The timing of our Switzerland trip worked out so that we could see Stage 17 of the Tour de France as it was taking a 'de-tour' through Switzerland! Amazingly I found cheap lodging near the route so our scheming began. Every Tour stage has 2 parts: the caravan and the actual race. The caravan parade consists … Continue reading Chasing the Yellow Jersey: the Tour de France in Switzerland
Our Swiss adventure began in July. This was my first time in the Alps and I was SO excited to glimpse them from the plane! When we landed in Geneva, we grabbed a train to Bex, just south of Aigle. As we passed along Lake Geneva through Lausanne and Montreux, I was astonished at the … Continue reading Switzerland: Steep Tiny Villages with Cheese.
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
One thing about ancient civilizations is that the people that made things out of stone get remembered a lot better than the people that used only wood or earth fixtures. The people that lived in Scotland 2000-3000 years ago were believers in stone as is evidenced by the hundreds and hundreds of stone sites that … Continue reading Lonely Stones of the North
We were bemoaning the gradual decline in international airline quality as we transited through Heathrow airport this week as so many thousands have. As our plane taxied for seemingly miles, we caught a glimpse out the window of the 'old' terminal. This was Terminal 1, which closed in June 2015, whose hallways looked like brown … Continue reading Heathrow Happens
From deepest, darkest Kittybrewster*- Comes winter dismal and gray; the darkness is upon us and we hope to get away. Herein lies granite, strong and sturdy- forever it will stand; but it ain't particularly purdy- the city a bit bland. The lights come on at 3pm- to help us find our tea; it comforts us … Continue reading From Deepest, Darkest Kittybrewster: a Poem
I finally took a walk through a garden here in Aberdeen: The Cruickshank Botanical Garden on the campus at the Uni (university). It was a spectacularly sunny day which are rare of late, and the sun was at its' characteristic low angle making most of the day the 'photographer's hour'. I strolled in through its … Continue reading The Local Garden of the Heart
Hullo there! We've been out of the loop lately and am just now getting back to this fine bit of internet you see before you. Here’s what we’ve been up to since July: In August hubs handed in his master’s thesis and we promptely got on a plane almost the next day to America and to visit … Continue reading America, I love your food (and other inklings from our trip home)