Hello Edinburgh!

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So I’ve been back in Edinburgh for a week now, and despite really missing my family, it does feel good to be back. Mainly it was nice to be reunited with Fraser. I was lucky to be greeted with a truly glorious spring day the day after my return, and Fraser and I decided to make the most of it.

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We went for a walk in the lovely sunshine and stopped off to buy some of our favourite coffee (Guatemalan Elephant, in case you were wondering).

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We took our time, catching up, chatting and enjoying the fact that spring had finally arrived after a long, cold winter.

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Eventually we felt hungry and so stopped off at Bibi’s Bakery for some of their amazing and delicious cupcakes. It’s a treat we don’t often allow ourselves but when we do, we are always reminded of just how great their little bakery is and just how fantastic their cupcakes are.

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As it was getting late and we still had plans for the evening we decided to head home to devour our cupcakes. It was a lovely late afternoon, still sunny and warm.

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Being home meant cupcake eating time, and oh, were they good!

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A chocolate-orange and a smarty cupcakes for me, and a lemon and a nutella cupcake for Fraser.

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By the evening it was time to head out again as the sun set over the city.

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We rounded off the evening with some tapas in a restaurant we hadn’t been to before, (where we seemed to disappoint the waiter that the ‘Shearer’ reservation was not, in fact, for Alan Shearer). Followed by a trip to the cinema.

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It’s good to be back, Edinburgh, please stay sunny for a little while so we can continue to enjoy you. Thank you!

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Final days at home….

I have made it back, safe and sound, to Edinburgh. But here are just a few more pictures of the last few days I spent at home with my parents. It was sunny, warm and completely lovely. I already miss my family and can’t wait to go back and see them again soon.

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The weather was beautiful so we spent some time in the garden.

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^^^^ This is a dinosaur I made in a pottery class when I was about 8. He now lives in the garden.

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I had what was quite possibly the world’s most perfect Easter egg. (Dark chocolate!)

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We made brownies,

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and went out for ice cream…

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These were perfect, sun-kissed spring days with the best family in the world. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

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SO, the evening surprise waaaaas…. The Puppini Sisters! A vocal harmony group I LOVE, and I had no idea they were even touring in Vienna.

But before that it was time for a little refueling in a Viennese cafe.

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And, well, of course, I had Sachertorte…

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Then it was over to the theatre to get ready for the concert.

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And they were absolutely fantastic! Just stunning, we didn’t want it to end.

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Definitely a successful surprise!

And the perfect end to our Viennese trip! Let’s do this again soon!

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Vienna 2

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Some more fun in Vienna. Well we braved the cold and wandered around the Prater. It was actually nice that there were hardly any people there, at times it seemed eerily deserted.

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Naturally we had to have a go on the bumper cars (driving to ‘Eye of the Tiger’ – ’cause, why not?)

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At times the whole place felt like an abandoned ghost town from the past, very odd. I was just glad I didn’t have to go on anything more adventurous than the bumper cars.

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But eventually we felt cold and hungry and decided to go and search for some food before the evening’s surprise….

to be continued….

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Vienna 1

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My first weekend at home and we decided to go to Vienna. My brother lives there and we wanted to have a day out as a family, look at a museum, AND I had been promised a surprise in the evening. Well who could pass up such an offer?

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We arrived around lunchtime and it was immediately apparent that the weather was not going to play along. Still, we were not deterred and made our way to a restaurant where we had all agreed to meet up for some lunch.

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After lunch the weather was not looking any better but we went ahead with our plans to go and see the Prater Museum. Just a short journey later we were there.

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The museum was interesting and, thankfully, warm, with some really cool stuff in it.

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And next was the Prater itself…

to be continued….

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Journeying Home

On Wednesday I left Edinburgh for a two week holiday back home with my parents. All is well, I have arrived safely and am being treated to, quite frankly, a five star experience.

My flight was in the afternoon so I made my way to Waverley Bridge late morning. It was actually a really nice and sunny day (which feels slightly absurd now as it is cold and drizzly here at the moment). After a pleasant bus journey I arrived at the airport.

Two flights and another airport later and I had landed in Graz. Once we got home I was greeted with perfectly delicious lemon cake. Since then I have been chatting and having fun with family, eating exceptional food and just relaxing. I think these two weeks will be great.

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Sunday Lunch

This past Sunday happened to be Easter Sunday. I say ‘happened’ because Easter really doesn’t mean that much to us (not that it isn’t a great excuse to enjoy some chocolate). The far more important thing to us, was that it was the last Sunday before I leave for just over two weeks, and the last day before my departure on which Fraser wouldn’t be working. So we decided to go out for lunch and spend a nice day together.

Easter Sunday, it turns out is a great day to go out for lunch because most of the students have gone home and most families, I guess, are eating at home. So there weren’t that many people in the café.

We had some excellent pizzas, meatball for Fraser and cajun chicken for me, and some kind of zesty lemonade thing which was excellent (we’re thinking probably crushed ice, lemonade and lemon ice cream)!

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^^^^So much yummy pizza!

Then it was home to indulge in the aforementioned chocolate. Easter eggs, coffee and Sunday football. Good times, happy Easter!