Sunday, July 10, 2011
A stroke of luck (and perhaps a bit of hard work) brought me to Edinburgh, Scotland for the summer of 2007. Edinburgh is far enough north that there's barely a nighttime during the summer, a phenomenon which is taken advantage of by thousands of visitors to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (seriously, though, this is where Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead was first staged). The weekdays, I attended Fringe Festival shows and got to know many of the pubs about town. On the weekends, when I wasn't at my internship, I would travel around a bit.
|6/22/07||Arrive in Edinburgh. Live in the 'pubic triangle' section of town.|
St. Giles Cathedral. Edinburgh Castle. The Royal Mile. New Town. The Whiskey Experience museum. Grassmarket. Arthur's Seat. Holyrood Palace. etc.
|6/30/07||International Students' trip to Castle Campbell, Dollar Glen, and the Drummond Gardens.|
|7/13/07||International Students' trip to St. Andrews and the fishing village of Pittenweem. |
St. Andrews Castle & Cathedral. St. Rules Tower. Fish n' Chips.
|7/14/07||A city bus to nearby Craig Millar Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots once stayed.|
|7/20/07||Isle of May bird refuge island, the fishing village of Anstruther, and St. Andrews. |
Puffins. Attacking, protective Arctic Terns. Miniature golfing on the "women's course" at St. Andrews.
|7/27/07||Skye High Three Day Trip with Haggis Adventures: the Isle of Skye. |
Glencoe.Beautifying stream. Dynamite mines. The fishing village of Portree. Fairy Falls. The Old Man of Storr. Loch Ness. Eilean Donan Castle. Fort Augustus. Ancient Burial Cairns. Culloden Moor. Dunkend Cathedral. Beatrix Potter's hometown.
|8/1/07||The Edinburgh Festivals begin.|
|8/2/07||International Students' trip to Blair Atholl Castle.|
Blair Atholl Castle. Hercules Gardens. The Falls of Bruar. Edradour Distillery.
Tolbooth Steeple. Glasgow Cathedral. Art deco tea rooms.
Scotland is a lovely, if expensive, country. I spent three months living there, without any need to ever leave. There is so much to see! ...and so much to drink. I developed a strong preference for single malt scotches from the isles (love that pete moss smokey flavor).
There's more photos of my time living in Scotland up on my Flickr account.