Sunset in Hanoi, Vietnam

Return to Vietnam – Our New Life in Hanoi

For me, the best and the worst part of travel is moving on. On the one hand, the promise of a fresh adventure and the possibility that I might fall in love with a new corner of the world is what keeps me travelling. On the other, saying goodbye to the places I do love, the people in them and the experiences I’ve had there can be really tough. As we boarded a plane back to Asia after our summer visit to the UK I was wracked with homesickness and nostalgia but I also felt a glimmer of excitement and possibility at the thought of our new lives in Vietnam. Continue reading

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Edinburgh in 48 Hours

I had a sneaking suspicion that I would fall head-over-heels in love with Edinburgh – and I wasn’t wrong. With its cobbled lanes, pub-lined streets, castles and ancient buildings, Edinburgh has so much character and history. Since we were there while the Fringe Festival was on we were also totally sucked into the energy and colour that surrounded us; everywhere we went there were street performers, shows going on and crowds of happy sightseers. Continue reading

Jacobite Steam Train on the Glenfinnan Viaduct

Dancing on Ben Nevis and Riding the Hogwarts Express

We packed so much into our short stint in Scotland; our week in the Highlands was filled with fine food, beautiful but rainy walks in the countryside, a visit to Loch Ness and plenty of sightseeing. Some of my favourite days were spent exploring the Fort William area, riding the Hogwarts Express steam train and taking the gondola half way up Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK, for an evening of dancing. Continue reading

Loch Ness, Scotland

Our Adventure in Loch Ness

I couldn’t conceive of going to Scotland without visiting Loch Ness, the largest and perhaps most famous lake in the UK. So we set out on a two-hour journey from our cottage in the Highlands to cruise the loch and investigate the myths that surround this atmospheric piece of Scotland. Continue reading

The Scottish Highlands

Glencoe Scotland – Walking the Highlands

As we made our first windy journey through the Scottish Highlands I peered out the window, taking in the acres of sparsely populated, ancient countryside. For most of the drive we saw little sign of human life save for the odd white house stranded in the middle of vast valleys of green scrub and purple-pink thistles; huge domed or knobbly mountains capped with low-lying cloud loomed from every angle, snaking white lines of icy waterfalls drawn down their sides. Continue reading

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, at night

Three Weeks in Burma Video

While we only visited Burma for a short three weeks we still managed to pack a lot into our trip. We saw thousands of temples, from the famous, glittering Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon to the many crumbling, ancient stupas of Bagan. We skimmed over the incredibly vast Lake Inle, explored the historical Mandalay, saw some of the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises and best of all, we met some of the most friendly people on our travels so far – here are our Burma video highlights. Continue reading