Well Jennie has asked me to become a special guest blogger for our time that we spent in Scotland together. We let me first state that getting to Scotland is no easy task from my penal colony back in Australia. After the guards let me out is was nearly 24 hrs of traveling time till I was safely tucked away in Stuarts and Sheena’s house enjoying a tea and a sweetie. The first of many my waist line would come to find out.
After a day or so to recover from the jet-lag it was decided an open top bus tour might be the best way to see the sights of my temporary home Glasgow. Unfortunately Glasgow’s magnificent weather didn’t get the memo about sunny skies from Andy and we took shelter at the bottom of the bus from the cold, grey and wet skies. However coming from such a young country as Australia I was surprised to see all the old buildings and architecture of the good old days. A hundred year old building in Australia is a rarity.The red bus took us to such sites at the George square, (Did you know: World War Z was filmed there!) Glasgow cathedral, the necropolis, the oldest house, the science centre and lastly the transport museum.
Our next adventure was over to the evil twin of Glasgow – Edinburgh. After travelling by train we walked up the hill to be greeted by the massive structure that is the royal mile and Edinburgh castle. I must say from down in the valley the castle does look quiet intimidating. Our first stop on the Edinburgh tour was the dungeons. I wasn’t familiar with this type of tour and I found it very entertaining. It’s like a cross between a guided tour, a haunted house and a horror stage show. You had period dressed actors walking or running around and moving you through the dungeons with little macabre shows along the way. They did their very best to jump out or scare you but I stood tall behind Jennie and had no problem. Highlights included being enticed into a Scottish cannibal’s family killing cave, body snatching and exhuming and experiencing being hanged on a drop ride.
After I had changed into some fresh underwear we proceeded to walk the Edinburgh Royal mile which as it states is the mile up to the castle entrance. Here was street full of traditional Scottish souvenir shops restored to how they would have been hundreds of years ago. I couldn’t help myself and did the tourist thing and got my photo with the bagpiper. We had a quick look around the castle but decided not to go in as we were booked in for Stirling castle later in the trip.
My next adventure was to be set free with Jennie’s friends, avoiding NEDS (Non educated delinquents) and their local watering holes for an education on drinking Scottish style. Now as I considered myself a man who enjoys a drink or too by the end of this night I found myself re-educated on just how ‘blootered’ I could get thanks to certain key members of our party. After visiting several quaint little pubs we found ourselves in the infamous drinking establishment called “The garage.” As the next photo illustrates I found myself quiet done in and after several more drinks we headed for some Chinese food and a taxi home.
To be continued…. Part 2- The Highlands!