Things we appreciated from our travels

We were fortunate to spend a good amount of time visiting different countries over the last nine months of travel. Electricity, tea, and vegetarian food in Scotland We spent a month in Scotland and I think the thing we came to appreciate the most was the tea. Specifically Scottish breakfast tea. Evidently the Scottish varietyContinue reading “Things we appreciated from our travels”

Lodging options while on extended travel

Over the past eight months, we’ve traveled across six countries outside of the US while staying in nine different AirBnB properties, seven hotels, and one independently rented house. Hotels I like to use hotels instead of AirBnB for short stays of one or two nights. Mostly because I feel less of a need to cleanContinue reading “Lodging options while on extended travel”

Driving on the wrong side of the road

During our stay in Scotland, we decided to take a little trip to Inverness to see the highlands and do some of the standard tourist sites. We had the option of either taking the train or driving. The train provides reliability and safety, but lacks flexibility. Driving means having to figure out how to navigateContinue reading “Driving on the wrong side of the road”

The Queen’s English is so literal

One thing that we’ve really enjoyed about being in the UK is the usage of colloquialisms all over the place and on things in which you would normally expect to find more formal language. Signage, for example, seems to be a common place. My favorite below is the “Twenty’s Plenty” as a speed limit sign.Continue reading “The Queen’s English is so literal”

Life comes at you fast in this brave new world

Just two days ago I said that we would likely be continuing our trip through Scandinavia/Europe as planned. Then the metaphorical shit hit the fan in Norway with a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases on March 10th. As an aside, Norway has a nice live-updating coronavirus statistics page. I spoke with theContinue reading “Life comes at you fast in this brave new world”

Flying Ryanair, better than anticipated

Ryanair gets a fair amount of bad press as an airline. Obviously this is mostly related to it being a budget option that provides really no extras with your trip in exchange for having low fares. We recently flew Ryanair between Brussels and Edinburgh and honestly didn’t find it to be all that bad. We’veContinue reading “Flying Ryanair, better than anticipated”

COVID-19 travel guilt

So we are traveling in the middle of the ongoing 2019-2020 coronavirus outbreak and I feel guilty about it. While we are not currently in a location that is being heavily hit by new cases of the virus, we run the risk of becoming infected and spreading the virus further every time we move around.Continue reading “COVID-19 travel guilt”

IRN-BRU, the Inca Kola of Scotland

In Perú, Inca Kola has a bit of a cult following and is quite popular. The flavor is something like carbonated bubble-gum juice. It is not entirely off-putting, but is definitely overly sweet and takes a little getting used to. Still, it is regularly served at restaurants and seen being carried on the streets byContinue reading “IRN-BRU, the Inca Kola of Scotland”

Brussels is for lovers… of food

In our transition from France to Scotland, we arranged a five day layover in Brussels. We arrive in Brussels via the train from Paris. With such a short stay in Brussels, we mainly only had time to hit the highlights; Manneken Pis, Belgian waffles, and chocolate being at the top of the list. Manneken PisContinue reading “Brussels is for lovers… of food”

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