I’m quite excited to write about Scotland!! Primarily because well, since I was a kid, the one place I really wanted to travel to of all the places was Scotland!! And though I had obviously traveled to other countries first, it was always in my mind to finally make it to Scotland, and now I was:)
I can’t really take all the credit however, because in all honesty it was an encounter I had with two people in late March/early April of this year (2014) while I was working in Key West that really inspired me to get my rear in gear and travel there! Kevin and Evelyne… From the moment they came to my bar (which by the way I was coincidentally not even supposed to be working that night) it was like meeting kindred spirits!! They were supposed to be in town for several days but as life takes turns sometimes, they were only able to stay in Key West for one night, and that one night they happened to wander into my place of work and sit at my bar.
The conversations that ensued and the inspiration I took from them after hearing of their adventures around the world and simply just meeting them, well needless to say they inspired me finally do what I’ve always wanted: go to Scotland! To this day I feel indebted to them for giving me that little kick in the rear and for being the most incredible hosts anyone could ever dream for. I miss our conversations and hanging out with them quite a bit and can’t wait for the next time we get to come together!!
Ok, enough nostalgia for now… I left London after only two nights and took the train straight to Edinburgh. It was quite a long trip, but really it wasn’t bad at all… Watching the scenery change from the busy bustling city to more rural areas to absolutely stunning countryside’s really made the time passing unnoticeable to me.
I ended up arriving in Edinburgh on one of the coldest and wettest days they had had a while! But the again, Scotland isn’t really known for it’s warm and sunny weather, so really it was a proper introduction to the Country! Funnily enough (and luckily) however, the rest of my time there really was filled with several warmish and clear sky days! Very unlike Scotland apparently, but I really wasn’t complaining one bit!!
I was met at the train station by K&E and whisked away to K’s place and shown to my room, fit for a queen! For the next 2 weeks or so, I stayed in Edinburgh with the company of K&E and honestly could have simply stayed forever (were it not for Scotland winters being so cold!!) and just gotten a job and rented out a flat!! I loved Edinburgh (my Glasgow friends will hate me for saying so, lol!!) and for sure plan to get back there not only for my friends being there, but for the city itself!
There is obviously quite a lot to say about my time there, so once again I’ve divided it all up into subjects so as not to overwhelm in one post! Happy reading!!