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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling February 28th 2008

Below there are a couple pictures from around Stirling. Kathy and I went into town yesterday- I got the essentials- you know, cooking utensils, some pans, a new shirt, a couple new pairs of shoes (for £15!) ... the necessities of life :) Then last night Kathy, Nick, Sara (my flatmate), and I went out to the William Wallace around 10 just to hang out for a bit, and then we ended up at Beat, which is a club right down the main road of campus. It was definitely better than the last time when we went, and Nick got punched by some kid. This weekend, we're thinking about going to Edinburgh (Saturday) to look around and hang out. I'm super excited about seeing more of Scotland! It sounds like there are so many more interesting ... read more
in town
in town

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling February 24th 2008

Today, Kathy and I walked around campus. There's a big loch (bigger than we had expected) right in the middle of campus with a path around the whole thing. We had a great time running away from the vicious swans and checking out Airthrey Castle, which is right here on campus and has some classes conducted in it. We got back to our flats just in time for the rain to start- talk about good timing! :) After not getting to the William Wallace Monument yesterday because of weather, I figured this would be a good way to get outside and see a little bit more of Scotland. Next weekend, maybe we'll venture out a little further lol. ... read more
castle from a distance
Airthrey Castle
Airthrey Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling February 23rd 2008

It's the weekend! This past week was pretty busy, so it was nice to finally get to sleep in this morning :) Lots of reading to do today (I've made a pretty good dent in my criminology reading), laundry, and then I think I'm going over to the William Wallace Monument as long as the weather stays nice. It's actually not too windy here today, but the last couple of days have been pretty vicious. Here are some more pictures from the last two weeks: ... read more
looking out over Stirling
lots of sheep
Dunblane Cathedral

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling February 22nd 2008

Some stuff from the last couple weeks... read more
flowers from that wonderful man
bunnies outside my window
sex and candy dispenser at varsity downtown

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling February 20th 2008

There's so much to catch up on! I just got a new computer today b/c the dinosaur kicked the bucket on the second night I was here. But anyways, it's a Toshiba, light weight, will play my UK version of Pretty Woman and my three US DVDs I brought along, has a great webcam (hint, hint), and goes along really fast. So much has happened, and only in the last week- I've started classes, I've been into town almost everyday, I've met another Texan, drank Scottish beers, found a favorite pub (called The William Wallace), I've had drinks bought for me by skeezing Scottish men, and I've even eaten fish and chips (don't try the burgers...). I've met my flatmates, and they're both pretty awesome. Sara is the sweetest girl ever- she's from Edinburgh and a ... read more
William Wallace Pub
View of Stirling

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling February 14th 2008

I'm here in Scotland! Today's the first day of classes, and I'm just posting a short entry in between. My computer kicked the bucket on Monday, but once that gets all worked out, I'll write more. Hope you all are doing well! Miss you :)... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling February 10th 2008

Howdy everybody! Sorry I haven't updated in a while. This weekend was really fun. Me and two of my friends went to the small city of Stirling. Stirling is about an hour bus ride out of Edinburgh and is famous for two things, the Stirling Castle and the William Wallace Monument. Me and my two friends left Edinburgh by bus early on Saturday morning. We ate some sandwiches on the bus and got into Stirling an hour later. The day was perfect, not a cloud in the sky and the weather in the mid 40's. The bus dropped us off at the bus station and we asked about how to get to the Wallace Monument (the monument is about 5 miles away from the city center and we had to take a bus.) After a quick ... read more
The William Wallace Monument
The William Wallace Monument
Statue of "William Wallace"

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling January 10th 2008

Currently I am: -no longer working 75 hours a week. -sleeping in till 12:30 in the afternoon -buying last minute travel 'essentials' from (eg travel towel) -trying to decipher indian rupees, from thai bahts to malay ringgits? -shortlisting my t-shirts to ones i'm packing (down to 14) -hoping people turn up to my party!... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling October 20th 2007

Two weekends ago we took a drive out to Stirling, and went to Stirling Castle - the residence of the Stewart Kings and Queens of Scotland in the 16th century. The castle sits high on Castle Hill, with three of its sides having sheer drops down the cliff, which made it easily defendable. From the top of the castle there are 360 degree views of all of Stirling, including the King's Knot, Wallace national monument and the River Forth. Last weekend we headed to Perth for an afternoon, and did a bit of shopping. It ended up being a long day however, as both ways we were stuck in traffic for over an hour due to roadworks on the Forth Road Bridge! Next weekend we are off again - taking a trip north to Loch Ness ... read more
View to the north, towards the Wallace national monument
Inner wall of the castle

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling September 24th 2007

Continuing on with the castle theme from yesterday, today I caught the train from Edinburgh to Stirling to visit Stirling Castle. This is a castle that is steeped in history - politically it was one of the most important castles in Scotland and has been the site of many battles. Stirling is in the middle of Scotland, just before the highlands - so it was seen by many invaders as the gateway to Scotland - if you held the castle, you held Scotland. My train trip to Stirling lasted about an hour. It is a pretty little town and I made my way up the hill to the castle entrance. On my way, I stopped in at Argyll's Lodging - a nobleman's residence that is on the road to the castle. This mansion has been restored ... read more
Stirling Castle
Stirling Bridge

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