Friday, 3 July 2015

Lifestyle // Climbing Mither Tap, Scotland

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Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better-Albert Einstein. 
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Mither tap climbing
wearing: shorts-H&M, top-c/o Fat Face
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I first climbed Mither Tap six months ago when Steven and I were on a weekend staycation to his parents house, taking care of Mikey (the dog). At that time I had just bought my camera and knowing that we would go climbing, taking an expensive camera with me, didn't sound the best idea.
Today though it was bright & sunny and instead of spending another day in front our laptops we decided to go into the blue and green landscapeWITH my camera in hands.

Mither Tap is one of the best hiking/climbing destinations for us living in Aberdeen. Just an hour driving away the city and you face a breathtaking view of sky-tall, giant trees and grey rocks, that is even more stunning if the sky is clear blue like today.

We followed a different pathway than we did before and got in the top within 40', I have to admit I felt like dying due to the sun heating my head but it was totally worth it when looking over the mountains and the forest. Steven has this uncanny ability of being tireless and making climbing seem like an easy task (my jelly legs disagree) but seeing him so strong and fit, keeps me constantly motivated.

Needless to say, we will be back very soon...

Have you ever visited Mither Tap?

Love,
Anastasia



Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Places // The Apiary Restaurant in Edinburgh

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There's a bee restaurant you know, just at the end of the street,
Steven said when we got back home after a day of shopping in the city centre.
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Let's go,
me and my hungry belly said with one voice and I got dressed within ten minutes (okay twenty).
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Apiary is a small restaurant down the corner of 33 Newington Road, that as, the name suggests, is the bees house so what a better place for Natbee to be (see what I did there?).
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Apiary Restaurant
Apiary Restaurant
Apiary Restaurant
The place has a beautiful bee themed decoration on walls that made me feel like home  :) We sat in a sofa table and I loved the cushions, so cosy!
Apiary Restaurant
Apiary Restaurant
The staff is very friendly and chatty and we ordered the haggis meatballs as a starter for Steven who said they were spectacular along with Birds & Bees beers.
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For mains, Steven went for the  Indonesian spicy chicken and I got the vegetarian option, the pine nut and green chilli gnocchi with pesto sauce....
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Apiary Restaurant
The food was as Steven's mum described "deliciously quirky" with great flavours all in one dish. I didnt try the Indonesian chicken but my gnocchi had a delicious flavour that my taste buds have never came across before...sadly though it was a bit too spicy for my taste...
After we had a good chat and some nibbles the lovely waitress came back to ask if we were enjoying our food and she quickly realised that the gnocchi was too spicy for me as I was drinking copious amounts of beer and water. And this is the moment that highlighted our night....after apologising for suggesting me this dish while I said I dont like spicy she offered us free dessert and made another suggestion (that this time was very successful).
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^^ That's my happy-I am gonna have free dessert face
Apiary Restaurant
Get the Rocky Road, it is rich and very satisfying, she said and this time my instinct told me she was right....and she was!
Minutes later this monster arrived and boy did I start salivating?
Apiary Restaurant
Marshmallows, short bread, Turkish delight chocolate with peanut butter and strawberry jam on strawberry ice cream, I mean this couldn't get any better!!!
Apiary Restaurant
Steven on the other side of the table was enjoying his Buckycotta (what a funny name, isn't it?) that he told me reminds him of nights out with his friends and he started laughing for an unknown, mysterious reason.
Apiary Restaurant
The buckycotta was kind of self explanatory- it was Buckfast flavoured (someone was being funny there), and something in between pannacotta and creme brulee, with figgy pistachio biscotti and wee cola bottles for decoration.

To be honest I like mine more than Steven's and if I would go back I would most certainly order the Rocky Road again as it was indeed rich in flavours and very, very satisfying.

We paid around 45 pounds and left with a smile on our faces, so definitely visiting again (and ordering something less spicy this time). I think the food was great quality and worth every single penny we paid so if you around the area, do visit this place, highly recommenced!

Love,
Anastasia

Monday, 29 June 2015

Travelling // Pedalo to Benitses, Corfu

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As I am writing this via iPhone, I am sitting in a bench outside the University in an attempt to catch the few rays of sunlight that appeared this evening. Even though I'm back in Scotland my heart is still in Greece-especially with the latest referendum news being all over the place. I hope whatever the citizens decide to be brave, as they have always been, and pay the consequences of their decision. Enough with my random thoughts though now let's get back in my Corfu holidays, shall we?

I have a bunch of pictures sitting in my laptop that need to be edited and included in a post along with the associated story but lack of free time made this seem as a very difficult task up until now...

On our second day to Marbella we got a pedalo to explore the beach, but instead of just exploring the beach we decided to go to the nearest village that we had in our plans to visit by bus but pedalo seemed like a better idea. I hadn't been on a pedalo since I was 8 years old when my dad got a pedalo to show me and my sister how deep the sea is by taking us a deeper in the pelagus.

When I stepped on it I was a bit nervous because I had my new camera in my bag so any mistake would result in a disaster. Steven on the other hand was over the top excited and was eager to start pedalling while I was managing our balance and kept bag in a safe-away from the water-place. We left the beach and to my surprise, pedalo can move and take you to a destination way faster than I expected!

We were pedalling relatively quickly-with a few stops in between to admire the views-and after only 30 minutes we arrived to Benitses village. During our 'trip' the sun was shining and by the time we got there we were thirsty, hungry and sunburned BUT I had my bag with me, remember? So, I also had my wallet which means we could get lunch somewhere and sort ourselves.

We parked the pedalo in front the beach-making a distinct sound that made everyone in the taverna look at us and scratch their heads, wondering 'where the hell did they come from?' We pretended that nothing was weird with the whole situation (just a couple coming out of nowhere, casually parking their pedalo and heading for a beer) and sat in a table. Grilled octopus and a refreshing salad were our starters before digging into the main dishes, always with a beer in hand being thankful there is no alcotest possibility!

On our way back it took us a bit less time to reach Marbella and we found it quite amusing that the people in the pier were still sitting in the same chairs under their umbrellas...and in turn they also thought that we are a crazy couple.

We got back in the hotel (even more) sunburned but extremely proud of our spontaneous adventure, thinking that no matter how tired we felt, one day when we will be back in Scotland we will be thinking of this...and this day is today :)

Love,
Anastasia

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