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I already wrote a kind of “emotional roundup” of my trip to Scotland. However, I have been doing official roundups in this format for every country I have traveled in depth since starting blogging two years ago. So I decided to keep the tradition alive and hopefully give a hint or two to those that may…

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Gadding: present principle of gad Verb. To go around from one place to another, in the pursuit of pleasure or entertainment. As you may recall, Glasgow won both my heart and my Scotland City Smackdown. One way that I got to know this city in such a short period of time was to take the City…

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I spent an entire month in Scotland, and I didn’t see Loch Ness. Or go to any of the isles. Or go to a music festival, or see a puffin, or camp out in a tent, or go to a Highland Games, or go whale watching, or any other the other things I eagerly bookmarked in…

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Long long ago, before the age of budget airlines, internet search engines and all-inclusive beach resorts, Scottish city dwellers used to vacation by going ‘doon the watter’ (down the water, to you non-Scot speakers) to seaside resort towns. This 19th and 20th century means of vacation is still possible for those looking for a quaint getaway…

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So Edinburgh may have lost my Scotland City Smackdown, but there are no hard feelings. Right, Edinburgh? Because I’m about to shower lots of internet love on what I rate as your most top notch attraction: The Edinburgh Zoo. Let me rewind to the night before my visit, where I’m dancing up a storm in an…

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This week’s Photo of the Week was a bit trickier than usual as we didn’t really do much “traveling”. On our way back from Ibiza we hung out in Manchester for a few days with Mark’s friends before back up to Irvine  to attend doctor’s appointments, paint a shed, and get ready for a boot sale…

The Scotland City Smackdown thumbnail

There is an age old rivalry between Glasgow and Edinburgh, my private Scottish tour guide (and um, boyfriend) tells me as we drive the short hour between the two. The two have long competed in art, sport, innovation, industry, and tourism. The cities’ residents are fiercely proud and quick to tell you why theirs is the…

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