Western Europe

Why the Pentlands is Edinburgh’s Best Hike

Glencorse Reservoir in the Pentlands

Recently I wrote about hiking Arthur’s Seat, which I though was great. But Holyrood has nothing on the Pentlands. I already consider Scotland as the most beautiful place in the world I’ve been to (still have Iceland and New Zealand on the bucket list), and some parts are simply exquisite. The northern edge of these rolling hills are located a …

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How to Find the Best Brazilian Crepes in Edinburgh

Tupiniquim Brazilian Crepes

Okay, so maybe these are the only Brazilian crepes in Edinburgh, but having said that, they’re probably the best crepes of any kind in Edinburgh. I always ask the locals where the best place to eat in town is. But every now and then there’s a local gem that even the locals don’t know about. This “street-food cart” called Tupiniquim …

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Why You Should Hike up Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh

Selfie on Hike up Arthur's Seat

In the center of Edinburgh is the unmistakable landmark of a 300-million-year-old extinct volcano. If you can muster the courage and stamina (little that you truly need), you can hike up Arthur’s Seat for a stunning, panoramic view of Edinburgh. If you go on Tripadvisor, you’ll see ten negative reviews from dweebs who couldn’t find the chair at the top. Um, …

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My First Day Back in Edinburgh – At Last

Selfie Back in Edinburgh on Arthur's Seat

I’m back in Edinburgh. At last! It’s been almost exactly a year since I first landed here. So much has happened, maybe too much. In other words, I’ve been gone too long. Since I left last June, I’ve traveled through over twenty countries. I virtually circumnavigated the globe to get back, via SE Asia and the US. Recently, I’ve had …

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My Biggest Embarrassment of 2015 – The Untold Story

Trafalgar Square Bathrooms Biggest Embarrasment

There is a story from 2015 that I never mentioned in my blog because I was too embarrassed. But what good is a travel blog if it doesn’t include the juicy details. So here my biggest embarrassment of 2015. On June 8th, I arrived back in London after spending five weeks in Edinburgh. I had scheduled to explore London for …

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