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The Great Escape: Month 1 Roundup thumbnail

I absolutely cannot believe I’ve been away from home for an entire month. It feels a bit surreal and I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet that I’m on the go “for good.” Scotland was a great place to start this adventure both so that Mark could visit home and also as a great ease…

Scottish Pride and The Wallace Monument thumbnail

I’m well aware that there are uber patriotic Americans- Saturday Night Live skits and the Daily Show have made me well aware of the fact. However, outside the Fourth of July or the most recent election day, I rarely witness or take part in extreme patriotism. It’s not that I’m ashamed of my nationality, its just…

The Highland Cow Call thumbnail

Rolling green mountains. Swaths of tartan. Long, endless lochs. Cobblestone streets leading to age old pubs where men wearing kilts slam down drams of whisky. A certain monster named Nessie. There are many images that evoke Scotland. None shine as brightly for me as a certain wee hairy cow native to the country. The highland coo…

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I can’t believe I’m already up to Week 3 in my Photo of the Week project! This week’s photo was taken in Edinburgh, Scotland in front of the Edinburgh Castle all lit up at night. I shot with a long exposure and waited for one of the city’s ubiquitous double decker buses to drive by. What…

My First Eleven Foreign Countries thumbnail

Bloggers love lists. They are easy and fun to write, they do well in search engines, and they get good responses.  Recently, flipping through my passport in anticipation of my upcoming trip to Spain, I realized I had surpassed my 10th foreign country without even acknowledging the milestone! I was already at eleven. Maybe not such…

Hiking Ben Nevis: For The Desperately Out of Shape thumbnail

For those of you who haven’t spent the last 20 days memorizing the Scotland Lonely Planet 11th Edition, Ben Nevis is the tallest mountain in all of Great Britain at 4,409 feet above sea level. It attracts approximately 100,000 insane people outdoor enthusiasts each year who joyfully lace up their hiking boots and sail up the…

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Okay, so it’s week 2 of my big project and I’m cheating already. Remember last week, when I posted that adorable photo of a highland cow? Well, I took an even better one. Remember that unlike many travel blogs out there with a Photo of the Week feature, my photo of the week is actually taken…

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