Blogs from Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe - page 4


Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen July 6th 2009

There's no better time, there's no better place. It is what we keep telling people and its the truth! Mongolia beckons, many mysteries and unknowns are to come; all whipped up by the spirit of adventure, survival, historical power, deserts, mountains and mutton. So we've signed up, there's no going back, see you all in mongolia. First round of mutton dumplings on us! Its taken 5 months of preparation to get this far. There have been times we're its been a little hectic and when surges of wondrous excitement are replaced with groans of 'its just not possible; the more I think about it, the more can go wrong..'. The History Boys are onboard now more than ever, for this we must give thanks to our supporters and sponsors - without them we would not be ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen July 3rd 2009

As our Friday afternoon flight touches down, we’re feeling excited about being in Edinburgh again. It’s our first visit back since getting engaged here in November and also in an hour or so we’ll be meeting up with James and Kylie for three day’s travel around the highlands. Can’t wait... From the airport, the double decker bus takes us into the city centre and from its terminus at Waverley train station we head up into the old town towards our backpackers. Thinking that we know what we’re doing, we take a “short cut” and end up lugging our backpacks up what is probably the biggest staircase in the city! Luckily, the massive uphill hike takes us straight to the Royal Mile and from there it’s fairly easy going until we make it to the backpackers. We ... read more
Barley fields in Fifeshire
Glamis castle

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen June 5th 2009

Wednesday afternoon we did a historical walking tour of Dublin. Tour was lead by a PHD grad from Trinity college; so she new her stuff. We walked through Trinity College which is one of the ancient Universities(established in the late 1500s). Then its was off to the old parliament, Dublin city hall(which completely puts to shame any city hall I've ever seen), Dublin castle, and then Christs Church. That was it for the tourist things as it was back to the hotel to pack for our fights to Scotland. Yesterday, we flew from Dublin to Aberdeen. Got our rental car, checked in to our B&B then we went to meet Skye, Brigid and John's new addition. She's a cutie. Now we're just hanging out with Brigid, John, Skye and Brigid's Mom for the weekend.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen May 13th 2009

Our day was full and enjoyable. We woke up early to have breakfast with Alex, Christina, Xavier and Theo. Toasty warm blueberry scones with marmalade and French press coffee. So good! Jer and I woke up a little late—despite our exhaustion we both awoke for about an hour in the middle of the night. I had just drifted off when we had to get up for the day. Our preparations for the day—our first showers since departing Seattle—made everyone run a bit late. We saw Theo off to pre-school and Xavier to his class. There are no school buses in Scotland so the parents must take their kids to school themselves. It was different, seeing the kids in the playground area lined up in neat little rows awaiting to go inside the building. Afterwards, Alex gave ... read more
Aberdeen's Old Town Square
School Cathederal/Chapel
Jer in Aberdeen

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen May 12th 2009

We are here. In Scotland. The clock on my computer is set for home, which marks the time as 1:35pm. It is 9:35pm in Aberdeen. The daylight is finally filtering away despite the birds’ best efforts to keep the day going through song. I don’t recall the last time I had an “all-nighter,” and the journey to get here reminds me and Jeremiah that we are too old for such activities. We did not sleep on the airplane. We were pretty awake when we arrived in Aberdeen and were eager to start exploring the world. Consequently, aside from a couple of naps, Jer and I have not slept in over 30 hours. Guess what we will be doing once I finish this entry? The weather was incredibly nice today in Aberdeen. I am not sure of ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen May 12th 2009

Here is the link for my Isle of Skye pictures... I have been TRYING to upload all my photos to Photobucket to make it easier to view, but it is taking a lot longer than I thought. I can't get the bulk uploader to work, so I have to upload 50 at a time. UGH. Sorry I haven't written in a while...but nothing has really been going on. I have been living a pretty relaxing life at the moment:) I am currently in my last week of classes here at Aberdeen Uni. I am actually in class RIGHT NOW. Classes have been winding down and so am I. I have only one more tutorial that I NEED to attend, otherwise I'm free! Besides my two exams, of course. Next week, I am going to Ireland ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen May 6th 2009

It's been a blur of activity since I arrived here last Thursday morning. The trip was delayed slightly in Philedelphia but arrived more or less on time at 6:45AM. Then it took me until after 1PM to figure out and use the train and the bus to get to my hotel. Luckily the airline put my main bag on the wrong flight (actually I don't think that flight existed - they changed the flight number on my ticket for some reason). So I didn't have to carry it around, and they delivered to my hotel the next day. On Thursday afternoon I had a bus tour of downtown London, interspersed with cat naps (had about 2-3 hours sleep on the plane). About 6PM I headed to a train station further east (Eltham) where I was to ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen April 19th 2009

Hope you enjoyed the entries; I know they were long, but now you should cheer up because it is picture time! I wish I could share them with you in person, because many of them have stories that go along with them. I'll have to do that back home... I didn't have time to caption all the pictures on Snapfish, so basically you're flying blind. There were over 2100 pictures when I first started editing, so it might take a while... There are 7 albums worth of pictures. They go in order, so start with the first link and move on. read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen April 17th 2009

It feels so good to be back in my own room here in Scotland! I had an irreplaceable time backpacking throughout Europe for the past three weeks. It really makes me appreciate all the blessings that I have and how much family and friends mean to me back home in the states:) I have some great stories and pictures to share. Hopefully I can get those uploaded tonight. I actually have time to do it, although it might take a while because I have over 2000 pictures. Whoops:) Some have asked me what my favorite place was that I visited. The winner is Rome, with Paris as a close, close second. If I could, I would see all of Italy and then all of France. The place I liked the least would be London; way too ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen March 26th 2009

I start my wonderful 5 country journey tomorrow! I am very excited, but scared at the same time...I know it will be a blast:) I am planning on bringing my computer, but just realized that my converter might not work where I am going, so I will probably have to buy an adapter. I am debating now if it is worth it...I'll probably buy one. Can never have too many! I am able to fit everything into my hiking backpack. I was surprised! I am really going to be living out of one bag for 2 1/2 weeks! It will be an experience! The only thing that I regret is that I will not be able to spend Easter with my family. Easter is my favorite time of year, so I will be really missing home. ... read more

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