This is an “after the fact” post, but I feel like I’d be letting you all down if I didn’t share this absolutely phenomenal, totally delicious, delightful decadent experience with you. The truth is, it’s been five days since I last experienced the lusciousness that is Parisian hot chocolate and I still can’t stop thinking about it!
We were so pleased to have both of our sets of parents come to visit us in Europe over the past month! We went through a lot of countries and visited a lot of places. It turns out that writing blog posts while traveling is much easier said than done so I now have a lot to catch you guys up on! I’ve cataloged our trips in a photostory below.
We arrived in a beautiful, sunny Greece a week and a half ago. After living over a year in Scotland, we were ready to see the sun and feel its warmth again. Little did we know, the rain was following us around.
We’ve had an exciting first week of adventuring in Europe! Sometimes I have to pinch myself to believe this is real life.
This is such a bittersweet post to write! While Blythe and I are incredibly excited for our upcoming travels and the adventures that await us, we are terribly sad to be leaving Edinburgh. Terribly, terribly sad. We have fallen madly in love with this city so we thought it was appropriate to spend our last date day in Scotland enjoying the Edinburgh we know and love… well, sort of.
I know you’ve all been just dying to hear what we’ve been up to. I’ve made you wait through a few weeks (what must have been a torturous few weeks) of not reading about us and our life in Scotland. I don’t want to keep you waiting any longer, so here it is! All of your questions answered! What we’ve been doing, what we’re doing next, and our plans for the future:
This past weekend, Blythe and I did a very Scottish thing and attended a highland games! The highland games take place from May through September and each weekend are located in a different town in the Scottish Highlands. Competitors travel to the different games to rack up points and awards. It reminded me somewhat of the U.S. rodeo circuit. Despite some rain during the day, it has probably been one of our favorite things we’ve done in Scotland!
For date night this week, Blythe decided to combine two cultural experiences that I can’t imagine have ever been mentioned in the same breath. We ate dinner at Shebeen, a South African restaurant, and then saw a performance by the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra at the beautiful Usher Hall.
We live in a city with a rich literary history: Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ian Rankin, and J.K. Rowling, just to name a few. For date night this week, Blythe decided that we would become a part of this centuries old tradition by crafting an epic, dual author short story inspired by the beautiful city of Edinburgh.
I am officially winning our date night competition after the date I planned this weekend. I took Blythe to one of Edinburgh’s hidden gems, Lauriston Castle, to stroll through the gardens and tour the historic residence. For just a few pounds we had an entire day full of relaxation and fun!