Wednesday, 28 October 2015

An Autumnal Walk in Kelvingrove Park

Kelvingrove Park

Kelvingrove Park

Kelvingrove Park

Kelvingrove Park

Kelvingrove Park

Kelvingrove Park

Kelvingrove Park

Kelvingrove Park

Kelvingrove Park

Kelvingrove Art Gallery from Kelvingrove Park

The past few days have been largely dedicated to writing essays and studying, but when the need for fresh air became too great on Sunday morning, I decided to start the day with a walk around Kelvingrove Park. It was a gorgeous, sunny morning, so naturally I brought my camera along with me. I only wish I had decided to get out the door a bit earlier, as the most magical morning light was already gone when I reached the park. It was still beautiful though. Although it was relatively quiet, I wasn't, as a lot of people seemed to take advantage of the lovely morning. There were quite a few runners out (who sort of ruined the atmosphere a bit -- sorry runners), as well as plenty of adorable dogs. I was painfully reminded of how much I want a dog myself, and how very unlikely it is that I'll get one anytime soon. 

Heading back inside to crack on with my essays was definitely a bit easier with fresh air still in my lungs. There's something healing about trees, and about morning walks, even if it's just in a park. I still prefer the Botanic Gardens, but Kelvingrove is a lovely place, and since it's only a five minute walk from where I live, it's perfect. I'm sure I'll take plenty of walks there over the next year. 

What did you get up to during the weekend?

Love, Mimmi.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Taking Stock

I've seen these posts pop up here and there now and then, most recently over at Daydreams of Summertime, and I always enjoy reading them. Since work and university has taken up most of my life recently, I thought I'd do one myself. I have the weekend off, and next week is reading week, which means that I have four days off in a row - something I'm really happy about, since the last time I had a whole day off was over a month ago. Granted, I'll have to spend my days studying, but at least I won't have to leave my flat! Anyhow, here is what I've been doing recently...

Reading: I just finished A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, and I'm about to start Paradise Lost - both for my English Literature course. 

Watching: Downton Abbey every Sunday (or sometimes Monday night),  and every now and then I procrastinate by watching vlogs.

Buying: Lots of food, new AW clothing, and a wonderful official Ravenclaw cardigan (like the nerd I am).

Listening: To the Harry Potter audiobooks - I'm currently on the Half-Blood Prince.

Feeling: Stressed and anxious about university work.

Planning: To see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London next summer (hoping to get a hold of tickets in a few days!)

Wishing: For a white winter, please and thank you. Last winter wasn't the best, so I'm crossing my fingers and toes we'll get proper snow.

Enjoying: Autumn and all that comes with it.

Eating: Porridge with almond butter every morning and a lot of comforting curries for dinner. Plus too many sweet treats and snacks. 

Hoping: That I'll be able to get tickets to the Harry Potter play. 

Thinking: Too much, really.

Lacking: Time. 

Trying: To cut down on the sugar (which is proving very difficult...)

Drinking: Lots and lots of tea. And coffee in the mornings.

Wanting: All of the things. The list is too long, honestly.

Cooking: Warming curries, bean burgers, simple pasta dishes...

Deciding: What to have for lunch... (I'm always thinking about the next time it's okay to eat).

Wearing: Cosy jumpers, black skinny jeans, chelsea boots, my navy pea coat and my tartan scarf. Except for when I'm home, when I'm usually in my jammies, my university hoodie, socks + slippers, wrapped in a blanket.

Needing: The motivation and skill to write a really good essay for English Literature.

What have you been doing recently?

Love, Mimmi.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Happy Post #27

Happy Sunday! How are you all? I worked both Friday and Saturday, and I'm working again today, so the weekend hasn't been much of a weekend for me personally. I'm feeling a little bit stressed and worn out at the moment, but what better reason to focus on the happy things in life? So, without further ado, here are the things that have made me happy over the last few weeks...

Glorious, beautiful autumn. The two autumns I've spent in Scotland have been gorgeous, with plenty of beautiful, sunny days and crisp, clear weather. Granted, we still have about half of this autumn to go, but it has been wonderful so far. I think October is my favourite month of the year - I just love everything about it! The orange and red leaves, the beautiful light, the chilly air, the conkers, the hot drinks. It's so dreamy.

Living with my sister. We've shared a flat for more than a month now (how time flies!), and it's honestly the best thing. We get along really well, and if we do have the odd argument, it's resolved almost directly. It's really comforting always having your best friend around. If only we could've moved in together  sooner! 

Wearing red lipstick. I've finally started feeling comfortable wearing red lipstick just any day, like to university, which is something I've strived for in a long time. I still have to master the art of eating with it on, but I love how chic and autumnal it is. 

Dancing. I signed up for the Scottish Country Dancing Society at the start of the semester, and although I get incredulous looks when I tell people about it, and though my sister loves teasing me about it, I really enjoy it. I don't like exercising, but dancing is so fun that you hardly notice you're working out! Perfect. 

My newly purchased hot water bottle. I've never used a hot water bottle before, but because our flat is really cold (and heating is expensive), I decided to get one a little while ago, and it's been such a life-saver. There's nothing cosier than feeling it warming the bed up under the duvet.  

Snuggly jumpers. With the arrival of autumn and the cold weather, the jumpers have come out to play. I love how simple it is to just throw on a jumper in the morning, and how comfortable they are! Can it just be autumn forever, please?

Listening to the Harry Potter audiobooks. So, yes, I did just re-read the books over summer, but can you ever get too much of Harry Potter? I don't think so. I'm normally not one for audiobooks, but I actually love the Harry Potter ones. I like listening on the way to work, or when I'm just getting ready in the morning. It's oddly comforting and just makes me feel all warm and happy. Plus, Stephen Fry is brilliant.

Finally, here are seven blog posts that I've loved recently...

'Incredibly Indulgent Hot Chocolate' on Daydreams of Summertime.

'Remembering Why I Blog' on Bethan Likes.

'A Body Positivity Chat' on Lazy Thoughts.

'October' on Croisette Chic.

What has made you happy recently? Are you loving autumn as much as I am?

Love, Mimmi

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Lunch at Soba

Soba Byres Road

Soba Byres Road

Soba Byres Road

Soba Byres Road

Soba Byres Road

Another week, another lunch. If you read my blog regularly, it'll be no surprise to you that I like going out for lunch or coffee ever so often. Since I don't really go out or spend money on alcohol, I don't feel too bad about these little treats. And when you've moved to a new area, you really have to try out all the new places, don't you? This Monday, my sister and I met up again during my lunch break, and this time we decided to give Bar Soba a go. I had heard really good things about Soba, and my sister had already been, so I was definitely excited for some noodles. We went to the one on Byres Road, but I believe there is one in the Merchant City as well, as well as some outside of Glasgow.

Soba specialises in all kinds of noodles - ramen, soba, udon, pad thai - but also offers other pan-Asian meals. I was a little bit disappointed by how few vegetarian alternatives there were, but I still managed to find something delicious to eat. We both decided to go for their lunch deal - a starter and a main meal for £8.95 - if you choose from their special lunch menu. We opted for veggie gyozas to start and then vegetarian pad thai for the main, and both dishes were absolutely delicious. The pad thai was perhaps not as good as it is in Thailand, but it was pretty darn close, and left me wanting more. Next time I think I'll try out their veggie gyoza ramen. 

Monday lunch hour was very quiet, and I think it's busier during the night, but I'd definitely recommend going for a lunch. They did have a lot of delicious-sounding cocktails however, so I'd love to come back to try one of those out. 

Love, Mimmi.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Living Abroad - the Good and the Bad

It has now been more than a year since I moved to Scotland to start university and live by myself. It's crazy how quickly this year has passed, and Glasgow already feels like home. Before I moved, however, I was a big bundle of anxiety. I had already lived abroad for a while, when I spent six months studying French in Paris, but I was terribly homesick during those months.

My six months in Paris was my first time not living with either of my parents, and on top of that I was in a foreign country where no one spoke my language. I do love Paris as a city, and I'm really glad I managed to learn French, but in general I didn't really enjoy my time there. I stayed with a host family, and although they were really lovely, I hated the lack of privacy and how dependent I was on them. I had to share a room with another student and since I'm introverted and like having my own space, it was really not my thing. Plus, the other students were served dinner by the host family, and not being able to choose what or when to eat was pretty tiring in the long run. 

When I moved to Scotland, I was worried it would be similar to my experience in Paris, but it really wasn't. Perhaps student accommodation wasn't amazing, but at least I had my own room, my own (teeny tiny) bathroom, and I was able to cook for myself. I was much more independent, to put it simply. Although I didn't become best friends with any of my flatmates, they were all really nice and we got along well. As for university, I love it, and I've grown to really love Glasgow too. So all in all, I'm much happier with everything this time around. I really feel like I've ended up in the right place, doing the right thing. Now that I'm living in a flat with my sister, I like it even more. 

Drawing from my experiences of living abroad, I thought I'd put together a wee list of negatives (and how to deal with them) and positives. 

(and how to deal with it)

Homesickness. Even if you're happy where you are, you are going to get pangs of homesickness, and that's alright. I think the best way to deal with it is to get outside and do something, or spend time with other people. Another idea is to chat on Skype with your loved ones from back home (but that might make you miss the more).

Not being able to see your friends and family as often. I think this one is the worst, to be honest. I would give anything to be able to teleport back to Sweden and spend time with my loved ones just whenever. Thankfully, there are things like Skype and Facetime that make things so much easier. Technology, you're fab.

Feeling like a stranger in a new culture. British and Swedish culture aren't that different, but there are still moments when I feel lost, don't get an inside joke, or don't understand what anyone's talking about. It can make you feel like an outsider, but I think the best thing to do is to express your interest, learn and tell people about your own country's customs. 

Missing your home country's food. Most things that I eat at home are available in the UK too, but there are a few things that I miss, like lingonberry jam, Swedish chocolate, and getting to choose from twenty types of rye bread rather than just the one. The solution? Eat these things as much as you can when you're home visiting, until you're sick of them. Then you won't miss it as much. And get people to bring them to you when they're visiting.


Getting to know new people. Moving someplace new will make it necessary to reach out and get to know new people, and as scary as it might be, it's also pretty cool to make new acquaintances from all over the world. 

Experiencing a different culture. As mentioned, it can make you feel like a bit of an alien, but it's honestly wonderful to immerse yourself in another culture and learn more about it. It will give you a new perspective on your home country, too.

Exploring new places. Most likely, you've been to the majority of the places worth visiting back home, and moving to a new city and a new country gives you the chance to discover and explore so many new places. After a year in Scotland, there are still so many places I haven't been!

Appreciating home more. I've always loved Sweden, but it's easy to become blind when you're home, and living abroad makes you appreciate the small things more. Like winters with actual snow, clean streets, a proper recycling system, and less rain...

Do you have any experiences with living abroad?

Love, Mimmi. 

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Lunch at Kember & Jones

Kember & Jones Glasgow

Kember & Jones Glasgow

Kember & Jones Glasgow

Kember & Jones Glasgow

Kember & Jones Glasgow

A couple of days ago my sister and I met up for lunch during the two-hour break I head inbetween classes. Since moving to the other side of university I've walked past so many nice new places, and I have resolved to try as many as possible of these. Naturally, my sister is my chosen accomplice for these excursions. Kember & Jones was high up on my list, as it is precisely in my taste. It's a lovely, airy place where you can get light lunches, cake, coffee and bread. 

We decided to have lunch and both opted for the soup of the day (we tend to always want the same things - we've got too similar tastes!), which was carrot, coriander and something more. It was wonderfully creamy and delicious! With that we got a basket of assorted breads, all of which were really good. In our usual fashion, we decided to have cake afterward, and had a beautiful chocolate cake with a filling of raspberries and some sort of light chocolate-y mousse. Along with that, we had a cappuccino each, so I can confirm that their coffee is great.

It is a bit on the expensive side, but everything I tried was wonderful, and the space itself is so nice, so it's definitely worth it as a treat. The location is perfect for me as well - it's situated towards one end of Byres Road, just five minutes from the university, and not even ten minutes from home. So if you ever find yourself on Byres Road and want to have a small bite or some cake, definitely check Kember & Jones out! I know I won't be able to stay away for long...

Have you discovered any new gems near you recently?


Monday, 5 October 2015

I'M BACK + Life Lately

And boy does it feel good to be back! The lovely comments on my Blogging Break post really made me feel all warm and fuzzy, and I'm so thankful for how understanding and supportive you lovelies have been. The blogging community is truly special! I missed blogging, and even though I probably should've probably taken a serious, full-out break, I found myself reading blogs, commenting, replying to comments and preparing future blog posts during my break... It did feel good to not feel pressured to produce anything interesting though, since my life recently really has just been about getting settled into new routines and getting about a gazillion things organised. 

Our flat has definitely started feeling like home. We live in the lovely Finnieston area, in the West End of Glasgow, just opposite the Kelvingrove Art Gallery. So far I love the area - it's close to the University, close to the Kelvingrove Park, and there are tons of restaurants and caf├ęs nearby that I'm itching to try out!

After two weeks without Wifi, we finally had it installed last Thursday, which was such a relief! I felt so lost and helpless without Wifi at home, especially as a University student, and I had to spend an awful lot of time at the library and at Starbucks. We were originally going for TalkTalk but had lots of problems with them (I could ramble on, but I won't, because that'd be very boring), and after several phone calls which didn't actually help, we cancelled the order and decided to go for Virgin instead. The last tenants had Virgin, so installing the broadband was super quick and easy, and we got it the very same day that I phoned and made the order! 

I've also been adjusting to being at university - going to lectures, taking notes, reading, learning. I'm doing English Literature, Scottish Literature and English Language this year, and the courses all seem really interesting. English Literature this semester seems perhaps a bit too philosophical for my taste, but hopefully I'll be able to get my head around it. In Scottish Literature we're doing Medieval literature, which is very different but very interesting! English Language is a mix of grammar, phonetics and Old English, and being the language nerd I am, I really enjoy it so far. We had a language on runes the other day and I loved it. 

I'm also feeling much more settled with my new job. There is still a lot to learn, but I'm feeling more confident every day and I really enjoy it! At the moment I'm working more hours than I'd like (this week was particularly crazy), so I am feeling a wee bit stressed, but I'll be working less hours soon, which will be good.

Other than that? I'm loving Autumn. I can never decide what my favourite season is, but whenever Autumn arrives I feel certain it's my favourite. I love the light, the crisp air, the orange leaves, the snuggly scarves, the soft jumpers and the hot drinks. It's all so cosy

Anyway, how are you? How have you been?

Love, Mimmi.