We set off into the sunset, leaving London behind, with Edinburgh in mind, stopping in Leeds for the night. We passed millions of canola farms and fields with wind turbines both of which look very beautiful. We got to our Leeds airbnb late, made friends with a cat named Mitsy, and went to bed.
We rose early to get a good start on our journey. Leaving Mitsy was hard but we had to say our goodbyes and move on. We made an important stop to eat bad road-trip food… The service stops here in the UK are massive and very good, this country was made for road trips. We thought we spotted the Harry Potter train bridge, so we detoured for it. It was amazing but it definitely wasn’t the right one. When we got to Edinburgh, we hit up Mother India for a feast, chilled out at a jazz bar and almost got kicked out by a stern woman because we were high-fiving and had Australian accents. Edinburgh is known for ghost tours so we made sure to fit that in. We did the 18+ Auld Reekie tour and it was pretty impressive! We went into vaults that were 4 stories underground. It’s pitch black except for a few candles and the guide’s small torch. The guide told us all about the many people who had lived and died there, and still haunted the halls. He showed us the old instruments of torture with delightful names like The Jaw Breaker, The Tongue Twister, The Thumb Crusher and the Ball Smasher.
In Einburgh there is a sweet coffee scene and the best seven joined together to become the “Disloyal 7”. They have a loyalty card that has one stamp space for each one, and if you visit all seven you get a free coffee. Such a cool idea. We visited two of them today, Baba Budan and Lowdown Coffee. We then went on a whisky tour at Glenkinchie Distillery and it was good and Chris liked it, but I still think whisky tastes like poison… I tried.
We climbed Arthur’s Seat and it was amazing! Great exercise, views and pretty flowers. Then we went home to Netflix and eat all the chocolate in the world we wanted (to stick to tradition for Easter). Ready for our long road trip home. Catch ya Scotland.
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Early Sunday morning Chris woke up at 4am to go get our rental car but when he arrived he discovered the shop didn’t open for another 2 hours so sadly he had to wait it out. I entertained him by playing quiz up. Continue reading “Six packed cabin.”
Today was the day that we have all been waiting for! We headed off to the smokey mountains where the family reunion was to be held. We stayed at a really beautiful big cabin on the lake that had beds for days but by far the best thing about this house is it came with a golf buggy… so Chris and I got on that straight away, we went for a cruise to our cute little jetty and back. Continue reading “A week with the Gillises”
A bus from NYC to Washington D.C. For only ten dollars? Yes. Continue reading “Get your kix, on Route 66.”
We traveled to Hakuba to learn how to snowboard it was Chris’ second time and my first time. Lucky we were with Chris’s step-brother Jonnie who was previously an instructor and could help us out. We started on the steepest of the three beginner slopes. I took a few good falls but couldn’t get up the normal way. I had to flip my board and myself all the way around so I was on my belly, to get up on my knees and start backwards. That took a lot of effort. It was seriously so much fun, but my legs were burning on the second time down. Continue reading “Snow for dayz”
There were 8 of us and we squished ourselves into a small booth with not much room to move and we ate till we were all full of sushi and it cost us under $40… All together.
Continue reading “Find the fun in everything! “
Toyko – Matsumoto, Nagano
We traveled 3 hours on the bus with the greatest view and experience of seeing Japan from the city to the country. We spent an hour/ish surrounded by tall buildings that represent the city then slowly it got less houses and more spaces like farm land mountains then into small villages scattered every where and lots of grave yards. The further we went the colder it got and snow covered everything like mountains, house roofs and land. And we stay here for a month with Chris’ dad.
Continue reading “Country side snowy vibes.”