Šmarna Gora

An adventure in winter wonderland I know. How cool does the name sound. We decided to visit Šmarna Gora, also known as Mt St Mary, since we were told it was a popular hiker’s destination and also the highest hill in the city, with a baroque church perched on the top. What we didn’t know,…

Stage 2 – Drymen to Rowardennan

Climbing that goddamn mountain When it comes to math, arithmetic has always been my thing. When it comes to distances, kilometres and miles, I’m a hopeless case. Tell me something is 1 km away and I’ll just think you said something in Russian. Anywho, so when I glanced at Day 2, which said it was…

Stage 1 – Milngavie to Drymen

Welcome to The Shire Day 1 of the West Highland Way is all about warming up the muscles. It’s really just a stroll through the countryside, nothing strenuous about it. It gives you that feeling of ‘I can do this, it’s easy!’ The excitement had me up since 5am, but I tried to keep still…

The West Highland Way Series

‘Tis the season of Spring in Scotland Get out your midgie spray, Barbour jackets and umbrellas, for temperatures have risen from the minuses to the plus figures, the meadow blossoms are out and the locals are coming out of their Netflix hibernation. It’s that time of year where hundreds flock to Scotland to walk the…

Sevilla

The bohemian heart of Spain  There is a lot to be said about Sevilla. A city so inspiring, it’s intimidating. A renowned University town founded as early as 1505, famous for its flamenco, the tomb of Christopher Colombus, Don Juan, its monumental cathedral and wiry orange trees. After some glorious days spent in the cobbled streets…

Civita di Bagnoregio

After three wonderful days in Orvieto, we decide to venture to Civita di Bagnoregio, because who can’t get enough of villages built on top of extinct volcanic rocks that overlook the Tiber river valley? It’s in Viterbo, in central Italy, a couple of hours from Rome and Orvieto. We took a 2 hour bus from…

Why I would live in Granada

“I could live here” One of the questions I always entertain myself with when I’m in a new place is always, ‘Could I live here?’ Since I am skeptical and largely critical, the answer always lies in the negative categories. However, it was an instant ‘YES’ with Granada. I had heard many great things about…

A night in Malaga

I’d been told by many that Malaga wasn’t worth a visit, unless you were going to a shocking all-inclusive beach resort. A month ago, I was fearful to book the only way to Andalusia from Scotland, which was a cheap £20 Ryanair ticket Glasgow-Malaga, and promised myself I’d only stay a night. Not to mention,…

The Magical Scottish Isle of Arran

a On foot, train and ferry – Edinburgh to the Isle of Arran Having the highlands and the Scottish isles at my fingertips, I decided to take a weekend trip away to Arran. As someone who doesn’t drive, I rely on public transport. Since I’m also on a budget, and on a time limit (only…

A day in Rome

I’ve been lucky to have been to Rome a handful of times. Two times were backpacking experience, which included the last time I was there. This time, I went in June. I arrived at noon, with the sun beating down on us and – like a classic Italian – the first thing I did when…