June 1, 2009
This morning we headed out on our tour bus through Scotland. It is unusually hot, probably around 80 degrees. Our tour guide Debs assures us that the weather is extremely rare.
Our first journey took us from Edinburgh to Ft. Augustus. We stayed at the Morags Hostel near Loch Ness.
Before settling in for the night, we saw a traditional Scottish demonstration of how to wear a kilt as well as learned some Scottish history about how traditional highland men and women used to live.
Next I scouted for the Loch Ness monster...
LOOK! THERE IT IS!
Ok, so I didn't see the Loch Ness monster, but the loch is absolutely breathtaking in itself.
Today is my third day in the highlands of Scotland. So far, this country is exceeding all of my expectations. I think that just about everyone in our group has said at least once that they are ready to pack up and move here for a while.
Yesterday, we stayed in a hostel at Ullapool. It was one of the most beautiful places I've ever stayed. The bens (mountains) stood tall everywhere, the loch was still right outside of our flat window--the view is beautiful.
However, the hostage experience was a little unusual--actually pretty strict. We had an 11:30 p.m. curfew and a stern manager.
The locals assured us that such an institution was unusual and the people here are actually very hospitable and entertaining.
At dinner, I met another Scottish tour guide who had a humorous personality and sweet Scottish cheer.
...to be continued.