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Orkney Road Trip: The Italian Chapel

Call it the Bader Meinhoff complex, fate, or coincidence, but in the few weeks leading up to our Orkney trip, I noticed numerous stories and articles online about an Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm. The chapel’s existence was news to me. It lies only a few hundred yards off the road to the main island; Continue Reading »

Arrival in Kampala

Long-term lists, short-term lists. Ticking items off lists. Contracts to be signed, contracts to be terminated. Fees paid repeatedly. Unexpected expenses. Unanticipated purchases. Phone calls, interviews. Calendars consulted and dates agreed upon. Vaccinations. Different categories of possessions packed and moved to storage and to various homes. Multiple goodbyes and send offs. Packing away lives, packing Continue Reading »

Orkney Road Trip: Arrival

I have always found it problematic to write travel blog posts about the country I am living in. I live and work in central Edinburgh and I have never felt inspired to write about the haunted pubs of the Old Town or the sun rising over Arthur’s Seat as I walk to work over the Continue Reading »

Þingvellir, homeward bound

‘YOU ARE NOW STANDING on the edge of the ancient parliamentary site’, read the text on the wide information board at my knees. I stepped back and blinked at the plains of faded brown grass and dark grey rocks in the autumn sunshine. “This is it. I think,” I said. “It must be. Look there’s Continue Reading »