Western Europe

Visiting the Majestic Kelpies in Scotland’s Helix Park

The Kelpies at the Helix Park

You may not realize it, but you’ve heard of the Kelpies, probably without realizing it. Or at least one of them. The Loch Ness monster is the world’s most famous Kelpie. But there are two others which are rapidly gaining recognition. More than once I drove west from Edinburgh to Stirling and saw the massive statues off the highway. These 30-meter …

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Are You Brave Enough for a Ghost Tour in Edinburgh?

Mercat Ghost Tour

Do you believe in ghosts? Actually, it doesn’t matter. Ghosts are real whether you believe in them or not. If you don’t think they exist, you can always go for the historical tour instead of a ghost tour. But I dare you to spend the night in the monthly overnight vigil in the crypts. Go ahead, prove me wrong! There are …

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What the 2016 Beltane Fire Festival Was Like

Beltane Fire Festival 2016

On Saturday, April 30th, around 10,000 visitors crowded atop Calton Hill in Edinburgh for the Beltane Fire Festival 2016. 300 performers entertained the audience for over three hours with aesthetic costumes, acro-yoga, drums, mythology, comedy and, of course, FIRE. The Beltane Fire Festival is an ancient tradition, with roots in Irish and Celtic lore, to welcome in the new summer season. …

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It’s Smart to Eat at Union of Genius in Edinburgh!

New Union of Genius Look

My favorite foodie places to write about are the local gems which you might not be able to find easily. Just a couple minutes away from the Royal Mile in Edinburgh is a tiny hole in the wall serving the best soups in town. Union of Genius is a true gem, and definitely not unknown by the locals. Often the …

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Visiting a Hair Salon as a Male Traveler

Selfie at Medusa Hair Salon

Last year, I decided it was time for a change of look. All my life I’d wanted long hair, but had to keep it short due to work requirements. But now that I’m free to do as I wish (mostly), I thought it would be fun to sport a man bun. The first challenge was getting my hair long enough, which …

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