Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

AK Monthly Recap: August 2015

Is it March that goes in like a lion and out like a lamb? Well, that was pretty much my August. It began with a bang, gallivanting in Riga before a wild sojourn through eastern Sicily. After slowing down a bit in Scotland and Iceland, I came home to Massachusetts and came to a stop. […]

The Genealogy Trip: Tracing Our Roots in Latvia, Sicily, and Scotland

In late July, two special ladies ratlew across the Atlantic to Latvia. For the first time in my nearly five years of travel, family members were coming to travel with me. My mother, Debbie, and my sister, Sarah. Wait? When did you mention a big family trip?! I didn’t mention it, actually. My mom is conservative when […]

Hogmanay: Bringing in the New Year in Edinburgh

Looking back over the years, my New Year’s celebrations have been mostly low-key, largely unexceptional.  Oh, I’ve had some good ones — my Bangkok New Year’s was so much fun, and I’ve had a few memorable nights in Boston — but most of the time the night hasn’t lived up to the hype.  It’s hard […]

New Year’s in Scotland — It’s Time for BLOGMANAY!

With Christmas freshly finished, I’ve got my next trip planned: Blogmanay!  I’ll be celebrating New Year’s in Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh, which I’ve long extolled as one of my favorite cities, has one of the world’s best New Year’s celebrations.  People come from all over the world to celebrate Hogmanay. I’ve been invited to be part […]

Scenes from Rainy Edinburgh: The Water of Leith

Edinburgh is famous for its wild and unpredictable weather, categorized by frequent rain showers, fog, and chilly winds — the kind of weather that makes you want to bundle up with a tartan scarf and wile away the day in glorious cafes. Well, most of the time, that is.  I happen to have incredible luck […]

The “I Could Totally Live Here” List

Throughout the world, I’ve found places that I’ve fallen in love with — perfect beaches, isolated islands, wild and interesting cities of all sizes.  New places are constantly being added to my list of favorite places in the world. But could I live there?  That requires a whole different set of criteria.  In an ideal […]

Fun, Cheap Things to Do in Edinburgh

My whirlwind jaunt to Edinburgh was filled with a surprising amount of sightseeing for the short time that I was there.  Get enough travel bloggers in one place and that will happen, more often than not! I always recommend visiting a city where your friends live and having them show you their favorite places.  It’s […]

Where to Stay in Edinburgh: Haggis Hostel

During my time in Edinburgh, I stayed at a hostel with THE BEST HOSTEL SHOWERS I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED.  They were brand-new, they had so many different levels of pressure and temperature, and they were spotless.  I felt like I was in a hotel, and a nice one — not just a hostel — and […]

Haggis Quesadillas? Yes, They Exist.

Haggis is the quintessential Scottish food.  And it sounds pretty scary. According to Wikipedia: Haggis is a dish containing sheep’s ‘pluck’ (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally simmered in the animal’s stomach for approximately three hours. Yeah…I know. Despite the description, lots of people […]

Edinburgh — During the Best Weather Ever

“Bring warm clothes — Scotland is the only place in the UK that makes me shiver!” Anthony told me a few days before we left for Edinburgh.  He didn’t have to tell me twice.  I packed my new winter coat, two pairs of jeans, and wondered whether I’d be shivering in dresses and leggings. Then […]