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Hello there. This is a page about me, and it will probably go on forever, because I am excellent at rambling away about nothing. I apologise.
If you hadn't guessed by now, my name is Rachel. More specifically, my name is Rachel Helen, but I don't really use the Helen. I'd like to, I think Rachel Helen sounds nicer than just plain Rachel, but calling myself Rachel Helen would feel rather pretentious. So, I'm Rachel.
I have a fiance called Chris, and he is wonderful, although he lives in Edinburgh, which is annoyingly far away.
I was born in Paisley, Scotland, on the 26th of February 1995. I still live fairly near Paisley, but in a pretty village in the countryside. Yes, that does mean I have a Scottish accent. People that I know online seem to be fascinated by it a lot. I don't know why.
I've loved reading for longer than I can remember. I've been completely obsessed with the Harry Potter books since I was six years old, I must have spent half my childhood reading and rereading them(it's funny because you think I'm exaggerating). Currently, I'm enjoying crime novels, though I'm very very picky with my authors. My absolute favourite has to be Stuart MacBride, he's simply amazing, though Henning Mankell is a close second. I also like books by Jo Nesbo, and hate those by Stieg Larsson. Outside of crime, I devour books by Terry Pratchett, Trudi Canavan, John Green, Douglas Adams, and Markus Zusak, though I also read plenty of others.
Music has always been a huge part of my life. I play the french horn(well, I've kind of stopped just now, but I'll be getting back into it soon), and have since I was nine years old. I've never liked saying this, because I can't help but feel like I sound arrogant, but I'm very talented with it(and music in general). Thanks to an excellent music teacher at my school I once got a chance to play this piece with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, which was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I had been told by several different teachers that I could have made music my career if I wanted, but I know a lot of professional brass players and it's not an easy path. So I'm not walking it.
My favourite band has been Funeral For A Friend since I was eleven. I love them, a lot. I've seen them live twice now, both times at the front of small venues, and those were two amazing nights. My other favourite bands are Shinedown, Kamelot, Stone Sour, Apocalyptica, and plenty of others that I won't list for fear of this page becoming incredibly long.
I've travelled quite a lot. Only around Europe, and I'm happy with that for now. I've visited about sixteen countries, seven or eight more than once. We've never been package holiday people: we go to a city, or a town, or a village, and just explore. It's fantastic.
People are always surprised when I talk about my favourite places. A lot are right here in Scotland, but others include Stockholm, Oslo, Riga, Tallinn, and a village called Breil-sur-Roya in France. My favourite country outside of Scotland has to be Sweden: I've had a fascination with it for years, it's the country I've visited most(four times), and I would love to learn the language one day. I know a tiny basic bit as it is, mainly from watching the Swedish TV adaptations of Henning Mankell's Wallander books(which are excellent), but I'd love to learn it properly.
I'm a very logical person, and I love science and maths. Especially maths: I'm a mathematics student at the University of Strathclyde.
I'm sure you're bored of me rambling now(told you I could ramble), so I'll stop. If you want to ask me anything, then feel free to leave a comment, or talk to me on twitter or tumblr: I love having new people to talk to. Goodbye for now. :)