Scotland: Day 1

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I'm officially in Scotland! WOOHOOO!
FYI: I'm unable to access the internet on my computer, so pictures are uploaded (they're all pretty hilarious) but I'm posting this from Fiona's computer, and they'll be up on this post as soon as we figure out how to connect my computer!
 
Anyway, I Woke up around 6:30 in the morning and stood in impossibly long lines for over 2 hours, but somehow made it to the pane before lift off :] Met an Australian "bloke" headed to a wedding in Glasgow who told me about how Amsterdam took a tole on him, and he was hoping to have enough in him to party his way through Scotland and Ireland as well. I politely tried to relate, but couldn't find much to connect with him. I did keep asking him questions though, because I was quite fond of his accent. 
 
Actually I find it quite funny because when I was in Amsterdam, Camille and her mom asked me if I recognized the differences in American accents I'd heard on the streets in Holland, and I said I hadn't. I think merely recognizing a familiar language was refreshing in a way, and something I was eager to hear, and not necessarily judge. However, on the plan ride over, I heard the flight attendant telling us directions and began to tune out, becoming used to the voices being in a different language. Regrettably, I realized it was in English, but the thick Scottish accent hid all of the words I was familiar with within its distorted vowel pronunciation. 
Besides the thick Scottish accents heard around the city, I also encountered some other typical Scottish and British stereotypes including:
1. Many people wearing kilts and tall socks
2. Men playing bagpipes
3. Little Scottish school children dressed in uniform
4. Cookies being referred to as biscuits
5. Castles 
6. Phone booths
7. Double decker buses (driving on the left side of the road, of course!)
8. Large stone buildings
9. Scotty dogs ( Fiona and I saw the SAME exact Scotty dog 4 times)
10. Harry Potter influences
11. Whiskey (plenty of tasting opportunities--had my first legal drink in europe!)
12. Potatoes ( Which are apparently called 'Jackets' here)
13. Hills (A big contrast to the flatness of Holland)
14. Sheep (Seen on the plane ride over)
15. Haggis (Of the vegetarian variety)

Besides exploring a bit of Edinburgh (seeing the castle, exploring and laughing at the shops, walking up and down hills, people watching in the park) Fiona and I were lucky enough to walk past an Asian Scottish wedding. . . where, yes! The men wore kilts! I couldn't stop laughing, and creeped on their special day and got some pictures, which I think are hilarious. We spent a good portion of the day in the park, where we chatted, laughed, and caught up for a bit, since we were both tired from an early morning and I honestly didn't feel like trekking around all of Edinburgh with my big backpack...It's great seeing Fiona so happy here in Scotland and I can't wait to see where she's been living for the past year, and to meet Craig! :) I didn't realize how much I missed laughing and talking with her until I got here, and it feels like we've hardly been apart, which is so nice.

We also made our way to The Elephant House which was the cafe that Harry Potter was thought up in and partially created in! That was quite the magical experience :) But, we took quite a late (and expensive!) train, that arrived a bit past midnight, and it is nearing 2am here (3am to my mind) so I'm going to konk out about now. 
Please stay posted for pictures!
 
 
 
  
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Daniel Bernstein on

So glad you made it to Scotland safely and in good spirits. Speaking of spirits, I also was glad to hear you had trouble relating to the Australian fellow you met on the way to Edinburgh. Can't wait to see your humorous photos. Maybe you could also find and take some pix of the pub where Shrek was created. Give my best to Fiona. If possible, we'd love to chat with you guys on Skype this week. Love, Dad.

Jill Estroff on

Ditto on what Dad said. Enjoy acclimating to the accents. Can't wait to see your pics. Do you have any of you and Camille and Sabine?

British on

vegetarian haggis?? that's an insult to real haggis!!! haha.

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