Category: Travel Guides

If you study in Glasgow, you might feel a bit too comfortable the Glasgow West End Bubble. To learn more about the city, here are 10 things to do!

When I tell friends from uni that I live in the East End, the first response is usually: ‘I’ve never been there’. In Glasgow we have a word for this: the Glasgow West End Bubble. If you are a student at the University of Glasgow like myself, and unless you pay a visit to the shops or clubs on Sauchiehall, Buchanan or Argyle Street, or visit the theatre or cinema in the city centre, there really is no need to leave the neighbourhood. The West End has everything you need, which is why many students don’t branch out very much, and end up leaving Glasgow with a degree, but no deeper knowledge of the city. I did not want to meet the same fate.

In the 3-and-a-bit years I’ve lived in Glasgow I’ve stayed in the swanky West End neighbourhood of Kelvindale, housed in a tiny ground floor flat in the trendy Finnieston area, moved to the other end of town to live it up in Dennistoun and got a good idea of the Southside by staying with my partner in Govanhill. You could say I’ve lived around. An while that is not something special in and of itself, it gave me the opportunity to escape the Glasgow West End Bubble and find out what Glasgow has to offer beyond the Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Here are ten of my favourite secrets.
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Up Helly Aa in Lerwick had been on my bucket list for years, and at the end of January you have a chance to see it too. Here is everything you need to know!

It is almost that time of the year, when hundreds of Scottish men dress up as Vikings, carry torches through the black of the night and burn a purpose-build wooden Viking ship in honour of the past, when Shetland was not Scottish yet, but still Scandinavian. Up Helly Aa in Lerwick takes place on the last Tuesday of January and rings in a series of such processions across the Shetland Isles. Last year I fulfilled a life-long dream of mine and went to Shetland to be part of the spectacle, and thought I could tell you everything you need to know about attending Up Helly Aa in Lerwick.
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Spending New Year's Eve, or Hogmanay in Edinburgh is one grand sparkling party - and makes for a good reason to visit Scotland in winter!

Hogmanay – or New Year’s Eve as the end-of-year celebrations on the 31st of December are called in most parts of Europe – is an incredible experience, and one very good reason to visit Scotland during the winter time. Fireworks and wild parties are a given anywhere in the country, but Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh go one massive step further. Here, Hogmanay is turned into a sparkling winter festival that lasts three days and attracts over 140,000 every year. Fasten your seatbelt and prepare for the party of the year(s) – here is everything you need to know in my quick guide to Hogmanay in Edinburgh.

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A city trip to Rome in November is a dream for photographers, because even in the gloomy light of November rain, the city's narrow lanes are pure eye candy!

On a recent trip to Rome in November I fell in love with this beautiful city all over again. Even though we chose to visit in November, not necessarily the best month to travel in Europe, Rome won over our hearts with its enchanting neighbourhoods, its rich history and the amazing food.

We are of course not the only ones who travel to Italy in winter, and to give you a better idea of how & why to plan your trip to Rome in November, read on and get inspired by my photos!
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Glasgow's food scene is on the rise. This Food Guide for Glasgow's East End is a selection of my favourites around my neighbourhood of Dennistoun & beyond.

Glasgow is slowly but steadily turning into a foodie hotspot, and that is not just because of its proximity to some of Scotland’s freshest local produce. Street food markets are sprouting like mushrooms and pop-up dining experiences like Section33 or the spiegeltent during the Glasgow Restaurant Festival keep everybody at the edges of their culinary seats. While some might say the epicentre of Glasgow’s food scene lies further West, I believe that the city’s East End is particularly interesting to watch. New restaurants, coffee shops and artisan eateries open on a regular basis, and slowly change the gritty feel of the neighbourhood’s of Dennistoun, Bridgeton & Co. 
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