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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Isle of Mull March 12th 2011

Apparently, it's half the price to hire a car on the weekend from Enterprise and we both had 4 days off in a row so we thought it was a swell idea to drive down to the Isle of Mull and hop over to Iona where Ashley has wanted to take Dan for months now. First we had to make a pit stop at Urquhart Castle. You may not believe it but we've been so close to Loch Ness for the last 6 months and hadn't been to the castle. Ashley figured this was the perfect opportunity. The scenery around the castle is stunning as it looks out onto Loch Ness. Urquhart Castle was blown up in the 17th century so the opposing clans couldn't use it anymore. The ruins remain and there's a visitor centre ... read more
Inside Urquhart
Dunolie Castle

Europe » Portugal February 20th 2011

Warning: This is our most ridiculously long entry ever. We arrived in Faro after dark but when we found a map Dan navigated us to our hostel with ease even though Ashley looked at the map and could only see a jumble of windey crazy streets. Our first experience talking with a local was delightful. The receptionist at the hostel was one of the friendliest, most helpful people we've encountered (family members not included) so far; it was hard to get out of the conversation so that we could get settled. Once we were settled in our room she directed us to a lovely family run restaurant not far from the hostel. Dinner was amazing. We had appetizers, 2 main dishes, a ‘jug’ (not a pitcher or a bottle) of wine, 2 espressos and dessert for ... read more
Storks in Faro
Bone chapel

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling January 30th 2011

We really feel like we haven't explored the UK to its fullest extent so whenever we have the same days off we try to get away from Inverness and see all that this small island has to offer. Our latest UK experience was in a road trip to Stirling. We began the morning by renting a car for maximum flexibility. We drove down the south end of Loch Ness toward Fort William, stopping at Foyers to see the Falls of Foyers. Even though we've seen so many waterfalls by now, they are still so breathtaking. We never pass up the opportunity to enjoy a nice waterfall. After walking to the fall we followed the path, "Squirrel Trail," that taught us all about red squirrels along the way. We ended up at a road and there was ... read more
Inverlochey Castle
Castle on an Island

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Gran Canaria January 16th 2011

As one can imagine, Scotland was getting a little grey and cold in the winter months. So, in December we decided that our next trip had to be someplace warm. Gran Canaria, just off the coast of Morocco, was the winner with the cheapest flight. On January 10th we packed our bags and headed for Glasgow where our flight took off from. Our trip began with a problem though. Our flight was at 6am so we figured we'd stay up as late as possible, then head to the airport and sleep there until check-in. We ate dinner at the Aussie pub Walk About and then found live music at The Box just down the road (only about a half hour walk), where we chatted with some colourful uni students. Then we went to the bus station ... read more
Sand patterns
I'm sinking...
We hopped off

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Nuremberg December 16th 2010

Ashley really wanted to see the German Christmas markets she learned about in school and it was time for a small getaway so we decided to visit Nürnberg for a long weekend. After a long day of travelling, (including a bus from Inverness to Edinburgh; a flight to Munich; and a train to Nürnberg) we arrived a little weary but happy to be back in Germany. Ashley was happy to travel to a place that was familiar and could still navigate her way around the old city. As soon as we got to the main square all we could see was row upon row of stalls selling Christmas ornaments, toys, candles, and anything else you can imagine. Being as it was a Saturday night, it was busy at the market so we walked around the stalls ... read more
The market
Dan and his wool socks
Industrial Museum

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Isle of Skye October 11th 2010

On October 10 we realized that we both had the next 2 days off. So, it was time to do something about it; get out of Inverness and explore Scotland. After all, that's what we're here for. Ashley had been to the Isle of Skye on her previous visit and decided it was a must-see for Dan. The next day we rented a car and headed for Skye. After a couple hours it occurred to us that we were pretty hungry and needed lunch, pronto. We pulled off the road into a restaurant parking lot only to find the restaurant was closed indefinitely. There were signs pointing to other small towns off the main road where we thought there may be a local watering hole with some grub. Unfortunately for us we missed the turnoff for ... read more
Dan admiring the scenery
Eilean Donan
Eilean Donan Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Fort William September 25th 2010

Well, we both had jobs and a place to stay so it was time to do some sightseeing. Seeing as it was Dan's birthday weekend we decided to head somewhere special; down to Fort William and to visit the Cameron Clan museum that was close to there. We hired a car to get down there since it would have been tricky to get around the area by bus. We had some trouble getting our car since we accidentally booked it for October. After going to the hotel where we were supposed to do the pick-up and no one being there, we called and had to go to the airport. It took us a bus ride to get out there, but from there on it was pretty easy. We waited in line, and the staff were very ... read more
Enjoying the scenery in Glen Coe
Glen Coe
The red phone booth

Europe » United Kingdom September 17th 2010

Wow, I'm sure word of mouth moves faster than we do. Lots to catch up on, but since we've settled it feels like week after week is same ol' same ol'. Well, here goes. We arrived into London at St. Pancras station around noon on August 31st. After checking out a map and figuring out where the hostel we booked was we decided to huff it. Unfortunately our time in London was very 'work' oriented. Since it was the end of our planned two month vacation we spent the next couple days looking at where we'd like to spend our time in the UK and working on our CVs. We were there on a day between orientations so we decided that our first day we could find SWAPs sister company. We worked on CVs, had a ... read more
Which side is he on?
Clan Cameron cairn
Memorial Cairn

Europe » France » Paris August 31st 2010

We made it to Paris! When we found out the Thalys ticket agents were on strike we asked the conductors on the platform if we could board the train and pay for the ticket on board. Understanding our dilemma they seemed to think it would fine. So we got on the train. When the ticket checkers came we had to explain why we didn’t have tickets; thankfully it was only 26 euros. Normally, anyone who boards the train without a ticket has to pay 88 euros! Unbelievable; we are so happy we didn’t have to pay that. Otherwise our trip was very uneventful. We arrived at Gard du Nord which didn’t give Ashley the best first impression of the city. It’s very chaotic with lots of kiosks, people shouting and car horns blaring. However, that night ... read more
Grande Arch
Arc de Triomphe
Spiral staircase

Europe » Belgium » Brussels-Capital Region » Brussels August 26th 2010

We made it to Brussels, by the skin of our teeth might I add. We arrived at the Luxemburg train station with 20 minutes to spare before our train to Brussels was scheduled to leave. However, we still needed food for our journey and Dan volunteered to go find some for us. The train to Brussels came in 10 minutes early and everyone else piled onto the train. So there was Ashley all alone waiting on the platform with all the luggage (2 big backpacks and 2 small daypacks) wondering if Dan was going to make it back on time. Then Ashley spotted Dan running down the platform, his hands full of food, with only a minute to spare. On shear will alone, Ashley grabbed all 4 bags (she’s still not sure how she did it) ... read more
The Grande Place

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