In case you’ve never heard me say it, I’ll repeat myself: we love New York. Even after all the places we have been in the world, Brennan and I always feel this tug back to New York. It’s our favorite city and we love any chance we have to visit.
We set out from Bangkok on November 8. Our hotel was already decorated for Christmas, so I made sure to snap a photo before we left. We made it to the airport, and saw these statues as we were checking in. I thought it was very funny how they looked with the giant masks on their faces. This statue has smaller faces on the back of the head and even the little faces had masks! At some point in the far future, I know it will be hard to believe how prevalent masks were everywhere, so I think it’s interesting to document things like this.
Brennan left Ohio on August 31 and flew to New York City for the night before heading over to the UK. 3 of Brennan’s favorite things are New York pizza, stand up comedy, and steak. He managed to fit all of these in his short time before his flight.
Inverness was an unexpected highlight to end our first leg of our summer in Europe!
We flew to Inverness from Portugal. Unfortunately, we missed our flight in Lisbon (because we forgot about going through passport control and waited in the lounge too long to get to the plane) and had to fly through London, with an overnight near the Gatwick airport. We arrived in Inverness a little later than expected, but were pleasantly surprised when we got there. The weather was crisp and sunny, which all the local people were quick to remind us doesn't happen very often.
We took a taxi from the airport to our hotel, dropped off our bags, and went to get lunch at a small sandwich shop. After eating, we had a little bit of time before our bike tour so we walked around a very old cemetery near the hotel. It was fun to see all the Mackenzie headstones, since we were in the middle of watching Outlander.
The bike tour was fantastic! It was a private tour, since no one else had signed up for the time we booked. Our guide was a local woman who had lived in Inverness her whole life. She took us past the cathedral, through the islands in the middle of the River Ness, to the small botanical garden, past the shore, by the locks in the river, and all around the area of the town. It was a great way to spend the afternoon and we learned a lot about places, tradition, and people in Inverness.
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Since June 2022, we have been traveling to learn more about ourselves and the world around us.