Scotland: in search of the Holy Grail at Doune Castle

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Doune Castle

Scotland is full of castles. We could spend years here and never get around to seeing them all. And the ones we have seen (much like churches in Italy) start to blend together in our memories so we’re not sure what was where. Doune Castle, however, stands out from the castley crowd.  Continue reading

Expat life: How to buy a home in Scotland*

SOLD(*not really a how-to guide of any sort)

The craziest thing just happened: we became the owners of our very own little piece of Edinburgh. It’s an old piece of an old building, tucked away in a corner of the Edinburgh New Town UNESCO World Heritage Site. It combines the wear and tear of an almost-200-year-old structure with the overlaid decor aesthetics of a 1970s-era DIYer, and it’s ours, all ours.   Continue reading

Edinburgh: tea in the afternoon

Scotsman Hotel Afternoon Tea

There’s a meal that exists here that hasn’t existed in any other place we’ve lived. It occurs in the afternoon, as the name would imply. The consumption of actual tea, however, is entirely optional.  Continue reading

Guest Post: How to Find a Job in Munich

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Munich: everyone’s favorite quaint, sprawling village.

Today we have a guest post by Dana Newman, writer and expat vlogger at Wanted an Adventure. Read her tips and then run off to live in Munich. You know you want to. Continue reading

Scotland: an afternoon at Jupiter Artland

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Don’t believe the rumors, kids: it’s almost always sunny in Scotland. We had yet another glorious day for our trip to Jupiter Artland. Continue reading

Edinburgh: Dean Village and the Water of Leith

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Water of Leith

Edinburgh is full of surprises. One minute you’re in a bustling city center, and the next you’re wandering down a shady trail, surrounded by trees and hearing only the sounds of the nearby stream. Continue reading

England: Hiking amongst the waterfalls

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On our way home from Birmingham, we stopped to do a little hiking on the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail in Yorkshire. Continue reading

A weekend in Birmingham

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We recently hopped in the car and headed south of the border* for a weekend with the delightful Brummagemerins. Birmingham probably wouldn’t have ranked high on our must-see list without fun people to visit there, but we’re very glad we went, for both the company and the sights.  Continue reading

Edinburgh: getting ready for the Fringe


I was so looking forward to the arrival of the Fringe programs this year, I even marked it in my calendar. Yes, all of the shows (over 3,000 of them) are listed on the website, too,  but for browsing purposes the paper catalog is much more fun. Continue reading

Edinburgh: Scenes from an open-top bus tour

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The castle from Inverleith Park

Like most tourist-centric European cities, Edinburgh is full of open-topped double-decker hop-on-hop-off bus tours. Continue reading

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