Whisky & Coos – May 25, 2022

Day 19 Cardhu Distillery The tour of the distillery was very cool. We learned about the history of this location, the distilling process, the quality controls, and how they can tweak the product so it has the desired flavor profile (fruity). Cardhu is one of the four distilleries in the Johnny Walker brand, though it’s… Continue reading Whisky & Coos – May 25, 2022

Loch & Cheese – May 24, 2022

Day 18 I think that after Glen Coe and Skye I had picture-taking fatigue. On this day, I did more listening and learning (and tasting of cheese!) One picture I did get on the way from Inverness to Aberdeen was of the pine trees as we drove through Cairngorms National Park. It reminded me a little… Continue reading Loch & Cheese – May 24, 2022

SCOBY – May 21, 2022

Day 15 Edinburgh Fermentarium Our visit to Edinburgh Fermentarium was so much fun. The owner was friendly and knowledgeable. She had a bunch of kombucha and sauerkraut samples for us to try. We even got to taste the SCOBY, which stands for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. It wasn’t bad, though the gummy texture… Continue reading SCOBY – May 21, 2022

Arthur’s Seat – May 20, 2022

Day 14 Arthur’s Seat The amazing thing about Arthur’s Seat is how short a walk it is from the middle of the city. The yellow gorse stands out from the green grass. We took a long gradual walk around, followed by the short, steep scramble up to the top. The nice thing about Arthur’s Seat… Continue reading Arthur’s Seat – May 20, 2022

My Return to Edinburgh – May 18 & 19, 2022

Day 12 Train from London to Edinburgh Ever since I first visited Edinburgh on business in 2008, I have said that it is one of my favorite places on Earth. As we boarded the train, I wondered if it would live up to my memory. This was not a particularly eventful day, but I got… Continue reading My Return to Edinburgh – May 18 & 19, 2022

Cambridge – May 16 & 17, 2022

Day 10 Cambridge University Cambridge overall had a surprisingly different feel from Oxford. It was as beautiful and atmospheric in its own way. We had a walking tour. We saw the Mathematical bridge, walked by the site of the Cavendish laboratory, and Corpus Christi, St. John’s, and Trinity colleges. The blue plaque pictured above, outside… Continue reading Cambridge – May 16 & 17, 2022

Oxford – May 13 & 14, 2022

Day 7 Cotswolds Today was the day we were to leave London for “Oxbridge” (as Oxford and Cambridge are collectively known). I was tired of the hostel breakfast, so I went to Starbucks to buy Tom a mug ornament for his collection. I ate a mini loaf inspired by banoffee pie, a British dessert with… Continue reading Oxford – May 13 & 14, 2022