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June, 2016

  • 26 June

    What it’s Like to Run the Tough Mudder for the First Time

    I’ve just finished running the Tough Mudder 2016 in Scotland! Now when I get asked questions like “One Amazing Thing You’ve Done,” I’ll have an instant response! Please note: As a participant I wisely left my camera behind, so I don’t have a lot of photos. As soon as the pro’s that work at the course send them, I’ll update this …

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  • 24 June

    Jump on the Brand New Edinburgh City Tour

    Rabbie's Edinburgh City Tour

    On June 1st, 2016, Rabbie’s Tours launched their new Edinburgh City Tour. I was lucky enough to be on one of the very first rides, exploring Edinburgh through the sixteen-seat, glass-topped bus. After two months in Edinburgh, I was amazed that there were still enchanting locations in town I had yet to explore. This tour is important to take as …

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  • 22 June

    Camera Obscura in Edinburgh Brings Out the Kid in You

    Camera Obscura Interior Mirror

    I always passed off Camera Obscura as just another unnecessary tourist attraction at the top of the Royal Mile. Maybe that’s just because I didn’t understand what a camera obscura was. Boy was I wrong. I had no idea it would be so much fun! What is Camera Obscura Camera obscura is Latin for “dark room”. It’s the final show, …

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  • 10 June

    A Cruise is the Best Way to Explore Loch Ness

    Loch Ness Reflection

    There are almost too many things to do in Scotland. From islands to castles, sometimes it just comes down to personal taste. However, if you do manage to make your way all the way up to the fabled Loch Ness, there is one activity you absolutely must do. Since 1968, Cruise Loch Ness has been delivering boat tours of the …

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  • 1 June

    My Amazing Week on the Hebridean Hopper with Haggis Adventures

    Haggis Adventures Herbidean Hopper

    I’ve just completed what was unquestionably the most exhilarating week of my life. On Wednesday morning I left at 8:30 am with Haggis Adventures on the 5-day Hebridean Hopper Tour. We went to Lewis and Harris Island in the Outer Hebrides, the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides and all over Scotland, led by the amazing tour guide Jamie. …

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May, 2016

  • 21 May

    How Cheap Traveling from Edinburgh Can Be

    Cheap traveling from Edinburgh

    Yesterday I ran into a friend who’s £4000 journey to Thailand had fallen through. I couldn’t have been happier, since she would have paid exactly 571% more than she needed to. In ten minutes, I showed her just how cheap traveling from Edinburgh can be. Her original plan was to join a tour group going out to Thailand for a month …

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  • 19 May

    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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  • 11 May

    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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  • 6 May

    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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  • 1 May

    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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April, 2016

  • 29 April

    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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  • 25 April

    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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  • 22 April

    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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  • 21 April

    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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  • 12 April

    Did you have a Terrifying Moment in 2015? I did!

    Terrifying Moment in Ezdimirtsi

    People who know me know that I’m not easily scared. But I can be. There was one moment in 2015 when my heart was racing from apprehension more than any other. Recently I wrote about my most embarrassing moment of 2015. Well, here is my most terrifying moment! In July 2015, I left Istanbul and traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria where …

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