Western Europe

Attending the Hogmanay New Year’s Celebration was a Dream Come True

Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2018 Midnight Moment (c) Chris Watt

It’s been about ten years since I first watched Hogmanay on YouTube, and I’ve been dreaming about attending it in person ever since. For New Year’s Eve 2018, I stood beneath Edinburgh castle watching the best fireworks show ever, I realized my dream had come true as tears poured down my face. It wasn’t just about seeing the show in …

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Why Iceland Didn’t Become My Favorite Country in the World

Selfie in Iceland

Since before I started traveling, I had Iceland and New Zealand as my top two destinations in the world. Then I got to Scotland and it quickly became my favorite country. It might not be a perfect country, but it certainly is the best one so far. The food, people, climate, dialect, nature and location come together to make a spectacular …

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Enjoying the Super Frizzante Christmas Menu at Zizzi

Nancy at Zizzi

Usually I tell people to avoid the Royal Mile when looking for a good restaurant to eat at in Edinburgh. Through the Book a Table website I found Zizzi, which technically is off the Mile, and had an absolutely delicious Italian dinner from their Super Frizzante Christmas Menu. Here’s how my night started with prosecco and ended in decadence. Beetroot Cured …

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Into Ice and Lava – Two Amazing Caves to Explore in Iceland

Into the Glacier

On my third day in Iceland, I took the Into Ice and Lava tour with Reykjavik Sightseeing. I didn’t even know what a lava cave was, let alone that Iceland had the largest man-made ice cave in the world. Well, now I do, and I thought you would like to too. Langjökull – Into the Glacier Langjökull, the second-largest glacier …

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How the Loft Hostel Made it Possible for Me to Visit Iceland

LOFT Hostel Reykjavik

For months, I’d been receiving invitations to visit Iceland with the Trablin convention. The only problem was the price tag. Trablin wasn’t a fortune, but the rest of Iceland was. Hotels in Reykjavik averaged over $2500 a week! Luckily, I was able to find the LOFT Hostel, which made my visit possible. Visiting Iceland was always at the top of …

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