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Christmas in Scotland
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Christmas in Scotland is the best ever. There was snow everywhere, really just perfect. The trip I took was with a company called Haggis Adventures. If you know what Haggis is you will understand my amusement at the fitting title. They offer a wide range of trips but the Christmas one was the one I took. Five days in the Scottish Highlands. I honestly can even give detail every where we went there was so much, that, and I can't remember all the Gaelic names.
We went to Loch Ness at Inverness, stayed in a castle two nights, saw scenery like no other. Went to the Isle of Skye and saw Kilt Rock, stayed at Morags Lodge, listened to plenty of traditional music. Danced a Ceilidh, saw some kilts, met Davy Holt, saw three waterfalls, and truly winter wonderlands. Ate Scottish snow, saw the battlegrounds of Culloden, learned about the vast inaccuracies of Braveheart—which I have never seen. Met a real Highland coo named, had real Scottish whiskey, ate real Scottish Haggis. That Haggis was amazing! Saw a castle used many times in James Bond, passed Ian Flemming house, passed Hugh Hefners Scottish house, passed Loch Clooney named after George Clooney. Met some Kiwis, some Aussies, some Alaskians, and plenty of Joe.
We had a tour guide named Kyle and our grumpy 60 year ol' bus driver was Joe. Both were absolutely fabulous, and really funny. Technically Joe was not supposed to talk, just drive, but I am so glad he did...the stuff that he would say. I sat right behind him and when ever someone would try and pass us—not fast enough to Joe's liking—he would curse up a storm. And sometimes he would tell Kyle some random facts and then segway into some random rambling... Kyle and I would just look at each other and bust a kidney from laughing. Sometimes from the fact we had no idea what he said, but most of the time it was from what he said. Joe is from the Island of Barra so he was raised on Gaelic.
Here is a joke for you, from Joe...one of the clean ones mind you. What is the difference between Irish and Scottish languages... Scots speak Gaa-lic, but the Irish are Gay-lic.
I swear though the two of them had some great jokes...
But not this one... We stopped through a town called Calender. And Joe said that's where you take all the girls for a date. After a few moments of silence on the bus he, of course calling the entire bus some fanciful words, explained the joke.
Calender is also where some of Monty Pythons The Life of Brian was filmed. There were two Monty Python references on this trip. That one and another when we were at a place which I don't know the name. But while there Kyle and another guide, Fergus, told us a story about the faeries that live under the bridge and a viking princess. Well as Fergus is telling the story the princess, Kyle, comes galloping down to the stream. Yes, yes they were a pair of cocoanuts.
But wait there's more... As Fergus is telling the story about how the princess was injured and her beauty destroyed the faerie of the stream comes out and tells her he has a cure to restore her beauty. Now you might be asking where is Joe? Well as Fergus tells of the cure to beauty Joe saunters down by the steam. In the story the Faerie tells the princess to hold her head under the water for 10 seconds and her beauty will be restored and last forever. There we see Joe, with his head fully submerged in this frozen stream...ice cold water. Of course then they tell us we have to do it too...it wasn't that bad actually. Joe is a beast though...a beast.
One more silly story. While at Morags Lodge Kyle and Fergus were in the same room. Well Kyle woke up the last morning to a very cold room and strange cooing noised. He rolls over and sees Fergus talking to a squirrel. A red squirrel at that, who was sitting on the ledge of the window.
"Fergus, what are ye doing?"
"He is so cute and cute..."
As he is talking and petting this squirrel he KISSES its ear! Kyle said he was saying sweet nothings to it as well. If that wasn't enough after while talking his shower Kyle said he was signing "I kissed a squirrel and I like'ded it."
I nearly thought I would die from laughing so hard. The whole bus was in tears. Of course once we calmed down Joe adds his own loving comment about Fergus. *read sarcasm* this of course sets us all into giggle fits again.
Then there was Hammish. Oh sexy Hammish. You will ner meet such a fine beast as this. Hammish is a highland coo (cow) and he is a sexy sexy beast. He can eat a whole apple at once, really just a great creature. Very gentle too as he has been raised by humans after he was abandoned.
All in all a great Christmas trip, really just the best. If your wondering I will be leaving early on the 6th of January. Should prove fun. I am starting to slowly pack up. But tonight there are fireworks!
p.s. the Deep Scottish Love comes from the trip...but basically its when you just can't contain your love for the Highlands...haha.
“The ice age is coming,
the sun's zooming in
the wheat is growing thin
Engines stop running,
but I have no fear
Cause London is drowning
and I, live by the river.”
Well a cookie if you know the song, no cheating. Back from London and it was Amazing! But was it expensive, and I even took the cheep route. I was there from Thursday morning to late afternoon Saturday. The cheep route included hostels, taking my own food (minus two meals) and only paying for one tourist attraction. The biggest cost was the coach down, under 50£, the hostel around 65£, and my bus/metro pass which was 18£. London is not cheep.
I got to see a lot, think of it this way I took 650 some digital photographs and two and a half rolls of film.
I got there early Thursday morning and nothing was open so I just wandered a bit toward Buckingham Palace. Literally the only people there were a few walking to work a army unit taking pictures. This is the sheer reason lone the photos have no one in them at the beginning. At one point during the day before the changing of the guard there was the sound of bagpipes coming from the inner wall area, which I assume is the gardens.
I met an older gentleman who was feeding the squirrels. Okay I hate squirrels. BUT, I got to hand feed one. There were also pigeons missing feet. The squirrels were called Suzie and the pigeons Hoppy. ...yeah.
The changing of the guard was just as boring as I expected. But it was at least more lively then the Arlington National Cemetery one. I could have died of bordom at that one. Here though they played music and rode horses. Better trade I think. The music, I kid you not, was Indiana Jones and the Imperial March from Starwars. Also, just fyi, I didn't listen to my mother...and didn't stand at the gate... Did I regret this, yes. There I said it. Now go stuff your Turkey.
Oh I did see the Queen. hehe. Albeit it was her hat...lol. There us more to this but that is the best part.
Later on after some annoying issues with the hostel I went to the National Gallery in Trafagar Square. Too many painting for a 3 hour tour. I saw Van Gogh's Sunflower vase.
It's even uglier then I expected.
And I knew it was ugly. I swear on all the products its ever been on it looks better. Ugh, there was NO depth, the flowers are just one solid chunk of UGH!—or yellow—with no details to the seeds at all. Even in Starry Night the moon has more variety of color.
After that adventure I went to Her Majesties Theatre. What for? Phantom of the Opera of course!! I think I drooled the entire time. This Phantom is my favorite. I saw it in Columbus, have seen the movie, love the music, and own the book, but this Phantom knocks the others away. His emotion was spot on with how it should be. I told him he was excentric after the play...yes there is a photo! By far my favorite.
To bad he is not starring in the new production of the Phantom called Love Never Dies. Will it live up to the original...ooo, I don't know.
What else. I saw Big Ben, Parliament, Westminster Abby, the Tower Bridge, the London Eye. Funny enough they don't look that big up close. It's amazing how movies and pictures have illusoned us to think they are double the actually size. Still impressive but not as menacing.
I attended Mass at Westminster, which was neat and very pleasant. But quite honestly St. Paul's Cathedral is so very much more impressive. I went up into the dome and the views are amazing! The dome from the inside is just at beatutiful. I also got the blessed chance and opportunity to stay for evensong. I got to even sit up in the choir's area, next to them. Wow. Thanks God, because that was cool.
Picadilly is a neat area filled with theaters and shops. At one point I was in a book shop holding a book from 1809. I was this close to getting it. --> <-- If anyone tells you that Piccadilly is like New York Times Square they are full of it. They are nothing alike. Just fyi. It's stil cool though.
All in all the trip was great even with the few hiccups here and there. I really enjoyed it. The only thing I didn't get to see was at Earls Court. I didn't know about this till Sunday, but there is a TARDIS shaped police box there. A near replica to the TARDIS in Doctor Who. UGH!! I was so close to that! That almost makes me want to go back...another life maybe.
Now the pictures.
London (160 pictures)
Keswick (79 pictures)
Newcastle (25 pictures)
There you go.
Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t'was his intent
To blow up the King and Parli'ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England's overthrow;
By God's providence he was catch'd
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!
And what should we do with him? Burn him!
November the 5th, Guy Fawkes in England usually equals fireworks and bonfires. If you don't know what this means that's okay, frankly neither do I. I know what is talked about in V for Vendetta, a movie from 2005, but mostly just that guy Fawkes in 1605 tried to blow up parliament. I think this is the only celebration I know of that celebrates something that did not happen.
Tonight and still going, as I see out my window, fireworks are being let off. My flatmates and I went to go see a showing nearby. It was fun but there was no bonfire there...but that's okay.
Now for photos. Some of my photos are still uploading but hopefully by the time you do read this, when ever that may be, they will be all up. Pretty much I am going to link you to each one individually so you can decide where to go. there are a few that will be updated occasionally and I will be sure to let you know and provide a link. Also if there are any new sets I will of course link you. So if you want an image to be bigger just click on it.
Guy Fawkes Day
Newcastle upon Tyne
Holy Island and Bamburgh Castle
There you are.
edit:gah the size of the type won't stay put. grr
I need sleep.
Why? Because I am an college student. Not because I have been partying, not because I have too much homework...no it because as a Uni student you always need sleep. So here is my disclaimer...there are going to be spelling errors, get over it.
This week has been a little less travel. mostly because of homework. I have three projects due in the next two weeks. Animation, Web Design and Experimental Image Making. The last being the one I want to work on the most. It is a book designed around the body. When it is done I will post images. Some of the images i am going to put up in this update relate to the book. the ones of my models Amy and Paul mostly.
Speaking of images...if you want to see any of the back images from previous pots you can just go on My Flickr and click the link for SETS and you can see them, they are in groups by the date taken.
This week though I have been to Durham Cathedral, the Newcastle Castle Keep, and just more wandering around the area. I am not going to go into great detail about this week as I have mentioned I am sleepy. Plus I have to be up at 6:30am on Saturday to catch a coach to Bamburgh Castle and Holy Island.
I think I need to start expanding my wanderings to like jesmond and Sunderland...but the bus prices and the metro are a bit...and the metro doesn't go to Sunderland...of course not. But, I did go West out near where there is an abandoned ship building site. That area was a bit creppy, there were some shanty houses like what I would expect to find in a ghetto...I might get a group and go back, cause they were cool.
So lets see here... Durnham. That was cool. The Cathedral is amazing! It is HUGE! But of course you can't take photos. Really? ugh. Well in some places you can...like the cloisers/courtyard and on the tower. Oh yes, you can climb to the tower. All 250 odd stairs. 250 stairs on a Spiral Stair Case. A narrow one even. But the view was worth it. also with in the cathedral out in the couryard a guide reminded me that some of Harry Potter was filmed here. “How cool!” you say.
But at one point there was a orchestra rehersing for a concert that evening and got to listen along with whoever else was in the church at the time. I totally took a picture of that, rules be nulled. The acustics were really beautiful.
Newcastle Castle is small on the outside but HUGE on the inside. I swear it's a TARDIS (look it up.) The whole interior is like a maze at first you have to thing about where you are it was SOOO COOL! But it was funny because the King's chambers are smaller then when I live in Columbus...haha.
Other then that it has been homework...photoshots, litho printing, and drawings. Tomorrow shouls be interesting as should Sunday.