Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Isle of Arran Day Trip | Scotland

      Me, writing a blog post months after actually going somewhere? Yeah, sounds about right these days. Anyways, a friend and I took a weekend trip to Arran and Ayrshire last summer, so this should be the first of two posts about the whole trip. Initially we had planned to stay on Arran, but all the accommodation options were booked up, so instead we stayed at a B&B in Saltcoats on the mainland, just a ten minute drive from the ferry terminal in Ardrossan, and did Arran as a day trip from there.

Blue ocean views near Lochranza, Isle of Arran, Scotland

Monday, 3 May 2021

Writer's Block Word Vomit

      I'll be quite honest gang: I don't know what this post is going to be. I've just sat down to start writing, and we'll see where it goes. I've been struggling to write lately, so I thought the best option was to just start something, anything, and see if it would break through this writer's block. I mean, there's definitely a few posts on here over the years which have consisted in me writing about writer's block, and I've always gotten past it eventually.

Blank notebook lying open with a pencil on top
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Thursday, 25 March 2021

What is Eco-Anxiety and How Do We Handle It?

      Climate anxiety or eco-anxiety is, to boil it down to the basics, fear caused by climate change and environmental disaster. It's the feelings of dread you experience when you think about the environmental problems our planet is facing. It's the awful sense of fear when you contemplate what our future, and that of the next generation, will look like. It's the gnawing guilt about not doing enough to help, and continuing to do things you know aren't good for the planet. It's anger, panic, overwhelm and feelings of helplessness. And as our environmental issues continue to grow, more and more people are feeling this anxiety than ever before.

Text reading 'climate anxiety' on a background of melting icebergs from above
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Saturday, 6 March 2021

Edinburgh Walking Routes | Hiking Scotland

      Edinburgh is a city known for its 'Seven Hills', which naturally offer a wide choice of hiking routes without leaving the city limits. However, hiking hills all the time isn't for everybody, and even someone like myself who enjoys hiking, occasionally wants to go for a walk that doesn't involve a huge, uphill trek. I mean, some days I just want to ramble along slowly with my headphones in, rather than turning into the red-faced, sweaty mess with burning thighs that typically happens when I go on uphill adventures. Luckily, in between its seven hills, Edinburgh has plenty of walking paths that offer a more level route - though, in a city this hilly, I wouldn't promise that any of them are entirely flat!

Dean Village on the Water of Leith, in Edinburgh, Scotland

Friday, 26 February 2021

Things to Know About the CELTA Course

     Anyone in the world of ESL teaching has probably heard of the CELTA before, one of the most-listed requirements for many employers when you're seeking an English language teaching job. My teaching experience up until now was done based off an online TEFL course, but with all this extra free time in lockdown, and the saturation of the online teaching market due to Covid, I figured I may as well go for the CELTA (even though I don't intend to teach long term). I opted for the part-time version, which took 12 weeks (full time is 4 weeks), and I did it online rather than in-person. I finished and got my results a week or so ago - I passed, hooray! - so I thought I'd share some of my experiences with it, for anyone else interested in doing it.

Teacher's desk with an apple, stack of books, and alphabet letter blocks
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