We have been in Scotland for one week now. So far I have seen several historic castles and very old churches, vast green fields of mostly wheat and potatoes, pastures with grazing cows, thousands of freshly shorn sheep, flocks of trumpeter swans, hills rising abruptly a thousand feet above the plains, trees and gardens everywhere and more golf courses than I have ever seen. In short, the land is stunningly gorgeous.
We moved out of the Windlestrae Hotel in Kinross and took the bus forty miles south to Edinburgh. The weather has improved such that it now feels like summer. It is Saturday and the parks and pedestrian parkways are packed. I have heard half a dozen different languages as we walk along – Turkish, Spanish, Italian, German, and a few I did not recognize.
Talk about a cosmopolitan city! We passed Mexican, Italian, Chinese and other assorted restaurants plus Starbucks and McDonalds. There is some crazy cross-marketing for food here. One restaurant offered kebabs, pizza and fish and chips. Couldn’t they decide on an ethnic specialty? I guess not.
We found the bus stops in the city for the sightseeing/hop-on, hop-off tour buses, and we plan to do go sightseeing in a day or two. Edinburgh Castle towers over our hostel, and it looks mighty impressive. I am fighting off a sore throat, so I am saving my energy for now. I expect we will go see the castle and the HMS Britannia, at one time the family yacht of the Royal Family. Once we get the tourist bug out of our systems we can focus on a more leisurely pace. That is not happening yet.
We think the apartment we looked at in Perth will be available to us. We hope so, because it is so centrally located and quite comfortable. It even has a second bedroom in case someone wants to come for a visit. Mostly, we will be glad to start cooking our own meals for a change.
I like seeing the sights and meeting lots of people. However, the current pace is much faster than normal for us. I miss reading to my grandson and writing stories and shopping for groceries and preparing home cooked meals. I look forward to writing about how it feels to live in Scotland. For now I am just another tourist.