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History intrudes on the present on the Isle of Iona, Scotland

Another place that sticks out in my mind when I think about Scotland is the Isle of Iona. This tiny island, located in the Western Isles, is beautiful and steeped in history. To get to Iona, you have to drive … Continue reading

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Inspiration in St Andrews

My entry at the We Said Go travel writing contest has been posted! The contest theme was “inspiration.” I chose to write about St Andrews, Scotland, because it is still my favorite place on the planet (so far). I think … Continue reading

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Hostels: Find the diamonds in the rough

Hostels have a certain reputation, and it’s not always a positive one. They are (one of) the cheapest ways to travel, the haven of backpackers worldwide. You live in close quarters with strangers and can spend weeks eating breakfasts of … Continue reading

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Using hobbies to connect abroad

Whether you are living in another country or just visiting, finding ways to engage in your favorite hobbies and activities abroad can be a great way to meet new people and to ease the transition into the new culture. When … Continue reading

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Holidays Abroad

With American Thanksgiving this past week, it got me thinking about spending holidays abroad. And while I haven’t spent too many abroad, there’s still something about the big holidays from your culture that makes you look for ways to celebrate … Continue reading

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Tours that Are Worth It: Edinburgh Ghost Tour

Edinburgh is a beautiful city rich with history. Sometimes that history can be morbid yet fascinating. And it is excellently exploited in the ghost tours that happen nightly in the city. These aren’t just any ghost tours either – they … Continue reading

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Tours That Are Worth It: Stirling Jail

Stirling is not my favorite city in Scotland. I once had to spend an entire weekend there, and it was torture. Once you’ve seen the castle, you’ve pretty much done it all. And while there are some remarkable views, I … Continue reading

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