The Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh

Date Posted: October 31, 2019
Posted in: Edinburgh Expat, Travel Tales

Beltane Fire Festival performers in Edinburgh

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When the sun has set over the Firth of Forth and darkness has descended upon Calton Hill, the excitement is palpable. Torches blaze – the fire crackling in the cold evening air. Performers amble about the hill in full costume, covered in body paint and intricately crafted dress to reflect their roles as elements and forces of nature. 

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An Isle of Wight Weekend

Date Posted: October 11, 2019
Posted in: Travel Tales

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An Isle of Wight weekend can refresh the soul. I, honestly, knew next to nothing about this English island when I decided to go. But I was visiting Portsmouth for house and cat sitting, so this nearby isle offered a perfect additional getaway.

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First Impressions of São Miguel in the Azores

Date Posted: October 9, 2019
Posted in: Travel Tales

I’ve been on the island of São Miguel in the Azores for a week now. I came here to house and dog sit for friends from Roatan who have made this island their family home. I feel like a broken record since I just keep repeating to them: What an exceptional place to live!

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On Blogging and Birthdays

Date Posted: October 7, 2019
Posted in: Personal

Today is my birthday! And, in light of that, I’ve been taking stock of my work, my life, my habits, and everything that goes into this website.

Today is my birthday! And, in light of that, I've been taking stock of my work, my life, my habits, and everything that...

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House Sitting and Visiting Portsmouth England

Date Posted: September 1, 2019
Posted in: Housesitting, Travel Tales

visiting Portsmouth England for house sitting - header image Amanda Walkins

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House sitting and visiting Portsmouth sounded like an easy trip to take from Scotland for a little summer break. I always keep my eye out for fun house sitting adventures to take (can’t help it!). So, off I went to cuddle cats and stay by the sea for a week in August…

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Winter Travel in Southern France

Date Posted: August 29, 2019
Posted in: Housesitting, Travel Tales

Travel to Southern France in winter

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My very first housesitting assignment with TrustedHousesitters was in picturesque Southern France. Winter travel in Southern France is a popular option from the UK and elsewhere in Northern Europe. The region boasts over 300 days of sunshine each year…including during the otherwise dark and cold dreary days we experience farther north.

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11 Lessons Learned House Sitting with TrustedHousesitters

Date Posted: August 27, 2019
Posted in: Housesitting

lessons learned house sitting with TrustedHousesitters and taking care of pets like this pretty cat

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We’ve been members of TrustedHousesitters since 2016. If you haven’t noticed, I’m a little obsessed with them and with this whole way of life. I love the exchange and the sharing economy; if I could simply barter my way through life, I’d do it in a heartbeat! So it’s no wonder that I love doing this. In case you’re considering it, too, here are my lessons learned from house sitting with TrustedHousesitters…so far.

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2 Week European Vacation in Winter

Date Posted: August 22, 2019
Posted in: Travel Tales

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A 2 week European vacation in winter might not be your first thought when you consider such a big holiday. But – hear me out – Europe in winter actually has plenty of positives! I took a (typically American) whirlwind trip through 5 cities in 2 weeks with a very dear friend. And I think you should consider doing the same.

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