As part of Ayden and Pete’s elopement we rented a house in Arisaig called Driftwood. It overlooked Camusdarach Beach and was in the middle of nowhere. I can’t think of a more perfect weekend!
After speaking in Nottingham at New Adventures, I went to London for the weekend. I had a meeting on Monday, but decided to, y’know, do London just for fun for a few days.
I invited Brittany with me. We ate lots of food (can’t stop thinking about the mac and cheese at Camden Market), had lots of drink (half pints of Camden Hells), walked all over the city and visited Bram Stoker’s house. Win!
James and I used to go to College together, but we hadn’t hung out in about 4 years. I invited James to the Reel Big Fish / Less Than Jake combo headliner (which was amazing), and this opened the door to keeping in touch again.
James is into photography, so we spent one Saturday on a photo walk around Glasgow. I forgot how much I love photo walks!
First fashion shoot of the year. Whoo. Collaborated with my sister, Carolyn, to photograph her new line of dresses. You can check out Carolyn’s work here.
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.