Awesome Scottish vacations! Nine breath-taking days in Highlands plus Edinburgh during Fringe festival!
I was hosted by my girlfriend and her niece, the adorable Barbora, gifted with the art of making candies. :)
Visiting Scotland I had the opportunity to practice my Polish as 2% of Edinburgh's population are Polish. When I was in one of the restaurants "SubWay", the Polish guy that was making my sandwich started to talk to some Polish customers in their language but using lots of 'kurwa' and 'pierdole' words... I just made a comment by saying "Uważaj jak się wyrażasz, człowieku!" (Watch your mouth, man!) and we both started laughing and at last he made a comment about my Sepultura t-shirt: "Twoja koszułka jest nice" (Your t-shirt is nice) - Polinglish language? :)
Our route engulfed main spots in Scotland. Starting from Edinburgh, we took a bus to Inverness and then we slept in some village near the famous Loch Ness and the legend of the monster! Uhh! And then, to Dornie to visit the Eilean Donan castle (medieval) and going on to the cozy village of Kyleakin by the seashore, for relaxing. Fort William was the next step. Rather than Polish we've found Slovaks! I was wearing my t-shirt with the Slovak flag enclosed and few times Slovak people rushed into me talking in Slovak. Didn't know that even with my "latino appearance" people would think I'm Slovak because of my beautiful t-shirt. :P
The rain bothered a bit in Glasgow during the journey back to Edinburgh. But fortunately, I can say that we've seized mostly a "sunny Scotland".
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Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle - Drumnadrochit village
My remarks: The monster never shows up! Frustrating! But the view of the Urquhart Castle is amazing, specially when there is a doubled rainbow in the sky. Worth seeing. :)
Eilean Donan Castle - Dornie village
We were adviced before, by some Americans, that Eilean Donan was a lame castle. Well, even though it is very well redone, does not mean it is lame.
Castle ruins - Kyleakin village
After becoming a true "Highlander" I got back to Edinburgh to enjoy the festival and night life.
Among Edinburgh's attractions there is the Chinese circus. Which is a different kind of amusement, not only based on wild animals, but on humans' performances. The positive aspect on this is that attendees won't smell like elephant shit after the spectacle. :)
Oh, Edinburgh Zoo, which I can evaluate as 3/5. The zoo is located on a slope, so all the time I was going uphill. There are no giraffes, no elephants, no reptiles (only 2 snakes), the most impressive beast was the black panther from the Amazon and the Polar bear. Also lots of penguins. Wroclaw's Zoo in Poland is much better. Enough said. :P
Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2008
Edinburgh is 100% culture! Musicians and arts performers spread everywhere. People distributing flyers and folders for music/theatre spectacles. Some of them for free. Lots of young people and great atmosphere. I have to admit that Edinburgh surpassed my previous favourite European city (Oslo) and became the top of my rank. I strongly recommend.
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