Archive for April, 2010

Gannet No. 1 has left the building

April 30, 2010

Gannet no. 1 has left. Luckily there is still Gannet no. 2.
Me and my ex-workmate were competing for this title in two categories: quantity of food being inhaled and frequency of meals. Now that I have left, there will be more for Chris!
I miss the people I worked with. I hope to be in touch and hope they will be, too…

Oban

April 28, 2010

Oban is a small harbour town in the Firth of Lorn. It is only a 3-hour car drive away from Edinburgh. There are a few things to see there (the Oban Distillery, old castle ruins, McCaig’s Tower) but for me the most impressive part of the visit to Oban was the view from the hill, when approaching the town on A85.

The  horseshoe shaped bay is very beautiful.

You could come on a one-day trip, have a walk around, have a meal in one of the seafood restaurants and go back home. If you have more time to spare, you can go kayaking, hillwalking or cycling, or take one of the boat trips to watch seals and visit Fingal’s Cave in Staffa.

Cake & coffee in Bruntsfield’s Falko Konditorei

April 25, 2010

Falko is amazing. Especially on a sunny day when it’s so pleasant to sit outside. They have a selection of beautiful cakes and their coffee is better than average. To be honest, I cannot even remember all the cakes they had, there were so many. Black Forrest gateau is the absolute hit and disappeares quickly. The place also serves soup and sandwiches – but if you are on a diet, don’t go there because you will be tempted!

I think the only disadvantage is that they close at 6 p.m.! And to avoid disappointment, please note they are closed on Mon & Tue .

I went with a friend of mine on a Sunny day at the end of March. It was too cold to sit out, but since it’s almost May and the weather has improved much, I sincerely recommend this place for your afternoon strolls.

When I visited their website, it said they also have a cafe in Gullane, which is an ideal combination: a walk on the beach first, and then something sweet to gain the lost calories (haha).

Hailstones in Edinburgh

April 20, 2010

It’s official. Winter is still lurking from behind the corners in Edinburgh. Although the day was sunny, today around 5.10 p.m. it was raining hailstones! The weather is not merciful on us and gloves and hats are still recommended!

Eilean Donan Castle

April 20, 2010

To see the Eilean Donan Castle was one of my little dreams. It came true the past Sunday evening.

Eilean Donan sits on a tiny island on Loch Duich near Dornie. It is said this is Scotland’s most romantic castle, an icon of Scotland, and I fully agree with both these statements. The view is truly mesmerising.

Go on, click on the panorama to enlarge, you know you want to!

Ryanair – cheap flights?

April 16, 2010

A 0,5 litre bottle of water on a Ryanair flight costs £3 or 10 Polish zlotys (flight on 10th April). Water, which you cannot take with you through customs control (remember the 100 ml liquid rule?), which is also relatively expensive at the airport, and which should be – as my friend said – a basic human right.

I have two questions or perhaps postulates. Firstly, why the person who introduced the 100 ml liquid-in-hand-luggage rule cannot make sure that this rule is not abused by some? The same person should make sure that water is available at normal prices and people are not getting dehydrated.

The other postulate is aimed at cheap airlines: why not be honest with your clients and include the cost of luggage, online booking, water and using the loo in your ticket price? You will still be cheaper than the ‘big’ companies. Instead you come up with ideas how to earn money on otherwise almost unprofitable flights.

Ryanair charge £5. for taking an online card payment, not giving clients other payment options. They also harass passengers during flights, trying to sell them sandwiches, perfumes and souvenirs, announcing it very loudly through the speakers a few times during the journey. They stretch the officially given flight time by 30-50%, then bragging that nearly all of their flights arrive on time. I know the service is very cheap and it takes you from A to B, that’s why I use them, but I wish they treated me, the passenger, better and were upfront about their charges. This way the brand would bring to mind good associations instead of causing distaste.

Day of mourning in Europe after death of 96 from Polish elite

April 11, 2010

Monday has been announced the day of mourning in Poland and the rest of the European Union after the tragic death of 96 Poles in a plane crash in Smolensk.

Happy Easter

April 5, 2010

Happy Easter! I’d like to wish everyone happy celebrations and that you hold the belief there is life after death.

Pre-Easter dinner

April 1, 2010

Before going away for the Easter weekend, I met for a pre-Easter dinner with friends. Apart from it being a great social gathering, everyone brought something to eat, so the food was fabulous.

For main course we had chicken and rice cooked in a special way – prepared by my amazing man – but it was so delicious that no photos were taken before the main course disappeared. Luckily people took some time before the dessert.