A cuppa tea fanny body?

Trip Start Jun 22, 2012
Trip End Jul 13, 2012

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Hello there. We've arrived and are now in Edinburgh. Still a wee bit tired...

The flight wasn't quite as bad as I remember. Maybe the horror of your first 24 hours of hell sets you up for success the second time around.

So, we've been in Edinburgh for 2 days now and we're heading south to Newcastle tomorrow.

Edinburgh and Scotland are, in Chloe's words, 'green and luscious'. You know those scenes in movies where the boy runs toward the girl through the field of wild flowers before passionately kissing? They were probably filmed in the fields of Scotland. Chloe and I spent the day on a tour to the Scottish highlands with a company called 'The Hairy Coo'. Say it in a Scottish accent and you'll soon realise that a coo is a cow. And yes, they're hairy, like Justin Beibers of the bovine world. I learned Bulgarian as I was forced to sit amongst a family who spoke loud and rapid Bulgarian while our awesome, passionate and knowledgable tour guide Nic told stories. I had no choice but to understand the Bulgarians... We drove through stunning countryside full of deep glens, gleaming lochs and rolling bens. Aye, I guess I learned a few Gaelic words among the Bulgarian afterall. We fed some hairy coo, visited Doune Castle where the Monty Python movie was filmed, visited Loch Katrine and the Wallace Monument. We are now experts on the parts of Scottish history involving Hollywood legends like wee William Wallace And Rob Roy Macgregor. You'd all better be reading this in a Scottish accent...

While we were traveling the countryside, Ham and Michael went to St Andrews to play some golf. Still waiting for their return so that's all about that...

The Scottish fancy themselves as big eaters and even bigger drinkers. Chloe has so far taken on the biggest pot of mussels I've ever seen and the rest of us have shoveled steak and ale pies down our throats, washed down by local beer and cider.

Other items on our itinerary so far have included a dodgy ghost story tour of the underground vaults and a haunted cemetery. The Greyfriars Kirkyard is a pretty little cemetery, full of around 450,000 dead bodies but only 300 headstones. Upon Chloe's demand, we went to The Elephant House cafe which is known for being the birthplace of Harry Potter (JK wrote much of the early HP there). Top notch apple pie. Other than that, we've wandered the Royal Mile choosing which tartan suits us best.

I guess I'd better explain the fanny reference in the title. Chloe had a giggle fit on the plane from London to Edinburgh because the air hostess said 'cuppa tea for anybody?' but she heard 'cuppa tea fanny body' and couldn't control herself. Sooooooo immature.
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