Hashtag Scotland: What’s next for our slow travel project

When I was commuting into Edinburgh each weekday — how strange it feels saying that in past tense — I kept a small notebook in which I’d scribble ideas as the train rattled towards the city. It feels like a lifetime ago when I wrote the words, Where does Hashtag Scotland go next? You may remember this project, which made many appearances on this blog … Continue reading Hashtag Scotland: What’s next for our slow travel project

Walking in the Lomond Hills, near Falkland, Fife

A wintry walk at East Lomond, Falkland (as seen in Outlander)

Winter in Scotland has been pretty half-hearted this year. We’ve had a few flurries, far more on the highest hills, but for those of us in Leith… well, it’s been non-existent. So when snow is forecast, us city dwellers do the obvious — chase it. Last weekend, we took the car over the Forth Road Bridge and onto the Fife plains, direction Falkland. It’s a … Continue reading A wintry walk at East Lomond, Falkland (as seen in Outlander)

Exploring Edinburgh: A hike up Arthur’s Seat

We are — very slowly — exploring Edinburgh. I can’t believe how long it takes to get used to a city. I can navigate parts of Leith, the New Town, even the Royal Mile, but the rest? It’s a mystery. Quite unlike our flat, which within a week, felt like home: dinners made, dishes washed, life lived. It’s so easy to fall into routine and … Continue reading Exploring Edinburgh: A hike up Arthur’s Seat

Eating Italy at Ortobio, near Rome

Warning: this post contains photos that will make you hungry. Even just editing these images has got our tummies rumbling, desperate to rewind back to the moment when the starters arrived on our table… During our Airbnb escape near Rome, we were keen to try some of the Rieti region’s most popular delicacies. We were lucky that our apartment’s handy guide suggested a range of restaurants … Continue reading Eating Italy at Ortobio, near Rome

Italy: Our first Airbnb experience

If you’re a student, a money-savvy traveller or simply like meeting new people, you’ll have heard of Airbnb. With properties in over 190 countries, it’s known as a marketplace for cute, cheap(er) and quirky properties around the world. And this September, I decided to dive into their listings and find an Italian escape for a few weeks. Airbnb is great if, like us, you’re tight on … Continue reading Italy: Our first Airbnb experience