• #GetThrifty,  CityGirlTravels,  Europe,  Scotland,  UK

    7 Tips for Travelling with a Group of Girlfriends + Accommodations Recommendations

    I’ve been back a couple weeks now from a really fantastic trip with some of my best girlfriends, and with jet-lag blessedly dissipated, I’ve begun to dive into my photos and notes. So many pictures, and a lot of information. And memories. Really fun and good memories. (Like this one!) For obvious reasons, small group travel is very different than solo and paired travel. Here are some key points to remember and how to best enjoy the spectacular places you will see with your friends: Compromise This is the most important part of group travel, specifically travelling with your friends. Why? Because it’s not just about you. It’s about what’s best for…

  • CityGirlStuff,  CityGirlTravels,  Scotland,  Stuff and Things

    Jet lag and counting coins

    I’ve become fond of adding quotes to posts in recent weeks so I’ve decided to just go with that and use a quote for every post for a little while. Keeping with the theme of jet lag… Jet lag last night was like bad ‘shrooms. When my dad asked what that meant I told him its like being in a musical you don’t want to be in. – Lady Gaga I can honestly say I know nothing about “‘shrooms” (good or bad), and I certainly don’t travel as much as Lady Gaga does, but I get where she’s coming from. As much as I love to travel, I am not fond…

  • CityGirlEats,  CityGirlTravels,  Recipes,  Scotland

    “Pimped Out” Macaroni and Cheese

    The weather has been wonky in Vancouver. I’m home sick today and I think the weather changed about five times. Mother Nature can’t seem to make up her mind last week or so. Rain? Snow? Sun? Hail? Maybe one in each corner of the Lower Mainland. The one consistency is that it has been chilly no matter the elements. Certainly not anywhere close to being Spring… And in the mean time, it was 26 degrees in Winnipeg last weekend. In MARCH. During the Winter and/or chillier weather, Sean and I tend to eat heartier foods than we would in the summer. My absolute favourite hearty food is macaroni and cheese.…

  • CityGirlTravels,  Europe,  Scotland

    Jet lag, Venison Stew/Pie, Edinburgh last days

    And we’re back. It’s been a week and I’m now ready to finish documenting the trip. It snowed this weekend much to everyone’s surprise. But it’s sunny and beautiful out – I am grateful for no rain. It will make today’s grocery trip much more pleasant. So, the trip. Numbers 28 days 8 (count’em, EIGHT) plane rides 3 countries 50+ km walked 2 awesome shows 24 kg (The weight of my backpack going Naples-London-Edinburgh; Sean’s was heavier.) More wine, food, and fun than two people should probably consume – but it was really good! 2 happy travellers who got to be out of the country for the above mentioned 28…

  • CityGirlEats,  CityGirlTravels,  Europe,  Scotland,  UK

    Christmas, Oink and Hogmanay

    We got back from the Highland town of Aviemore yesterday evening and after doing a bit of work, I can think about the last week and a bit. Aviemore will have to be a different day’s writing but Edinburgh can be consise. Or at least, I will try…. Generosity has been a plenty since the moment we set foot on Scottish soil. Lesley and Stephen welcomed us and our bulky rucksacks into their guest room and told us to make ourselves at home. They are good people. And in return, we have been making a few dinners and I have been getting acquainted with the somewhat older gas range/oven for…