Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens: Light Up the Night

About a month ago I saw a sign advertising Botanic Lights at Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens. I went online and bought tickets for Sam and I to go this past Friday figuring it was something to do. I was not sure what to expect, maybe some Halloween themed decorations with orange lights or just some… Continue reading Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens: Light Up the Night

Step Back in Time: Edinburgh’s Dean Village

Our quiet Sunday a few weeks ago could not have been better spent than walking around Dean Village in Edinburgh. Located along the Water of Leith, not far from Princes Street and Edinburgh’s New Town area. Dean Village is an old grain milling and weaving area dating to the 12th century. Remnants of that heritage… Continue reading Step Back in Time: Edinburgh’s Dean Village

Japan’s Quirky Cafes: Lunch with a Hedgehog

No trip to Japan is complete without a visit to a theme restaurant or cafe. There are tons of them, especially in large cities. Having lived outside Tokyo for two and half years you become aware of many different themes. There is a robot restaurant, an Alice in Wonderland restaurant, vampire cafes, lock up or… Continue reading Japan’s Quirky Cafes: Lunch with a Hedgehog

Lassiwala! A Must Do in Jaipur, India

Is everyone familiar with a drink called a lassi? If not, a lassi is delicious tangy yogurt drink often found in Indian restaurants. It can be savory, or sweet, if fruit is added. It is the perfect accompaniment to spicy food. When the spice gets to you, take a sip of a cooling, creamy yogurt… Continue reading Lassiwala! A Must Do in Jaipur, India

San Francisco Fortune Cookie Factory

We lived in San Francisco for five years. One thing that I realized as a result is that it is easy to take for granted where you live. San Francisco is an amazing world class city that many people would love to visit, and many do! That being said, I did not take a lot… Continue reading San Francisco Fortune Cookie Factory

Oslo’s Grunerlokka: Vintage Shopping in a Hipster Neighborhood

One of my usual “must dos” on any trip is doing some vintage shopping. Research on vintage shopping in Oslo leads you to Gurnerlokka. Originally a working class neighborhood, it has become a trendy hipster area appealing to a younger crowd. In addition to vintage shopping, there are small boutiques, artsy shops, independent cafes and… Continue reading Oslo’s Grunerlokka: Vintage Shopping in a Hipster Neighborhood

A Trip to Lillehammer for Pancakes

Ok, we did not go to Lillehammer from Oslo just for the pancakes, but we did happen to find a good pancake place there. Lillehammer is an easy two hour train ride from the Central Oslo Train Station.The station is very modern and easy to purchase tickets at and navigate. We made sure to stock… Continue reading A Trip to Lillehammer for Pancakes