• europe,  scotland,  travel

    Schiehallion

    Full set of photos I am never one to pass up an opportunity to travel, least of all to Scotland, which is one of my favourites places in the world. So when the inaugural My Peak Challenge event was announced, celebrating Peakers from around the world, to be held in Glasgow, I was quick to grab a ticket. One of my Peak challenges for the year was to climb a Munro, a Scottish classification of a mountain over 3000 feet, so…

  • europe,  scotland,  travel

    Travel: Glasgow & the Ayrshire Coast

    Full set of photos It’s crazy for me to think that this trip is the third time that I’ve been to Scotland (and that I’ve visited as recently as 13 months ago). I do appreciate that the phonetics conference that takes me here is in an area of Scotland I’ve not yet spent much time in. While I normally try to post on my daily travel adventures, many of my days here were taken up by phonetic-y activities, so I’ll spare you all…

  • europe,  scotland,  travel

    In Scotland

    On our travels, we always have focused on just taking photos–peering and squinting and desperately trying to capture beautiful, singular moments in time. This last trip, however, saw us branching out of our comfort zone and trying our hand at video. David had a lot of fun playing with the focus and composition, and I had an equally fun time editing things together.  Here is what will hopefully be the first of many video travel logs.

  • europe,  scotland,  travel

    Slainte, Scotland! – Day 11

    Photos I was a bit sad to not be able to lounge in our luxurious digs for longer, but we awoke and finished packing up and consolidating our things, as we’d be dropping off the car today. We headed down to the breakfast room for a lovely breakfast, with a friendly, older couple chatting us up about our travel plans.

  • europe,  scotland,  travel

    A double malt day – Day 10

    Photos Today would be a day of whisky, and we were up bright and early in preparation for it. Our first stop would be one of the smallest Speyside distilleries, Benromach. I had booked David for an “Essential” tour, which involved a distillery tour and a tasting of 4 drams of their different whiskies.

  • europe,  scotland,  travel

    Here be monsters – Day 9

    Photos We slept so well that we almost overslept, waking up just 5 minutes before we’d scheduled to have breakfast. We hurriedly made ourselves presentable and stumbled out to the kitchen/dining area. Our host had prepared a lovely breakfast for us according to our requests—David was feeling meat-heavy, opting for black pudding, bacon and haggis, while I went with a poached egg, mushrooms, sausages and a potato scone.

  • europe,  scotland,  travel

    Big Skye – Day 8

    Photos After a warm and cozy sleep, we awoke to a lovely breakfast provided by our hosts. David, naturally, opted for black pudding, bacon and eggs, while I went a bit adventurous (for me), and chose smoked haddock with a poached egg. In my head, I assumed it would be something akin to eggs benedict (egg with a bit of meat scattered about); however, it was a big full fillet with an egg on top.

  • europe,  scotland,  travel

    Into the wild – Day 7

    Photos Not that our time in Edinburgh hadn’t been a blast, but David and I were both excited to get in a car and get exploring. As it was a Sunday, the earliest we could get our rental was 10 am, which ultimately was fine for us as it gave me a chance to finish packing things up and D an opportunity to walk over to the rental office.

  • europe,  scotland,  travel

    A last toast to Embra – Day 6

    It was a bit of lazy morning, as I stayed at the apartment for most of the morning packing and getting our affairs in order. David attended the second session of talks at the conference, and I came up not long after that for the poster session. 

  • europe,  scotland,  travel

    Drizzles – Day 5

    I was up and out the door at a decent hour, as there was a set of talks at the conference that were particularly relevant for my work (pretty much the only set of talks). I trekked up in the direction of the conference, stopping briefly at the supermarket to pick up a sandwich for breakfast (cheese & onion, which isn’t a combination I’d really encountered before I got here).