse to go there again! The prices were very affordable too, which is good if you're a poor student like I am.

I hope you're all well!

Love, Mimmi

Saturday, 20 September 2014

one week gone by

Yup, the title says it all. I've now been in Glasgow for one whole week! Actually, one week and a day even. Today was the first really rainy day since I got here, but towards the afternoon the sky cleared up and the sun showed itself, and I took the chance to snap the photo above while I was in the city centre to fix some bank stuff. This week has been Freshers' Week, so I've been quite occupied. I thought I'd just quickly run through what I've been up to during these busy days....

I've been out four nights, which to me is a huge accomplishment as I'm the least party-loving person in the world. I signed up to about fifty different clubs during the Fresher's Fair, and am now incredulous as to which ones I want to join. I've had so much free chocolate and cake, a few cups of free tea, and even three slices of free pizza. I've been handed about a million flyers, which was fun at first but then became very annoying.

I've been to a couple of introduction lessons and had a very nice wee chat with my adviser of studies, who thankfully turned out to be such a nice and easy-going person. I've bought almost all of my course literature, which includes two humongous books of around 2,000 and 3,000 pages respectively. On my mission to open a bank account and get a working debit card I've visited the bank about four times (sigh).

Most of the time I've felt really happy and content to be where I am, even though there have been sudden and short bursts of homesickness and worry. I've come to really like Glasgow and I feel more and more at home here. And now I'm just so excited (and a bit scared) to start going to classes and get studying (I'll regret saying that). Is it lame to look forward to having an everyday routine? Either way, I do. Come here, Monday!

Goodness, what a rambl-y and unstructured post. I apologise! And I hope you've all had a lovely week!

Love, Mimmi

Sunday, 14 September 2014

glasgow so far - a wee update

So, I'm finally properly installed in my student room. Today I've been grocery shopping and sort of unpacked everything. I feel less nervous than I did this morning, when I said goodbye to my mum (which was so difficult, by the way...) and headed off to the student apartment all by myself, but I can't say I'm not at all nervous for the week to come. I'm also really excited about everything, though. Getting to know people, learning to know my way around uni, making myself at home in my room and in the city.... and to be honest, I'm excited to start studying! 

Anyway, I thought I'd show you a little bit what mum and I got up to during the two days that we were in Glasgow, just so that this place isn't completely empty!

We walked to the university to have a look around, and it was every bit as beautiful as it is in pictures. I can't believe this is really my university!

We wandered around quite a bit on Argyll Street, Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street; the three main shopping and strolling streets (it seems). So far I really like the city centre of Glasgow! It's lovely to be able to walk around without there being too many cars around.

 We had afternoon tea at Cup Tea Lounge, which was absolutely delicious. I highly recommend it! This picture is missing a few sandwich rolls though, as we were too hungry to be patient....

The last evening we had dinner at an Indian place called Mother India. It was so tasty, I ate until my tummy felt like it was bursting!

Okay, I'll leave it there. I'm prepping for a busy and hopefully exciting Fresher's Week, so I'm not sure when I'll have the time to sit down and blog. Hopefully soon, though! I hope you enjoyed this little update. Thank you all for the kind words on my last post! They all made me smile.

Love, Mimmi.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

a little life update

When you're reading this, I'm probably on an airplane somewhere over the North Sea, or perhaps I've already landed in Scotland.

As you might already have read somewhere, sometime on this blog, I'm moving to Glasgow to start university. My mum is coming with me for the weekend and we've planned to have some mother-daughter time while getting to know the surroundings and also maybe (probably) checking off some points on my to-do-list. There's a lot to think about when moving abroad, even if it's within the EU! We're flying to Edinburgh since there aren't any direct flights to Glasgow and we'll have one day and one night there (which I'm really excited about as I love Edinburgh!) before taking the train to Glasgow.

I've never been to Glasgow, so I'm really keen to get to know the city. Judging from what I've seen and read, it seems like such a vibrant, interesting and lovely city. The photos that appear on my blog from now on will no doubt be a bit different from what they've been so far. No more Swedish countryside! Well, not for a while, anyway...

I probably won't be very active around these parts for the first week or couple of weeks, since I'll have loads to do until I'm settled down properly, plus I want to make the most out of Fresher's Week. I definitely won't abandon this place though! I've become rather fond of blogging, to be honest, and I want to continue.

So, am I nervous? Yes. Incredibly so. But I'm also really excited and happy to finally start doing something interesting again. I've gone idle for too long!

I hope you're having a great week! See you soon :)

Love, Mimmi.

Monday, 8 September 2014

a love letter to autumn

image source: pinterest

I’m a big fan of autumn. If I'm completely honest, I like it more than summer. I do like summer, but I never feel comfortable when it’s too warm - and to me, too warm isn’t that warm at all. Antyhing over 25 degrees celsius and I’ll be complaining, all grumpy and bothered. (With one exception - if I can go swimming in the lake). Don't get me wrong - I do like summer. I love the light, being able to sit outside all day and even in the evenings, all the fresh fruit and berries, BBQs, etcetera. I just don’t enjoy being hot, sweaty and lazy. So after a warm and almost tropical summer like this one, I’m more than happy to welcome autumn. I like all seasons. Actually, what I really like is that we have so many different seasons (where I’ve always lived, anyway). I love seeing the scenery change, getting new habits, and enjoying different things each season. It never gets boring, does it? I can never decide which season is my favourite. I’m always excited for the new one when it’s just coming, and tired of the old one when it’s just ending. So right now I’m so ready for autumn! So ready that I thought I’d even make a little post about what I enjoy about this wonderful season.

- The air. I love taking big breaths of fresh, crisp autumn air. It feels so cleansing and energizing, somehow.

- Long autumn walks. This is definitely related to the first point. I don’t like getting sweaty, so long walks during a hot summer isn’t a favourite of mine, but I love an autumn walk when the air is crisp.

- The leaves changing colours. I think it’s so beautiful with all the yellow, orange and red leaves! It always puts a smile on my face.

- Drinking lots of tea. I drink tea in the summer too, but in a much less quantity. Autumn (and autumn walks!) is such a good excuse for drinking big cups of tea, and other hot drinks too, of course.

- Apples and apple compote. For a few years up until last autumn, I made apple compote from the apples from a tree in my dad’s garden. Sadly, I won’t be able to make it this year (they’re perfectly ripe by the end of September / beginning of October), but hopefully I'll still be able to enjoy apples and apple compote. Preferably with oatmeal and cinnamon.

image source: pinterest

- Fresh starts. I’ve noticed that it seems like quite a lot of people also feel like September is more of a fresh start than the New Year. I suppose it has got to do with starting school and all that, but I definitely look forward to start afresh every September. This year, it’ll be university! It's a big change for me, and it's both incredibly exciting and nerve-wrecking.

- Sweater weather! I much prefer AW fashion to SS. I love wearing sweaters, jeans, tights.... I love layering! I honestly think AW fashion is usually much prettier than SS. Coats, boots, scarves, mittens, sweaters.... I'm excited for all of it! Really though, is there anything better than cosying up in a comfy sweater and a pair of warm socks? No, there isn’t.

- Baked things with autumn-y spices, hot drinks with autumn-y spices, everything with spices! I'm thinking apple, cinnamon, pumpkin, cardamom.... Need I say more?

- Lighting candles and putting up fairy lights when it gets darker. Sadly, these things are both prohibited in my uni accommodation, but I thought I'd still mention them as they're things I do love about autumn. I'm really jealous of you who won't be forced to give up those small joys!

Oh dear, this turned into a really rambly post, didn't it?  Tell me - what's your favourite season? Are you looking forward to autumn or not?

Love, Mimmi

Friday, 5 September 2014

the chelsea boots

I've been wanting a pair of black chelsea boots for over a year, but for several reasons I didn't buy any last autumn. This year however, I decided to invest in a pair of good quality. I found these lovelies from Vagabond a few weeks ago, and the other day they were finally mine. I know they're really simple, but that's how I like it. I love how timeless they are and I feel they'll go with basically everything! I toyed with the idea of buying a pair with a little bit of a heel, but decided against it as I know I'd end up not wearing them as much. When it comes to shoes, I just want them to be as comfortable as possible and I close to never wear heels (I only own a couple of pairs with heels, but still). These ones fit the bill perfectly and I'm so happy about my purchase. I can't wait for autumn to arrive properly so that I can wear these while walking on rainy pavements and through fallen leaves. 

Tell me, what kind of boots do you want to walk around in this autumn?

Happy Friday, everyone!

Love, Mimmi.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

castles, cakes & a life update

Last Friday my sister and I went with our grandparents on a little day trip. They wanted to do something fun with us and treat us a bit, and we gladly agreed. Both of us love spending time with our grandparents (my mum's parents), as they are just the sweetest people in this world.

 We started off by driving to Taxinge Castle. For being a castle it's rather small and plain, but the location by the lake is lovely, and on top of that there's an amazing café on the ground floor of the castle. The café is pretty famous for its delicious cakes, and rightfully so. I had a chocolate, blueberry and praline cake and a little pastry with hazelnut and marzipan, and both were incredibly tasty. Did I eat all of it? Yup. I did.

Next, we drove to another castle nearby, since we were passing by. This one is the Gripsholm Castle, near the town of Mariefred. It's a bit more castle-like and impressive, in my opinion, and we decided to go inside to look at all the rooms as well. You weren't allowed to take any pictures inside, but here's the castle and the courtyard:

Afterwards we were all craving some real food and went to a restaurant nearby. All of us had prawn salads, which were quite amazing. Can you tell I like prawn salads? It's my favourite thing to eat out in summertime. While we were eating the rain started pouring down, so after waiting for it to calm down a bit we headed for the car and drove back. All in all it was a lovely little excursion!

I thought I'd add in a little life update, as I feel like I've neglected this little place over the last month. Since my sister was home during basically whole month of august I didn't have as much time to myself to just look about on the internet. We were simply quite occupied during the month that she was home - but we had an amazing time. She went back to Japan yesterday, which was as tough as always. My sister, mother and I all cried when saying goodbye, and I miss her terribly already. It's always a bit empty afterwards, before I get used to having her so far away.

Now I'm back at my mum's place and I'm starting to get ready for my big move. I'll be moving to Scotland on the 11th, and on the 15th I'll start University. So the coming week will be mostly dedicated to packing, organising and preparing practical things. Perhaps not so exciting in itself, but I'm so ready to move and start studying!

Okay, that's that. I hope you at least somewhat enjoyed reading this here-and-there blog post!

Lots of love, Mimmi.