Monday, 30 April 2018

Dean Village | Edinburgh

     One of the quirky things about Edinburgh, is that many of the areas that make up the city were once separate towns and villages, which were amalgamated into the city as it spread out over the centuries. Yet, you can still feel the differences between these areas, with their different styles and atmospheres. A perfect example is the Dean Village, a medieval village that was once home to mill workers, operating water mills along the Water of Leith, the river that traverses Edinburgh. I visited it for the first time last week, when spring finally arrived in the city, and we had some lovely sunny weather.

Dean Village, Edinburgh

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Top 5 Central American Travel Experiences

     So, I posted a couple of top 5 travel themed posts a few months back, featuring cities in Europe and then in Asia. The other continent I've been to is North America, mainly the Central American isthmus, where I spent a month a few years ago. I didn't really think that cities were the best way to do a top five of that trip, since the majority of the time was spent in small towns or more rural locations. So instead, here are my top 5 (in no particular order) experiences there instead...

Turquoise lagoon water around Caye Caulker, Belize

Monday, 23 April 2018

Outfit - That's What Makes the World Go Round

     This week's song title is probably less well-known than some of my previous posts... any ideas? This outfit was inspired by Arthur, from 'The Sword in the Stone'. The bracelet was my starting point, as the owls are just like Archimedes, and the red colour would match Arthur's palette perfectly. The dress was the next obvious choice, being the only red dress I own, and I thought the patterns on it could be fairly medieval. The brown boots are close to Arthur's, and since I don't have a yellow or brown cardigan, this dark, neutral grey was my next best option. The necklace is one I rarely wear, but I thought the rich tones suited the once and future king, while the simple earrings are a nod to his humble, squire origins.

Arthur from The Sword in the Stone Disneybound - outfit of red patterned dress, black tights & brown ankle boots

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Edinburgh Literary Locations

     In 2004, Edinburgh was named the first UNESCO City of Literature, the first in the Creative Cities network, which now spans over 100 cities around the world chosen for various creative pursuits. But it makes sense that Edinburgh was chosen for literature, as the city has been the home and the source of inspiration for many famous authors over the years. Stories are a rich part of Scottish culture and heritage in general, so it was only natural that eventually we'd start writing them down, to form our strong literary heritage. So, when visiting Edinburgh, literature lovers might like to explore some of the notable locations around the city, linked to various writers and their works.

Sir Walter Scott Monument, Princes Street, Edinburgh

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Green | Colour

It's fresh and bright and new. It's wild and natural and energetic. It's wealthy and greedy and jealous.

Green leaves hanging from tree branches, blurred sunlight background

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Blackford Hill | Hiking Edinburgh

     The city of Edinburgh is built across seven hills, so it shouldn't be surprising that there are ample locations for hill walking and hiking, ranging in difficulty. Calton Hill is one of the simplest climbs, while Arthur's Seat is easily the most popular route, especially amongst tourists. Many of the other hills are less well known, and although I do know of them, I haven't climbed many of them before. So, when I had a day off this week with a decent weather forecast, I headed out adventuring, up Blackford Hill.

View from Blackford Hill, Edinburgh

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Outfit - Pull the Lever!

     I've returned to the villainous side this week, with an outfit inspired by Yzma from 'The Emperor's New Groove'. It's pretty easy for me to match her colours, as I have plenty of black and purple in my wardrobe. I'm not 100% sure I totally captured her style, but I like the outfit regardless. I chose this loose, swingy dress, since the black one she wears is long and flowing, and paired it with black leggings, mainly for comfort over anything else. The boots aren't much like her shoes, but they are within the right colours, and I can picture her stomping around quite easily. I added the cardigan for a dash more purple (though it is quite pink), and because going sleeveless doesn't really suit Scotland's weather right now. I didn't have earrings like hers, but this big blue ring is a sort of nod to them, while I chose feather earrings to echo her feathered neckline on her dress. Finally, I chose a purple lip colour, to mimic her skin tone, and put my hair in a high ponytail, as an imitation of the tall headdress thing she wear.

Pull the Lever | Disneybound Yzma outfit of black slouch dress, leggings, and purple combat boots

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Travel Inspiration | South Korea

     So despite the fact that I didn't have the best of times while living in Korea, leading me to cut my year short, I do still think it is an interesting and beautiful country to visit. In the time I lived there, I was based in Busan, and I wasn't able to see as much of the country as I'd initially planned, but still managed to get around a few different places. Korea has a bit of everything, from cosmopolitan cities to stunning natural scenery, from historic traditions to its quirky, modern culture. So, here's my collection of photo highlights from the places I saw there!

Busan, South Korea

Thursday, 5 April 2018

642 Things - The Witch Child

"You are a camp counsellor. Make up a story that will scare the bejeezus out of your eight- to ten-year-old campers."

NB: Apologies for my absence on the blog for the last week, I've been very busy at work, lots of additional shifts plus preparing to actually guide the tours! However, now that I'm working as a ghost tour guide, it's perfect that I happened to open the book on this prompt!

Ghost of little girl dressed in white in the woods
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