Visit Glasgow for a Weekend Away





For anyone a weekend away can really break up the regular routine, where ever you visit there will be things to do, but in Glasgow, there’s more. You could use it as a spa or golf weekend, or simply visit some of the wonderful sites that the city has to offer.
You might be thinking that you could do all that somewhere else, but there is no place on earth like the Scottish city. Below we have included a number of examples of just some of the activities that you can find yourself doing when in Glasgow.

Have a Spa Break

While you can go away to any place for a spa break, very few places have a relaxing atmosphere. With all the country views and relaxing areas Glasgow is the perfect place for a spa weekend away, you could even look at spa hotels in Glasgow.

If day-to-day life is causing you to feel stressed then some rest and recuperation in the relaxing environment of the spa might be the perfect thing. Wherever you go, there will no doubt be various treatments available so choose something that will suit you.

A Round of Golf

If you’re in to golf then there is no better place to be than Glasgow, surrounded by the picturesque Scottish countryside. Rather than going to your local course and playing a few rounds, a course in Glasgow will off you the opportunity to take in some beautiful views whilst playing your favourite game.

Compete with one another on the golf course during the day and visit some of the city’s bars and restaurants during the evening. You really couldn’t ask for anything better.

Sightseeing

If you’re visiting a new place, then exploring must be on your to-do list. Even if you only visit a few locations, you must get out of the hotel and see some of the wonderful sights that Glasgow has to offer.

Glasgow has a very rich culture and while you’re visiting you will surely wish to enrichen yourself by experiencing it for yourself. Immerse yourself in tourist activities, such as taking a trip around the city on a tour bus. Not only learn the history from the locals themselves, but you’ll find out what else the city has to offer.

Take a Romantic Trip

A romantic couples weekend away might be your idea of paradise, and why not? You can mix it up and have a romantic spa weekend away, or if you’d rather, why not visit some of Glasgow’s more romantic sights, such as the Royal Theatre or take a trip along the river on a Waverley Paddle Steamer Excursion? Whether it’s a blossoming romance or keeping the old flame alive, we are sure the stunning views will have you falling heads over heels in love not just with each other, but with Scotland, too.

However, if your idea of a romantic break is enjoying some of the finer things that can be found indoors, then you must at least visit some of Glasgow’s restaurants. There are so many, so you are guaranteed to find something to suit you, maybe even think about trying something that you’ve never tried before. What better city to do it in than Glasgow?

Eid-ul-Fitr Traditions Across the World





As we find ourselves at the end of Ramadan, now is the perfect time to look ahead and consider what the future will bring. Regardless of our faith, equality and generosity are things we should aim to include in our daily lives. Of course, every faith has its own traditions, events and special occasions – for those who frequently travel the world, it is important to ensure that you are fully clued up and aware of the cultural traditions in the countries you will be visiting. 

In Islam, the Holy month of Ramadan is one of the most important times of the year. It is a time for fasting, prayer and reflection, and is observed in many predominantly-Muslim countries. However, once the month of Ramadan comes to an end, it is time for Eid-ul-Fitr.
Eid-ul-Fitr is another important occasion in the Islamic calendar. It is a festival of celebration, commemorating the end of Ramadan and the breaking of the fast, and is a time where Muslims across the world join together to celebrate.

Although there are certain traditions that are common throughout the world on Eid-ul-Fitr, there are many others which can vary by country and region.

For those who are planning to travel or visit these places during Eid-ul-Fitr, it is important to ensure that you are aware of the customs and traditions of the particular area you will be visiting. Not only is this an important way to be respectful and considerate of the local’s faith and beliefs, but it is also essential to guarantee that you don’t fall foul of any localised laws or customs.

To get started, here are some common traditions which take place on Eid-ul-Fitr.
On the morning of the first day that Eid is celebrated, Muslims will bathe and dress in their best clothes before visiting their local Mosque for congregational prayers. Following the prayers, the traditional greeting of “Eid Mubarak” (have a Blessed Eid) will be used to greet friends, family members and other Muslims.

Many Muslims will then spend the day visiting loved ones, eating traditional dishes and sweets and spending time together. In addition, children are commonly given gifts at Eid.
When it comes to traditions by country, there are understandably certain variations and differences in the way that Eid is celebrated. By no means is this an exhaustive list, but here are a few traditions from around the world.

Indonesia
Indonesia is home to 12.7% of the world’s Muslim population – the largest Muslim population in a single country. Therefore, it should come as no surprise to learn that Eid-ul-Fitr is a significant occasion in Indonesia! During the festival, locals participate in parades, watch fireworks and go shopping for gifts for their loved ones. When it comes to food, traditional dishes like Rendang (a spicy meat dish) and Brongkos (a traditional soup dish) are usually enjoyed.

Tunisia
Eid-ul-Fitr is a real celebration in Tunisia, with many people spending the occasion enjoying time with their families. The youngest members of the family will be given money or small gifts like toys, and traditional Eid cuisine like biscuits, Kaak (a type of cake) and Baklawa (a sweet pastry dessert with chopped nuts and honey) will be eaten.

Morocco
Traditional Eid breakfast foods in Morocco include delicious treats such as cookies, Baghrir and Melwi (types of Moroccan pancake), washed down with refreshing mint tea.

India
Although Islam is not India’s main faith, Muslims throughout the country celebrate it in a number of different ways. Women wear traditional clothing and decorate their hands with henna designs, and the night before Eid, many Indian Muslims go out shopping. In this country, a traditional sweet Eid dish is Sheer Khurma – a milk pudding with dates.
As the month of Ramadan draws to an end, make sure that you are fully clued up about Eid-ul-Fitr and everything that this special occasion means to Muslims around the world.

2017: The Love Monday Movement in Review




It truly has been a year like no other.

Usually I would write my year-end posts by recounting my travels from the last twelve months, some work milestones and a few personal anecdotes. But I will remember 2017 as a year of personal pursuits.

This time last year, Love Monday Café was just an idea I had scribbled on a notebook, written in emails to myself and put together on a few Pinterest boards. It’s been a great journey, bringing it to life, and throughout the process my emotions have ranged from truly inspired and encouraged to downtrodden and defeated to grateful and fulfilled. Somewhat surprisingly, a value I learned from my corporate life was what kept me going throughout the year: resilience.   



Another motivating factor were my friends and family, who continue to support my crazy self and my crazy ideas. I can only imagine how frustrating and worrying it can be sometimes to be friends with an ENFP, and I’ve never been so much of an ENFP in my life as I was in 2017. So a lot of love and a thousand thanks are in order to all of you who have been with me all these years!

There’s a lot to look forward to in the new year when you’re coming from a year of first steps and new beginnings. I’m excited. There’s still so much I want to do. Bringing ideas to life and – excuse the cliché – turning dreams into reality can be quite addicting. It’s not always easy, it’s not always going to work, but doing it is always worth it, no matter what happens.

I also feel a new perspective coming to life throughout all my experiences in 2017: a preference for simpler things, a penchant for minimalism, a different set of priorities. I’ll write more about it once I’ve put them all together in a more coherent way in my head.

If I’m being honest, I struggled writing this year-end post. Not because I had nothing to write about - there were plenty. But everything I wrote would sound like some sort of cliché, the kind of repetitive, formulaic story written about in a Thought Catalog article or on some motivational or inspirational blog with questionable credibility: I was a girl who quit her job and gave up her career to pursue a far-fetched dream.

Except it isn’t a cliché. Because it’s been a deeply personal and one-of-a-kind journey, and I lived it, and I have the entire 2017 to look back on to remind me of it, and I will continue to live it in 2018.

I guess it’s still a little hard to believe sometimes. I really did it! I really took the plunge and did it, and it’s been a whole year since of taking plunges, breaking through obstacles, and moving onward to pursue my purpose and my passions, with supportive and loving friends and family around me.

So what more could I ask for in the new year? Not much else, really. Perhaps health, a level head, and a lot of heart so I can make the most of the good graces that have been given to me. Excuse the cliché, but there’s no other way to put it: hashtag-blessed. Happy new year!



















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