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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 6th 2013

Alrighty, short recap of day four because I have fallen behind. We got up at like, 9:30. Which is ridiculously early, but whatever. We got up that early to go to an international students info meeting. When we got there, it quickly became apparent that I was the only one who brought their mom. And of course, I’m the kid who brought the mom who spilt hot coffee all over the carpet. Needless to say, we didn’t stay very long. By the time that was done, it’s was 9:45. We went back to the hotel, I promptly went back to sleep and didn’t get up again until around 4. Mom got up, walked around, saw a dead guy, then decided it was time I got up to face the day. The dude was outside a hotel. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 6th 2013

I have said it before and I'll say it again. We are very lucky in the friend department. Before we left for London, one of my best mates, Chaz, who lives in Edinburgh said we could stay with him while we visited. He then trumped his own offer by arranging for us to spend two weeks in his sister Joan's flat, while she was away in Abu Dhabi. Chaz is a cop in Edinburgh, so not only did we get the local tourist info, we also got the tour of where not to go, which was just as interesting. We lucked out and got to spend two weekends with Chaz as well as a few odd days here and there. We also met Chaz and Joan's good friend Susan, who was a blast to hang out ... read more
Chaz & Shane at Calton Hill
View towards Leith from Calton Hill
The Firth of Forth

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 4th 2013

Adrianne's fun fact of the day: If you hit the button labelled "subscribe", you will be sent an email that tells you I've updated my blog. It's easy, it's convenient, it saves you the hassle of constantly refreshing my page. And now back to your regularly scheduled programme: So Day Three was somewhat less eventful than Days One and Two. We woke at the completely respectable 10 AM local time, and headed out for more city exploration. Because we are responsible people who are first and foremost concerned with our health, followed closely by goal accomplishment, we began our day with a city tour. Which we have taken like, three times. We saw the sights, caught some great views (mmm, love me some views), and learned that the Scots are a sarcastic and funny group of ... read more
Ellie, I took this thinking of you
THE SIGHTS/VIEWS MAN

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Bridge of Orchy September 3rd 2013

The second part of the walking adventure was undertaken by 2 members of the original crew (Kirsty & Tania) and a new willing addition (Caroline). Unfortunately the other 2 original members (Debbie & Lynn) had other commitments, so they took a reign check on this occasion but will be back for the finale next year! The route commenced from the Drovers Inn (Inveranan) to the Kings House Hotel (Glencoe), 31 miles from start to finish. Day 1 - Inveranan to Crainlarach Day 2 - Crainlarach to Bridge of Orchy Day 3 - Bridge of Orchy to Glencoe Drove home on Tuesday via Comrie, Crief & Perth Weather was varied on day 1 mainly sunny with overcast spells, day 2 light showers and day 3 a constant drizzle with some heavy showers and the appearance of the ... read more
Kirsty marching on
Caroline looking back at the slow coach at the rear!
10:20am first drink of the day!

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife » Dunfermline September 2nd 2013

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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 2nd 2013

Day Two Today, we awoke at the highly reasonable hour of 10 AM. Canadian time. For those of you not inclined towards math, that’s about 3 PM Scottish time. Which means I’ve already adjusted to the time difference. Mom, not so much. We got up, got dressed, and headed out to embrace the city. And by “embrace the city”, I do mean “get hopelessly lost at least once”. We attempted, with some success, to find a Scottish branch of RBC. We got directions from a fabulously moustachioed barista at a Starbucks (whose menu was incredibly foreign to me, much to my dismay), who pointed us in the direction of Canning Gate. There was some confusion on both parts because we weren’t looking for Canning Gate, we were looking for Canning Street. It appears that there are ... read more
V. Good lawyers.
Burke and Hare Strip Bar?

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 1st 2013

What up readers? So this blog comes live from the airplane. Okay, not really live. And probably not from the plane either. Shush, it’s my blog, I can say what I want. Anyway, I am currently two hours away from the illustrious city in which I hope to reside for at least the next four months. (Mom, Dad, I’m totally kidding. I’ll be here for the full duration of my program if I have anything to say about it.) It is one in the morning Toronto time and six in the morning Edinburgh time. I was drifting in the sweet realms of unconsciousness about ten minutes ago and had been for about an hour when the stupid airline makes an announcement that they are serving breakfast. AT ONE IN THE MORNING. If I were sure my ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 1st 2013

Below are two "poems" I wrote whilst sitting on the plane, attempting to avoid small talk with the woman next to me who was most definitely not my mother. I think they are going to be very influential. Both are quite ground breaking. A Reflection on Airline Tea Oh tea, You are overly milked, And not uniformly sweet, You are a lie wrapped in Styrofoam. You are not nearly caffeinated enough to make your false promises worth the effort it takes to consume you. How I wish there was more of you. Despite your hideous nature, You are the only sustenance I am currently awake enough to intake. I need a tea at least four times your size. Sucks to be you because I packed really good tea in my checked baggage. Sucks to be me ... read more
Woah oh we're [more than] half way there

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 1st 2013

So we landed, got through customs with a limited amount of struggle (protip: If you’re an overseas student, bring your CAS with you everywhere. The Scots love their paperwork), found our luggage, and hopped in a cab to our hotel. Our cabbie was a lovely fellow who was full of good advice about what to see and where to go. Apparently, he does day trips and if we are interested, we can call him up and he’ll create a tour for us. Nice dude. He drove J.K. Rowling home once. Apparently, her husband is lovely. Anyway, he drops us off, helps offload our luggage, then leaves us to it. So we go inside and there are two flights of stairs to get to the lobby. Not huge flights, but still. Our bags are 50 pounds each, ... read more
A+ for legal and responsible drinking
*Uncontrollable squealing*
Oh the things you find when you're lost

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh August 31st 2013

Wednesday August 7th—We have some options today kids….“I am bored out of palaces!”- Becca “I am out of order for castles!”-Gabe So, with those comments we opted for Edinburgh. We started the afternoon with a Park and Ride bus trip over the bridge into city center. Then went to a local grocery store and bought a picnic lunch. Found a lovely sunny spot to eat in a pleasant park along the Royal mile, where “Bee”cca and Ga“bee” beefriended a bee (that turned into an abundance of bees!) who buzzed and bit bits of turkey (which Becca said after tasted as though it was honey roasted). After lunch we made our way to the Scottish National Gallery where Greg and Ben looked around and Mama, Becca and Gabe spend an hour or so creating art! Then off ... read more
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