Let them eat Haggis!

Trip Start Apr 13, 2005
Trip End Apr 25, 2005

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Sunday, April 24, 2005

We're back in London again. What a weekend we had in Scotland! I wish we didn't have to leave. There is so much history and natural beauty to discover. The Scots are very friendly people too, we met lots of people in the pubs and the streets. They are interested in how North Americans preceive Scotland, eager to inform you that Braveheart is historically inaccurate. The pubs are rowdy but I never once saw a fight or an argument, everyone is cheerful. On Friday and Saturday night, there are tons of people everywhere, seemingly in big groups 'crawling' from pub to pub. The beer is fantastic! There are so many Scottish beers I've never even heard of that were amazing, even better than English beers in my opinion. One of the best is brewed right in Edinborough. I also tried many different single malt scotches. On Saturday we took a twelve hour bus tour of the countryside and other attractions. Our guide explained many interesting things including exactly what he looks for in a wiskey and how to properly taste it. We drove by the Dalwhinnie distillery, and a few other less famous ones as well. For lunch, our tour stopped in Loch Ness. No monsters there but I tried haggis (with neeps and tatties) which was a little scary. I was a little leary about trying the ground sheep intestines, many had warned me about it, but I loved it. Even my vegetarian companion tried some.
Friday we took a tour of the Edinborough underground, it was facinating and a little spooky. This city is quite ancient, some historical foundations date back to the vikings and the Iron Age, 600BC. There are many little side streets, called a close or vine. I found the city to be a bit eerie in certain places, at night I could almost picture the headless horseman, or something as dark, wandering the streets. Actually though, the nightlife is quite bright in Edinborough. We found lots of flyers advertising musical events and cheap drinks, so many we were a bit torn on what we should do. Friday night we went to a psy-trance event at a bar called Bongo. There were amazing decorations in the main room, glowing wire was twisted into shapes like a dragonfly and other things. The music was great to dance to and we saw a live set by Hux Flux (a DJ duo from Sweden who made music on a laptop, turntables, and a keyboard).
I was sad to leave Edinborough and I'll be sad to leave London tomorrow. This is my last day in the United Kingdom. I've had such an excellent and amazing time here but it all flew by too quickly. Keeping in pace, I have a busy few days ahead in Canada to look forward to before I head out for Cuba. For those of you who are in Kingston, or will be, hope to see you at the Portsmouth Tavern on April 29th. I hope everyone found this journal to be interesting. I really enjoyed writing about my impressions, I just wish that I could have captured it all!
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