KERI! Under RAINBOW lights!
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Book. Bwhahahahaha. Okay... ask Kerri. Apparently its a traditional greeting. =P
Anyway, we arrived at Dundee about 7pm, and Keri was waiting at the station for us! I was so excited I ran up and hugged her. =) I haven't seen her since she moved away halfway through high school. And then after a year or so of college, she moved to Dundee with her dad to finish school. So that's been... roughly a decade since I've seen the OTHER little white blonde midget. I have a lot of affection for her, though. =) I learned the vocab word "effervescent" in 10th grade because that was Keri.
We went back to her flat, dropped off our things, and then we went out to an Indian food buffet for dinner. Back home buffets are always iffy... but this was damned good. Everything was really good. And I was so fat and full afterwards! We grabbed coffee at a hotel lobby and then wandered around Dundee at night, stopping in at a pub for a drink and seeing the sights around the city centre. The entire time we were just chattering away. Actually, the entire two days we were talking non-stop. There was
so much to catch up on! We ended the night in a casino with pretty color-changing lights over another drink.
So, we had planned ahead of time to pay for food and drinks for her, since she was so awesome to offer her spare room for us to sleep in. I told her anything was better than a dorm at this point, even if it was sleepin on the floor. In fact, that would be better than some of the beds we slept in in dorms. I realized later that she had actually given us her own bed (she slept on a couch), and she refused to let us pay for anything. ANYTHING. And we tried really hard to fight her on it. She's so stubborn. And she had all of Scotland AGAINST us! It didn't matter where we went for food, drinks or snacks... she'd yell at the employee not to take our money because we were the guests... and with her Scottish accent, who is the employee going to believe? lol. (Oh yeah!! SHE HAS A SCOTTISH ACCENT NOW!!!! lol, I LOVE IT!).
Since we were out pretty late the night before, Chris and I just slept in the
The feast the sneaky girl brought home after work the second day
next morning. We were pretty tired. And the daylight hours are just getting longer and longer. The sun was up by 4:30am, and didn't set til 11pm or so. Insane. Amazingly, your body adjusts tho. 9pm just ends up feeling like 5pm. Anyway, we slept in while Keri did a quick halfday at work. We were determined to take her out to lunch when she got home around 1pm. But the girl foiled us again- she came home WITH food already bought. And she brought us a feast of Scottish pastries. They were hella good, btw, especially the mac 'n cheese pie. I need to bring that back to the States- its brilliant. There was so much food we couldnt' even finish it all. We ended taking the sandwiches with us to eat later. After that we traversed Dundee during the day time. We went to the McManus Galleries, where I learned Dundee is the home of Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto. We also wandered through Howff Cemetery looking for "the Stone". It's an inconspicuous square stone hidden in the cemetery where a bunch of free mason secret societies used to meet. Neat! We left coins on top to confuse
the locals (they had an entire newspaper article dedicated to the mysterious appearance of coins on the stone). We walked along the waterfront, which was very windy, and saw the Discovery (a ship that sailed to Antarctica.. I guess it got stuck for nearly a year there, as well).
After that we took a bus ride out to St. Andrews (where the famous golf course is). We wandered around the city centre eating ice cream, and then along the waterfront to the beach. The beach was the most awesome part. There was a long stretch of dry sand followed by a huge expanse of flat wet sand by the water. It was windy as hell, so it blowed the dry sand across the wet sand like a river. It was the craziest thing ever.... like something you see in a Planet Earth episode. We were pretty tired by the time we made it back to her flat (she had a cough and she works crazy hours, and Chris looked exhausted as well), so we ordered Indian food delivery (they have this neat system where you fill out an order form online, and the deliver it!) and watched Bones episodes. Keri passed
Neat rainbow bottles lights in the McManus Galleries
out by the third one, and then we went to bed.
The next morning we woke up around 8am, and Kerri dropped us off at the train station on her way to work (via taxi). We had to take a train to Edinburgh so we could catch our flight to Dublin.
Overall, it was so amazing to see her again. She's the same bubbly talkative girl I remember from high school, but she's also grown and done so well for herself. lol, I felt so proud and glad for her. =) I wish she lived back in California (and maybe she will one day!), but hopefully I get to run into her again someday soon. She still visits her family back in the States periodically, so next time she's here... we have to get her back and mercilessly pay for everything and none of the Americans will listen to her because she has a Scottish accent. =P
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