Sunday, 7 April 2013


I'm so sorry for the lack of posts but my internet has been out for what seems like AGES.

Anyway tomorrow I'm leaving for London again! I can't believe its been 3 months already and I get to leave to go "home" again.

Coming soon: posts on the ins and outs of planning your study abroad days. Banks, Visas and all the other red tape you have to get through.

And maybe a few wonderful days out?????

I hope you're having a lovely spring!!

See you all in GMT <3 <3 <3

T xxx

Monday, 25 March 2013

Monday Morning, Spring Snow Day Addition.


I have no excuse. Obviously, with the development of life around me, I've lost track of the days. When I work on Friday it's hard to update on Friday unless I really update on Thursday. Which happens only when I remember that it's Thursday before it's too late. Quite frankly, unless it's Monday (dreaded, horrible, awful Monday) I rarely know what day it is anymore. So lets update today!

#1 ~ What in the world is going on outside my window? When I lived in Minnesota, or Massachusetts, or New York, this was expected.I live in the Mid-Atlantic. Close the south. On March 25th, what the hell is this?
Two days ago I went outside in shorts. All this does is fill me with anger.
#2 ~ The real reason for this brilliant Monday update:

The Unlikely Explorer is no longer waiting!!!!!! 
(I wish I could also make this sparkle- If I was better with computers/not too lazy to find out I probably could)

Maybe this weird ass weather is the way of the universe preparing me for next year because I'm moving back to Scotland. This means living with Matt. Also, this means I'll finally get my masters. 

It's weird that it feels like finally because it's been less than a year since I graduated with my Bachelors, but it does. It really does feel like I can FINALLY breathe. 

Although it's going to be a difficult year, I hope this means more wonderful adventures for the blog. It definitely means that there will be a series of posts with HOPEFULLY useful tips about obtaining visas, house hunting overseas (when you can't even be there) and of course, packing your life into 1-2 suitcases. I've already done it once before, so... we'll see if I learned anything from the first time. 

I hope that, even though it's stupid Monday, you all have a wonderful day and an amazing rest of the week. I'm going to take my snow-day to take one last day to bask in the relief of knowing my future. Then we'll go back to a little bit of waiting. 

5 months to go!!!

T xxx

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Travel Writing and Inspiration

The funny thing about waiting is that it can make us lose sight of what we wanted in the first place. I want to write. That's why this blog exists. The problem is wanting to write about travel and not travelling kind of adds up to a bit of conundrum. And pulling inspiration out of thin air isn't going to happen either.

That's why, while we've been on the subject of travel related things to do to pass the time between trips, I've been eyeing my (distressingly neglected) book shelf.

If you're like me, you like reading in all sorts of situations. On cold nights at home, warm nights at home, on the way to work, at work, in the tub (the tub isn't at work, though). The point is, I love reading. Recently however, it's been easy to bet caught up in other things. It's easier to just turn the brain off after 7 p.m. and leave it at that.

Which is why, sitting pristine and lovely on my bookshelf are two Christmas presents: Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson and All Roads Lead to Austen by Amy Smith. The search for inspiration should obviously come from those who have already done what you're aspiring to do, right?

So, over the next few weeks, I'll be bringing you some small tid-bits and life lessons I've learned along the journey's with them (which is a really pretty way to say I'll be reviewing the books). Maybe, if we're all lucky, I'll pick up a few new ideas and techniques for my own writing. Then, when that next trip finally happens, I'll be more than ready.

Happy Friday everyone!

T xx

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Memory Keeping

Life, the way it is now, is slow going. Most of the time people find themselves looking at calendars and freaking out about how fast the days seem to go. But sometimes, when you get a chance to sit down for a moment, all of a sudden you're not saying "Oh my God it's already March!", you're saying "Oh dear God it's only March".

During this period of intense waiting, it's nice to have something to do. My boss, who is also a very good friend, got me interested in scrapbooking by showing me some of the wonderful things she's done for her family. With all the pictures that we have, I figured it would be a nice way to make use of them since I'm running out of picture frames. Not to mention the fact that it's nice to remember the good and sunny times when it's dreary outside.
These are from an adorable Far & Away Chipboard found at Two Peas In A Bucket

Friday, 22 February 2013


I have to apologize for the delay in posting today. I was surprised today to hear from a very good friend of mine who is very lucky to be living the dream I lived about two years ago.

I can't actually believe it was two years ago that I was living in Edinburgh. Two years ago that this whole journey started.

The unfortunate part of journeys like mine - and I'm sure I'm not alone in this-  is while you can do many things to help yourself along, there are certain parts you have no control over. That's the part I find myself in right now. It's hard to think of something to say really when you're wanting to write about wild planned adventures and a great new start when you have no idea if that start is even coming.

So I, better yet we, wait.

I would like to say that this post will be filled with tips on how to keep your spirits up while you're waiting. And I would like to say that I can also give you tips on not being so anxious when you're waiting for things while you travel. But the truth is I'm rubbish at both. The most I can hope for is that anyone who reads this will feel a little bit better about the fact that they're in the same boat. At least you're not alone.

That all being said, I think that I've been throwing myself into work and nothing else for a bit too long. Since I would like to be able to post some tips on how to keep from turning into a giant ball of stress during times like these, I've decided to discover some myself. Over the next few weeks I'll be working on memory keeping projects and hopefully getting a few travel books under my belt that I can share with you all. Maybe together, we can all find a way to deal with waiting.

Happy Friday lovelies!

T xx