Thursday, October 18, 2007

Welcome to Scotland

Scotland is so much more than I ever expected. It is fantastic. And if I can just say something -- the people are polite and they are brilliant. I love it here.

We started the day with a tour of Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the skyline of Scotland's capitol. Parts of the castle date to the 12th century. It sits atop a conveniently dormant volcano that left hard rock in a way just perfect for carving a castle into it. This site (called castle rock) has had human habitation on it since the 9th century B.C. Today, the battlements overlook a bustling metropolis.
After this, we walked downhill on a street called the "Royal Mile" which leads past historic sites as it winds its way down hill -- the castle on one end and the royal palace at the other. In between are local shops and historic taverns. I did a little window shopping for kilts but just couldn't find the right one and decided to pass. Notice them in the left and the right window here.
Tomorrow we take a train out for a little day trip to Glasgow.