Scotland: soaking up the Isle of Skye

IsleOfSkye 2

Our road trip through the western Highlands ended with several relaxing days on the Isle of Skye. Continue reading

Western Highlands: Plockton

Plockton 1

It was still raining as we pulled into Plockton, but the charm of this small seaside town was evident even through the dreich. Continue reading

Expat Thanksgiving: how to make pie from pumpkins

PumpkinPie 1

There are certain laments you hear amongst American expat communities the world over. “I miss peanut butter!” “Why is there no good Mexican food here?” “Where can I find canned pumpkin?” After several years out of the country, most of us learn to adapt to these grueling hardships one way or another. There are expats who lug giant suitcases full of ranch dressing and jello back from every visit to the US. There are those who just fill the peanut-butter-cup-shaped hole in their lives with exotic local sweets (Cadbury Egg, anyone?). And then there are those of us who use such deprivation as an excuse to expand our skill sets. Which is why I know how to make pumpkin pies without using canned pumpkin. Continue reading

Western Highlands: the lost days

WesternHighlands sheep

After Durness and Faraid Head, we spent a couple days slowly making our way back down the west coast of Scotland. Continue reading

Edinburgh: Nighttime at the Botanic Garden

Night in the Garden

As if trying to prove to us that ever-earlier darkness isn’t such a bad thing, Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden is putting on a special nighttime event this month.

Continue reading

Spookiness at the Edinburgh Dungeon


We’ve been alternately curious and skeptical about the Edinburgh Dungeon since we moved to town, so when we were invited to check it out, we gave it a go.   Continue reading

Scottish Highlands: hiking the dunes of Faraid Head

Faraid Head hike

Back to our road trip through the western Highlands. In our last post, we drove the beautiful strip from Ullapool to Durness. Continue reading

Cakes! Scones! Sponge! Learning to bake like a Brit

britishbaking 2

If there is one thing we have learned about the residents of this island we live on, it’s that they love baked goods. Cake comes up in conversation even more frequently than the weather. One of the most popular things on TV is the Great British Bake Off, a show which I suspect we’re going to have to start watching if we ever want to truly assimilate. Continue reading

Scottish Highlands: driving the northern west coast

WesternHighlands 12

If you look at a map of Scotland’s west coast, you’ll notice that it’s awfully jagged. One can’t exactly drive along it for any significant stretch; instead you just kind of drive near it, wherever the (often single-lane) road takes you. Continue reading

There’s something going on in Scotland


Our tiny little home country is parading about on the world stage these days. Even American news outlets seem to be aware of the upcoming independence referendum in the land of haggis and bagpipes. As usual, the news jesters seem to be doing the best job of covering this story. Here’s John Oliver’s take: Continue reading

Related Posts with Thumbnails