My last week in Dundee

The last few weeks in Dundee flew by! I feel like I’ve been socialising non-stop for the past two weeks, no complaints but I’m not used to my schedule being so packed.

Nearly three weeks ago, I travelled to London with my friend Ivy of Year of Vegan Eats. We departed from Edinburgh and returned there after our foodie holiday in London. This granted me the opportunity for quick catch-ups with several friends in Edinburgh since that was the last time I’d be there for at least two years. I also had the chance to spend one more day in Glasgow and I couldn’t pass it up for the same reason. Kuba and I aren’t planning on returning to Scotland for quite some time as we have a full year of travelling through Europe ahead of us, and following that we plan to acquire and convert a van into a suitable living space for the next stage of our never-ending honeymoon. 😉

Kuba’s last day at work was last Friday. He’s finally free to start another career after working as a motorcycle mechanic for 10 years. He’s looking forward to focusing exclusively on his photography and videography now that he won’t be working a 9-5 job. This was a long time coming, as he knew years ago he’d ultimately quit this career for a new direction, taking a risk and opting for a more challenging path instead of a secure and comfortable one.

new tattoos!

With ample free time to socialise and clear out our flat, we also decided to get tattooed in Dundee before we start travelling through Europe. We’ve talked about getting tattoos to mark the start of this journey previously, so we figured why not get them done just before we move.

We were tattooed by Jay at Sanctuary Tattoo in Dundee thanks to a recommendation by our friend Rebecca. Rebecca has a beautifully coloured forearm piece (inspired by her own drawings) completed by Jay. Both Kuba and I were impressed by the vibrancy and clarity of Rebecca’s forearm, so we booked an appointment with Jay a few days in advance. We haven’t been tattooed in years so we both were eager to add a new piece to our collection.

My tattoo, designed by Rebecca, commemorates my time spent in Scotland. Kuba’s signifies the start of this new and exciting stage in his life. Thanks to Rebecca for helping us sort it!

one last day out with Ivy & Leo

The next day, our friends Ivy and Leo came through from Edinburgh to spend the day with us. This would be the last time we’d see them until September, as they’ve already booked flights to come visit us in Zagreb, Croatia! Naturally, we grabbed lunch at The Flame Tree Cafe.

Since this would be my last time eating there, I ordered my favourite sandwich, the vegan haggis toastie with sweet onion chutney and melty vegan cheese, with a side of pea and mint soup. The pea and mint soup is one of my favourite soups thanks to them. I decided to be extra fancy that day and order my toastie on a rainbow bagel. It was the right choice! A toasted bagel sando dunked into pea and mint soup is my idea of heaven. 🙂


We actually had the vegan haggis three different ways: Kuba opted for it in a wrap, Leo ordered the toastie as it comes, and I savoured every single bite of my rainbow bagel toastie. Ivy noshed on a falafel sandwich instead. The falafel at The Flame Tree Cafe also happens to be one of my favourites. Maybe I just like everything there… 😉

After lunch, we relaxed in the City Square, soaked up all the sunshine, sampled some lattes at The Tartan Coffee House, and ended the night with dinner at Rama Thai.


I’ve walked past Rama Thai before but never considered eating there as I wasn’t certain of their vegan options. We decided to try it thanks to several of our friends and their recommendations. I’m glad we did because the food was delicious!

I ordered their Som Tum salad as green papaya salad is one of my favourites from our trip to Thailand. On their menu, Som Tum wasn’t described as papaya salad because their version lacked the unripe green papaya. This is no surprise to me as green papaya is difficult to come by in Dundee. Instead, they replaced the papaya with shredded turnip. I tried it for dinner with a side of sticky rice as that was my go-to meal while Kuba and I visited Chiang Mai. My salad was absolutely delicious and very spicy. Yum!

Part of me is sad that I didn’t try Rama Thai sooner, but it’s probably for the best considering the prices were significantly higher than the prices we paid in Thailand. At any rate, I’m happy that I had a taste of authentic Thai food before we head off to Spain, and that I got to share the experience with Ivy and Leo. If you have a craving for Thai food, don’t hesitate to try Rama Thai. 🙂

decluttering, donations, & packing

Thursday was our last day in our flat so we were busy packing, organising our belongings, and completing any last minute errands. We’re only taking three bags full of our belongings and a guitar with us to Spain, so we donated a few bags of kitchen supplies to a charity shop and donated extra clothing, bedding, and towels thanks to Recycle Scotland’s website.

We didn’t have much furniture to begin with but still ended up donating our washing machine, desk, chair, hi-fi table, steamer, and vacuum to the British Heart Foundation. The BHF offers free pick-up of donations. You simply need to arrange a pick-up time online or over the phone. We initially tried to donate these items to the Tayside Reuse Centre as they also offer free pick-up, but we didn’t give them enough notice. Make sure you let these charities know a few weeks in advance if you have furniture you’d like to donate.

I’m glad that we managed to re-home most of the stuff we didn’t need. Thanks to our friends for taking little things off our hands! I hope you find your new stuff useful and that it serves you well. 🙂

And if you’re curious about what we packed for our move to Spain, check out our packing videos. This is everything we own and everything we’ll take with us for the next year.  Thanks for watching!

a homemade dinner thanks to Rebecca

For our last night in Dundee, our friend Rebecca graciously offered to cook us dinner. I think it’s safe to say she’s the best cook I know. 😉 She made us oil-free falafels served with a fresh salad, smoky sun-dried tomato cashew sauce, and seedy tortillas. For dessert, she whipped up some mango coconut yoghurt nice cream topped with fresh blueberries and strawberries. Dinner was excellent, as I knew it would be! We appreciated it so much because she took the time to make us a dinner that was oil-free and not too fatty. She catered to our eating habits, and that means a lot to us!

I was sad to end that night in Dundee because I’ve considered Scotland my home since I first moved to Glasgow a year and a half ago. I’ve made so many genuine friends there, met my now-husband, and started a new life. I don’t know what the next year will bring but I know it will be awesome! Let’s do this! ❤


I wrote this post while we were on the plane from London to Málaga. We’re now in our flat in Torremolinos after walking along the beach. 🙂


Vegan BBQ and new friends in the sun

So I still haven’t gotten the hang of this daily blogging thing, but I’m trying! 😉 I feel that time is passing by quickly as we inch closer to our moving date. Now we only have three weeks left! I never seem busy during the week yet my days are filled with plenty of dedicated computer time as I have photos and videos to edit, and now blog posts to write.

Fortunately, this past week I spent some time away from the computer. It was just too sunny to stay inside! We are lucky to have a few sunny days here now that it’s nearly mid-May.

Taking advantage of this nice weather, our friend Karis hosted an all-vegan BBQ this past weekend to celebrate her 25th birthday. It was a potluck-style BBQ, so everyone brought a dish to share.


I made a creamy pesto sauce, stirred it into some quinoa, and topped it with tomatoes and fresh basil. It was tasty but not the prettiest dish!


Karis decorated this cute fruit platter to congratulate us on our wedding. Isn’t it cute?


Almost everyone at the BBQ was vegan so we had quite a crowd going and plenty of food! Any dish can be veganised, even meat-heavy BBQ ones. Vegan versions of hotdogs and burgers are readily available even at big-box grocery stores like Tesco and Asda, and homemade salads and cakes can easily be made vegan just by substituting (or omitting) a few ingredients. And if you don’t know where to begin, asking Google for simple vegan recipes never fails.


I’m grateful to know so many vegans online but being able to meet up with vegans in person is extra nice, especially at a vegan BBQ or potluck! Not only do you get to catch up with friends, but you end up with a large variety of vegan food to try for a fraction of the price of eating out. Plus, where can you find an all-you-can-eat vegan buffet? 😛 People tend to bring homemade or semi-homemade dishes to share and since everyone tends to cook their favourite recipes, you always end up with several delicious dishes to try. Yum!

I’m glad we had the chance to meet up with some friends (some of which we haven’t seen in ages) as well as make new ones, all while having lunch in the sun! Thanks to Karis and her partner Jared for hosting the BBQ. I look forward to seeing them again this weekend at my friend Rebecca’s house-warming party! 🙂


I also had the pleasure of chatting to new vegan pal Jo for the first time that day, even though I’d seen her previously at other vegan events in Dundee. I had a feeling we’d have something in common since she was drinking out of a reusable stainless steel water bottle and she had a cool recycled backpack! 😉 Also, her homemade fruit tart was tasty. (I regret that I didn’t manage a photo of it, but it was so good that Kuba had a few slices!)

It was refreshing to meet someone with similar interests when it comes to diet and environmental concerns so we arranged to meet up a few days later. We went to The Flame Tree Cafe for green smoothies and tossed my frisbee afterwards. Green smoothies, frisbee, and sunshine. What a perfect day!


Thanks to Jo for this photo and thank you for reading! 🙂

The Flame Tree Cafe & photo-walk: best weekend!

We were lucky to have some sunshine this past weekend so we took advantage of it! I look forward to every weekend because Kuba is free from work, so I get to see him all day! Fortunately, we only have a few more weeks of this Monday-Friday work schedule. 🙂

We walked into town on Saturday and as per our weekend routine, we had a tasty lunch at The Flame Tree Cafe. I had the vegan haggis panini for the second time and it was even better than the first! Flame Tree is my favourite vegan-friendly place in Dundee. I’m sure you’ve noticed that if you’ve watched my vlogs. 😉

I didn’t take any photos of our lunch on Saturday (I was filming instead!) but here are photos of previous Flame Tree indulgences! The vegan haggis panini, the coconut cornflake cake, and the falafel wrap are just a few of the vegan options available.

And today went for a photo-walk with our friend Rebecca. We crossed the Tay Road Bridge, a mile-long bridge spanning the Tay River, and ventured along the Fife Coastal Path. This was a scenic albeit windy walk. Perhaps we can walk further along the path into Tentsmuir Forest one of these weekends.

By the end of the day, we walked just over 10 miles. No wonder my feet are tired! I feel like I say this every weekend but it really was the best weekend ever! I wish the weekend could continue but Monday tomorrow means we are one more week closer to Spain. 🙂

I hope you had a nice weekend! Thanks for reading.