Saturday, May 23, 2009

Update from Edinburgh

Gwen and I are having an afternoon snack--perhaps we should call it "tea," but I'm reluctant to use the word to describe a Mediterranean shared plate with Stella Artois lager--in the Old City area of Edinburgh. We found a backpackers-style pub called Villagers, which has (as you might guess) free wireless Internet access, so I figured a quick update was in order.

It's been a busy day. We've toured Edinburgh Castle, walked the Royal Mile, and hiked up the crags overlooking Holyroodhouse Palace (though the Palace itself was closed for an event, and I wonder if the Queen might be in residence?). We climbed Calton Hill to see the City Observatory and the memorial to Scottish casualties in the Napoleonic Wars, a monument long-unfinished and known as "Scotland's Shame." We have, of course, heard ample bagpiping, and seen many a lad sporting a kilt.

One fascinating development was finding the tartan and family history for the Moffats, the line of Gwen's grandfather. We bought a scarf. ;-) I also found a shot glass (YAY!) and we picked up a stack of postcards to write tonight on the train.

Our train to Glasgow leaves tonight at 9:30 p.m. and gets us in about an hour later, and we'll be there until Monday. I'll see about writing something tomorrow from there.

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