Posted in Memories, Outings, Travel

Christmas Market – Glasgow 2017

Woo hoo!

So today was the first day that I’d properly had the chance to go around the Christmas market in Glasgow today. I took a few photos and videos of it this evening just after twilight. I only visited the George Square market, I’ll do the St Enoch’s one tomorrow.

I had a yummy bratwurst, a cinnamon and sugar crêpe, and a smashing cup of mulled wine which definitely warmed my upper half. My legs however, are still numb and probably will be for the foreseeable future. (Until April).

I’m definitely going back for the ninja face-mask-hood-thingy. £12 or two for £20. It covers your head like a hood and has a face panel, so I can be a member of the League of Shadows plus protect my sinuses. Especially since today started at -4 degrees (c) and is drawing to a close at -7 (c). Meep. I can’t do extreme weathers! Can I go back to that balmy 23 degrees in Granada in April 2015… or even the 20 degree St Patrick’s Day/Night the month before! But not the 40+ temperature in Madrid in June 2015. Heh. Weather mems.

Hasta luego!

e x

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Posted in Education, Travel, University

Job searches, soul searches…

Having heard nothing back from the jobs I’ve applied for I’ve returned to scouring the various job sites looking for something, anything that seems relevant to my skills and experience… Pickings are slim here. I guess being up north I was quite spoilt fortunate in that there was maybe less competition for each job and I at least got an interview (also every job I applied for asked to hire me).

Alas, I’m caught between jobs that are paying a chunk less that what I’ve been used to and barely more than what was considered a high wage four years ago. A trend I’m noticing is that many employers are trying to lure people with promises of a higher wage only to then state that it’s only part-time, temporary, on a month-to-month basis to cover maternity leave, or; worse yet, mentioning at the bottom of the ad that the post is technically a self-employed one so the employee has to pay their own taxes and National Insurance so the inflated hourly wage isn’t that great after all.

I suppose I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I want to work as… Batgirl has already been cast, so I’m still looking. I have a great variety of skills and could open my own coffee/book/photography/language shop and even do a jam session at the end of the night. I’ve tried for hotel work with the belief that while Brexit is still a huge clusterfuck hotels are never out of favour with travellers, so there would be the chance to use languages conversationally. Plus, many are international chains and I’m totally fine with relocating if the opportunity arose. A stable opportunity. I’m really starting to sound my age.

I’ve also looked at the TEFL jobs page (worthwhile if you’re more spontaneous than me) to see what opportunities are available. South Korea is very tempting, they seem to treat native English speakers like royalty or K-Popstars (much the same thing). Of course, my heart longs for Italy but many of the jobs are part time and too similar a wage to home that I’d need to hope to make up the difference with tutoring. Show me a full-time job in Sorrento and I’ll be there!

The Scottish Government and SAAS announced this year that they’re offering a loan of up to £10,000 for students to take a full-time postgraduate course at a Scottish University (£5,500 for tuition fees and £4,500 for living expenses). They’re also offering £2750 a year for a maximum of two years for part-time students to study, which appears to include the Open University… so much temptation!

Later,

e x