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 giant, stinky, misshapen-penis flower 3 days ago Big, smelly excitement in Edinburgh this weekend, as a titan arum (also known as amorphophallus titanum, or giant misshapen phallus) blooms for the first time at the Royal Botanic Gardens. We’ve been following the flower on Twitter, so we’d be sure to know when it bloomed. The flower...
  • Orkney Islands: diving into prehistory 2 weeks ago The Orkneys contain a fair number of prehistoric sites to entertain the tourist. Most of these sites boast superlatives such as “the oldest known X”, “the most complete Y”, or “the only Z still in existence”, so it’s hard not to think that one really ought the visit them (even if one...
  • Orkney Islands: in and around Kirkwall 3 months ago There are a few different ferries from Scotland to the Orkneys; we took the hour-long one from Gills Bay to South Ronaldsay. From there it was a short drive across the Churchill Barriers to our B&B on Mainland. While planning our trip to the Orkneys, I found myself repeatedly tripped up by the...
  • Exploring Scotland: Dunrobin Castle 3 months ago We had some excellent Scotland adventures in April. I spent a week in Gardenstown at a workshop led by a very talented Scottish artist, and then Scott came to join me and we headed further north. On our way to the ferry to the Orkney Islands, we stopped for a couple hours to check out […]
  • Isle of Skye: the Old Man of Storr 4 months ago The Isle of Skye is a wonderful place for hiking, if you’re lucky enough to have cooperative weather. We spent an afternoon exploring the Trotternish Peninsula, topped off with a hike up the Storr to visit its old man. The beginning of the hike was not particularly inviting. The area had recently...

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