Archive for November, 2012


Bogey Travels To

Yes I took Bogey with me to Scotland, however he did not go out in public. He did enjoy the plane ride back to England though.

This was a wall in the graveyard we toured. Back in the day they burned people they thought to be witches, they then used those ashes to create the motor holding these bricks together. I obviously had to touch it.

Arthur’s Seat

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This is when we climbed Arthur’s seat. The slideshow takes you from when we started our climb, all the way to the top and back down.

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As you may have been able to tell I just figured out how to post an album so here are some pictures of Edinburgh. Enjoy!

This is one of the many guys we saw playing the bagpipes. The bagpipes are also called the doodle-sack in Scotland.

Scotland!

This past weekend myself and seven of my flatmates went on a trip to Edinburgh Scotland for Niki’s birthday. We left Friday morning and arrived in Scotland around 9am. When we first got there we dropped our bags off at the hostel and immediately started our adventure to discover what Edinburgh had in store for us. We started off with a walking tour that lasted about three hours and covered pretty much the entire city, well at least the important interesting parts. We had the best tour guide I believe she was actually from Chicago and was super energetic and knowledgeable. We got to see so many cool and historical places, from the castle to the place where J.K. Rowling supposedly wrote Harry Potter. We also got to see some of the places to have inspired some of the places in the Harry Potter books. After the tour we walked around a bit more and went back to the hostel to check in. This is the first time I have stayed in a hostel and it was a lot better than I expected. It was cheap, they offered discounts for certain outings, and they had free breakfast, plus we got to meet some pretty cool people. Friday night we went out to a pub recommended by our tour guide for dinner. This is when I really immersed myself into the Scottish culture. For dinner I had chicken stuffed with haggis on a bed of mash. For those of you who don’t know haggis is made of the hear, liver, and lungs of a sheep it is then combined with oats and other spices ground and encased in the sheep’s stomach. I must say it was not that bad. We then went out and celebrated Niki’s birthday to end the night. Saturday we went on a tour of a Scotch whiskey making factory which turned out to be very educational. We then went and ate at the Elephant House, where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter. The rest of the day we just relaxed and went sight seeing. That night the hostel was having a Halloween party so we decided to partake in the event and had a great night. Sunday Jeremy,Gladys, Dan (Jeremy’s mate, mate is what they call friend), and I went walking through a part of the town we hadn’t been to. After a few hours we went and explored the Edinburgh castle, which was awesome! I’m a little obsessed with castles and I have always wanted to go to one, so I had a great time. Sunday night was a relaxing night since the next day would be our last and we wanted to get out of it as much as we could. Monday Niki, Sydney, and I walked 30 minutes to Arthur’s seat and climbed it. Arthur’s seat is the largest hill that surrounds Edinburgh. It was a great hike and not the easiest I have ever done, but it was well worth the hour and a half it took. We then went to a nice little juice bar where the girls got hot chocolate and I got a smoothie. The three of us then went to the Scottish National Gallery. After a few hours of relaxing we headed off to the airport for our journey home. This past Wednesday was Halloween and it was a great experience to celebrate it here. Until next time I will leave you with this.

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard