Tag Archives: United Kingdom

Fish, Chips, Markets, and Cider

Anywhere you go in the UK (and Ireland, for that matter, too), you’ll notice the overwhelming abundance of Chip Shops.  There’s one on virtually every corner offering cheap, filling, and quick fare, although not the best for the waistline.  I’ve held off on indulging my hankering for Fish and Chips long enough, but now that I’m in […]

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Rugby and Steel Drums in London

The staple picture of Big Ben After a short train ride from Edinburgh, I’ve found myself back in one of the most international cities in all of Europe: London, England.  Though the city is enormous and spread out over a massive area of land (divided by the River Thames), it is surprisingly easy to explore it’s many sites using […]

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Scotch Whisky and Haggis

If you’re anything like me, when you think of Scotland, the first thing that comes to mind, besides great golf, is Scotch Whisky (and notice, they drop the “e” in whisky).  And the reputation is well earned, as there seem to be more Whisky Bars and here in Edinburgh than there are sheep in Ireland.  But […]

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The view from the Island, back along the coast

Peace in Belfast and Festivals in Edinburgh

Belfast, Northern Ireland: After arriving in Belfast, I’ll admit that I was a little taken aback – not by the visible aftermath that years of “The Troubles” created, but by the lack of thereof.  The image of a torn city that had been created in my mind differed greatly from the progressive and rejuvanated city I actually saw.   Not to […]

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