After packing my bag, I flew from Stavanger to Aberdeen in the North of Scotland. The flight was only about and hour, and then I went down to Glasgow by train to have a four year reunion with the people who I went on an AFS exchange year with in Austria in 2006/2007. Even with years passing without seeing each other, it was as we got on just where we left each other four years ago. We went out seeing the nightlife in Glasgow, ate Haggis and visited the castle where J.K Rowling got her inspiration for Harry Potter and where several of the movie scenes were shot. Saturday was spent in Edinburgh, where a comedy festival was going on, so the streets were packed with people, including Elaine Davidson, the woman who has the Guinness World Record for being the most pierced woman in the world.
Countries visited: United Kingdom, France, Spain, Austria, Hungrary, Serbia, Bulgaria and Turkey
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As a 25 years wedding anniversary celebration my parents had booked flight tickets to Faro for the whole family and rented a villa for a week in Luz, close to the city of Lagos.
Most of the days were spent sunbathing and swimming at the beaches along the Algarve Coast. Out of the three beaches we visited (Luz, Lagos and Albufeira) I thought Luz was the one I liked the most. Even though it was small, a bit rough and lacked sun chairs I found it good to be left alone from sellers, waterscooters and hundreds of other tourists.
In the evenings we went out eating and drinking in Lagos. The atmosphere in the restaurants was good during the evenings, but in the night it became flooded with noisy British and Scandinavian tourists and loud music.
I must say that family trips have changed quite a bit since the last time I was on one(about 10 years ago!). The main difference was to have freedom of doing whatever I wanted: I could sleep through the mornings, I could take a taxi to go out in the neighbor town Lagos, or just lay by the beach or the pool sipping beer.
Even though beach holidays are not my favorite, I had a really good time. All in all, it was probably the best and the last family trip of this kind.