isabeloutofwater

Travel, life, literature

A Trip to the Edge of the World: Travelling Around The Aran Islands

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Stepping off the most turbulent ferry crossing I’ve ever encountered and  being greeted by an icy blast of North Atlantic wind, I did question whether suggesting a family trip to Inis Mór was the best idea. I’m pretty sure my family were also doubting my choice in holiday destination. But there is nowhere quite like the Aran Islands.

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London’s Lumiere Festival

I think the fact that the tagline to the Lumiere festival, ‘see the city in a new light’, is the main reason I loved visiting the festival of light installations so much. It was something about the way the lights interacted with the beautiful old buildings of central London, the way they forced you to actually stop and look up at the city’s buildings, that made it such a special occasion. Read the rest of this entry »

Currently… Thinking about haircare

SAM_3263Yep I know, what an exciting thing to think about. But, since I travelled around Canada with no haircare except shampoo and conditioner and consequently had to have three inches of my hair chopped off, I decided it was important.  So now I’ve spent a bit of time making sure I keep my hair in a healthy condition, and I may have even cracked it. Read the rest of this entry »

Currently… Reading ‘Asking For It’

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‘Asking For It’ gives a chilling glance into the enduring misogyny in Western culture, not only through it’s stark presentation of rape culture but also how sexism affects the daily lives of teenage girls. I first heard about this novel from youtubers Sanne (@booksandquills) and Rosianna (@papertimelady), their reviews are excellent and I knew I had to get my hands on a copy as soon as it was released. Read the rest of this entry »

Canadian Rockies Adventure (Part 2)

So whilst in Banff, we stayed in a hostel in the town centre. It was definitely a cheap and cheerful option, Banff International hostel was not the nicest of hostels but did the job of being our temporary base for visiting the national parks. Personally I prefer staying in apartments or rented accommodation when I travel, as I feel this gives the most independence, but because of our lack of planning we ended up with the hostel. (Note: the kitchen always smelt terrible, I don’t understand why. but the place was clean overall). Banff is the definition of a tourist trap, neighbouring Canmore appeared more local, from what we saw when we visited. Be prepared to cook if you want to stay on a budget!

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The Beauty of Canada’s Great Outdoors (Part 1)

After finishing my semester in Toronto, some friends and I decided to take the trip west to the Canadian Rockies. None of us being particularly well organised or knowledgeable about the area, the trip was a bit rushed and at times hilariously ill thought out, but I reckon that added to our experience and made it so much more memorable. Read the rest of this entry »

Lazy Sunday Afternoon: Dún Laoghaire People’s Park Market

Recently I’ve been splitting more of my time between the UK and Dublin, where a lot of my family live, and I’ve been enjoying exploring areas of Dublin I don’t usually have time to see.

The People’s Park in Dún Laoghaire hosts a market every Sunday, selling all kinds of food, drink and even books and crafts. It’s a wonderful place to spend a lazy Sunday, the street food is incredible and the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, miles away from the hectic touristy markets of most big city markets (of which I’m used to).

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Currently… Reading ‘Go Set A Watchman’

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48 Hours In New York: Exploring The West Village

In the city that never sleeps, it is still possible to find calm and take the city at your own place. My weekend in New York followed a pretty busy two weeks of moving out of my room in Toronto and backpacking around Canada (which I’ll do a full blog post about soon!) so I really to take it easy for a few days. I was also visiting my mum, who was finishing up a hectic business trip in New York and was also hoping for a break. Whilst it might sound insane to choose New York to do that, as a student in London, another crazy city, I decided to take that challenge! Read the rest of this entry »

Spending my 20th birthday in Canada

I am a big fan of going away on my birthday. My birthday mostly falls around the Easter holiday period so I was lucky we would often go away on our main family holiday then, so growing up I’ve gotten to celebrate in places like Edinburgh, Madrid and even Cape Town. You could say it’s a situation I’ve ahem, grown accustomed to…

Even still, spending my 20th birthday living in Toronto felt quite different and it was nice that I entered my twenties during such an experience that has taught me so much and forced me to be a better version of myself. Next year, my birthday will fall amongst dissertation deadlines and crises about the future, so I made the most of turning 20. Read the rest of this entry »