Day Trips from Glasgow

On a sunny day, there seems to be no better place to escape from the city than Kelvingrove Park or the Botanics, with the river and the rustle of leaves, colourful flowers everywhere you look, and soft grass beneath your feet. Yet Scotland is a beautiful country, and with hills, seaside, lochs and islands not more than a train journey away, here are some suggestions if the park gets too crowded or you simply want to feel adventurous & explore.

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Travel Writing: The West Highland Way

Exam stress. Flat moving. Crazy politics. End of a semester. Goodbyes. My mind a whir – so many things I want to do but no space in my mind to really do or think about anything. This was the state I was in when leaving for the West Highland Way. I couldn’t have made a better decision than hiking for six days to clear my mind, go back to the basics and challenge myself in a more fundamental way than university or city life ever could.

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Mystic Queen Mags: May

Aries

You will find your true love on holiday. They will be tall, dark, sexy, and ride a motorbike. You will spend countless nights with them and realise that you both are meant for each other. Three months in, you find out that they secretly collect skin of newly dead people, and the real reason they started dating you was because you have the softest skin they have ever touched. But it’s not weird at all cos you’re in love! How romantic.

Taurus

It’s time to let out your inner bull. Tell your boss at work what you really think of them. Let it all out. And if he threatens to fire you, shout “I quit” and storm out the shop. You may be suffering economically for the next few months but I promise you’ll feel much better for letting that inner anger out. Go you!

Gemini

This birthday month for you, Gemini, is all about finding yourself. Ditch holiday plans with your friends and meditate next to a tree. Your pals are snakes anyway. Nature never lets you down.

Cancer

Venus and Mars have aligned themselves for you. Oh, how special you must feel. Bake yourself a cake or something.

Leo

Now is the perfect time to ask your crush out on a date. If they turn you down, fret not: Ann Summers have excellent sex toys that are a good enough substitute!

Virgo

Stop drinking cans, you alcoholic.

Libra

All those 12-hour library sessions have drained you; you need some time out and summer is the perfect time for you! Go to the nearest motorway, hitch a ride with someone and see where they will take you! I highly recommend the M8. You might get a lot of weird looks from conservative drivers or you might get an offer from a slightly seedy looking creep from Govan but, hey! Life is all about experiences.

Capricorn

Every time you shout: “Sun’s out, Gun’s out” this month, an innocent goat dies. Please don’t be a goat-killer.

Aquarius

Holidays are fast approaching and you still haven’t worked on that summer bod yet, oh no! Shouldn’t have bought all those library cookies during exam season. Even though those raspberry and white chocolate cookies are divine, you knew you would regret it and look at you now.

Pisces

Stop whining about how cold it still is when the sun’s out. It’s Glasgow, what do you expect? Put some factor 20 on and lie on the soggy grass in Kelvingrove Park and work on that tan. You are predicted to end up looking like a glowing goddess this summer. If you start looking red and feeling itchy, don’t worry: it’s just side effects that will wear off soon. I think.

Recipe: Amy’s Mac and Cheese (Vegan/Gluten Free)

Macaroni cheese is food of the gods: trust me on this one. Its warm gooeyness can cure all ills: again, trust me. Your date bailed; you didn’t get the grade you wanted in an essay; you’ve realised that life is temporary and nothing is real – warm macaroni in an oozing cheese sauce will sort you right out. I promise.

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