Street art in Soho

Six Things I Find Strange as a New Expat in America

  Seeking out street art in NYC’s Soho. As many of you know, I’ve recently relocated from Scotland to the States, leaving the sandy shores of the Hebrides for the skyscraper-lined banks of the Hudson River.  While there are many things I love about my newly adopted country – the positivity of the people, the…

Travel Plans and Dreams for 2015

Travel Plans and Dreams for 2015

Happy New Year from Stories My Suitcase Could Tell!  After an adventure-filled 2014, I’m now looking ahead and plotting potential suitcase stories for 2015.  They’re goals rather than resolutions: activities I’d love to experience and places I’m intrigued to explore. The Take 12 Trips Challenge has been making the rounds on social media and travel…

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A Merry Christmas in New York City

For those of us who’ve watched movies like Miracle on 34th Street or Home Alone, there is something fairytale-esque about New York City at Christmas time.  With its streets and yellow cabs immortalised in these festive films, New York has something special in the air during the ‘holidays’, as Christmas is called on this side…

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Two Days (on Two Wheels) in Amsterdam

Rumour has it there are more bikes than people in the Netherlands, and after spending 36 hours in Amsterdam recently, I can easily believe it.  The bikes were the first thing I noticed: in fact, the first thing that happened to me after stepping out of my hotel was a collision with a cyclist. It…

Letter

A Letter from America

A big part of Stories My Suitcase Could Tell is encouraging ‘local travel’, the idea that if you treat your hometown like a tourist for a day, you’ll likely find there’s more to it than meets the eye. I did that for the last few years, on the island in the Outer Hebrides where I…