May weekend

Trip Start Jan 26, 2007
Trip End Jul 23, 2007

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Monday, May 7, 2007

Another incredible weekend.
I tasted a few beers on Friday that I'd never heard of before.  Philosophical debates ensured about various ways of living life and how to seek knowledge. I make an absolutely fantastic soup for dinner.  The sun was shining and it was good times.
I woke up early on Saturday and really made the most of my day. It turned out that May 5th was Open Day in Edinburgh which meant that all the parks and gardens were free to the public (sometimes you have to pay, sometimes you need to hire a key, or know local residents).  A gang of us from Brodie's went on a free tour of the Nelson Monument on Calton Hill.  We learned about the 'National Disgrace' (which is a magnificent but unfinished arrangement of pillars on top of the hill).  We were told about the seven hills that Edinburgh is built upon (I wrote down the names and realized I have climbed 4, so I'll have to climb those other 3 as well).  Us Brodians strolled through the city from garden to garden, climbing trees and rolling down hills and examining things we found; acting like kids (one of the kids in our group was from Tokyo and he said May 5th is also Children's Day in Japan - seems justified).  The West Queen Street Gardens had information pamphlets which described the teas and outdoor concerts which were once held in the park.  Luckily the weather was perfect.
I went to visit some friends in St Andrews later that afternoon.  It was great to chill out on a couch and watch some golf on television.  One of the hostel workers made an exceptional smoked kipper risotto with fresh peas in the pod.  That evening we had a bonfire on the beach. It rained a bit but the fire and company were warm enough that we didn't really mind.  The fire seemed like an appropriate sequel to Beltane in Edinburgh.
The weather continued with rain into Sunday. In the span of ten minutes it could rain in torrents and then let way to blue skies and then cloud over again, the wind was high.  We relaxed and watched a great little Russian short film from 1977, called 'Hedgehog in the Fog'.  I made a colourful breakfast (with some collaboration) which included strawberry barley yoghurt, poached eggs on a large fried mushroom, tomato and basil toast, green apple, and a chocolate orange muffin. There are a lot of cool instruments and I played the full size keyboard for over an hour (it is arrange in front of a old window which overlooks a beautiful lawn and rolling yellow (rape seed) hills in the distance).  We took the bus in the late afternoon to the town, St. Monance.  This is a beautiful little seaside place which was big for fishing in the 1200s.  We had stew for dinner and we talked about photography.  Then we walked to the castle ruins.  I took tons of pictures of the rocky seashore and the old castle.
Today is a bank holiday in Scotland, I can't figure why I'm meant to be here at work but at least I have great memories of the past few days to dream about and get me through.
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