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We started this blog for our family and friends to follow alongside  us on our journey, but for those who've stumbled across this page... Hello!                                                       


We're Graham and Jane and our story goes something like this:

We met in NYC and quickly fell in love with each other, but simultaneously fell out of love with our respective careers. For so many reasons and at the same time for no reason at all, asking ourselves "why not?", we decided to take off for 18 months to explore this beautiful world and the people who live in it.

Thanks for moving along with us on this journey, through what is planned and all the unplanned that is sure to come.  Welcome to our great affair!

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June 17, 2018

We originally had Scotland as part of the road trip, but subsequently removed it. Since the cruise was stopping in the Shetland Islands, Orkney and Inverness, we figured it'd be a sufficient first course in discovering the country. In reality, it was an amuse bouche. We'll have to come back for an extended period of time to enjoy a full course of what this incredible country has to offer. 


Our first stop: Shetland Islands. We had planned a cruise around the island but it was cancelled due to bad weather. In a way, I'm glad it did. Walking around Lerwick was restorative. The town was beautifully simple and both calm and calming. Our only miss: we didn't get to see those little ponies Shetland is known for. I must get a picture of Graham (6'6") riding one.


Second stop: Orkney, where La Bella Cappella Italiana (Italian Chapel) stands out. It was built by Italian POWs during WWII. The prisoners, wanting a place to worship, were granted permission to transform a Nissen hut into a chapel. They recycled random materials like corned beef tins into light holders and a car exhaust to create a baptismal font. Every part of the interior fresco has so much intention behind it; it took the tour guide to point out each meaning.




Third stop: Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness. Neither of us had a good picture of Urquhart Castle, but here's part of the wall overlooking the lake and its famous resident. 

Technically, Inverness was a stop on this tour, but the bus driver sped right through it! Definitely looked like it was worth a trip back to explore. 


And final stop: Edinburgh. I don't think I've fallen this quickly in love with a city as I did with Edinburgh. It's a feast for the eyes (nerd alert: see what I did there? We've come full circle.) We could've walked forever, passing through the juxtaposition of ancient and modern, nature and man-made. 


 Scotland, we'll be back. 





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