Laughs After Cancer

Step Away From the Hairy Coo!

Step Away From the Hairy Coo!

Highland cattle are a Scottish cattle breed that roam all over Scotland. They have long horns and long, wavy, woolly coats that vary in color and look adorable.  Contrary to what you would expect after visiting all the art galleries and souvenir shops, they can be...

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Country Roads of Scotland

Country Roads of Scotland

 When we started our tour, our guide explained that Insight Vacations prides itself on “rare authentic experiences and meaningful interactions.”  He reminded us that our tour was called Country Roads of Scotland on several occasions. We didn’t realize until today that...

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No Stone Unturned

No Stone Unturned

We have reached the northern shores of Scotland and will travel by ferry to the Orkney Islands today . . . that is if the ferry is running.  Weather forecasts are predicting winds so severe that all fishing vessels have returned to port.  Our tour guide explains that...

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Dare We Shower

Dare We Shower

The parting words from our tour guide as we left the bus were,”You’re on a tour called The Country Roads of Scotland.  That means we are going to some remote places with limited hotels.  And you Americans won’t share a bathroom, so our choices are limited. And make...

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Where is Nessie?

Where is Nessie?

This morning’s adventure started with a trip to Loch Ness in search of the Loch Ness Monster.  Turns out, there are professional Loch Ness Monster hunters and there is a million dollar reward for anyone who can capture a “Verifiable” photo.  I was game to try as that...

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Rare Sighting . . . An Ice Bucket!

Rare Sighting . . . An Ice Bucket!

Day 3 of our tour takes us out of the city (note, the name of our tour is Country Roads of Scotland, could it be we actually head out into the country?) and to the quaint town of St. Andrews.  St. Andrews is known for hosting William and Kate in their university...

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Edinburgh

Edinburgh

If you are ever going to visit Scotland, there are a few things you need to understand before you go. To begin with, you are probably going to visit, hear about, be pointed towards, or stumble across the city of Edinburgh, and you will need to know how to pronounce...

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Gene Joins a Clan!

Gene Joins a Clan!

Well it has finally happened.  Gene has connected with his 17% Scottish roots.  Only one day in Edinburgh and he has joined a clan (we call them gangs in the US).  We sit down to our first group dinner and every time the waitress walks behind Dad, I start...

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The Buckingham Incident

The Buckingham Incident

You know how sometimes you get so focused on your goal that you forget to look around?  Gene and I were visiting Buckingham Palace and enjoying the beautiful weather and sightseeing.  We were both getting a little tired of walking and still had about a mile to get...

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The Impossible Drink

The Impossible Drink

We have traveled enough now that when Gene leans over the table and says, “Considering where we are, you might want to just order Vodka on the rocks,” I should heed his advice.  Did I listen? No. Once again, I ordered the nearly impossible drink for anyone under 50 to...

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The posts on this page were added at the request of several of my readers who wanted “the fun stories to continue.” Some are dedicated to a friend in her last weeks of life. These posts are a mix of travel adventures and random experiences and are in date order with the newest post on top.

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