Damp ‘Disney’ en Deutschland

[Another dispatch from our month in Germany] You've seen pictures of this mind boggling castle- its appeared in magazines, commercials and probably movies and it always looks like this: Legend tells it was the inspiration for the Disneyland castle and you can see the similarities! But when you are actually standing there in person, in the … Continue reading Damp ‘Disney’ en Deutschland

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Day Trippin’ Around Germany: Konstanz

We departed Tubingen at around 6am for our day trip to Konstanz. It sits on a large lake called Lake Konstanz or Bodensee, thus adding to its attractiveness--it's also on the Swiss-German border adding to its shopping appeal for those Swiss residents looking for cheap Euro* buys! We rode on the Flixbus, (a discount a … Continue reading Day Trippin’ Around Germany: Konstanz

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? in Tubingen, Germany

This was the first time in Germany for both of us and some quirks immediately became apparent: All grocery and most retail stores are closed on Sundays. Hungry? Too bad for you! Germans do not drink tap water! Really. We did the whole month and lived. Germany has banned Google street view. Bread and pastries … Continue reading Sprechen Sie Deutsch? in Tubingen, Germany

Munro Bagging: Cairn a Mhaim from Linn of Dee

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

Five Reasons to Visit Scotland in May

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

Way up in Orkney: Those Islands off the Northcoast.

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.

More Cow Bell: Hiking in Switzerland

We came to Switzerland to hike. We are not super fit, but we have boots and lots of good ideas so it was going to epic, right? Well actually, yes, it was epic. That is the kind of place Switzerland is. The Swiss have, for centuries, been making the Alps accessible to normal people-- and … Continue reading More Cow Bell: Hiking in Switzerland

Spiritual Tourist: Two-stop Weekend in Northumbria

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

From Deepest, Darkest Kittybrewster: a Poem

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