The sky did good this morning. Indie and I walked around the Clyde with my camera. I don’t often take my camera on morning walks, but I’m trying to get into the habit of having it with me more often.
This year has been insane for travel. Lanzarote, Amsterdam, California, Belgrade plus UK trips to Belfast, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Bristol. But let’s not exclude my favourite trip of the year—Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Like most of the travel I ended up doing this year, it wasn’t planned. I was invited to speak at MicroConf fairly last minute. We were put up in a 5 star hotel, Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, and I was upgraded to a suite!
There wasn’t much time for exploring, but on my first day I headed to the Old Town. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan you’ll be familiar with Dubrovnik because it’s where some of the series is filmed. The weather was fantastic, the food and drink was delightful. Dubrovnik was the highlight of my year.
Another day, another new coffee spot. Toro opened in the Southside and word on the street is that they do a flight of coffee. Bazzziiiing!
A couple of friends from California were visiting Scotland, so I picked them up at the train station and took them to Toro. It’s a lovely little spot and I definitely recommend checking it out. I’m surprised I handled the flight of coffee with my highly sensitive nervous system.
Went on a doggy coffee date with Indie and Luna to The Good Coffee Cartel. Indie likes her coffee black, whereas Luna is partial to a flat white.
This was the trip of a lifetime and it took me by surprise. I was not planning on visiting California this year.
In July I got a Twitter DM from Dann Petty asking if I wanted to speak at Epicurrence. A month later I was on a plane to San Francisco where I spent 24 hours before driving to Yosemite National Park. We hiked, mountain biked and share stories around a camp fire.
I didn’t get to see much of SF, but I made a point of visiting Mrs Doubtfire’s house! Yosemite was everything I wanted it to be and more. A month later and I can’t stop thinking about this trip.
Another weekend, another coffee shop. Grain and Grind is in Glasgow’s south side, which seems to have a lot of excellent places popping up lately. With the weather we’ve been having (I’m wearing factor 50 every day. That’s how hot it is) I was craving an iced coffee with oat milk. I also couldn’t resist one of the cinnamon buns. Delicious!
I have a confession. The first couple of times I visited Manchester I didn’t enjoy it. Whenever I visited there was a monsoon of rain. My Converse would get wet and I was cold. Miserable! Now it’s one of my favourite cities, and this visit to Manchester is one of my best summer memories so far.
A group of us got a loft-style apartment in the city. The sun was shining. The World Cup was on. We ate good food and drank Sangria. Perfection! I like you a lot, Manchester.
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:
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?