Posts Tagged With: Scotland

3,500 bottles of scotch on the wall…

If you read the posts where I tagged along during Haydens candyland adventures back in Ireland, you witnessed a portion of the Guinness brewery and Jameson distillery. Considering we’re in the land of scotch, there are many specific options here, but he decided to participate in the tour that gave an overall lesson of the land and all that’s produced here.
It’s called the Scotch Whisky Experience. When we arrived, they sat us down in a barrel shaped booth and sent us off on what reminded me of a slow carnival ride. It was guided by an automated character that, for lack of a better description, was kind of creepy. It simulated ghosts of times past that explained how it all began.   

 The photos aren’t the best of quality considering the dim lighting and quick moving characters. I just wanted to give you an idea…


After the tilt-o-whirl lesson, they directed us through a few rooms that went into further detail of the mystery of Scotch making. 


The peak of the tour had us all sitting in a room like school children to watch a narrated video. This part was easy for me to absorb and I actually learned quite a bit about the regions, flavors and facts that go into scotch. After the video, we each got to pick a flavor to sample. It was cute to watch the room turn giddy when the bottles came out. 

The last step in our informative day was the room in which impressed everyone. Almost 3,500 different bottles of Scotch have been collected and displayed here.
The end of the “Scotch experience” differred for everyone depending on which level you signed up for. I chose the minimal which landed me a glass of water and extra time to take photos of Hayden who signed up for the platinum package. Here’s a kid at Christmas again! 


After the tour, food was priority so we headed to a popular pub called Ushers. Hayden ordered a meat pie with chips (french fries) and peas. Suggested by Alan, we ordered a scotch egg which is a hard boiled egg breaded with a meat covering then deep fried. Yeh… umm, not for me but thanks!  

Dessert was an easy choice since it’s one of the only things everybody mentioned to try while we were here. A deep fried Mars bar. Yeh… umm not for me but thanks!  
After our experimental day, we met up with sweet Mel and friends for a nice moonlit walk and casual drink.  


Early the next morning we headed to the Edinburgh airport with enough time for one more handstand shot and a sweet farewell to Scotland. 


Funny fact(ish) – Most Scottish people pronounce a “T” sound if it’s in the beginning of a word.  If it’s in the middle, they leave it out. 

Example: Tatties (mashed potatoes) should sound like “tat-ees” but they say “ta-ees” and “beautiful” comes out “beu-ee-ful”.

Also different is the “R”.  They either roll it or leave it out completely. I couldn’t get a store clerk to understand me whatsoever when I clearly asked where the “fruit” was.  Poor fella kept asking me what I was talking about.  I finally said “like an apple or banana”, he said (what sounded like)  “Ohh, foot!”

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Cambodia… 2 years later, kilts and castles!

Our next quick stop is to the land known for kilts, haggis and castles. Before we dive into bagpipes and scotch eggs, let me share another reason I wanted to explore Scotland.

Back in Cambodia, I was volunteering at the Flicks movie theatre working the popcorn machine with the other travelers passing through. Just before departing, the girl that would be taking my bed arrived early and I’m so glad she did! Mel had just come from Vietnam which is exactly where I was heading so we exchanged pointers, shared a few meals and even made time for a haircut. For that adventure check out the post Ticket for one please and a Cambodian beer

Two years later I’m landing in her current dwelling place of Edinburgh! Here we are back in Cambodia and now in Scotland! 

She not only welcomed us into her home, but handed over the key and let us crowd her room with our backpacks.  Thanks hun! 

 As Mel went off to work, Hayden and I decided to roam the streets of this enchanting place. Here’s what my eyes spotted out while wandering the capital city of Edinburgh. 

Side note, there are 3 handstands in this post!

     This little cafe had a different persons name on the board each morning. No, we didn’t walk by every day with high hopes one of our names would be printed out front. Maybe. 

 When I thought this ice-cream truck couldn’t get any more adorable, an elderly couple rolled up and I got to watch the man treat the woman to a cone and a kiss. 
  I loved this slope of greenery that seemed to be the perfect invite for students to study, couples to picnic and kids to play. On this day, it invited me for a handstand!  



It was a challenge to put the camera down since every building resembles a castle or some sort of ancient gothic statue. Even harder was narrowing down the hundreds of photos to the ones on this post! 


The heart of Midlothian sits beautifully in the strets of the Royal mile. Executions used to take place here in an old prison and the heart marks where the doorway used to be. Back in the 15th century, locals spit on it as a sign of disgust for the former prison. Now, it’s been told that spitting on it brings good luck… go figure.
This little man was by far my favorite of the day. A magician in training with the quick wit of an experienced comedian.  He was dropping jokes while flipping cards and managed to keep us (me) entertained!

I’ve gotten the privilege to see several places of this magnitude but there’s something special that I felt here. Considering the size and tourist appeal, it still maintains a traditional energy that makes it feel quaint and delicate. Next up will be a mini treat of food, drinks and a night shot of this stunning city!

Quirky questions for the day-

Gentlemen: For one year, would you rather have to wear a kilt everyday or have your mom pick your clothes?

Ladies: An old fashioned princess gown or dressed by your previous (ex) companion?

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