Ben Nevis, May 8th, 2013
Took the most beautiful train ride to Fort William (the harry potter train ride) and stayed in a hostel so that I could hike Ben Nevis- the tallest point in Britain. We caught such a nice day and it only rained for a bit, and was cold for only the last hour. Physically one of the hardest things I’ve done, the whole trip took 7 hrs. On the top it was a mini Mt. Everest, where there was maybe only 50-100 ft visibility. The last bit on the top was the hardest with the wind and snow, but we made it. On the way down we went faster, but we were so tired at the end. ABSOLUTELY worth it, because we got to see these incredibly views. Nothing I have seen has been more beautiful. Then we stopped in a pub and had some haggis nachos, delicious, who knew?!?
Govan, Glasgow, April 2013
Govan is a more residential area of Glasgow. I went because I was going a project in the area, specifically within the Pearce Institute. Has some really great history and views over the river. The buildings hold a lot of history and it has such a different feel to the rest of Glasgow that it was really great to explore.
I’ve been spending some time in Govan over the past few weeks. Its been great to see some of the real life places and people within Glasgow. Will be posting pics a bit later.
Kiloran Bay, Isle of Colonsay, March 10th, 2013
The most beautiful part of Colonsay might be this beach. It starts with like farmland and ends with a beach. It was incredible to be here and I never thought Scotland would look like this.
Isle of Colonsay, March 7th, 2013
This was the second day on Colonsay. Still a very grey day, but we were able to take some beautiful pictures of the landscape which is mountains, beaches, and farmland all packed into a 10 mile island. Its so amazingly stunning.
Ferry Ride from Oban to Isle of Colonsay,
It was a cold but very beautiful ride from Oban to Colonsay. I stayed outside about half the time and just watched the islands pass. I believe some of the pictures are of the Isle of Mull that we passed on the way. It was a very grey day but the colors in the pictures came out amazing.
Going to the Island of Colonsay in the Southern Herbrides of Scotland for some field research. Will be taking tons on picture and will be blogging about them in a week :) Can’t wait to see what this island has in store for me, I do know it will be BEAUTIFUl.
Edinburgh, February 17, 2013
Went to Edinburgh for the day! It was a beautiful day, sunny and warm, couldn’t believe I was actually in Scotland! haha I’ve been to Edinburgh before and every time I went straight to the castle, so this time I wanted to go somewhere different. So I went to Calton Hill, it was beautiful and a perfect little walk to do on a sunny day.
Been back in Glasgow for a while, and took some pictures on this lovely spring (well almost) morning. This city can be so pretty.
Fushimi Inari, Kyoto, Japan, December 10, 2012
This is one of those places where you think of Japan, and you think of this site. It’s even more incredible when you walk through the gates. You can really tell that the Japanese worship nature because the entire site is intertwined with the natural surrounding. For this one I think the pictures speak for themselves :)
Kyoto at Night, and the Geisha District, December 9, 2012
Walked around Kyoto at night, it was very beautiful and but also cold! Walking through the Geisha District was very traditional Japanese style buildings, we even saw a real Geisha, which is apparently really rare! She walked so quickly past, but she had the full makeup on and walked in those tiny quiet steps. We also found a temple to go into at night and it was absolutely beautiful!
Really Cool Octopus Lunch, Street Markets, Kyoto, Japan, December 9, 2012
This is where we had some street food when we were in the markets. I got some cheezy, smoked octopus pancake-ball-thing, and it was pretty good. After a while it was a lot of taste, but the first half was really good! More fun were the pics of it!
Street Market, Kyoto Japan, December 9, 2012
We took a night bus to Kyoto and it was most definitely worth it! Kyoto was more of what I was expecting Japan to look like more so than Chiba or Tokyo. It was a little bit of old and a little bit of new, you could walk down the street and see fancy shops, or temples. Very cool. One of my favorite places was this street market where I got tons of gifts. You could find so many cool unique Japanese products there. I got my Dad a really nice cooking knife and I bought myself some cool clothes!
Restaurant near Tokyo Station, December 8, 2012
First time I am going to post an all food post ;) But here is an amazing dinner we were taken out to, I will get the name from someone in a bit. Some of the food is Salmon eggs, lotus leaves, very traditional Sashimi, served on ice, onions, grilled tofu, fried fish and cooked oysters. Sorry if that is out of order! Something I learned is that Wasabi is a root and you grind it on a very tiny grinder to make ‘real’ wasabi, and it is not as strong that way. Much of the food was fun to eat such as the oysters, where you put sauce on them and ate the oyster and sauce at once. Most of all it was all beautifully prepared, and because the restaurant was set up in individual rooms (very typical of a Japanese restaurant) the lighting was amazing!