This International Life

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This International Life
Adventures in travel and serial expattery at zurika.com. These are the tales of two Americans currently based in Munich, Germany.
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  • Edinburgh: the Book Festival, part 1 1 week ago This year I am diving head-first into the Edinburgh International Book Festival, just one of the many festivals going on in the city this month. Conveniently self-contained on Charlotte Square in New Town, the Book Festival grounds consist of several theaters, a big book shop, a couple of bars and...
  • The Falkirk Wheel and the canal in the sky 2 weeks ago The Falkirk Wheel is one of those things we’ve been meaning to check out for a while. Some curious houseguests were a good nudge to finally go explore. The wheel is basically a fancy new-fangled way of connecting two canals at different altitudes without using a lock system. You drive your boat...
  • Notes from another summer in Edinburgh 2 months ago We haven’t seen darkness in months. Not real darkness, anyway – here the sun goes down and hovers just below the horizon before coming back up in a few hours. It adds to the general feeling of strangeness and anticipation that summer in Edinburgh brings.  Our first summer in Edinburgh was a...
  • Orkney Islands: Stromness and more hiking 2 months ago For the second half of our stay in Orkney, we were based in Stromness, on the western end of Mainland. Smaller than Kirkwall, and oozing a bit more old-timy charm, Stromness proved a good base for exploring the western part of the island (but given how small it is, pretty much any location on...
  • Orkney Islands: hiking Hoy 2 months ago On our second morning in the Orkneys, we woke up to snow. It was lovely to look at, but made us wonder about our plan to catch the ferry to Hoy for the day. From what we had read, Hoy was supposed to be very beautiful, but there wouldn’t be much to do there if […]

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