My name is Kate. I’m British and American, but home is – and probably always will be – Edinburgh, Scotland.
I’m a big fan of adventures, swing dancing, cooking, eating, drinking, making stuff, and getting overexcited about things.
The first time I went on a trip by myself was the summer of 2004. I had three weeks between working at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and doing a semester at the University of St Andrews. It seemed silly to fly home to the US and then back to the UK again, so to me, it was an obvious choice.
I didn’t know anyone else who’d done it on their own before, as that kind of thing just isn’t as big for Americans, but I didn’t care. I got a Eurail pass and went to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Berlin, Český Krumlov, and Prague. (I also attempted to go to Helsingør, Denmark but failed.) It was fantastic and difficult and illuminating – a pretty enticing gateway drug.
Since then, I have been on various trips, sometimes alone sometimes with people, but I have always had the urge to see more places and eat more food in said places.
I started this blog when I was getting serious about planning my big overland Trans-Siberian-based adventure from Edinburgh to Bangkok. I decided to keep it going when I completed that trip because I think there’s still plenty to talk about.
I don’t think I’ll ever be a permanent traveler or a digital nomad or any of that – I’m pretty sure I want to live in Edinburgh forever. But I also want to take lots of lovely, long trips away as well as plenty of short trips closer to home. And maybe there’s even another massive trip lurking in my future. Who knows? Not me. Not yet.