We watched The Redeemed and the Dominant on the train ride up. Jamie and I were both crying when Tia won. Can’t help it, it’s too cute, even though I’ve seen it before it still gets to me. Jamie loved the documentary and said he thought it was the best one yet.
Our room Jamie booked, when we walked through the hotel I did not expect it to look like this!
It was grey everywhere!
Yatai Izakaya for dinner
Looking back on our trip to Aberdeen I didn’t really take any pictures of the city whilst we were there. I wasn’t thinking about it when we were walking about. It’s mainly pictures of food to be honest! Aberdeen, what did I think? We weren’t there for very long so I didn’t get much of a chance to see a lot of it. The first impression was that it was, like everyone warned me, very grey! Grey everywhere. Every single building pretty much was grey. Jamie and I laughed when walked past Café Nero, which always has bright blue sign over their shops, even had their logo straight on the grey building they were in, without the blue. At least it was a sunny day when we arrived in the afternoon so it wasn’t all grey. I was told everything looks even more grey on an overcast day. So yeah the grey part was no exaggeration.
We stayed at the The Station hotel just opposite the train station and when we walked into it looked like a typical old slightly rundown hotel. Jamie had booked it all so I had no idea where were staying. We walked through the many corridors of the hotel and eventually found our room. When we stepped in through the door it looked like a different hotel! It was a lovely room and massive. Everything looked newly redone and fresh. I was really surprised and Jamie grinned a bit mischievously when he saw my reaction. That was one of the biggest contrast I’d ever seen.
The only thing we really did in Aberdeen was to eat and walk around. As you should do on holidays! We started off with a snack at Foodstory, which I’d been dreaming about going to because we were starving when we arrived and dinner wan’t until 8.30. Foodstory needs its own separate blog post so I’ll save what I thought for then. Then for dinner we went to Yatai which is meant to have incredible sushi and other Japanese food. They do Japanese small plates. We couldn’t believe how much value you got for the price that we paid because the food was incredible. All the fish for the sushi is chosen by the head chef himself at the fish market in Aberdeen every morning and you could taste how fresh it was. The salmon just melted in your mouth. They had plenty of lovely vegetarian and some vegan options as well. I just had to have some fish and seafood, when it’s that fresh off the boat I just need to have some. The mushrooms on skewers were insane by the way of you’re ever there!
Afterwards Jamie of course wanted to check out some of the bars in Aberdeen because he’d never been up before. Funnily enough loads of his friends from Glasgow were up doing an event at The Orchid (it won Scottish cocktail bar of the year last year) so we ended up spending the evening with them going to Tippling House and 99 as well and then heading back to Orchid again. I was knackered at this point and eventually we went home. I’m not made for late nights out anymore! At least when I don’t drink I can function as a human being the next day despite the lack of sleep. Hangovers are the worst things ever. It was fun to spend some time with Jamie’s friends, it doesn’t happen very often as they’re all night owls!
The next day we just went for breakfast before getting on the train and then the bus to St Andrews. It was a short but sweet trip to Aberdeen. Perhaps not a place I would be rushing to back to if it wasn’t for the incredible food we had. That’s worth the trip just that. It would’ve been nice to have had a little bit more time to see more than just the very centre and stroll around a bit more but I’m so glad we managed to squeeze even this short visit in.
Now it’s time for the gym guys! My ankle felt fine during the workout yesterday it’s still a bit swollen so I’ll take it easy today on it but there’s no pain, just a bit stiff. I’m glad it wasn’t anything more serious! I’ve got another busy day of seeing Emma afterwards and then my sister and Kajsa. After that my second last weekend in Glasgow is pretty much over. Tomorrow I need to get myself into gear and get organised. I’ve got so much to do but it’ll be easier to get it done when everyone is at work. During the weekends I just have to make sure that I see as many people as I can before I go.
Have a lovely day!