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Off-Beat London: A Quirky Weekend In The Capital

A few weeks ago, we jetted off to London for a weekend for the first time ever. It sounds stupid saying it like that; I've been to London more times than I can count (I would guess in the region of 60), yet I'd never spent the night there, and I've rarely seen it before… Continue reading Off-Beat London: A Quirky Weekend In The Capital

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12 First Impressions Of Ireland

I can't believe I had never been to Ireland. We just spent the weekend across the water exploring one of our closest neighbours and had an absolutely great time. I realise that it's ridiculous to write a blog post of first impressions (especially twelveย of them) of a country that we spent two days in, but… Continue reading 12 First Impressions Of Ireland

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Beltane Fire Festival: A Unique Experience In Edinburgh

The first time I heard of Beltane Fire Festival, whenever that was, I knew I needed to go. It sounded crazy, fun, and most of all, unique. So when we moved to Edinburgh, Beltane went straight onto my list of things I needed to do this year. The thing is, I had no idea what… Continue reading Beltane Fire Festival: A Unique Experience In Edinburgh

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Why I’ve Given Up Counting Countries

This weekend, I'm off to Ireland - my 30th country! Or maybe my 33rd. Or maybe even my 28th. Who knows? And who, in fact, cares? I've always enjoyed counting countries, but not as a ticking off exercise or to be self-congratulatory; more just to keep track of where I've been and celebrate what I… Continue reading Why I’ve Given Up Counting Countries

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My Top 10 Favourite Cities

As an island girl who was raised on a farm and rarely visited anywhere larger than Aberdeen as a child, I'm not much of a city person. Things have clearly changed, given that I've lived in two cities in the past year, but still - give me a mountain or island any day, or even… Continue reading My Top 10 Favourite Cities

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A Layover In New York City

There's nothing quite like ending a trip on a bang, so when I realised our cheapest way home from Vancouver was via the biggest hell hole in the world*, I started looking into other options. And being me, I came up with a crazy idea, which somehow worked out perfectly: a day in New York… Continue reading A Layover In New York City

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Off-Beat Seattle: Trolls, Rockets And A RUBBER CHICKEN MUSEUM!

It has to be said that Seattle isn't my favourite city - which is why it may come as a surprise that I am writing a THIRD blog post about it (though with a title like that, I'm sure you can understand why). One thing I do really like about Seattle is its neighbourhoods -… Continue reading Off-Beat Seattle: Trolls, Rockets And A RUBBER CHICKEN MUSEUM!