niedziela, 30 kwietnia 2017

Edinburgh Comic-con

Curious about Edinburgh Comic-con? If your answer is yes, then continue reading!
Those who are watching my Youtube Channel, could already see a short footage from event. Today's the time for a note and few pictures.

I found out about this convention from the posters, that were all around the city centre. So one day, after returning home from shopping, I checked event's webpage and found programme quite entertaining. I purchased ticket for Saturday (price was something around £11).

on 15th of April, which was convention day, I woke up early, dressed onto one of my most recently bought dresses from Innocent World and with camera on my shoulder, I made my way to Usher Hall.I met first comic fans in the bus and sooooo much more under the con-place. 



The line was so long. And I had to go to the very bottom of it. Despite being slightly terrified, I did try to stay positive. When I crossed the door and received my entry wristband, I saw a really nice interior, prepared perfectly for events like that, filled with people of all ages. 


At least half of them were either cosplaying or just dressed in a way, that captured eye instantly. My favourites were Alien (picture from above), Mabel and Stan 

and obviously- Doctor Strange cosplayer. 
The last guy just fit the role so well! Ofcourse there were so many more, who also did amazig job on their outfits.





I checked the artist's (professional and amateur) stalls

 and as always found cool stuff.
BTW- Sloth comics with dedication to my friend; Kaha :)


Later I went for panel 'Hero talk" and had a good portion of laugh on the interview of Babylon 5's star; Claudia Christian. 

I also did check all pictures setups. Star Wars ones were awesome, 
but I think the one from E.T. made me 'squeal' the most. Altho it was surrounded by people all the time so I just got pics with Tardis (Doctor Who) and the Iron Man Hulkbuster (Avengers) instead.  

Scottish conventions are also the only ones that host a wrestling fights (correct me if I am wrong). I did go to see what's up on the ring. It was the first time I saw women fighting and I have to admit I am torn between being amazed and kinda confused. I know it's all show and nothing is real there but I just cannot get over it, because seeing two petit girls tearing hair from each other head is far from what I call 'fun'. That said, you can guess I left this attraction on it's own quite quickly. It's just not for me. And I am not judging anyone who enjoys it. What I want to say, is that it's not for me.

As You can see, I've been running around, trying to catch a bit of everything, to include it in this note. And you all probably know, how fast time can fly when you are busy. Day came to an end very fast and it was time to go home. Tired, but happy, I packed my camera onto case and rushed for bus.

Edinburgh Comic-con was really nicely prepared event, that made me enjoy the day so much. Highly reccomended for all people interested in that aspect of pop culture. I will also consider going for next edition.
Besides that, I got very positive comments about my lolita outfit, which was surprise, because I haven't seen any other lolita on convention.

środa, 26 kwietnia 2017

Mallaig, Armadale and Silver Sands (Highlands)

Isle of Skye was one of those places, which I wanted to visit, since I started living  in Scotland in 2012. Every year I was planning trip, every year it was a fiasco. I had eiter no holiday, that I could use, nor money. Or both of these esential factors, to make it work out. This year my situation was different. Even tho my budget was rather small and I had just 3 days of holiday to use, I managed to make it happen. I have found great deal for train tickets, acceptable hostel for equally acceptable price and decided to go for it.


My small adventure started on 11th of April. I had to take bus to Glasgow first, as there is no direct connection of Edinburgh and Mallaig, which was my destination. When I arrived at Queen street station, I noticed a small crowd was already waiting for same train as me, tho mostly their objective was Fort William.  


Trip lasted 5 hours and was amazing, because of views. Highlands are simply breathtakingly beautiful, no matter the weather (and as we all know, Scotland's weather is changing every 5 minutes and brings many variations od sun and rain combined).



I arrived at Mallaig before 2PM. My accomodation- The Missxion Bunkhose, was literally 1 minute from station, which was very convinient, as the sky decided to open in half and just drop hectolitres of water on ground. When I checked in and sorted out my stuff at room (small and rather humble, but clean), I looked thru window and decided to take a short walk.
Mallaig is small. And when I write small, I mean tiny. You can walk from one side of city to another within 15-20 minutes. It's population is 800 people, who live either from fishing or tourism. There are few cafeterias/ bars. Some shops, also with souvenirs, and a harbour, which allows people to get to Skye.

Train Station in Mallaig
 Harbour


And the street view
I looked around slowly, took some pictures and got a crossaint from local bakery (pic bellow), which was enough to fill me in. 
Evening came very quick and, as I was tired, I went to sleep early.
Next day I woke up full of energy. Dressed up comfortably (no frils included, haha), grabbed cup of latte and went to port, to board 9AM Caledonian McBrayne ferry to Armadale. 

See that part where cars are gathered? This is already a ferry.
 Place for foot passengers.
At service desk I was told, that my return boat 'may be cancelled' if weather changes. I still took a risk and after nearly 1 hour long sail, I arrived at my destination.

Beautiful vievs of sea.

I have explored clan McDonald properties


museum



 and garden.
 Aaaaand just basically walked around, relaxed and enjoyed the day.



I got home safely, as ferries were running without problem. Happy with what I saw (there is dispute among people on internet, if it's worth visiting Armadale or not, haha) and prepared for more.

Following day started with big breakfast. It was supposed to be very exciting and exhausting trip to Knoydart and Tarbet. Unfortunatelly, against the forecast, weather changed awfully. Ferries and other boats were grounded and I was forced to stay in Mallaig. Or did I? I took a walk to Morar and wanted to see Silver Sands, which are highly recomended by Trip Advisor. Two hours and it happend


but next time I am gonna take a walk like this, I have to remember to also take warmer clothing and more comfortable shoes. Yup, for sure. 

My trip was basically over. Next morning I took early train, back to Glasgow, got matcha latte from Starbucks there (don't judge- it's my addiction, hahaha) and soon went back to Edinburgh.

Maybe not everything went acording to plan, but I really enjoyed those few days off. I would like to go there someday again, maybe at middle of summer and maybe for longer, but we will  see what future brings. 

niedziela, 2 kwietnia 2017

Schedule

Somebody please stop the time. It's running so fast, that I cannot cope....

April. Another month ahead of us. This one will be even more busy than the March, but I hope to deliver few interesting notes this time. Not only lolita related. My schedule is bellow~

*April 9th - Scottish Vegan Festival

*April 11th - 14th- Small trip to Isle of Skye 

*April 15th - Edinburgh Comic Con. I plan (as usual) wearing lolita and maybe will make video out of the event)



Also I can confirm, that I'll be on London's Tea Party Club's 10th aniversary
DREAM MASQUERADE CARNIVAL 
and 
TEA PARTY featuring ANGELIC PRETTY
 
I know it's quite far ahead but until last moment I wasn't sure if I'll be going at all. It's thanks to a friend, that I got this oportunity.