Six must-visit towns close to Edinburgh

Bass Rock, North Berwick, Scotland

On my first visit to Edinburgh, I spent a lot of time getting familiar with the city, but after a while I began to crave more and decided to branch out. One of the great things about Edinburgh, or really any big city in the UK, is their railway system. It’s very easy to hop on a train and take a daytrip!

Although Edinburgh is amazing, I highly recommend going beyond Scotland’s capital if you have the time. Here are six charming towns, close to Edinburgh, which I think everyone...

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A day out in El Greco’s Toledo

Degas was obsessed with ballerinas and horse races. Van Gogh had his landscapes of swirling brushstrokes and vivid colours. Dali enjoyed melting times pieces and fantastical elephants with spindly legs.

El Greco is most easily recognized for his paintings of twisted and elongated figures.

Although born in Crete, El Greco spent most of his life in Toledo, a small city less than an hour’s drive from Madrid. There, he produced one masterpiece after another. El Greco wasn’t known...

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Biking San Antonio’s Missions Trail

Dome of the San Jose Mission in San Antonio

We chose the hottest day of the summer to bike the Missions Trail along the San Antonio River.

I had been struggling with a persistent cold for a couple days and when we stepped out of the hotel that day I felt like I stepped out of my skin. I was almost numb from the blistering heat coming off of the pavement. I don’t remember why we decided to go biking that day specifically but I’m proud to say that we made it 10 kilometers in the scorching sun. That may not seem like much, but...

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A Love for Cars on Route 66

Train tracks running through Seligman, Arizona

There is something slightly alien about the Arizona landscape. The flat desert plains and red cliffs remind me of lunar photos, harsh and lonely. If it weren’t for the low dry shrubbery peppering the ground there would be nothing to differentiate it from some alien world. I had only ever seen the South West as it’s depicted in movies and postcard photographs. The classic image of tumbleweeds rolling past in Westerns seemed to me like the exaggerations of an imaginative mind.


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San Antonio’s Mexican Flavour

The Mexican Market Square outside


They really love their Mexican food down in Texas. When my friend and I were staying in San Antonio (at the El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel which I highly recommend) we missed the morning buffet so we asked the front desk where we could get breakfast. They suggested Pete’s Tacos. Apparently in San Antonio they have Mexican for every meal of the day, including breakfast. Don’t get me wrong, Pete makes some great tacos and coffee, but almost every single meal I had in San...

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