Halloween is my favorite holiday, next to Christmas. I love dressing up and going trick or treating, carving pumpkins and bingeing on candy corn till I’m sick. Coming to Edinburgh though, I heard that Halloween wasn’t really a big deal in the UK, much to my disappointment. I learned later that it depends more on where in Scotland you are though. My flatmate told me the other day that in Glasgow, which is about an hour’s drive from Edinburgh, Halloween is even bigger than Christmas. Whatttt?! I still don’t really know what that means though. This part of the city, at least, isn’t very trick or treat friendly- most of the buildings are just student flats, uni buildings and restaurants, none of which advertised any sort of trick or treating. What sucks the most though is…. they don’t have candy corn here!!! ):
i can’t tell you how sad this made me. :
on the bright side though, I spent Friday night of that weekend hanging out with my flatmates and a couple friends in our kitchen. We didn’t go out, but we decided to dress up for fun anyway. Lacking the motivation or will to actually go out and buy a costume… I just went with the resources I had and came up with a totoro costume! (: The resemblence is striking yeah? :P
Sure, it was technically a bit early to be celebrating Halloween, since it was only the 29th, but in the end we were all too busy catching up with coursework on Sunday to go out and celebrate. I spent most of Friday eating candy and chocolate anyway… so I suppose that makes up for it. :P
When the announcement was first made that fall term was going to be online, I started talking to friends and looking for places to live. We were debating locations around the country: California, Florida, New York, etc.. there were plenty of options. Then it suddenly hit me, what is stopping us from going to Hawaii, covid numbers were better and a two week quarentine would ensure that numbers stayed down… I proposed this to my friend and we agreed it would be an amazing experience, but we didn’t want to get out hopes up. A month or so later we still haven’t decided where to live, Hawaii seemed too far and too difficult to plan. But we couldn’t get the idea out of our heads. We spent some time looking into plane tickets, places to stay, etc… and it actually didn’t seem so impossible after all. A couple weeks later and we were arriving here on the big island!
I visited Amsterdam for a brief two and a half days during my vacation. There were a few landmarks and neighborhoods I wanted to checkout, but did not plan the visit in detail. As such, when it came down to destinations with ticketed entries, I had to skip most of them, since they did not have day-of tickets left for sale. Fortunately, I was able to walk around most of the city and it was generally a good time.