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How to make the biggest blog update ever

Step 1: Go to many amazing places Step 2: See many wonderful things Step 3: Take too many photos (so many, in fact, that the WordPress app keeps crashing while trying to upload them all..!) Step 4: Repeat How to cool ganache:   How to make a perfect cake: (architect/interior designer-style):     How to have a surprise birthday dinner (bring delicious food):        How to celebrate Pascha in Glasgow:            How to enjoy the sun in Glasgow:                                               How to see some cool landscaping: (visit the gardens of cosmic speculation)                                          How to have a roommate reunion (first, 30 hours in London)                                                                                                                     Then, get out of town and stay in a 13th century hotel in Salisbury, eat where the locals eat and see the local sights from your History of Architecture classes (such as Salisbury Cathedral, Old Sarum and Stonehenge)                                                                    

Roman ruins in York

How to take the ultimate scenic route back to Glasgow from York

How to have proper tea in Glasgow (Hidden Lane Tea Room)

and Charles Rennie Mackintosh-style at the Willow Tea Rooms

How to have a good start to your journey home (a Glaswegian rainbow)

How to have fun while jetlagged (attend a Rutgers graduation)

How to see an old friend downtown

How to attend the loveliest, most fun wedding of your best lass

How to have a broskis reunion

How to unwind, Spanish-style, in Madrid (small, cute train tickets are a plus)

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so many things.

Okay okay okay…I’ve been back in Glasgow for almost three weeks now and am starting to get a bit of heat for my lack of updates – but I have been busy!

I was in the states for two super-packed weeks filled with lots of visits, wonderful people and delicious food. I got back to Glasgow on New Years Eve which was a bit of a blur…I hadn’t slept much on my flights back, and only took an hour nap before going out with friends for a delicious thai dinner and to a pub with a live band for midnight…came back to the flat around 12:30am, and slept until 3pm the next day! Very disorienting.

On the 2nd, we went to Edinburgh to catch the last bits of the Christmas market, and I spent the next few days after that in complete hibernation, working on my school papers which were due the 5th. On the 6th, my brother John came to visit (as my first official visitor!) so I played tour guide for a few days, but also developed a horrific cough which is finally beginning to fade.

On Friday, we had our first major snowfall in Glasgow (about two inches), which has made roads and sidewalks very slick and slushy, as people don’t seem to shovel much..

This week = getting back into school work and a few days in Dublin next weekend!

And now, some (a lot of) photos.

 

 

last few days in Glasgow before Christmas – packing for home with all the essentials:

 

struggling at Heathrow

flying over the Jersey shore

back in South Jersey!

and off to New York…found a snack at Penn Station

highline at night

 

dinner with Parsons family, Pepe Giallo

 

with Lily, Kendall & Mandissa

 

back home again

making fresh ricotta with Dad

shopping with Mom

new record this year:

gifts wrapped in recycled GSA posters

 

the best family photo in a long while, Christmas day

 

my shimmer-loving twin Azure

 

craving this now

 

Amy’s, day after Christmas

sibling cosmic bowling

 

Azure’s engagement party

 

holiday broskis

 

Pennsylvania Ballet Nutcracker, great seats!

 

brothers with bagels

 

NYE dinner, Thai Orchid

Edinburgh

 

most amazing-smelling booth at the Christmas market

 

back in Glasgow

 

Hidden Lane

 

Hidden Lane Tearoom, post-submission refreshment

 

 

 

rainbow over West End

 

 

top of the Lighthouse

 

 

Bin Lorry memorial (for reference http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-30580114)

 

 

Glasgow Cathedral

Drygate Brewery

Highlands daytrip – one of the best days in Scotland so far

feeding wild deer

Three sisters

feeding Highland coos

 

skies cleared for Urquhart castle at Loch Ness

woke up to this on the way back from Inverness

fish and chips and haggis in Pitlochry

Glasgow southside

Pollockshields park

can you spot the coos?

 

Burrell collection

 

Stravaigin finale

 

 

 

Je suis Charlie, Buchanan street

tea for the cough at Tchai Ovna

 

authentic Spanish tapas

 

hard to tell but sunny, cloudless and snowing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THIS IS MY NEW FLAT!

More photos to come when we move in on Saturday! Yesterday we viewed the most decrepit, terrible flat which made me really miss my beautiful New York apartment and its structural integrity. (No joke.) Today we found this place which was like a dream!

We also had a delicious meal tonight at Ox and Finch, recommended to us by some very VIP friends. The highlight was this amazing buffalo mozzarella with prosciutto, peaches and mint.