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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow January 12th 2015

On a Cold, windy morning in January, we start loading charlie the clio with all our wordly possessions for our last road trip to Dover, across France and onto our final destination of Spain! I’ve decided to take charge of the tetris-style car packing so everything fits in properly (and I don’t trust Greg to do it) as at this moment I am slightly concerned how optimistic we are about how much a Renault clio can hold. It’s all going quite well until it starts torrentially raining (with a sprinkle of hailstones chucked in for good measure) meaning I get completely soaked – I’m sooooo glad I bothered to straighten my hair this morning. Lo and behold as soon as I finish packing the car, the rain stops. Weather 1, Nikki 0. Apparently our friends have ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow December 22nd 2014

After the struggle of packing everything, not only for home, but also for a two week European vacation, I was finally ready to head to the hotel. I took a cab to the hotel, and struggled to push my suitcases into the hotel. Since the room wasn’t ready yet, I had them hold my bags for me and I headed to the airport to meet the family. After waiting a bit since their flight was delayed and, as I would later learn, their bags were on the wrong flight, I finally saw them coming out of the baggage claim area. It was so great to see everyone, and we were all ready to head to the hotel. We took a taxi to the hotel and headed up to get situated in our rooms. We then had ... read more
Transport Museum

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow December 11th 2014

The holiday season, for me, began officially on the 4th of December after I sat for the general GRE Exam and found out that I passed! Ashlee, Sabrina, Belinda, Henriette and I went out for a nice dinner at Wetherspoon's Hengler's Circus to celebrate. Afterwards, Ashlee and I decided to go to the 78 for another drink, before retiring to our respective rooms to work on essays and studying for exams. Since I had an exam towards the end of the first week of exams, I decided to wait and travel after my exam so that I could devote more time to studying and writing essays. This worked out quite well, since we were able to do a lot of exploring around Glasgow and partake in some fun holiday activities! Friday, December 5 - This evening, ... read more
World Cup Gymnastics 2014!
Ice Skating
Pollok House

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow November 23rd 2014

The city of Glasgow has brought us many things; famous actors and TV personalities such as Ewan McGregor, Gerard Butler, Billy Connolly, James McAvoy and Gordon Ramsay; famous musicians and bands such as Belle & Sebastian, Franz Ferdinand, Mark Knopfler, Travis and er, Wet Wet Wet; the 2014 Commonwealth Games; and an outstanding contribution to football which includes Celtic and Rangers football clubs, Sir Alex Ferguson, Kenny Dalglish, Jock Stein and er, David Moyes. Having gifted the world with such cultural and sporting prowess as well as being the biggest city in Scotland - a city famous for its urban, industrial grit, in contrast to the beautiful, peaceful nature of the Highlands - Glasgow demanded a visit. Back in Edinburgh, my tour of the Highlands had come to an end and the group and I were ... read more
Old Sheriff's Court
The SSE Hydro
University Of Glasgow

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow November 5th 2014

On Thursday, after returning back from Lisbon, I made preparations for the Halloween party that would be taking place at the GUU. I was planning on going as Harry Potter, so I ordered a cloak, tie, wand and glasses to complete the look. I was going with Ashlee, who was dressed as Velma from Scooby Doo and Sabrina, who was dressed as Mary Poppins. We met up with some other friends from our block to have a few drinks before heading to the party. When we arrived at the union, it was much more crowded than we had previously expected, so we ended up waiting in the queue for a while before we were able to get in. Once we got in, it was so crowded you could barely move, but we made it to the ... read more
Halloween Costumes!
Glasgow Fireworks 2014 for Guy Fawkes'

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow October 26th 2014

Day 9 - Pitlochry to Glasgow. A little bit of a later start today since we need to go to Blair Athol before we leave Pitlochry. The distillery has been operating under license since 1798 and is part of the Bell's blended whiskey formula. We certainly enjoyed the tour but the tasting surprised us. This whiskey is unpeated and has a marvelous christmas pudding nose. Well of course we bought a bottle. Onwards to the old town of Stirling. William Wallace monument & Stirling Castle. We drove to William Wallace monument for some quick pictures and then off the the castle. To spend a few ours in this place is well worth it. The castle has been restored to what it looked like in 1503. SPECTACULAR!!!! The artwork, tapestries, furniture were all amazing. The ceiling in ... read more
Bonnethill Rd.
Tea Room
Blair Athol

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow October 23rd 2014

Donc, comme je n'ai pas envie de trouver du travail ici, je suis allée à Glasgow pour voir si ça me donnait plus envie. J'ai pris le bus, environ 1h15, il y en a tous les quarts d'heure et c'est aussi cher que pour faire Aubagne-Aix donc ça va. Là c'est blindé de boutiques. Les rues se croisent en angles droits, comme à Kyôtô. Sauf que c'est pas Kyôtô. C'est moche, il y a une rue qui ressemble à la rue St Denis (les putes en moins, mais les façades sont aussi pourries que les sex shops de là-bas). Il y a quelques rues un peu plus jolies, un peu moins noires quoi. Mais il n'y a que des boutiques partout. On dirait qu'il y a 4 rues St Fé. Et...c'est tout. Je n'ai même pas ... read more
depuis le pont Georges 6
pour une fois que je fais une photo réussie...
square je sais plus quoi dans High Street

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow September 22nd 2014

Since leaving off last time, I started the official Fresher's week Monday evening by going to the Twin Atlantic concert at the Queen Margaret Union (QMU) followed by Hot Dub Time Machine at the Glasgow University Union (GUU). The latter was an audiovisual experience led by a DJ who took you through music from the 1950's all the way until 2014. It was an incredibly fun evening, despite the fact that we didn't arrive at the GUU until they had progressed into the late 90's (which, when included with the current era, was arguably the best portion of the night, so there were no regrets about being there late). The room was incredibly crowded and extremely hot, but that didn't stop everyone from dancing and having the time of their lives. Tuesday, I decided to take ... read more
Day Trip to Callander & Killin
Day Trip to Callander & Killin
The Glasgow University Union

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow September 18th 2014

Got given two weeks off work with a mix of leave and days off so headed back to the homeland. So excited as I only ever manage to get home for a couple days at a time and it's always so manic trying to see everyone. And the best part is that my boyfriend, Adam, was able to join me for one week. He hasn't been back home with me for over a year. So we flew up early on the Thursday morning, which happened to be one of the biggest days in Scottish History - the referendum vote for Independance. I had missed all of the pre vote hype and from reading the paper it seemed like there had been lots going on. My step mum picked us up from airport and brought us home. ... read more
Merchant City mini festival
Inside the tent
Graffiti for Commonwealth Games

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow September 18th 2014

Our next trip will be taking us through the highlands to the northern tip of the mainland. We will be visiting some new places and returning to some favourites. More castles, mountains, abbeys....and of course a wee dram a some more distilleries. Heading into Glasgow we will pick up a rental car and drive to Edinburgh for our first leg. No pictures yet...wait till we get there.... CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 21 more sleeps... test... read more

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