It’s Your Third Birthday!

My nephew, Blake, turned 3 on the 28th of May. I got up at 5AM to get a flight home from Amsterdam to surprise him for his birthday. In the run up to his birthday, he kept FaceTiming me and asking if I was coming to his party. The guilt was too much so I happily changed my flight to an earlier one.

Blake had a party at his house with all of his friends. There was a bouncy castle that I perhaps spent too much time on (wow, what a workout). The sun came out for his birthday and I think it was a success. Well done to my sister, Carolyn, for planning it all.

Here’s the first picture

 
 

48 Hours In Amsterdam

Last year I visited Geneva for a few days with just my camera. I enjoyed my trip and vowed to make solo photography adventures a regular occurrence. Fast forward to May, 2018 and I took a short flight to Amsterdam for a few days. Here’s what I got up to in my 48 hours there:

  • Walked 33KM around the city
  • Saw a lot of dogs on scooters and bikes
  • Had lunch with Chris, who has been working in Amsterdam
  • Spent €20 on a gin and tonic
  • Ate a life-changing sandwich at Small World Catering
  • Got sun burn
  • Took a canal boat ride

Amsterdam won me over instantly. I can’t explain why exactly, but I haven’t loved a city as quickly as I did with Amsterdam. It was very easy to get to (1 hour and 15 minutes in the air, then a 15 minute train ride into the centre). The weather was perfect. Every person I encountered was friendly (aside from a bad experience on my way home). The food and drink was tasty. It was easy to get around.

I can’t stop thinking about Amsterdam and I’m already considering a second trip. There are so many food places and museums I still have to visit. Have you been to Amsterdam? What did you think of it?

 
 

Another Year of Glasgow Coffee Festival

This was my third year attending Glasgow Coffee Festival. You can see photos from the last 2 years here and here. In some respects it was better than other years (they introduced reusable cups, which in turn saved a grand total of 18,000+ disposable cups). The only disappointment was that no dogs were allowed this year (ignore those photos of Indie—she is an emotional support dog).

I ate cake, drank coffee and chatted to suppliers about the businesses they’re building and coffee they’re roasting. Just like last year, Rab and I had photographed a wedding the day before so we needed caffeine to recover.

 
 

Adventure Time

We visited Saturday’s wedding venue on Friday as the sun was setting. We wanted to scope the surrounding location. The sun was doing lovely things for us, so I couldn’t help but ask Rab—my friend and second shooter—to snap this photo.

 
 

Ben A’an

Check out the view from the start of Ben A’an. On Sunday I took Indie to Alloa for a walk. We didn’t attempt the summit because she has arthritis now, but we climbed for about 40 minutes with a few photo breaks before turning back.

Goal: summit Ben A’an at sunrise.

 A’…

 
 

Saturday Mornings at Market Coffee

The Southside is where it’s at. A lot of indie coffee shops have been popping up, including Market Coffee. If you want to drink great coffee in a surrounding that’s perfect for Instagram, this is the place! Shawshank and I could have spent hours here, but 2 coffees and 1 cake was our limit. We’ll definitely be back.

 
 

Hotel Sleepovers With Indie

I couldn’t get a dog sitter, so I took Indie to Newcastle with me. What an adventure we had! 8 mile walk around the city centre, dinner at Dat Bar, cocktails at the hotel bar. I hope we have many more adventures, Indie.

 
 

Milkshake Moustache

Took my nephew, Blake, to 10 10 for a strawberry milkshake. He approved. 10 10 used to be Monty’s, which used to be Montgomery’s.

 
 

The Good Coffee Cartel

Oh my, isn’t it exciting when you discover a new coffee shop? Not only that, but one that happens to be a 5 minute walk away… and is dog friendly? The Good Coffee Cartel is nailing it.

The Good Coffee Cartel is a coffee place, roaster and retail shop.  Get ’em checked.

 
 

Coffee at Kelvingrove Cafe

Met my pals, Lindsay and Joe, for brunch at Kelvingrove Cafe. They were hungover. Aside from my cold I was fresh as a daisy. Still, I treated myself to a big breakfast—the brioche french toast. It was so good I ate it before I could take a photo. Here is a picture of my coffee, though.

 
 
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