Escape from Lockdown: Our Trip to the Mystic Isle of Skye (Part I)

When lockdown in Scotland ended, Anya and I were ready to dive into the deep end of our newfound freedom, so we hopped in the car for a quick trip to the Isle of Skye. For those who don’t know, Skye is a Scottish island known for its dramatic landscapes, including fresh springs, cliffs, mountains and rock formations. I’d seen thousands of pictures of Skye on Instagram, and I was soon to discover that the photos didn’t do it justice.

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Sexual Harassment and Assault as a Female Traveller

Trigger warning: This post discusses sexual harassment and assault.

I’ve lived in a few different countries in my life. I can tell you that misogyny, sexism and sexual harassment and assault are not exclusive to any one country. I’ve been a victim in Italy, the Czech Republic, the UK and at home in the U.S. It’s not something I or many other women talk about much, but then Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, was kidnapped while walking home from a friend’s house in London. She was murdered, and now millions of women in the UK and beyond are grieving her loss and remembering all the times they felt threatened or were harmed by men.

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Moving to Scotland during Covid… Was It Worth It?

In the summer, it became clear that my dream of moving to Scotland wasn’t going to be exactly as I’d envisioned. My master’s programme was going to take place almost entirely online for the first semester and perhaps the second. I was even given the option to defer study for a semester or whole year, but here I am in Scotland. So, was it worth it?

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