The Riding the Marches

It was a glorious Sunday when I made my way to town to watch the annual Riding of the Marches. The event has existed for centuries, and in present form commemorates the Captain of the City Band (!) riding his horse to Edinburgh in 1513 to announce the news of the loss at Flodden Fields.…

Useful travel accessories

When I was organizing my new home I came across the aluminium travel spork which had faithfully circumnavigated the globe with me. I ended up putting it up on display, at least for now, for all the travel memories I had with it. And while my Grand Adventure is now over, I thought it would…

Victoria and Albert museum

Visiting London for a few days to see family, I made time to go see the fantastic Victoria and Albert Museum. I had visited it a few times before, but always with limited time to go see some special exhibition. Now I wanted to see the permanent collections of global and historical design, arts and…

Edinburgh peaks: Arthur’s Seat

Start with the highest, work your way down, right? I was on my way to a vintage fair that turned out to be the next day, and on my roundabout way back home I first saw St Anthony’s chapel ruins behind a little loch and decided to climb it. I just saw the ruin peaking…

A room of her own

As Virginia Woolfe famously wrote, a writer, especially a woman, needs money and a room of her own to get any writing done. As a budding writer, I can’t but agree. The idea for my first book, a murder mystery, was given to me on a silver platter by a fellow passenger onboard my second container…

I have a home!

A home at last! After seventeen long months I have a home again! And in beautiful Edinburgh! Monday – getting my keys I can’t describe what it felt like opening the door to my new home for the first time in such a long time. My travels were absolutely amazing but I did miss having…

Castles in Ayr

I am writing this sitting on my very own sofa in my new flat in Edinburgh, while I wait for several deliveries today. I have more to say about having a home after such a long time on the road (spoiler – it’s heavenly!), but for now, the final entry in my Scotland travels during…

Ayr and Robert Burns

The last of my Edinburgh exile destinations was Ayr, a small town west of Glasgow, on the west coast of Scotland. It was an easy 2 hour journey from Garelochhead, with a change in Glasgow. I think I was in Glasgow once on business, but I doubt that I saw any of the city back…

North end of Loch Long and Loch Lomond

My Balloch day trip and walks in Garelochhead had left me wanting to explore the more mountainous upper reaches of Loch Long and Loch Lomond. As i mentioned in my earlier posts, it’s not very easy to get around the Loch Lomond national park without a car. It can be done, but you best check…