Sunday, September 23, 2012

aye, scotland

I have seen several castles now. I think I get the gist of them, now no more castles!

My motley crew (who grew to add another Canadian) went to Doune castle this past week and that was really a very good time. I even picked up a souvenir for a certain brother who probably doesn't read this blog but just in case, I won't say anything!

If any of you have ever watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail, you'll know the castle I am talking about! I would say about half of the movie was filmed there! Not a fan of Monty Python? Well, the first two episodes of Game of Thrones also filmed at this location.

your mother was a hamster...
cloudy, as per usual. top of the castle!
view from the castle
I should add that this castle wasn't commercialized at all, it was just a really well kept ruin. Not like Warwick, or Stirling, if you have been to either. I also went to Stirling this week and it was very commercial in comparison. I enjoyed both, but I think I have spent my fair share of money on getting into castles!

Over the course of this past week, I have indulged in many hostel activities. But when a hostel is run by Brian, hostel activities include acting out Lord of the Rings as the movie plays, glitter wars and making crafts. Definitely not the week I anticipated, but definitely memorable! I apparently haven't uploaded my iphone pictures to my ipad, so you'll have to stalk my facebook to see Brian and I making a Happy Hazel Day card. I don't even know who Hazel is...

For my last day in Scotland, Brian and I toured Edinburgh. We walked around Old Edinburgh, New Town and went to a weaponry store near Edinburgh Castle (MORE CASTLES). Naturally, the guy who works at the weapon store recognized Brian and we were offered discounts on any shields or maces we might desire. If only Brett had been there... (note: that is not the souvenir). We also found a hat store! And Brian became my personal photographer.

My last morning in Scotland, before I caught my flight to Spain was more or less despondent as I came to the realization that I wouldn't know a single person upon my arrival in Barcelona. I wanted to go, but I was scared of the unknown. I didn't really have any control over the situation so I did what any girl would do: get a manicure. It's surprising how much better the world becomes when your hands look prettyyyyy :)

Anyways, I have arrived in Spain, safe and sound. I've even made some friends! But I'll give that a separate post altogether :)