Home Improvements

For me, one of the most exciting things about moving is being able to decorate my new room. Even though it’ll be pretty basic I’m planning on bringing a lot with me to make it more homely. I’ve just received an order of photos I had especially printed – I got a special offer which meant I got 50 prints free and only had to pay £1.49 P&P. Absolute bargain! The timing was perfect as well, as I had lots of photos from Graduation and my trip to Australia that I wanted to print ready for my new place. I’ve did the same thing last summer so I should  have about 100 photos to decorate my room with (just about enough I think!)

If I could afford to, I think I’d end up buying the whole of Cath Kidston, as I’m actually in love with her homeware collection at the moment. For now though, I’ll make do with a few pretty bits and bobs from Ikea and some of the cute independent shops we have in Nottingham. I might even have a rummage in some of the bigger charity shops to see if I can find any quirky bits to jazz up my room (we have an awesome Oxfam that sells really good vintage – I used to volunteer there during sixth form in actual fact). To be fair, I already have some seriously interesting ornaments (glittery skull anyone?) but, in my humble opinion, you can never have too many. I plan to get a couple of noticeboards as well so I can pin up letters, cards, gig tickets etc alongside all the photos – I already have two massive packs of pins at the ready! Now all I have to do is work out how to pack all this stuff to get it up there. Oh dear.

Days until the big move:15.

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Blazing a one woman tourist trail

In a bid to keep myself occupied I decided to compile a list of all the tourist attractions etc. I want to see and experience while I’m up in Scotland. Although I know money will be really very tight, I think it’s absolute waste to be not only in a city, but in a country such as Scotland and not try to see all the amazing things on my (metaphorical) doorstep. I thought I’d share part of this list on my blog, where I will undoubtedly see it most days, as a useful way of reminding myself to not just spend all my time off shopping or relaxing but to go out there, embrace a bit of culture and do a little bit of travelling around.

 

N.B. Just to clarify, none of these images are mine and were all found either on Wikipedia or through google images.

 

1. The Willow Tearooms

Number one on my list, mainly because I love tea and cake. However, designed by  the famous Glaswegian artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1904, it is a great example of his renowned work.

2. Glasgow School of Art

Again, another famous example of Mackintosh’s work. May also meet some beautiful, artistic types on my travels (a girl can dream anyway!)

3. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

The most popular free attraction in Glasgow, need I say anything more!

4. The Barras

Located in the East end, this is basically a giant flea market – perfect for a bargain hunter such as myself!

5. Gig at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut

Not only does this place have a truly excellent name, it has a reputation for being one of the best live music venues in the country – plus I haven’t been to a gig in far too long!

6. Loch Lomand

Beautiful scenery and apparently it only takes about 35 minutes from Glasgow.

7. Loch Ness

The legendary Loch Ness – massively hoping I get a glimpse of the infamous monster!

8. Hogmanay in Edinburgh

Absolutely praying I have the night off work and find time to get over to Edinburgh and celebrate a traditional Scottish Hogmanay on NYE. Possibly one of my favourite cities in the world so I’m particularly excited about the prospect of this one!

9. Traditional Burns Supper

While I’ve celebrated Burns Night before, it’s always just been a simple affair in my local Wetherspoons pub. Hoping this time I can go all out to a traditional event, complete with the addressing of the Haggis.

10. John O’Groats

This is the big one, the most Northerly end of the longest distance between two points on the British Mainland. It is so far up, it would still take me at least 8 hours via train from Glasgow. However, as this is the nearest I’ll probably ever be, I may as well give it a go!

There are many many more places I plan on visiting but I thought I’d just share a tiny bit of the list for now!  Any further suggestions of places to see and be seen would be much appreciated – particularly anywhere a bit quirky and off the traditional tourist trail. Thanks 🙂

Days until the big move:16

She got a ticket to ride.

£44 pounds later and I now have myself a one way ticket to Glasgow. AHHH.

As they sometimes say, shit just got real. For the first time it’s properly hit me that I’ll be moving away from home in a little over two weeks. Obviously I’m more than a little nervous but, now that all my travel arrangements are finally sorted, I’m allowing myself to get really really excited 🙂  In fact I just can’t wait to get up there (minus the 5 hour train journey and the stress of dragging my oversized suitcase through Glasgow city centre!)

Days until the big move:17.

Playing the waiting game…

Currently I spend most of my time on the sofa, snuggled up under my massive duvet watching a selection of Channel 4’s greatest programmes (namely Big Bang Theory & Come Dine With Me, FYI). While this is all well and good, I am starting to get rather fed up of having no actual direction or purpose in my life.

I never thought I would say this but I actually miss education. I miss learning new things, I miss sounding semi-intellectual and I miss that feeling of accomplishment whenever you complete a project and achieve something you can be proud of.

In fact, even more than this, I miss doing something “productive” with my life. This is the first summer since I was 16 that I haven’t had a part-time job, so now not only do I have a severe shortage of money, I also have a lot of free time on my hands, which as anyone in a similar situation knows is frankly quite dull. Even though I moaned constantly when I worked full-time in retail last summer I’d take my job back in a heartbeat, just so I don’t constantly have to try and fill my days with things to do.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a brilliant summer. In fact, probably because I have had so much spare time to enjoy with my lovely friends and family, I’ve had the best summer I’ve had in years and made some wonderful memories I’ll genuinely cherish forever (soppy I know, sorry!)

But now, as we slowly draw to the end of August and my overdrafts draws ever nearer to the £1,000 limit, it is finally time for the holiday to end. I simply cannot wait to get back to work and sink my teeth into a new challenge. Roll on 17th September!

Days until the big move:18.

A little about me…

I suppose, if I’m going to do this whole blogging thing properly and actually stick with it, I should at least give you all a little insight into who I am and what it is I’ll actually be doing in Glasgow. So hello! I’m Carla, I’m 21 and I’ve just graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in English Language and Linguistics. Currently I’m back living with my parents, in my beloved home town of Nottingham, before I move up to Scotland. 

Over the next 12 months I’ll be undertaking a CSV placement at a charity based in Glasgow which supports adults with learning and physical disabilities. I’m a paid volunteer, which basically means I work full-time (approximately 35 hours per week) and, in return, I’m provided with free accommodation, a weekly food allowance, all travel expenses and £35 a week ‘pocket money’ to spend on whatever I choose (probably clothes & alcohol – sorry mum!). Ultimately, I’m planning to return to university and do a Masters in Speech and Language Therapy, so this gap year will hopefully be a massive help in securing a place on a postgraduate course. 

While I’m sure I could tell you a lot more about myself and my often weird and wonderful life I’ll kept it brief, for the time being at least!

Days until the big move: 20. 

Hello world!

Welcome to my new blog! In just three weeks I will be relocating my life 300 miles to the (hopefully!) beautiful city of Glasgow, to finally become a proper grown-up. Here I’ll be documenting all my adventures as I adjust to moving to a new city, trying to hold down my first proper full-time job and attempt to bag myself a nice Scottish husband. Thanks for reading!