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Valentine’s weekend with Craigy Boy

Valentine’s weekend with Craigy Boy

In the 5.5 years that me and Craigy have been together (minus a couple of  Ross and Rachel like “breaks” along the way…) we’ve never been ones to make a point of celebrating Valentine’s. If you love someone you love them each and every day, right? And I totally agree. But this year, for some reason, Cupid was tugging on my heart strings and urging me to do something a bit special to let Craigy know I appreciate everything he does for me. And he does a lot for me. Far more than I do for him. Case in point: as I write this he’s in the kitchen making us turkey meatball soup for dinner.  Share the...
The Great Arbroath DOOK!

The Great Arbroath DOOK!

Everyone has their own way of seeing in the New Year. In Spain they eat 12 grapes as the clock strikes midnight. Ecuadorians prefer to burn a scarecrow believing that it cleanses all the negativity of the previous year. South Africans chuck old furniture out of the window. And in Brazil they offer white flowers to the Goddess of the Living Ocean in the hope that she will bring them energy and strength for the new year ahead. Here in Arbroath the inhabitants prefer to get completely and utterly trollied (click if you’re unsure of definition) on New Year’s Eve and then, the following day, head down to the harbour and jump into the icy North Sea of their own volition. That, Warriors of the World, is know as the great Arbroath DOOK.    Share the...
Cupcakes, Costa Rica and a boy

Cupcakes, Costa Rica and a boy

I came to Costa Rica with a backpack filled with flip flops and bikinis and a ticket for a flight leaving six months later. Fast forward five and a half years and I’m finally leaving Costa Rica after unsuccessfully trying to stuff a houseful of belongings into that same backpack. Flashing back to July 2009, I had just graduated from Edinburgh University with a Law degree that I never planned on using. Looking for a more stimulating adventure, I accepted a job offer to teach English in San Jose, Costa Rica. Living and working on a beach sounded fantastic so I rushed through a certificate in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and headed to sunnier shores. Share the...
Iceland: The hot and steamy Blue Lagoon…

Iceland: The hot and steamy Blue Lagoon…

Going to Iceland without visiting the Blue Lagoon would surely be like going to Orlando and not paying homage to two friendly and slightly irritating mice. You have to do it. Well, you don’t actually have to do anything, Warriors. Iceland is a free country and you’re free to do whatever the heckeroonie you like on YOUR holiday. But my advice is straightforward and simple: GO TO THE BLUE LAGOON. Share the...
Iceland on the back of a (stubborn) horse

Iceland on the back of a (stubborn) horse

If there’s one thing I love more than all the cakes, chocolate and confectionary in the world then it’s riding on the back of a horse. Surely there is no feeling more exhilarating and liberating than galloping over hills and plains, your hair and the horses main flapping wildly together in the wind! Share the...
Iceland: Golden Circle Tour

Iceland: Golden Circle Tour

To be completely honest I’m not sure why this tour has become known as the Golden Circle tour since there isn’t a glimmer of gold in sight! However, if we think of the word golden as something precious and beautiful to behold then there couldn’t be a more appropriate name!  Share the...