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A Weekend in Portland Maine

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

Spending a weekend in Portland Maine by the sea

I recently spent a weekend in Portland Maine around the Women in Travel Summit (WITS) travel conference. It was actually my very first visit to Portland! Shockingly, I grew up just down the road in Massachusetts and had spent years visiting Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. But, in all that time, I never stopped into Portland.

I recently spent a weekend in Portland Maine around the Women in Travel Summit (WITS) travel conference. It was actually...

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Easy Day Trips from Edinburgh Scotland

Date Posted: July 2, 2019
Posted in: Edinburgh Expat, Travel Tales

Edinburgh Castle image for easy day trip options from Edinburgh

Day trips from Edinburgh can be easily arranged so you can explore beyond the city. While there is ample to do in Edinburgh itself, getting outside the city can show you more of Scotland from different angles.

For some Edinburgh day trip ideas, I pulled together my favorite days out that we’ve done in the years we’ve lived here. There are probably plenty more to do, too! But, so far, these seven are my favorites.

Day trips from Edinburgh can be easily arranged so you can explore beyond the city. While there is ample to do in Edinbu...

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Going Coast to Coast in Costa Rica

Date Posted: June 18, 2019
Posted in: Travel Tales

Coast to coast in Costa Rica along the golden sand beaches lined with palm trees

A while back, I went coast to coast in Costa Rica on a fabulous vacation with my fantastic cousin. She visited me in Ecuador and in Honduras (3 times!), and she initiated the planning of this outstanding Costa Rica trip. I’ve also just coaxed her into a visit to Scotland! That’s what brought up all these fun memories of trips past.

A while back, I went coast to coast in Costa Rica on a fabulous vacation with my fantastic cousin. She visited me in Ecu...

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Rabbie’s Tour of St Andrews and Fife

Date Posted: April 2, 2019
Posted in: Edinburgh Expat, Travel Tales

St Andrews and Fife Rabbie's tour in Scotland

If you’re visiting Scotland and basing much of your time around Edinburgh, you can easily take a day trip to many interesting locations. While public transportation is readily available and accessible, sometimes it just doesn’t quite get you where you want to go. For those places, it’s worthwhile taking a tour.

Rabbie’s tours are my personal favorite option for getting out of the city and seeing more. I did the Edinburgh city tour with Rabbie’s, which offers a fabulous overview of Edinburgh’s history and geography. After that, the Rabbie’s tour of St Andrews and Fife was the option my family chose when they came to visit us.

And what an excellent choice it was!

If you're visiting Scotland and basing much of your time around Edinburgh, you can easily take a day trip to many intere...

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Enjoy History at the In Guardia Parade in Valletta

Date Posted: June 23, 2017
Posted in: Malta Expat, Travel Tales

If you haven’t yet noticed, I’m a bit of a history nerd. It’s inherited – my dad’s favorite line to say is: “Did you know…” followed by a fact or story of interest. I’ve taken on that tendency, but you can’t keep saying, “Did you know?” without following it up with interesting facts! And so, off we went to check out living history at the In Guardia Parade in Valletta so I could add to my random fact arsenal.

If you haven't yet noticed, I'm a bit of a history nerd. It's inherited - my dad's favorite line to say is: "Did you kno...

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A Quick Visit to the Three Cities in Malta

Date Posted: May 24, 2017
Posted in: Malta Expat, Travel Tales

On the other side of the Grand Harbour from Valletta, you’ll find an area called the Three Cities. Their history goes back to Phoenician times – the area has always been a popular maritime community. But even if you’re not a history buff, at least make a quick visit to the Three Cities in Malta to explore the meticulously kept traditional neighborhoods and to marvel at the superyachts gracing the marina.

On the other side of the Grand Harbour from Valletta, you'll find an area called the Three Cities. Their history goes ba...

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Day Trip to the Island of Gozo

Date Posted: May 23, 2017
Posted in: Malta Expat, Travel Tales

Did you know that Malta is an independent nation consisting of three main islands in the Mediterranean? We live on the island of Malta, which is the largest. The island of Gozo is second-largest and less densely populated. The island of Comino is non-residential. Both Gozo and Comino are easily accessible from Malta and, actually, my Irish-Colombian frequently dives at both islands! A day trip to the island of Gozo is a great addition to a holiday in Malta.

Did you know that Malta is an independent nation consisting of three main islands in the Mediterranean? We live on the i...

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The Annual Mdina Medieval Festival in Malta

Date Posted: May 11, 2017
Posted in: Malta Expat, Travel Tales

My favorite part of moving to a new expat home is exploring and learning about my new host country. One of the first things I do is check out upcoming calendars for festivals, annual events, and anything else noteworthy so I can try to catch them all. The first one that popped up for our new home in Malta was the Mdina Medieval Festival. While I may not be the type to don centuries-old garb and act a part, I can certainly appreciate the revelry and importance of these traditions!

My favorite part of moving to a new expat home is exploring and learning about my new host country. One of the first thi...

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