Dear Diary… Goodbye St. Andrews

After five long years my time at St. Andrews University is coming to an end and I almost can’t believe it. Whilst I am undoubtedly 99% excited and impatient to get to London and start the next chapter of my life, there is still the 1% of me that will always have a love for St. Andrews.

I had known I wanted to go to St. Andrews University long before it came to applying, in fact I think I was 9 years old when I first wrote it on my to-do list and ever since then I’ve been pretty damn determined to make it happen.

Whilst there’s a lot to be said for what St. Andrews is missing, (clothes shops, a Maccie Ds, a nightclub?) the little town with three streets has a lot to offer.

From the historic buildings of the University to the crazy traditions, I wonder if next year when I wake up on May 1st I’ll be a tiny bit sad I’m not running into the North Sea at sunrise. Or if when I see the pictures of the Raisin foam fight I’ll remember the burn of getting shaving foam in both my eyes and mouth.

What St. Andrews may lack in terms of a nightclub it certainly makes up for in the balls and events on offer, mostly led by fellow students. Getting dressed in black tie and bussing across town to a big empty barn that has been decorated for the occasion certainly will always be a sentimental memory even if I have very little memories of the events themselves.

Of course, some of my St. Andrews loves I will find again in London. I’ll join a new netball team, find a new favourite takeaway (although nothing will ever beat Maisha’s £6.95 student offer) and make a whole host of new friends (I hope…). However the East Fife coast will always have a place in my heart for so many reasons. Of course it’s also where I met Ed which makes it extra special. They do say you either leave St. Andrews an alcoholic or married…

Do you still have a soft spot for the place you went to University? Let me know in the comments!

Dear Diary… Is it Summer yet?

Summer is so close I can almost smell the suncream. That feeling of waking up and flopping downstairs, the days stretching out ahead of you with the song of the Summer (I’m calling Avicci SOS or I don’t care by Sheeran & Bieber) blasting on the radio. The good times.

This will essentially be my last ‘free’ Summer, no work, no university to prepare for, no need to find a Summer job. It will be bliss. It’ll be first Summer since I left school that I will be going on a Summer holiday, so naturally I have an ASOS board named “Holidaze” with some sunshine and cocktail emojis with about a thousand items on it. Considering I’m not planning on finding an intermediary job and I will no longer receive a student loan, it’s certainly going to be a fun time for my bank balance. But at least I’ll have a cute yellow and white spotty bikini…

I have so many exciting things planned for the Summer that I almost cannot believe it. Not only am I going to graduate University after a long five years (I did a year abroad!) I have some amazing and exciting trips planned with friends and family. I also have big plans for this blog, creating content all about preparing for the big move and my Summer adventures.

We are so lucky to have plans to explore the UK as well as travelling abroad. From travelling to the West Coast of Scotland with our friends and visiting my family, to spending a week on the beaches of Norfolk with my boyfriend’s (and my half) gorgeous golden retriever, I love taking the time to appreciate my own country.

However since the UK does not have the most reliable climate (although I am hoping to not repeat last Summer’s 32 degrees in London, that was unbearable) we also have a couple of trips abroad.

According to both our parents, choosing to go to Malta for your grad trip is a slightly random choice (with both parents questioning whether or not Malta actually has any beaches…) but I cannot wait to explore the island with some friends. It appears to have the perfect mix between sun, sea and culture and the Maltese cuisine looks like an incredible array of seafood and pasta. Heaven.

We are also so lucky to be travelling to the States with my boyfriend’s family for two weeks of pure relaxation in South Carolina. I have only been to the States once before so I am so excited to explore a different area and meet some of my boyfriend’s family for the first time!

Amongst this whirlwind I will also need to find a flat and a job lol. But let’s forget about that for now and keep scrolling through the endless straw hats on ASOS I am trying to convince myself I will suit and work out which colour of nail varnish will match that yellow bikini…

If you have any plans for the Summer then let me know in the comments! Also if you have any recommendations for Malta then I would love to hear them. We are staying in the North of the Island near St. Pauls bay but are definitely planning on travelling around!

Dear Diary… Back to blogging!

Welcome to londonsnewgirl, a brand new blog documenting my experiences navigating the big city as I follow my movie-inspired dreams and move to the capital in an attempt to make it. Although I’m still not entirely sure what in…

This blog is going to be my little internet haven, documenting the move along with my experiences of finding a flat, job and new favourite brunch spot. From the big adventures to the small (brunch is definitely one of the big ones) londonsnewgirl is going to be taking you all with me. Once I’ve settled in the city, I’m hoping that this blog will become a guide for all the other new girls that come after, hopefully making the pretty intimidating jump to the capital a little bit easier.

After deciding a few years ago that moving to London was something I wanted to do, I’ve visited the city quite a few times and with my boyfriend living in Essex (minus the fake tan and teeth don’t worry) it’s going to be so easy to pop in over the Summer as we prepare for the big move.

I’ve been out the blogging grove for a while as my final year at University got a hella lot harder with taking on extra responsibilities through my sports team as well, so as we are starting to wind down for the semester I can’t wait to get a bit creative again (and have an excuse to eat out and try all the new restaurants in town). I used to blog at http://www.misszarabelle.com, but with the fresh start of moving to the city I wanted londonsnewgirl to be more focused on the point my life is at now.

As well as these diary style posts, I am also a massive foodie (in case you can’t already tell…) and I cannot wait to see what London has to offer, so there will be plenty of foodie stories to keep you up to date with the gems that I find. Travelling is also something really important to me, I definitely caught the wanderlust bug on my year abroad in Germany and with a few trips already planned for the Summer expect to see plenty of travel guides and other travel based content.

I’m hoping to get to a point where the blog can sustain itself and also help me meet a whole new network of people, so if you want to get in touch for any reason then please do, I’d love to hear from you! Any tips that you have, career based or simply your favourite bar that do great cocktails, it’s all going to be useful!

Please also bear with me as I work on the site, I will be creating lots of content over the next few weeks and will release it all to you as soon as I love it. You can subscribe now to not miss the full blog launch, just pop your email into the box in the sidebar.

So until then, welcome to this terrifying but unbelievably exciting adventure, I can’t wait to see where it takes us!