Tag Archives: Edinburgh

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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Why June 2016 was my Favorite Month in my Travels

Skye Travels in June Collage

Two days after I arrived in Edinburgh in April, I found out I was a British citizen and posted on Facebook that it was the best day of my life. It was. The last week of May, I took the 5-Day Haggis Adventures’ Hebridean Hopper Tour. I considered that week the best of my life. But Scotland has just gotten better, and …

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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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