Day Three in Scotland: Journey’s End with Whiskey and High Spirits

Before we knew it, the home stretch was upon us. There was an itinerary planned for our final day with shorter timed stops since Richard had to return us to Edinburgh by mid-afternoon. After breakfast, we crossed the Skye Bridge back to the mainland. The most enchanted isle of Scotland slowly sunk towards the horizon…

Day Two in Scotland: Reaching for the Skye

My view of Loch Ness was obscured by thick morning dew over our window. I wiped the moisture away with my sleeve and gazed outside, looking for a creature to surface above the water. Richard met us for breakfast, still wearing his kilt and outlined our schedule for day two on the Isle of Skye.…

Day One in Scotland: Hightailing Through the Highlands

When you hear Scotland what comes to mind? Rugged Highlands, shimmering lochs and forgotten isles, haggis, the screeching of bagpipes and Scotsmen in kilts? These cultural symbols have been synonymous with "Scottishness" for as long as I can remember. But some travelers, perceive them as too campy for their liking, yearning instead to unravel the…

Alone in an Abbey: A Rainy Day in Kirkstall

Five years ago, I lived in Leeds for half a year, and never once visited Kirkstall Abbey - one of West Yorkshire's most popular sites. So finally, I revisited Leeds in 2017 and could say I stepped foot into Kirkstall Abbey. It was a rainy Tuesday in October, and I had the entire place to…

Life in Leeds: The First Expedition

  Four years ago, my gravitation to traveling emanated while I was just an exchange student. Being first travel piece on this blog, it is only fitting that I start where it all began: Leeds. For those of you like me who desire to explore a new country or city, and really get to know…