It’s been awhile since I posted anything about my Big 42nd Birthday Year Travel Plans. A lot has changed in the world, and at this point, I’m pretty sure Egypt is going to have to wait a few more years. Especially with this new, completely wrong-headed and immoral war with Syria we’re plotting – it just appears the region will be too unstable in 2015. So, I am turning my attention to my back-up plan: England and Scotland.
The problem is narrowing it down. I want to go everywhere in Great Britain! I am trying to make it a good mix of everything I love: history, geekery, and nature. Also, I have always wanted to sleep on a train, so naturally I’ll travel from London to Scotland via the Caledonian Sleeper train. The little rooms are so cute.
Once in Scotland, as part of the geekery, I will visit Edinburgh’s Castle (Hogwarts!) and ride the jacobite steam train. Any Potter fans out there will recognize this iconic moment from the film:
It is believed to be one of the world’s most scenic rail trips. It will take me to the coast town of Mallaig, where I will hop a ferry to the Inner Hebrides islands. White sand beaches, turquoise water…sounds like the Caribbean, right? No, it’s still Scotland!
Mull, I think, will be my home for at least a couple of days.
From Mull, it’s possible to visit Staffa, famous for Fingal’s Cave. There is nowhere else like it in the world. I have always wanted to go there.
In addition to being stunningly gorgeous, these islands are also FULL of wildlife. Whales, otters, and my primary focus: Puffins.
They aren’t afraid of humans, and will readily approach. This can even happen:
I have also located the hotel chain I will stay at while in London and Edinburgh. easyHotel. I LOVE this concept. What do you need in a European hotel? A bed, a bathroom, and a super-central, clean, safe location. Nothing else, so why pay for it? EasyHotel is such a brilliant concept.
Maybe one night I’ll spring for the tv.