All posts filed under: City Slicker Q+A

City Slicker | Guide to Glasgow, Scotland

Happy day! Today I’m so delighted to introduce 2016’s first City Slicker, Melissa, who keeps an enviable blog and takes photographs just as evocative as her sparkling words. She takes us again to Glasgow, her Glasgow, for rainy days sequestered in coffee shops, hunting for literary treasure in secondhand bookshops and to the banks of the River Clyde. Melissa is the founding editor and designer of Quotidian Literary Magazine (so worth a read for elegant writing by Scottish students) and, if that weren’t enough of an achievement in itself, is also midway through writing a contemporary coming-of-age novel. She pens beautiful letters over at her observational blog, Something I Noticed. Take a look! You can also find her on Instagram and Facebook. Q: What brought you to your city? I was actually born in Glasgow, in the Southern General Hospital. But even though I was born here, and I’ve been studying in Glasgow since 2009, it wasn’t until last September that I came to live in the city. I’m doing a PhD here (in Creative Writing) so it just made sense last autumn to move …

City Slicker | Guide to London, England

Today City Slicker returns after a brief hiatus, featuring none other than our island’s great capital. Our city slicker is my long-time friend (13 years and counting!) and all-around inspiring lady Priya, born and bred in the big smoke and currently working for a migration start-up in east London. She’s a stylish, indomitably kind, book-loving Londoner who always has a stellar recommendation for tea and cake up her sleeve and never says no to an adventure. So, without further ado – Priya’s London… Q:  How did you end up in your city? I was born in London and grew up in a suburb on the Metropolitan line on the outskirts of the city (with Louise by my side!) My parents were born in Malawi and Kenya respectively but moved here in their youth. That’s the charm of London, where you can find a history of many different cultures. Q: What’s the best season to visit your city, and why? Spring. Walking around the city with blossoms on the trees and on the sidewalks. You can have a warm day …

City Slicker | Guide to Seattle, Washington

What better way to wind up the working week than with a set of dreamy images of my favourite US city? Today’s city slicker is the extraordinarily talented photographer Ashley Garrels, chatting about her hometown of Seattle in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle is one-of-a-kind, surrounded by sparkling blue waters and a smorgasbord of choice should you be the type partial to a good cup of joe. Ashley is also one of my dearest friends, the sort of friendship that’s just too wonderful to distil into words.  I (precociously) like to think that our relationship is testament to the powers of both photography and the internet as we started corresponding after admiring each other’s Flickr streams as doe-eyed fifteen-year-olds. Almost a decade later we’re real life best pals, despite the 5000 miles between our cities. Be dazzled by more of Ashley’s stunning images of Seattle and its flannel-clad denizens here. Without further ado… Q: How did you end up in your city?  My family has Pacific Northwest roots and we never seem to stray too far from …

City Slicker | Guide to Manchester, England

Good morning, good morning! It’s been a long week, hasn’t it? But today it is, at last, Friday and time for another Q&A. Today’s city slicker is Sarah, curator of the lovely wanderlust-inducing blog Elettravelle. Like me, Sarah loves everything German. She works as a travel consultant and also adores Eastern Europe. And Manchester, as the following answers imply… Q: What brought you to your city? Work! I’d always lived in and around Chester, but when a new job for me and a postgraduate degree for my boyfriend brought the misery of a two-hour morning commute and many cancelled trains, we decided to move to Manchester permanently. I’m so glad we did, city life is the best! Q: What’s the best season to visit your city, and why? I’d have to say winter! Summer might bring festivals and balmy evening drinks, but Manchester hosts some of the best Christmas markets in Europe and the following the scent of toasted almonds around Albert Square and warming up with a mug of warm cider in the Northern Quarter is the …

City Slicker | Guide to Glasgow, Scotland

Good evening and happy spring to you all! I’m really excited to introduce today’s city slicker: Mimmi is a Swedish twenty-year-old studying English Literature in Glasgow. A book worm, tea lover, chocolate addict, feminist and country bumpkin, she blogs over at Muted Mornings about her everyday life, with occasional posts about books, fashion and food. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram. Without further ado… Q: What brought you to your city? I moved to Glasgow last September to study English Literature at the University of Glasgow. I really wanted to go abroad to study and had wanted to try living in the UK for quite a while. I chose Scotland partly because I really love the country, partly because university is free here. Glasgow wasn’t actually my first choice, but when Edinburgh didn’t accept me, I decided to go to here instead. In hindsight, I’m incredibly happy I ended up in this city. It’s a vibrant, lively city with so much to do, without being too big or exhausting. Q: What’s the best season to visit your city, and …