What did I do in Edinburgh, Scotland?

August 17th, 2017

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After an incredible trip in Ireland, I went to Scotland for my very first visit. I flew from Dublin to Edinburg on Ryan Air and then took the Tram from the airport to Haymarket. The weather was so beautiful that I strolled to my hotel. I had bought a SIM card from 3 in Ireland … Continued

May 2017 NEWS: Time to TRAVEL! I am writing the news early this month as I will be spending over three weeks in Europe in May and going to six countries. Three of them I have never been to before and they will be countries #97, 98 and 99! I feel so very fortunate that I have … Continued

My Journals come in all sorts of colours. Folio no. 1 is a happy kelly green with gold stamped lettering. It remains my favourite one because it was my first one, and contains in its pages my first visits to Africa and the Middle East. Folio no. 2 is Schiaparelli pink with silver gilt. Folio … Continued

The following is an excerpt from my book: Dublin Street, about my university experiences in Edinburgh and London. I picked this particular section on Beltane because it evokes the unique character of Edinburgh and how a city adapts it’s historical traditions into the modern city fabric. Other city celebrations scattered throughout the year include Burn’s Night … Continued

As I look back at my life To measure the losses and gains Some moments were a boon,some a bane But for the time that i spent in Edinburgh I have just one thing to say… That i’d give anything in this world To stroll along those streets again.. If i were given the luxury … Continued

In the distance the late morning mist embraced the tip of Ben Nevis like a lover. The sun tried feebly to break through the dark clouds and the rain came down in a lazy drizzle, oblivious to the fact that it was my birthday and the sun should have been given a chance. I refused … Continued

A pile of travel diaries sits on my desk. Most are mine, two are not. My grandfather’s 1937 and my mother’s 1951 diaries augment my stack. All New Zealanders of Scottish descent, it is 150 years since our ancestors emigrated but we have all felt the pull to Scotland. The cat jumps on my desk … Continued

New Year on Conic Hill New Year’s Eve in a Scottish new town, and it was strangely subdued – the lull before the storm of celebrations. Then as midnight approached, tall, dark-stroke-red and (allegedly) handsome men (for these are the necessary credentials of the first-footer) crept out onto the streets armed with whiskey, a tumbler, … Continued