Everybody loves Jurassic Park

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A few weekends ago Fraser and I went to the cinema to see the re-released Jurassic Park in IMAX 3D. I have to say it was the BEST way to spend a drizzly Sunday morning. But let’s be honest, there is never really a bad time to watch Jurassic Park. I have had a longstanding love of Steven Spielberg’s classic. I can still remember the first time I watched it as a child, seeing what looked just like real dinosaurs on screen. There is a simple and mesmerising magic to it.

I have watched the film several times since then, but I have to say that this time in the IMAX was the most I have enjoyed it since the first time I watched it as a kid. I wrote a slightly more extensive review here of the experience of watching this classic at the IMAX.

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Fraser and I both love this film so were so excited. We were the first to get there and the IMAX screen is impressive as soon as you see it.

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Putting on those glasses, getting into full dino-ready mode.

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And then it was time to sit there for two hours of pure entertainment! Jurassic Park, I still love you!

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What’s been happening recently…September

Time, where does it go? I am no closer to finding the answer to that question as the last month seems to have just absolutely disappeared. I have been so busy with my new university course, which I am loving, but it has meant less time for blogging. I am determined to still keep up the blogging as much as possible, even if it means in slightly longer intervals. It is a great way to document my memories and a good way to ensure I write as often as possible and capture the little moments in life. Anyway, in the mean time, here are some snapshots of September, perhaps looking at these I can figure out where the time goes.

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Birthday Celebrations

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This week we celebrated Fraser’s birthday. Unfortunately he had to work on his actual birthday, which was on a Tuesday, so we just had a mini celebration in the evening, and saved the rest for the weekend.

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But I decided to surprise him with a birthday cake when he came home. It may not look like a masterpiece, I was just glad when I managed to get the sprinkles in the shape of a ’23’.

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The all important wish-making-candle-extinguishing procedure.

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And then cake consumption.

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The rest was saved for a celebratory day on Saturday, where we enjoyed some of Fraser’s favourite things. Such as a lovely breakfastSAM_1450 SAM_1452

A lovely afternoon with some coffee and cupcakes, in a gloriously sunny Edinburgh.

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Presents, cinema and dinner at Fraser’s favourite restaurant in the evening.

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Being 23 really isn’t so bad.

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Hello, Bruntsfield!

Seeing as I will be starting my MA soon (that sounds scary, it’s very soon!), I felt I should have a look at the area in which I am going to be spending a fair amount of time.

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I do know Bruntsfield reasonably well, it’s not far from where we live now, but I just felt like going to have a look at the Screen Academy itself and its surrounding areas. So we decided to get the bus out to Bruntsfield one morning, looking at all the lovely (and expensive!) houses along the way.

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It was a bit grey and rainy at first but the day soon brightened up and we had a lovely little walk around Bruntsfield.

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There are lots of nice things to see, and the area around the Screen Academy looks lovely, so I am really looking forward to spending some more time there.

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Eventually we got hungry and headed back home for some lunch.

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Seeing it made it all seem a lot more real, I am really looking forward to my course starting.

Back to Enjoying Edinburgh…with food!

So, we’ve been back in Edinburgh for a while now. I am only just now catching up on some blog posts of Edinburgh.

My first weekend back was nice, but I was missing my family and Austria, so we decided to indulge ourselves. First we went out for a lovely lunch.

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Fraser had to work on Saturday but the rest of the weekend we spent time wandering around our beloved Edinburgh, stopping off at a new cafe that has cropped up while we were away.

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We made ourselves a nice Sunday lunch with delicious cookies afterwards as a treat.

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Food makes everything better, even if it doesn’t quite get rid of homesickness.

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I do love Edinburgh, and I am rediscovering all the things I love about living here.

Family – the most important thing

This is the last of my posts about our wonderful holiday in Austria, and it is dedicated to a few photographs of us hanging out as a family. Family really is the most important thing, and I miss them all terribly. I wish I could see them more, but I am glad that we all get on so well and that we had this amazing time together. I can’t wait to see them again soon.

I love you all ❤

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Visiting Oma in Birkfeld

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On one of the days while Fraser and I were in Austria we went to visit my Oma (grandmother), in Birkfeld where she has lived her whole life. It was really important to me that she and Fraser met, even if they could barely communicate with each other, because she means a great deal to me, and she was very excited to meet him.

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It was yet another beautiful day, perfect weather to spend some time sitting outside, catching up as a family.

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We decided to go for a walk around Birkfeld, which is a pretty little place that Dieter and I used to visit a lot as children.

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First we refuelled with some coffee (or ice coffee).

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Then we had a little look around the place as it was so wonderfully sunny.

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There was hardly anyone around, it was peaceful and pretty.

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The whole day was really lovely, I am happy that Fraser and Oma met and that I got to spend some time with her.

Food at Home

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One of the best things about being back home in Austria is the food, the glorious, glorious food! Honestly we spent so much time eating in the few weeks we were in Austria, but then, if you can’t eat a ridiculous amount when you’re on holiday when can you?

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So here is a little tribute to these culinary delights:

The regular barbecues we enjoyed in the garden as a family….

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Fraser, here eagerly awaiting his plate of grilled food.

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Sausages, vegetables, chicken… we felt as if we could have had this for every meal.

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The delicious (and in the heat much needed) ice creams.

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And ice coffees, eagerly scoffed down by my brother Dieter.

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Of course the other lovely drinks we enjoyed too, such as post-dinner chinese plum wine, and refreshing beverages.

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Great restaurant food.

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And last, but certainly not least, 60th birthday ice cream cake.

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So back in Edinburgh now it is definitely back to exercising and eating more healthily, but, my God, was it good while it lasted!

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Grünersee 2

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Some more pictures from our wonderful day at Grünersee. (You can find part 1 here.)

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As we felt we hadn’t yet had enough of the beautiful surroundings at the lake, we decided to go down to the lakeside and walk around closer to the water’s edge.

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The sun came out, really highlighting the gorgeous turquoise water.

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We wandered around, admiring the different colours in the surroundings, it was all so peaceful.

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Fraser took to skimming stones across the water, and we managed to clamber on to a rock to get a closer look at the water and touch it (it was very very cold!)

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We decided to head back up the path that leads to the lake and investigate another smaller lake nearby. It is less well known but just as beautiful.

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A lovely spot to spend some time together as a family.

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We even found some interesting insects to photograph.

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Before long it was time to turn back, but we all feel that this was one of the most memorable days of the holiday. If you are ever in the area, make sure to visit the lovely Grünersee, its beauty really stays with you.

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