Tour has gone great

Trip Start Mar 13, 2010
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I finally got some time to sit down, we have been traveling quite a bit and are hardly ever at our hostel. I will give a recap on what I have managed to do and see in the last couple days. So, I started my tour in Edinburgh and got on a small 29 seater bus, which is considered large in this part of the world. We started heading north into the highlands. The bus ride was awesome with lots of great scenery. Scotland is a very rocky, hilly, low populated area, and is surprisingly peaceful compared to the scrunched in English lifestyle. We made frequent stops at interesting points along the ride, which made it a nice ride. We saw a cool forest that led up to a cool waterfall. We also saw a couple ancient battlefields which our guide was very happy to tell us about. We got to a small town called Fort Augustus of maybe 3000 people. Here we stayed at our great hostel. Last night (our first night), we also did a clan meeting. It was basically a show of a guy demonstrating the weapons, shelter and clothing of the ancient highlanders. He actually made the guy who demonstrated the kilt, strip down to his underwear, because it wouldn't look proper to wear a kilt with pants on. He was quite flustered to say the least. The girl volunteer got off lucky though, because her gown came to her ankles and it never mattered whether she was wearing pants or not, although the guy who was demonstrating, jokingly told her that she needed to. I think you could have cooked an egg on her face it got so red. Next we went to the hostel and had a whiskey tasting demonstration. It was the first time I have tasted whiskey, and it was, to say the least very strong. We sampled 6 different single malt Scottish whiskeys, which are supposedly, the best in the world, and no other whiskey even compares to the worst of these. It was a very fun day, and I have met some great people, who are actually speaking English, backpacking, and my age (sort of... I have 2 nicknames already, 1 being Canadia, the other being, Baby (in french)). Most people are around 26 years old. Anyway, it is late and I have a long day tomorrow, so I will fill you in with today, and tomorrows days events tomorrow (if there is WiFi or a computer available)
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Mom on

Hey Steven,
Sounds like your bus tour is very fun. I can't wait to hear about the sights you are seeing.

PS: whiskey is bad for you.

aunty marg on

whisky makes your eyes brown. glad to hear you are having a good trip. going to any vineyards? wine tasting is more fun. god bless steven, take care.

Nicole on

i miss you very much and we saw the email you sent on Tuesday .I remember the memories we have done together like playing basket ball bye i miss you very much.

ponyponderosa
ponyponderosa on

Hi Steven,
Isn't it amazing that the world is so big that so many others could be doing exactly what you are doing at this exact moment in history! It boggles the mind to think that you are meeting special people right now (and will the entire trip) that you wouldn't have met if you had gone last week or next week (on the tour for example). Treasure each moment & relationship you gain. Some may last lifelong.

alamothe
alamothe on

Hey Steven! I would love to see Scotland, it sounds just beautiful! Keep up the great blogs, it is so good to hear how you are doing.

Auntie Roxanne on

Great to see your photos Steven! Keep up the good work. I was just thinking how glad your mom must be for these modern technologies like blogs. Back in the old days people maybe got a postcard or two to let them know how the travellers were doing! Have a great time and stay safe.

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