Year: 2013

#LondonBaby : 2 days in London and why I have to move there immediately

I will live in London one day. It just seems so much more exciting than any other city I’ve lived in so far: the gigs, the food, the parks, the markets.. what’s not to love? I love Edinburgh too but I feel like I’ve got to know it too well over the years and it’s becoming a little boring.  This time we went to London because I found super cheap train tickets (£30 for a return I think). We didn’t have many plans apart from just walking around, eating in some good places and maybe meeting up with friends, feeling like in Love Actually etc.  3.5 hours on a train and we were at King’s Cross. It was midnight and the station was full. In Edinburgh it would have been completely empty – that’s one of the other reasons I love London – so many people! (does it show I’ve only visited a handful of times). We went to our airbnb flat and frankly were a little bit disappointed but also happy to have somewhere …

Holidays

 As I write this, it’s 10 degrees outside, the sun is shining and half of my family is still in their PJs. My dad and uncle are doing some work outside in the garden. We haven’t had breakfast yet and I don’t know what day of the week it is today. That’s my kind of a good holiday. Hope you’ve had a good one too.x. ps. I’m planning to finish writing about 2013 before the end of the year. Coming up this weekend: London, Dublin and maybe some more Ireland and Edinburgh.

Is it the Caribbean?

… no it’s Ireland. (more after the jump) This summer has been awesome in the UK. In a literal meaning of the word – it’s left many people (everyone?) in awe. It’s been the hottest summer since 1978 (totally just made that up, but I’m sure it’s one of the hottest summers of the century). Anyway, every summer we go to Ireland to visit family and friends. This year my mum thought to bring swimming suits when we went on a day trip to Country Donegal – I thought she was being optimistic, but she was right- it was about 30 degrees when we went. The sand was white, the Atlantic as blue as the Med. We had a bbq, played some volleyball and….swam in the ocean. This is pretty major, as we’ve never swum in the UK before. Both last year and this July we had the beach pretty much just to ourselves. Perfect for napping, reading books, chatting… bliss. The first time we went our friend A. was 39 weeks pregnant, the second …

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Isle of Skye: Part 2

I’m only writing this post because I know only a handful of people read my blog and most of them are friends. Here comes the best kept secret of Scotland. You’re welcome. I can’t decide what was the best thing about staying in Skye – the scenery or the Shepherd Huts. When you wake up to a view like this, you don’t have reception in your phone to be distracted and you stop feeling the urge to instagram your morning so you can focus on actually enjoying it. Janet has thought about everything when it comes to making your experience as good as it can possible be. In your huts you will find a super comfy bed with super-high-thread-count-feels-like-a-cloud-cotton bed linen, a wood burning stove, a dyson heater, a folder with all the leaflets about the best local restaurants and attractions, super fluffy towels, a sink and a table, tea & coffee, cutlery, two super fluffy cotton robes and even a Skye scented candle. You walk in and you will actually say wow because it’s …

On the edge of Britain: Isle of Skye Part 1

(Soundtrack to this post: Scottish Gaelic song, in which the poet praises the island of his heart. Composed during WWI).  Oh Skye, you stole my heart. Surrounded by sea, with the migthy Cuillin on the horizon, narrow windy roads and countless crofts, a big piece of the Inner Hebrides jigsaw puzzle. We went to Skye on a whim. During the summer I watched this documentary about the Hebrides and I couldn’t find an excuse for why we shouldn’t just drive up to Skye one weekend. We’ve lived here for over 6 years now, why have we not been there yet. We booked a Shepherd’s hut for two nights, packed rain jackets, wellies, burgers and beer to our little car and off we went. J put together 4h of good oldies and road trip music. ^^ Ready to go  ^^ Crossing the Firth of Forth ^^ First stop for coffee and cake.   ^^ It looked like it was going to rain. It didn’t. yet.  ^^ Meadow next to the cafe. pretty. Jarzebina! ^^ Narrow windy roads. Even the drive itself was …

Creative Mornings Warsaw

I’ve been secretly a fan of creative mornings for a long time, so I was thrilled to find out that a new chapter of CM was launching in Warsaw. The news got even better when it turned out I would be able to attend the 3rd CM gathering with a speaker whom I’ve admired for a long long time – Michal Zebrowski – a talented actor and theatre director. Creative mornings is a great initiative started by a designer and bloger that doesn’t need introduction – swiss miss based in New York. As a freelancer she felt she’d like to connect with like minded creatives and started a free monthly lecture series; to meet people, create an environment nurturing real relationships and creativity, all of this over a free breakfast in her studio in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Now creative mornings have grown to a global not-for-profit organisation with over 50 chapters, sharing the same simple concept. It’s awesome. This morning I made my way to the Palace of Knowledge and Culture with my sister (a building …

A small side project

Here it is. Today was my first day in Warsaw really, as yesterday was a bit of a blur. I’m starting to remember the layout of the roads, but I enjoyed getting a bit lost in Saska Kepa and wondering around the leafy streets, snapping pictures. How was your start of the week?

Warsaw-bound

For the next 35 days I will be living in Warsaw. I haven’t lived there for over six years so I’m looking forward to seeing what’s new, rediscovering my favourite places, rekindling old friendships.  From what I’ve seen on the internet and during a number of short visits, Warsaw is changing. Even though I haven’t grown up in this city, I have a lot of good memories from it; it’s where I lived on my own when I went to high school, where I made some of my best friends and met my husband.  Tonight I’m starting a new tumbler on “35 days of Warsaw” where I will be taking a picture a day using a simple digital camera. My friend Kristina said that moving back to a city you once knew gives one a new kind of sensitivity, an opportunity to see it almost as though you’ve never lived there yet finding some aspects of it familiar. I’m looking forward to it and I will link my new tumbler once it’s ready.  Take care!  …

On gardening

Whenever I talk with my friends about living in the modern world, the society and life I arrive at the same conclusion: I want to buy a piece of land in Poland and have my own sustainable farm. With a cow and ten chickens, a vegetable patch with courgettes and beetroot. I’m not even sure if I’d like to have Internet (how ironic of me to write this on a blog). Another dream is to live on one of the northern Isles in Scotland and work as a rural doctor. Those couple of days we spent on Skye this summer have been as serene as being in  Norway or in Polish mountains and I keep wanting to sit outside on a croft listening to the sea. For the next 4 years we have to live in a city or a big town. Who knows where we will end up once I graduate: Edinburgh? London? Inverness perhaps? So to make my dreams a bit more realistic, I started planning to grow my own vegetables next spring. …