A Fruitful Discovery

Okay, this is really random, so bear with me here, but I’ve been wanting to post this ever since I spent two months in Brazil with my boyfriend and his family. It was there that I discovered something amazing. You guys… There’s a whole world out there that I knew nothing about. A world of…

The Potter Tour, or How I Became a Fan

In 1997, when Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released, my dear mother heard the words “witch” and “dark magic” and vowed her children would never read such horrible books. Thus, I grew up away from the fandom which gripped an era soon to be dubbed The Millennials. By high school, I had heard…

The Rookie’s Guide to Touring London Like a Pro: Food Basics

Before we start getting into more specific articles, here are a few things that you may not know about the food and dining experience in London. Hopefully, they will lead to a smoother eating experience… or at least amuse you.   -To eat like the British, think posh. I remember being fascinated with how my…

The Rookie’s Guide to Touring London Like a Pro: The Basics

I’m not sure that two weeks in London qualifies me to write How To Be a Successful Tourist articles, but I seem to have an over-attention to detail that lends itself well to explanations and instructions. Besides that, I do what I want! So I am beginning this series as an outlet for all of…

Speaking British

I already covered a lot of the differences between American English and United Kingdom English in Speaking Scottish (along with some words specific to that country), but good heavens, there are so many more! Everyone talks about “biscuit” (which I talk about in The Biscuit Conundrum). There are so many other words that are spelled…

The London Rejuvenation

It’s been a little while since I’ve written anything. Not that there hasn’t been fun stuff happening – I spent five days seeing shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, I got to wander the streets of Glasgow for three days, and I now I’m in London for two weeks. It’s not like I was too…

Speaking Scottish

They speak English in Scotland. Just to clarify. There is a native Scottish language: Gaelic. Not to be confused with the native Irish language: Gaelic. Hey, I said don’t be confused! The Irish one is pronounced GAY-lick, while the Scottish one is pronounced like a Bostonian saying “garlic,” and they are as different from each…

Driving Scotland, Manually

In Europe, people drive manual cars. In most of the world, it seems most of the people drive manual cars. Yet in America, if you know how to drive “stick,” you’re something of a novelty. Is America more advanced in the field of automobiles than the rest of the world? Does everyone else know something…

Nothing Special

There were two common responses when I first told people that I was going to start traveling full time: “You’re so brave!” and “Oh my goodness, I want to do that too!” I’m not the greatest at spoken words, so here are my thought-through replies to those ideas.   You’re so brave! I never once…

The Lies We Learn From Movies

The danger of watching travel movies (similar to that of pouring over travel blogs) is that you start to think the experience shown to you is the one you want – and even need – to have. Then you find out too late that everyone has a different travel story, it’s impossible to mimic what…

Welcome to *yawn* Scotland

I’ve been lazy. When I was staying on an isolated farm in Iceland, I found myself not writing as often because I lacked any kind of inspiration. I was bored, to put it bluntly, as hard as that may be to believe considering I was in a foreign country. Now, I once again find myself…

Ring Road: Day 5

16-7-16 8:04 – Didn’t get around to writing, but last night I made it to Vik and then to Reynisfjara – the famous black sand beach like with crags, caves, and outcroppings of basalt rock. It was past 23:00 by then and quite dim, but I had fun squishing through the sand and exploring the…