(Got a few more posts to squeeze in go before we head back across the pond.) Even after living here for 3+ years, we still do a bit of romanticinzing about the culture and comparing UK to US life- so here goes of few of the things we will miss the most: Public Toilets! Yep. The … Continue reading 10 Things Scotland does Better than America
Oh Scotland you are making it impossible to ever leave! Like a sea, your sky breaks and breathes mists, stormy grey. Shy sun. Employing all manner of means to avoid being known. Stooping low to make eye contact, giving us brief shadows, apologizing for getting our hopes up, sinking quickly with a blush. Your austere … Continue reading I wrote a poem for Scotland- of sorts.
In bleak mid-winter what better place to hide out than a cozy, slightly cluttered, used bookstore with a blazing fireplace: Leakey's is your scene! This is our favorite place to stop in Inverness actually. Bibliophiles will have already heard of this gem of a bookshop- it is truly epic in scale- at least for Scotland! … Continue reading Bookstore Habit: Leakey’s of Inverness
We called ourselves the Epic Munro* Baggers- we four from Aberdeen watched the weather forecast app and Tuesday was 'SUNBALL' with confidence; no equivocating with the little cloud on the side or nothing!!! I had done lots of research about which epic munro in Lairig Ghru we should attempt since the glen is full of … Continue reading Munro Bagging: Cairn a Mhaim from Linn of Dee
Scotland is spectacular year-round but when is the best time to visit? My vote is for May- here's why: 1.) LAMBS! They are everywhere! They are so stinkin' CUTE! I burst into squeals of joy as we drive down the single track road almost hitting a lorry (truck)- they are totes adorbs!! … Continue reading Five Reasons to Visit Scotland in May
As promised in my previous post, the Island of Hoy was our next quest! Our intrepid companions did us the favor of planning the day trip to this gem of an island. Hoy is one of the Orkney Islands; there are no direct links from mainland Scotland so you have to take a ferry to the … Continue reading Isle of Hoy: Home of UK’s Tallest Seastack
I didn't have a huge hankerin' to go to the Orkneys but friends really wanted to go, so we though we'd give it a whirl. We were glad we did.. There was the nice drive up the coast from Inverness to John O'Groats.. yes thats the name of the town on the northern most tip … Continue reading Way up in Orkney: Those Islands off the Northcoast.
I began reading 'Brother's K' in July of last year. About 450 pages and 8 months later, the plot finally took off in a discernible direction. The only thing that kept me going all the way to the end on page 1054, was my desire to prove to myself that I could read serious … Continue reading Reading Brothers Karamozov in Scotland
I've had this gig working at a hotel reception desk for over a year now... here are some things I've learned. #1 Knock before entering your new room After check-in, you find the door to your room. Then you knock a few times. Why? Sometimes there are glitches in the hotel computer, sometimes there are … Continue reading Hotel 101: 10 things I’ve learned in the ‘Front of House’.
During our tenure here in Scotland, we've wanted to take in more than just the cliches of Scottish and English culture like bagpipes, pubs and castles. We also wanted to enter into the spiritual landscape both present and past. Recently we undertook a pilgrimage -on wheels- to one of the island's more obviously named sites, 'Holy … Continue reading Spiritual Tourist: Two-stop Weekend in Northumbria