Haggis Neeps and Tatties,
That’s not really a greeting but its some Scottish food for you. First things first, we are in Scottland and I have decided to keep a food journal of what I have eaten on this trip. This can be found under the Food page. Since its been quite a while I’ll explain how we got here…
After running around Nottingham and its castle for a bit, we jumped on train up to Edinburgh (rather impulsively), where we were immediately greeted with the sound of bagpipes (not just being stereotypical) and a skyline that looked more like a castle than Nottingham castle did! Seriously, this city is absolutely beautiful, we will post more pictures of it later.
To summarize the infinite Scottish shenanigans into a brief list:
– On the train ride up to Scotland, a local couple taught us some Scottish slang; about 40% of these were synonyms for ‘miserable weather’
– Raided Edinburgh on night 18, found a Thai restaurant that wouldn’t serve Shirley Temples
– Rode up to Stirling on Day 19, the ‘gateway’ to the highlands. Historically, due to a geographic bottleneck, anyone who controlled castle (and bridge of) Stirling essentially controlled Scotland.
– Night 19, strange encounters with hostel-mates in downtown Edinburgh, Brazilians can be fiery
– Day 20, after an unsuccessful attempt to awake in time for a bus tour to Loch Ness, we hopped on another train to Pitlochry, ancestral Clan home of David
– Tomorrow is our last day in Scotland, we plan on meeting Ian’s family in Selkirk for the evening, then off to Dublin the next day
– I tried to start editing the videos we have taken, but it turns out this netbook doesnt have the processing power to edit video, so that is something that we will have to compile when we get home, my apologies.
– Even though all of us are trying to take care of ourselves, this can prove difficult on the road. Pat has unfortunately been sick the past 4 days and all of us have lost about 2 belt-holes worth of waist. But fear not mothers, we’ve made a mutual agreement to ensure maximum eating (and most the food is delicious anyways?).
– Because we like to start our day adventures early, and yet also enjoy the dorm-like nightlife of the hostels, we all have mastered the art of train-sleeping during transit. Below we have a prime example:
– We are going to start a ‘helpful hints for traveling Europe’ page, in which we will add any strange useful tidbits that we have stumbled upon in the past couple weeks that may not have been obvious at first to a foreigner (i.e. where are the trashcans?).
– Lastly, if you can, leave comments on our stuff (click at the bottom of each article), or at least tell us what you’d like to hear or see?
Here’s some photos!