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Sunday, January 1, 2006

Snow, cold and Scotsmen in kilts is not something that I have associated with New Year's in the past but were certainly a high light of our week in Scotland!

Nicky, Pru and I hired a nifty little Ford Fiesta for the week and based ourselves's at Angela and Charlie's house whilst they were back in NZ getting married. Over the course of the week we became locals pretty quickly! We drunk far too much Irn Bru - the local Scotish fizzy that out sells Cocacola (the only country in the world where a local fizzy out sells fizzy I might add), we ate short bread, Haggis and of course drunk Whiskey. The combination of which all proved alittle too much for us at times!

Newport is a small town, perfect for day tripping so we made the most of it through visiting Stirling, Edinburgh, Saint Andrews, Glamis Castle, Forfar and tripped around the coastal villages between Edinburgh and Dundee. Unfortunately most of the attractions were closed, but something could be said for having what we thought was a pretty authentic week in Scotland, the highlight really was the people and for me - the snow!

Hogmanay was spent in the local pub surrounded by Scotsmen leering it up their traditional kit and singing old lanzinge. I enjoyed hassling out the Scotsmen calling their "Sporran" a "Man Bag" something that seemed to get a friendly rise out of them. Drinks seemed to come left right and center and the huge concoction of Wine, Beer,Bailey's and Whiskey proved alittle hard on the system for all three of us.

Scottish hospitality really did prove impressive - on the evening of New Years day we went to the neighbours for a drink. I jumped at the thought of "fizzy pop" as it had been offered to us, but shuddered in my shoes when I was to discover that "fizzy pop" actually mean "bubbly wine". This was followed by "something nice to go with the coffee", which I had imagined might be a spill of Bailey's or something, but turned out to be a hefty swig of Whiskey. Pru and I left the neighbours place in a relatively merry state for the beginning of an alcohol free month.

So, all in all a short trip with quiet a difference! It was definitely worth having a little car, I really don't know how we would have done it all without one and big thanks to Angela and Charlie for letting stay in their lovely home!
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