On the Road Again
Well, we made it. There were times when we thought we wouldn’t during the last 6 months and 2 days, but we did.
It’s been an interesting experience. Living in the shared house brought its own joys and challenges, from the amazing fireplace, the red squirrel that visited us a lot through the summer, and the plum tree that gave us it’s wonderful fruit to the long-haired lassies that moulted the whole time they were there and the crazy KP that was not a pleasure to live with. That’s a whole other story though. We are happy to move on to the next adventures, which have already started.
We started with a visit to Glasgow. It was delightful to see the big city, meet with friends, and watch the new James Bond movie at the big theatre. It was a lovely day out.
Before departing the hotel we also headed to Spean Bridge for my birthday, staying in a lovely little B & B. We took the train to Mallaig across the Glenfinnan Viaduct, which was made famous in the Harry Potter films. We weren’t aboard the Hogwarts Express though - it's difficult to get tickets for the steam train there. The line was opened back in April 1901 and is now used partly to transport lots of tourists on the Jacobite train that runs from Fort William to Mallaig. It’s a great journey and well worth a visit. The Clan Cameron Museum at Achnacarry was also on the list, a small museum which is visited by appointment only. It was great to explore and learn some more of the history of the Crooked Nose people.
Continuing on our Highlands trip we also headed to Kinlochleven, with a very wet walk to the Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall, which cascades over 50 metres and is home to Scotland’s first Via Ferrata. While we were there we watched some brave people scale up the side of the waterfall; very impressive, but not for me.
The last week in the hotel passed in a bit of a blur. It was very busy as staff were beginning to leave at the end of the season but there were still a great many guests. We pretty much departed the hotel, got back to Troon, and then immediately stepped on the flight to Hamburg to visit family. My brother and his husband live there, and it was so lovely to see them after almost 2 years. I have never spent any time in Germany so we had a day of wandering about the city and another day out visiting the beautiful Schwerin Castle where we had cake and wandered around the grounds.
We then took the train to Berlin to spend a couple of days exploring and see what it was like. A real highlight was our visit to the Cathedral, during which we climbed up the 270 steps to the dome which offers incredible views over the city. The sight managed to make the gruelling walk up worthwhile, and the inside of the building is equally beautiful. We also pottered around the canals and the town taking the tourist bus to visit the sites. Compared to other bus tours I have done this was not the best one, so if you visit maybe just be your own guide.
Another compulsory visit in Berlin was the Berlin Wall, with its very poignant museum where we read into some of its history. It still seems incredible that it continued through as late as 1989. I was also amazed at how thin it was, something I’d never considered until I saw it.
Getting Back To Yoga
We have lots of exciting Yoga News too and will be sending out a newsletter soon. Yoga class will begin Monday the 15th of November at 6pm UK time, please contact us for the zoom link. This will be an online class, so do let me know if you are interested or if you have any specific requirements.
As we are free from the shackles of full-time employment we’ve been given the time and headspace to focus full time on Blu Kite. We are working mostly on our Thailand Wellness Retreat, a 12 day trip that covers yoga, mindfulness, meditation and plenty of travel. Among our stops we have Chiang Mai, Bangkok, the Thale Noi lotus field, and of course a luxury stay on Koh Lanta. You can read more here.
Our other focus is our 7 day Luxury Peru Retreat which will visit the Sacred Valley, Cusco, and Machu Picchu while practicing yoga and learning about local Shamanism with our dear friend Benito from the Community of Q’ero. We will stay at the wonderful Willka T’ika Wellness Centre and Armando will be your guide and teacher on this retreat.
We are also looking for some new employees as part of the Kickstart scheme. They need to be between 16 and 24 years old and currently receiving Universal Credit. We also need an administration assistant, an SEO specialist, and a web specialist. Anyone that is interested please contact us. We would like to get these positions filled as quickly as possible.
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