“Oh, it’s fine Scottish weather, madam. The rain is falling straight down and slightly to the side like.” – Braveheart

Today I went to Stirling with my flatmate to visit her family. Stirling is about a 45 minute train ride away from Edinburgh and home to the Wallace Monument. Maybe some of you have heard of a little movie called Braveheart? You know starring and directed by Mel Gibson before he made any racial slurs. It is also home to Stirling castle. Another interesting fact, according to Wikipedia, is that one of its twinned cities is Summerside, PEI. That’s kinda cool.


Today was the nastiest day of weather that I have seen since I arrived. The wind was supposed to be 60 miles an hour and the rain was coming down in sheets. As such, I didn’t end up seeing any of Stirling, not the castle, not the memorial, not even the resemblance to Summerside (which I’m not sure how that works since what I did see had absolutely no commonality with PEI). Basically, we went from the train station to Beth’s parents house and back, with some visiting in between. So no real sightseeing took place, but considering the weather, I wasn’t too disappointed to not walk up 200 steps to the Wallace Monument.

I did get to spend some time with a Scottish family. Which, really, wasn’t that different than spending time with a Canadian family. Except for the fact that sometimes I had no idea what they were saying. And people in Stirling do not even have that thick an accent compared to people from Northern Scotland. It was super hard to keep up. Luckily, almost every second word was a curse word so I was able to decipher those ones quite easily.

When we arrived back in Edinburgh, there was shopping to be done. I haven’t really gone looking for anything specific since I got here but Beth decided that I needed shoes for dancing tonight so she dragged me to all the Charity Shops around the apartment. At first I was quite confused at what she meant by charity shops, as I didn’t know if she meant used clothing stores, or consignment, or what. But apparently charity shops are just that: shops where the proceeds goes to charity. Mainly used clothing although there is furniture, shoes, bags, toys, books and what not. Like the Salvation Army I suppose. Anyway, I got a good deal on a pair of shoes and a bag so it worked out well.

I haven’t posted pictures in awhile so here are some photos I tried to take from the train:



February 29, 2008. UK.

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