Scotland

The Unforgettable Experience of NYE in Edinburgh

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If you have ever dreaded the notion of celebrating New Year's Eve surrounded by a crowd of complete strangers, standing outside in the freezing cold, waiting for the magical countdown to come and pass, so you can finally get to the most important point of the show - the fireworks - Welcome to the Club! No other annual festivity attracts as much frenzy and[...]

Is Edinburgh the Ultimate Festival City?

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When I think about why people might add Edinburgh to their travel bucket lists and flood the streets of the Scottish capital year-in, year-out, I think of the medieval Old Town with its picturesque castle, the picture-book views from Carlton Hill and Arthur Seat, and The Elephant House coffee shop for Harry Potter fans. People go to Edinburgh to marvel at ar[...]

5 cool things to do in Edinburgh

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I'm a Glasgow girl through and through - after two years of living here, people can certainly pick that up from my accent, and I love it. They might even be able to pick it up from my behaviour, as a friend of mine put it very adequately after the police had been called to our hotel on a recent trip, because I was chatting to loudly with my balcony neighbour[...]

10 Tips for the Edinburgh Festivals

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After living in Scotland since 2013, I finally made my way around to Edinburgh in August, when no less than six of the city's twelve (!) annual festivals rock every last stage the city has to offer and, if necessary, build their own. The Edinburgh International Festival, the Fringe, the Book Festival, the Art Festival, the Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh M[...]

5 cool vintage shops in Glasgow

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Moving to Glasgow just under two years ago has changed many a thing in my behaviour. First of all, I now say didnae instead of didn't and wee instead of little. I also re-defined my perception of rain to anything not soaking me within 5 minutes to 'not being real rain'. And then I think 25 degrees Celsius is really hot. Moving to Glasgow, or more generally t[...]

A Tent for Travelettes

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Camping makes my heart beat faster - bonfire, BBQs and picnics, a comfy sleeping bag, being woken up by the sun and watching a beautiful sunset over the hills. That a camping trip does not always work out that way has been stated before, but ever since I moved to the UK I realized that the cooler temperatures of the north make for a very pleasant camping exp[...]

The Scottish Highlands: In Heels and Hiking Boots

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Born in landlocked Austria the sea and all countries with a long coastline have always fascinated me. Family holidays to Greece were the highlight of my childhood, but trips to the islands of Denmark and a cruise along the Norwegian coast consolidated my love for the Northern shores. Ever since I graduated from high school Scotland has been my dream - the lu[...]

Sea Kayaking for Beginners

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Lately, I have been telling you a lot about the unpredictability of the Scottish weather and how to get used to it. Ironically, lately I was proven wrong by consecutive sunshine, but no way to enjoy it. Don't get me wrong, I love playing outside in the sun - just I could not do that, all tangled up in end of term deadlines and library sessions. I could not w[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Glasgow

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"Because it's close to the highlands", is a common reply to the question why somebody would move to Glasgow. Or "because it's cheaper than Edinburgh". But Scotland's biggest city has more to offer than just good connections to the breathtaking landscape of the North and affordable living space. It is also the up-and-coming hub for artistic Bohemians, a creat[...]

The Travelettes Culture Guide on Scotland

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6 months ago, I got ready for one of the biggest steps in my life: moving to Glasgow, Scotland for at least one year to work on my master's degree and hopefully launch a successful career as a freelance journalist. I wanted to study in an Anglophone country, but take it slowly and not move to far away from my family (and my possessions stored away on attics [...]