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Category Archive: Europe

Nov 04 2014

The Isle of Benbecula

I was surprised when Morag, the postie driving the Post Bus from Daliburgh, in South Uist, to the Isle of Benbecula, stopped and said, ‘This is it.’  Apparently, I had reached my destination.  I thanked her, got out, put on my backpack, and walked to the side of the road.  The hostel looked great, as did the surrounding …

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Oct 31 2014

Hop on the Post Bus in the Western Isles

While I was in the Outer Hebrides, there were times when I wished I had a car.  It would have been so much quicker and easier, and I would have been able to see so much more.  However, the more bus journeys I took, the more I realised that I would have missed something if …

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Oct 28 2014

The Isles of Barra and Vatersay

This will sound a bit strange coming from a Brit who is a world traveller, but the Outer Hebrides seemed like a place far, far away.  It isn’t.  In fact, it’s much closer and more accessible that many of the places I’ve travelled to in recent years,  However, that was my perception as a child and it stayed with …

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Oct 17 2014

The Bremen Town Musicians in Riga

I don’t tend to do too much research when I visit places.  I like to be surprised, wowed, and amazed by the things I come across in my own little, serendipitous way.  That, for me, is part of the intrigue and excitement of going to a new destination.  It’s a voyage of discovery. During my …

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Oct 14 2014

Discovering the Isles of Mull and Iona

The first two western islands I ventured to on my trip around Scotland were the islands of Mull and Iona.  My decision to go was following a conversation with a Glaswegian while sitting on a large rock beside Loch Lomond, staring at Rob Roy’s cave.  I was lured by the sound of a picturesque place in the Inner …

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Oct 10 2014

The Trumpeter of Krakow

The morning after I arrived in Krakow, I decided to do one of the free walking tours, as a way of familarising myself with what would be my nearest city in Poland.  Just as the tour was about to begin at 10am, I heard the sound of a trumpet.  I wondered where it was coming from, but didn’t worry …

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