Western Europe

An Adventurer’s Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Dugald Stewart Monument and Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the capital of the most stubborn, stingy culture in the world, and beautiful beyond belief. My original plan had been to go to Edinburgh just for a day for the Beltane Fire Festival before heading up to the Isle of Skye to see my namesake. Then after Verona and Brighton I started to appreciate spending more than just …

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A Day in Birmingham

Birmingham

Birmingham was a way-stop for me after seeing family in England before going to Croatia. It’s the second biggest city in the UK and while I’m not keen on big cities, it was well worth the visit. There is no way you could ever explore Birmingham in a single day. I only had a few hours between my train and my …

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My Favorite Bus Tours in Scotland

Hairy Coo Calf

There are many bus tours in Scotland, most of which originate out of Edinburgh. Some of the key ones are Timberbush Tours, Haggis Adventures, Heart of Scotland Tours, and MacBackpackers. However, those tours cost money. A lot of it. And that’s not easy for me as a budget traveler. So while I can’t write this from experience of taking all those tours, there is one …

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How to Make Homemade Italian Tiramisu

Skeppsgossen Tiramisu

When I was in Verona my host taught me how to make homemade Italian tiramisu. I’d had tiramisu before but nowhere near as good as this. While it might be a family recipe, I feel obliged to post the recipe here. Serving Size 8 Preparation Time 30 minutes Ingredients 5 eggs 1/2 cup of sugar 250 grams (1/2 pound) mascarpone …

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Journal Entry: Visiting the Isle of Skye for the First Time

Fairy Glen (Visiting the Isle of Skye)

With the name Skye, there are certain things that must be done in life. Visiting my namesake of the Isle of Skye was at the top of the list for years. I’d always had high expectations of Scotland’s largest island. It’s not for nothing that National Geographic once voted it as the 4th best island in the world. About the Isle of Skye …

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