This week, the weather turned in Aberdeen. It’s cooler and windy and a little stormy, this felt like the perfect time to start reading some of the Dark Academia that I hope to get through in August.
As one of my friends had highly recommended Plain Bad Heroines to me (and it was the biggest book on my TBR), it made sense to start with this book.
Let me tell you that I loved this book! This week’s vlog is pretty much me just talking about how much I loved it.
In the spirit of Autumn, I also had my first pumpkin spice latte of the year. I declare Autumn to have begun once I’ve had my first sip of a PSL. Although I still can’t taste or smell anything but it still counts!
I finished my week off with a stroll around Aberdeen University which really is just stunning!
My boyfriend and I went on holiday! Sort of. We needed some work done to the house and it would take less time if we weren’t there off we popped to a hotel for 3 days. The hotel was also 2 miles from our house and about 30 seconds away from my office but it counts as a holiday. If you get a buffet breakfast and aren’t responsible for washing the towels then it’s a holiday!
My main plans for this trip were to read. As I’d been unwell with covid at the end of July and start of August, I felt like I’d fallen behind on my reading. I hadn’t, you can’t fall behind in a hobby. I had books I’d wanted to read and some were seasonal as the second that Pumpkin Spice Lattes come out, I go into Autumn mode (I also drink one, remember they’re far too sweet and sprinkle cinnamon on my espresso instead). But I wanted to get my summer reads finished and my boyfriend had some reading he wanted to get done too.
In addition to reading, we watched a lot of The Commonwealth Games as we don’t watch live tv at home. Who knew that I would love bowls? Because I loved it. It was just a very nice and relaxing trip away. I acknowledge that we were very lucky in being able to afford a trip away, even if it was to a hotel that was a walkable distance from our house.
We are both very much homebodies so our plans for this holiday were also built around a desire to visit the museums and art gallery. Despite living in Aberdeen for almost a decade, I’d never visited the Maritime Museum nor Provost Skene House. I had, however, visited the Art Gallery quite a lot but there was a new exhibit that I wanted to see.
Provost Skene House is basically a celebration to all things Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. It’s a gorgeous and very old building in the city centre. I believe it was closed for a really long time as it was getting some maintenance. This is my excuse for never having visited before. The greatest joy was actually bumping into my in-laws! An unexpected treat. I really enjoyed finding out about the local literary talent, even though there was an homage to Sunset Song and I hated that book.
Aberdeen is on the coast, we have a beach and most people know someone who has some sort of link to the offshore industry. I’d never visited this museum either. This museum was filled with information on both Aberdeen’s shipping history and the offshore industry. I really enjoyed the boats and the massive sculpture of an offshore rig!
We also visited the Art Gallery because there was a new exhibit that I wanted to see- Viking Gold that had been unearthed in Galloway. It was fascinating. We also went through the entire museum as we do every time. My favourite parts were the portrait gallery where my favourite painting can be found.
I just love this gallery! There’s also an outside area on the top floor but we didn’t go outside that day as it was threatening to rain.
Before I finish my recap of our weekend trip, I just need to share a picture of my boyfriend’s dinner. We have been giggling about this chip topped pizza ever since. The verdict was that it was delicious but felt strange. As we live in Aberdeen, we don’t often go out for dinner so it was fun to go out and try something fun (I was less fun, I just had mushroom risotto).
This was such a fun trip and I highly recommend that people enjoy a few days of being a tourist in the city in which they live. This trip happened shortly after my boyfriend and I recovered from covid…9 days after this trip, we tested positive for covid again. Despite being super cautious.