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This past week, I visited Scotland!! Yay!! I slept most of the eight hour bus trip sleeping, but upon arrival in Edinburgh (pronounce Ed-en-bur-ah) I awoke and couldn't believe what I was seeing. It was so beautiful! Yeah, it was full of vehicles, tourists, and the standard array of shops; but the whole town was cast into this sort of surreal atmosphere with the Edinburgh Castle looking over the mundane activity below with a sort of disdainful, coldness from atop the massive cliffs in the center of the city. My eyes soaked up the scene greedily and I took far too many pictures. When I tore my eyes away from the castle, I noticed also my first store to my left: Hector Russell- Kiltmaker. I couldn't help thinking Is this for real?
|Old Town from the Castle courtyard and me|
looking quite dapper if I do say so myself.
PS: Brittany will never get her scarf back.
The next day, some of us decided to venture out into the city. Edinburgh is divided into two halves. Old Town and New Town. The Old Town is above the New Town on the other side of the castle. We hadn't visited that side yet, so trekked up the ungodly steep hill and then visited the castle courtyard. The view was spectacular and I could even see the highland mountains! Naturally, I took several dozens of photos with my massive face blocking half of the landscape. See left. We were expecting to pay 8 pounds to get into the actual castle, but it was 16!
|Seriously. LOOK at all that plaid.|
|Happier than Pancho wearing a dress.|
|My friend went to Edinburgh and I all got was this crummy boulder.|
Once the show was over, we wandered through the park a little more and I found the perfect rock for Blake. I had asked him a couple days earlier if he wanted anything from Scotland and he said "Yeah. Get me a rock." What a classy gent. So I picked this one up for him... No. I totally couldn't lift it. But what I could do is book a highland tour. And that's what I did. Sanna and I decided to take a long day tour the following day, and some of the others booked a shorter tour for the next day as well. With that wonderful day behind me and a new exciting and ridiculously early one ahead of me, I went to bed. The others partied. It was a typical night.
|Sanna and I off on our adventure!|
|Ariana, Sanna, Me, Kris, and Ellen in front of my future home.|
|I've conquered Nessie.|
|Loch freakin' Ness. Be jealous.|
|Dude in a kilt. Seemed appropriate...|
The lake was beautiful. If you ever get the chance to go, please do. Sanna and I wandered along the shore a little ways and then I had the bright idea to do a cartwheel in front of the lake and get it on picture. Yeah. My cartwheels suck big time.
|The second attempt. Cold as Titanic waters. Seriously.|
|Me being super cool and serene and stuff.|
And off we went again!