Expat in Edinburgh

Setting up my Dad on a Farm in Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Dad on a Farm

I’ve just returned to Edinburgh after leaving my dad on a farm in a tiny settlement called Tyrie, on the northern coast of Aberdeenshire. I’m not going to say it wasn’t a tearful goodbye. After getting to see my dad for the first time in nearly a year, and the second time in two years, I’m leaving him behind again. …

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My Failed Attempt at Setting up a Home Base in Edinburgh

Evening in the Meadows

When I arrived in Edinburgh on April 30th, 2015, I came to see the Beltane Fire Festival. Within 48 hours, the city became my favorite in the world. I determined to set up a home base here. 18 months later, I realized my mistake. My original stint in Edinburgh lasted five weeks. During that time I met with Brendon Vince of Nerd Travels. …

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An Update on My Dad in Edinburgh, and a Story About a Dinghy

Dad with Fish and Chips for Dinghy Story

It’s been exactly one month since my dad landed in the UK. Since then, he’s been setting up his home base in Scotland and enjoying Edinburgh. It’s been a little more difficult for him than he expected, but he’s still enjoying every moment of it. I’ve also included a story he wrote about sailing a dinghy the last time he …

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A Tale of Illegally Feeding Pigeons in Edinburgh in 1968

Edinburgh Royal Mile with Pigeons

While I explore the Alpine village of Tignes, my dad is back in Edinburgh, exploring his old haunt. He’s been working on regaining his British dialect, setting up his accounts and benefits…and reminiscing about pigeons. Here’s the email I received from him this morning. I’m posting it here for your enjoyment exactly as it was written (but typos fixed). His …

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How I Lost my Smile in August for All the Wrong Reasons

Selfie without a Smile by Storr Waterfall

At the end of July, I wrote a blog post in which you might have noticed I had had a little injury. Well, that little injury was a lot worse than I thought, and eventually led to me losing my smile. Another title for this post might be “Why You Shouldn’t Travel without Traveler’s Insurance.” In 2015, I only had one accident …

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