Spending time at home helps me to relax and recharge my batteries – but well, most people feel that way. Still, though, whenever I’m home, I also want to make sure that I see something that I haven’t in a while or even go somewhere new. It seems that it took me moving to a different country to become set on seeing everything I could around my hometown.
Whenever one of my close friends calls me up and says ‘I just had the idea of walking…’, I shout ‘Yes, I’m in’ before I even know where we’re going. I walked parts of the West Highland Way with her, started the John Muir Way and already posted about our time on the Thomas Muir Way. I just love walking, ever since she asked me to come long for the first time.
One thing you need to know though, is that she’s an experienced hillwalker and I’m not. In fact, the West Highland Way was the only reason I bought walking shoes for myself and – I admit it – I thought more about what looks cute than what I would actually need. I did luckily end up with a decent pair of shoes and a sudden thirst to walk absolutely everywhere. This time, the area of the day was the Campsie Fells.
One of the things that kept me going with my dissertation was knowing that I could take time off as soon as I handed it in. I didn’t even have to wait a day, no, I could jump straight on a train, plane or boat to get away from that evil place called uni library as quickly as I could.
When I was working in tourism, I quite often talked about places I hadn’t been to myself – no wonder with so many choices. Naturally, it has been my goal since then to visit each and every one of the places I advertised and recommended to customers. My colleagues didn’t really help with that, as they always added even more amazing suggestions to my growing list… Thanks y’all!
Quite a while back – in February – I finally got around to visiting one place I passed by every morning on my commute to work: Linlithgow Palace. I am happy I took the trip as the whole area was incredibly beautiful – much better than I imagined. It had snowed the days before, and while there was no white fluff left, much of the Loch was frozen over. Blue skies, freezing temperatures and great views were a lovely combination for the day and I managed to take lots of pictures.
Mackintosh and Glasgow just go together, yet you don’t get to see the House for an Art Lover on a normal city tour. It’s located further out in Bellahouston Park, close to the Ibrox Stadium.
I only recently managed to take a full day to explore the house and park, also taking my camera. In the past I have been to meetings in the house and unfortunately never thought about actually snapping some photos.