Scotland, England, English Candy, English Sweets, Scottish Sweets, British Candy, Wine Gums, Fruit Pastels, Crunchie Bar, Chocolate Digestives, Orange Chocolate Digestives, Hula Hoops, Crisps, Yorkie, Travel, Backpacking

MY HUSBAND’S ADDICTION

With names like Double Decker, Twirl and Crunchie, it was understandable why my husband was drawn in. The neon colors and gold foil reflected in his eyes as he stared at the selection to decide which one would...
Scotland, Visit Scotland, Scottish Independence, Durness, Melness, Kinlochbervie, Ullapool, Visit Ullapool, West Coast of Scotland, travel, backpacking, Melrose, Inverness, Glasgow, Surfing in Scotland,

THE HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND

Although I grew up in Scotland, until age 12 when my family moved to the U.S., there was still much of the country I’d never seen. Over the years I managed a couple of trips back there but both of them were...
Scottish Independence, Scotland, Referendum, Aye, YES, No Thank You, Scotland Votes, Alex Salmond, Scottish National Party, SNP, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, UK, David Cameron

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: AYE/NAY

These past couple of weeks have been an interesting time to be visiting Scotland as they prepare to vote in two days on their independence. Scottish Independence! Kind of a big deal, I know. Thankfully as...
Bazpackers Hostel
4.4

BAZPACKERS HOSTEL IN INVERNESS

Bazpackers Hostel is the first hostel we've stayed in where we booked it in person instead of online. It was located next to the Inverness Student Hostel in Scotland where we had spent one night. It proved to...
Inverness Student Hostel
3.1

INVERNESS STUDENT HOSTEL IN SCOTLAND

It was difficult to return to a hostel dorm room in Inverness after being spoiled at friends' cottages in the north tip of Scotland. We only had to stay for just one night at the Inverness Student Hostel...
Hiking Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

HELVELLYN

My godfather Malcolm referred to England’s Lake District as “Heaven on Earth” as he unfolded various topographic maps on the coffee table. When Britnee and I found out we had a week to spare before...
The Lake District, Lake District, hiking, walking, walking holiday, England, hiking in England, walking the Lake District, what to see in England, Travel, Canon 5D Mark III, Helvellyn, YHA Hostel, Greenside, Greenside Lead Mine, Lower Man, climb Helvellyn,

THE LAKE DISTRICT PHOTO GALLERY

A whole lot of hills! We enjoyed four days of hiking and a little relaxing while staying at the YHA Helvellyn Hostel near Glenridding in the Lake District, England. Thanks to some guidance from Mark's...
The Lake District, Lake District, hiking, walking, walking holiday, England, hiking in England, walking the Lake District, what to see in England, Travel, Canon 5D Mark III, Helvellyn, YHA Hostel, Greenside, Greenside Lead Mine, Lower Man, climb Helvellyn,
4.2

YHA HELVELLYN IN THE LAKE DISTRICT

We chose to stay at YHA Helvellyn during our time in the Lake District and we chose right! This hostel is tucked away in the old Greenside Lead Mine area a mile from the village of Glenridding where we...
Sampford Brett, England

NOSTALGIA AND NEW MEMORIES

It was a familiar footpath that I’d walked countless times before with my grandparents, my parents, my brother and now on which I walked with my wife. Crossing through fields, over a small bridge and down a...
Beethoven in Vienna Cemetery

VIENNA’S CEMETERY

While in Vienna, my friend Rachel and I visited Der Wiener Zentralfriedhof, a large cemetery outside of the city. It is known as a place where many esteemed locals are buried as well as famous musical...
Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

SOMERSET PHOTO GALLERY

We visited Somerset, England, for some family history where we stopped in Sampford Brett, the home town of Mark's late grandparents, and explored the quaint coastal towns of Minehead and Watchet with a ride on...
Salzburg, Austria

A DAY IN SALZBURG

It almost felt like home while visiting the "city of salt" in Salzburg, Austria. Coming from Salt Lake City, I didn't realize that "salz" meant salt and that I'd be visiting what could be the sister city of my...
Hallstatt Salt Mine Tour, Austria

HALLSTATT’S SALT MINE TOUR

As the world's oldest salt mine, the Hallstatt Salt Mine is a must-do while in beautiful Austria. To get to the start of the tour, my friend Rachel and I took a steep funicular ride up the mountain where we...