Axe Hurling Glasgow

What to do during a level 3 lockdown in Glasgow? Choose the most anti-social time – a Monday night at 7.45pm – and go axe throwing!

Daz and I met up at the venue before going through the now usual covid precautionary measures – face masks, antibac gel – as well as signing release forms.

The venue has a one way system in place. We were taken through to the main area that and we discovered that we had the place to ourselves! The lads gave us a run through on safety protocols and a quick example on how to throw properly and then Daz and I had at it.

It did not go well for me. My axe ended up on the floor about 98% of the time. The boys were not impressed.

While I was failing miserably at even hitting the target, Daz was hitting bullseyes left, right and centre. Once he got bored of that, the staff members set him a new challenge – the underarm throw. Of course, the wee bastard hit the bullseye that way too.

Finally I managed to hit the target!! Of course the first thing to do was take photographic evidence! Especially as it took me a good 45 minutes to hit the damn thing.

The Logistics

The axe hurling is located in the Xcite Activity centre at 72 Hydepark Street in Glasgow. There is also the other fun activities of an escape room and a rage room on the premises. It cost £20 each for a 90 minute session.

There is paid street parking, but it is free after 6pm.

It’s for adults only – 18+ and no open toed shoes allowed.

Rambling in Riga

November meant it was time for me and Dan to go on our annual overseas (Christmas) trip. I have always wanted to go to the Baltics after seeing a lot of photos from friends who had been, so cheap flight prices saw us heading to Riga. The cheap flight did mean we had to be up at sparrow’s fart to make the departure so we decided to stay at the Hampton by Hilton which is right next door to Stansted Airport. I booked an accessible room which was huge. It had a big double bed (it was quite high) and a pull out sofa – the mattress was shit not the best. I shotgunned the bed as I was about to spend a week on a couch and Dan had to make do with the couch.

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Israel – Jerusalem

After Athens I found it was cheaper to fly back to Glasgow from Israel (with help from my British Airways Executive Club points). Luckily, I found a rather cheap flight from Athens to Tel Aviv. Why Israel? a) I found decently priced flights b) the history and c) the scenery! I had also heard that Israel is one of the safest countries to travel to alone as a solo female.

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Athens in 3 Days

After an amazing week back on Lemnos at Surf Club Keros I decided to stay a few extra days in Athens. Pete and Andy had a 21 hour layover, with pretty much the whole of the Thursday to spend in Athens. We had all booked separate accommodation so agreed to meet in the morning for a trip up to the Acropolis.

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The NC 500 – Scotland’s Northern Route – Things to See

At the start of June (2019) my mate Pete asked if I wanted to go on a road trip. We originally looked at Ireland, but eventually decided on Scotland as it was a bit cheaper and I already live here! This post is a follow on from the accommodation post.

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Accommodation on the NC500

Pete and I spent a week driving around the Highlands the first week of August and these are the seven places we stayed along the NC500 route. I booked the first four nights up the east coast and Pete chose the three places on the west side.

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Dinner at Alchemilla

A couple of weeks ago I went and visited my mate Ben (previously featured in the kitesurfing post) down in Nottingham. I came from work in the Yorkshire Dales and had a bit of FOMO because my boss had been to a great tasting menu dinner and was raving about it. I wanted that, so I did some research on fine dining in Nottingham and convinced Ben we should go to Alchemilla (it didn’t take much convincing). We also invited Ben’s mate Rob – he’s coming kitesurfing with us in September – and we booked around a week in advance. Luckily they had availability during my stay. We had to give about 3 days notice for dietary requirements and 24 hours for disabled access (you can kind of see the ramp in the background of this photo).

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