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It was our last day in Scotland on this trip, but unfortunately there weren't any great plans. Whilst it had been great not living out a backpack for the last 9 days, it was time to pack them again in preparation for our flight to Finland tomorrow.
It wasn't going to be as simple as just repacking what we arrived with though. We had left a reasonably large box of stuff at David's parent's house whilst ...
We walked down to the village to have look around shops in Melrose, looking once again for Christmas gifts. There were even fewer shops in Melrose and what there were seemed to focus their business on the rich English expats who now live in the area. Prices seemed to be ridiculously expensive for what they were selling.
Our next port of call was the post office to enquire about ...
We had a lazy morning, and got a lift into Galashiels after lunch to try our luck again with the Christmas shopping. David knew it was a long shot hoping to find something there. Shops are thin on the ground, a huge amount of locals work in Edinburgh and have access to shops there while those working locally have very little money. There are a couple of supermarkets selling 'everything' and a few 'poundsaver' shops so we were kind of stuck again.
We had planned to go ...
We headed back to the old town and up to the top end of the Royal Mile, to Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. As well as having a camera obscura, it had 4 floors of visual illusions. We had 5 minutes to spare before the camera obscura show at 12pm so we wandered round the outdoor view points on the 5th floor of the building. It had great views of the city and the castle next door to us.
A camera obscura is basically ...
... 9% ABV, is then put through the 'Distillation' stage. It is put through pot stills twice, but on the second time around only the pure central cut, which is about 65% ABV, is collected.
The clear spirit is then filled into oak casks for the final stage, 'Maturation'. While maturing, the whisky becomes smoother and more flavoursome and draws out its golden colour form the cask. By law, whisky must be matured for a minimum of 3 years, but most single ...