Vacation within a vacation

15 Apr

After our traumatic experience with the chickens, Bridget and I decided we needed to take a break from farming. So we took a week off to see a bit of  Scotland. We started off with four glorious days in Edinburgh. The first thing we did after checking into our massive hostel was to climb up to Edinburgh Castle.

The Castle

The Castle

It was one of those rare Scottish winter days when the sun was shinning and it wasn’t freezing cold. Actually, for that whole week the weather was incredible, our guardian angels were looking out for us. Despite my hatred of climbing hills, I enjoyed the hike because the view was stunning. We could see the whole city spread out beneath us. Thankfully that sight of the city made the climb worth it because entrance to the castle ended up being ridiculously pricey, what poor backpacker can pay £15 to see a castle?

Not too shabby

Not too shabby

It so happens that when you are travelling you start off wanting to go to every historic site and into every famous museum. This desire wears off very quickly. So by the time Bridget and I wound up in this city so full of amazing museums and cool sights, we were done with days packed full of “culture.” It is not as if we spent the entire time sitting around doing nothing. We walked all around the city and got in some superb people watching (my favorite activity). In the evenings we entertained ourselves with sangria and a relaxed game or two of Jenga (4 glasses of home made sangria for £8, now that’s one delicious deal).

Scrummy Sangria on a Budget:

1 bottle of very cheap wine

1 bottle of very cheap “sprite” soda

2 oranges (on offer), I squeezed, the other sliced (decoration!)

1 punnet of strawberries sliced

mix it all together and enjoy!

yup

yup

Just walking around a city can really give you a sense of the place and even though we didn’t do much besides walking I was able to fall in love with the city. It is just the right size, the architecture is incredible and the people are friendly. One day I will be back for the music festival.

The monument

The Edinburgh monument

We said goodbye to Edinburgh and headed to St. Andrew’s: the home of golf and more importantly where Wills (Prince William) met Kate (Duchess Katherine).  If you ever go there I advise that you don’t stay too long. We were there for two days and we were super bored by the end (no offense people of St. Andrew’s). The town is so small that even after just an hour of walking around we were recognizing people. Despite it’s small size and lack of things to do, the town (village?) is really cute and the seaside is lovely.

The ruins of a cathedral, spooky

The ruins of a cathedral, spooky

We enjoyed an afternoon sitting in Starbucks (horrible, I know) and had a great time making up stories for the passersby. By the second day however, activities were running low. There is only so much time you can spend reading self help books on the floor of the local bookstore. So, unless you are a student or a golf fanatic I wouldn’t recommend staying more than an afternoon in St. Andrew’s.

Next stop on our whirlwind tour of Scotland: Dundee, known for two things: Jam and Jute. We met up with a friend from Paris who goes to the university there and let’s just say it was a bit of a crazy weekend. Also, if you are a little hung over, don’t climb up Dundee Law, even if the view is incredible.

Was it worth it...?

Was it worth it…?

We left Dundee a little worse for wear. I was so tired from a week of too much fun that I fell asleep on the floor of a bus station. For some reason I got lots of dirty looks… Although it was a great week, we were glad to be on our way to Willowford farm and our next WWOOFing experience.

Next up: I finally get to experience caravan life!

home, sweet home

home, sweet home

I would like to finish this post with a request: After the recent bombings in Boston, I ask that we all send our thoughts and prayers out to everyone affected. I hope that in the future we will not know days such as these.

“Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another.” 

-Elie Wiesel

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One Response to “Vacation within a vacation”

  1. John April 19, 2013 at 1:30 am #

    Another great read. Keep it up

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