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365 Photo Project – Week 26

Here we are half way through the year, which seems fitting given our circumstances. We’re in the middle again. Living in two different countries, in the middle of a move. We’re also half way through our big vacation, and not fully settled anywhere. But it’s been a great week! I’ll say it again, I think […]

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Bacon butties at the Scottish border

365 Photo Project – Week 25

We’re on the move and won’t be sitting still in any one place for longer than a few days until next week. Just the way we like it. We had a week to be “home” in Newcastle, where we stayed up way too late every night because it just doesn’t feel like bed time while […]

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The Highest Point in Central Edinburgh

At the top of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh sits a massive church tower. It is the closest of the large churches to the castle itself, and it’s spire is the highest point in central Edinburgh. Such a stunning and romantic building doesn’t quite fit its name. It is simply… The Hub. Built between 1842 […]

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The Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh

How do you spell it? Whisky or Whiskey? That depends on where it came from. If it came from America then it is whiskey, but if your golden “water of life” came from beautiful Scotland? Then you spell it the proper way – whisky. Or not. Really, the spelling seems to be regional and depends almost […]

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George Heriot’s School – The Inspiration for Hogwarts

Seen here from the roof of Ediburgh’s Camera Obscura on the Royal Mile, it’s easy to understand how this 400 year old school inspired JK Rowling to create a magical school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Most of us know that Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book while staying warm in the Elephant Cafe in […]

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Edinburgh’s Charming Hidden Cafe

Speaking of Edinburgh, I have to tell you about a little hidden cafe my daughter and I stumbled into.   We were looking for a coffee shop where we could warm up our hands and find a bite to eat, but wanted to stay away from the big chains which seem to be on every […]

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365 Photo Challenge – Week 8

What better way to start a week than in Edinburgh? The city has quickly become one of my favorite places in all of Scotland because it has everything we could possibly want. There are green spaces, hills to hike, centuries of history, pubs and restaurants galore, a million things to do, and especially people we […]

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Setting Foot on the Isle of May

Half way around the Isle of May we pulled into the little harbor on the North Sea side of the island.   Brian and Tam had held back as long as they could, and finally had their fun by jumping in the water. In February. In the North Sea.   I, however, am not a […]

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365 Photo Challenge – Week 7

My shots this week were more about experiences than artistic quality. They represent things that happened to us, places we went, and what was happening outside. Here are my favorites of the week:       How about you? Add the link to your favorite photos from the past week. I’d really love to see […]

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The Seals and Cliffs of the Isle of May

Finally, all snug in our drysuits and on our way to the Isle of May with only minimal splashing.   The five mile ride to the island was freezing cold but smooth, and so fun. It wasn’t long before the little smudge on the horizon loomed just off the front of the boat, and we […]

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How to Put On a Dry Suit – Beginner’s Edition

Have I mentioned that Brian likes to surprise me? Every once in a while he’ll take one of my offhand comments and run with it. In this case he latched on to “I’d like to see puffins in the wild”. We were already planning to head up to Scotland for the weekend to celebrate a […]

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365 Photo Challenge – Week 6

Another week, another seven days, another 168 hours. What did you do this week? It’s time to link up and share your best photo of the week. Doing a daily 365 photo project? A weekly 52? Just love taking photos? Pick your very best from this week and add your link below to share what […]

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The Shetland Museum and The Jarl Squad

  During the day of Up Helly Aa there is a break in the festivities between the morning procession and the torch procession after dark. The Jarl Squad is making its way through the town, stopping in to several local schools and official buildings as part of their duties of the day. While they’re about […]

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Our First Impressions of Lerwick, Shetland

  When I decided to make this trip up to Lerwick for Up Helly Aa I didn’t know anything at all about the Shetland Islands, except that they were way up in the North Sea and they have cute ponies. Did I ever tell you that I grew up on horses, and that my very […]

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365 Photo Challenge – Week 5

Week five! How fast it goes. It’s been a wild week for us, and I had a million opportunities for photos so I took my camera with me every time we stepped out the door. The door of the apartment, the metro, the train, the bus, the B&B, the Guest House, the pub, the cafe […]

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Up Helly Aa 2013 – The Junior Squad

And here you were thinking we were so crazy to be out in the frozen hurricane for the Up Helly Aa torch procession? Is it bad enough that we braved the wind and rain to see a bunch of Vikings burn down a ship? Would you think less of me if I told you we […]

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The Up Helly Aa Torch Procession – 2013

So remember how I was telling you about the beautiful weather during the Vikings’ morning procession for Up Helly Aa? And we were so happy to see clear skies with nearly no wind? And how we thought it would be a beautiful night for the torch procession that evening? Ya, no. That didn’t happen. Instead, […]

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Up Helly Aa Morning in Lerwick – 2013

A year of hoping, months of poking around for information, a dozen phone calls, frantic internet searches for tickets and accommodation, some ups and downs during the course of planning, and finally we were there! I first heard of Up Helly Aa a year ago when Adventurous Kate wrote about her experience. I knew right […]

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Rugby! Where the Men are Men and the Balls are Scared

Back in June, when Brian was already in Scotland and I was waiting for my visa in Houston he made arrangements for a big birthday surprise for me. He bought the tickets, invited friends and made a loose plan for a fun weekend in Edinburgh. My birthday is in October. Brian has about a two […]

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Getting Around and Still Standing

  Once again we’ve had a busy month. In the last five weeks we’ve been to three countries, visited quite a lot of family members, moved to a new apartment, made some new friends, explored our new town, and Brian has started a new job. Phew. My “From Where I Stand” photo project is still […]

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