Moody, majestic, jagged, remote, stunning – all these words play around my head when I think of Scotland’s Isle of Skye. Although I have never been (yet) I imagine its beauty is remarkable. Although I may think it remote, the opposite is true. Found in the Inner Hebrides of the Scottish Highlands it is in fact a grandly popular tourist destination. It’s uneven topography with moors, cliffs and lochs make it popular with hikers. Additionally it could be a dream for a photographer. Add some museums, ’round island boat trips, bed and breakfasts and warm people (town of Portree is the largest) and you have a memorable trip. Access to the island from the mainland is easy along the Skye Bridge. Ferry routes are an added option as well.

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Elgol Beach looking northwest across Loch Scavaig, Isle of Skye, Scotland.












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Wheels are in motion

Well, I did it. I made a declaration that puts my RTW trip moving forward. Yesterday I gave my notice at work. Yes, it is 2.5 months away, however, with my job as an RMT (Registered Massage Therapist) I need to give 2 months so that they can find a suitable replacement for me. So that is set and all the rest needs to come together. I trust that it will. I am so happy while still in a small state of disbelief. That will change I’m sure. Let’s get things going! YAY!!!

Yeah, pretty much

Yeah, pretty much


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Most are aware of the destruction of Pompeii when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 70 C.E. , however the loss of Herculaneum is often overlooked. Herculaneum was  buried with Pompeii and several other Roman cities that were based near the deadly volcano. Today, the incredibly well preserved ruins are found in the town of Ercolano. Although Pompeii’s popularity has eclipsed the Herculaneum ruins many state that it offers a grander insight into ancient Roman life. Since Herculaneum was not collapsed by large amounts of volcanic ash as Pompeii was its ruins can tell a clearer story of that time. When it was unearthed it was clear that the ruins were in very good condition. Additionally, it is less crowded with tourists than Pompeii. Add some rather easy ways to get there with frequent transit options from Naples and Sorrento it is a must see for history buffs.

Ruins at Herculaneum (Ercolano), Italy

Ruins at Herculaneum (Ercolano), Italy

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Night markets have been in existence in Asia for hundreds of years. Those of times gone by were surely nothing like the popular ones now found worldwide. Found in cities, often those with large Asian populations, has made them more than just a place to buy and sell. Today night markets are filled with quick bites of tasty foods, fun entertainment, designer knock-offs, and knickknacks; they are a large draw for both tourists and locals alike. Taiwan particularly has an abundance of night markets with the Shilin Night Market in Taipei being the most famous and arguably the largest. Divided into two sections, patrons can meander from shopfront to shopfront in one section perusing clothing stores, having a go at karaoke or playing arcade games. Go to the Food Court and there is an almost endless choice food. A friend told me that there are over 1500 food stalls. That is a lot of food!! Not a wonder this night market is famed. It is known for serving foods along the likes of oyster omelets, fried buns, tempura and much more. The ease of getting there by way of the Taipei Rapid Transit System and late hours (5:00pm to 1 or 2:00am is common) this market is a night out I would imagine.

Shilin Night Market

Shilin Night Market, Taipei

Although Vancouver has a few night markets my friend said they pale in comparison to the ones in Taiwan. They have the large ones like Shilin where the crowds are immense and the choices for everything to the much smaller ones where locals visit and the crowds are fewer. Though she did say 500 food stalls is a small night market though for me I would still imagine that as rather large. It’s all relative I guess.

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