muddy footsteps

black pudding & haggis

Posted in Uncategorized by nicolejanaye on June 12, 2010

Good thing I asked what that was before dipping my fork into it. I figured it was something traditional and put some warmth under your skin. Black pudding is all sorts of meats and insides of animals coated with a bit of blood. Haggis is a wee little black patty full of meat and some oatmeal. By the way, this post should only be read in a Scottish accent.

Scotland is absolutely beautiful. Greener than can be and the architecture and stone is amazing. Not quite everything going to Scotland was that wonderful, however. Our plan coming over here was anything less than smooth. As we were speeding down the runway, our plane was shaking from left to right. The pilot might have been to excited to head over to Scotland. He probably already started drinking some pints. turbulence was only to be expected. However we made it all in one piece.

Everything was grand until we stepped in our vee little car. As you can imagine, the steering wheel is on the other side of the car. This means that since my sister and I didn’t think ahead and apply for an international license, my dad was going to be the permanent driver for the rest of the trip.

10 minutes later after a family prayer and some giggles and laughs we headed off. Our car ride went just as smoothly as our plane flight. It was an absolute shit show. Dani and I should have joined the captain and started drinking some beers.

After I got kicked to the back of the car (because I couldn’t deal with my dad), we kept onward. Remember, everything is backwards; or as my dad would say it, wrong. The freeway exits or on the left, you drive on the left, the steering wheel is on the right, you walk backwards…oh. got a little carried away. Because that isn’t enough to worry about, there are streets and loops and turn arounds and all sorts of goodness to keep us entertained on the road.

Moving on.

We arrived in Edinburgh and it was a beautiful day. After what should have been a 5 minute drive but turned into a 45 minute one, we arrived to our rest stop. Unpacked a little, cleaned up and headed out for the pubs. Beers all around and nothing in our stomachs to hold us down.

We asked around for the best places to eat and we were directed to a couple. We chose this cute little nook that served for hearty and nice meals. As not the usual, I found my dish right away. Not quite the traditional meaty Scottish dish but excellent none the less.

More pubs were in store for the rest of the night. Back to the room for a little refresher and we were back out on the street. Grassmarket is where we were headed. The pubs were filled and spirits were a’flowin. More beers all around. People love to have a good time here and dance. I told my friend Casey that he would love it here. Always dancing and having a good time.

After a couple rounds and mingling with some people we stepped back out onto the streets to do a little more walking. We walked over to a cab as people were flowing out of them. I think there was about 9 guys filled inside it. They all emptied in as my dad walked in. I’m not too sure if they even noticed my dad. The guys surrounded us and asked us to come to the pubs with them. There was a Scottish, dutch, irish, south african man. 5 others that I don’t remember their nationalities. The dutch man said you don’t have to travel the world anymore because you have us all right here.

Our dad was waiting so we politely declined and told them we will see them the next night.

Full day 1 in Edinburgh starts today. We filled our stomachs and are ready to start walking. My camera is still broken so we are using my dad’s and sisters. The weather is very nice today so it will be very enjoyable walking the streets.


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  1. Mom said, on June 12, 2010 at 6:21 am

    Great update Niki!! I can totally picture all that happened and the three “personalities” involved in it. Keep ’em coming….

  2. kaely said, on June 14, 2010 at 8:17 am

    you are probably so extreme with the accents. i like the post. i could imagine the 9 guys and dani being bummed about declining the offer. you guys should of stayed and made dad go home. hahahaha jk. but i cant wait to hear all about it

  3. Tay said, on June 16, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Be safe! Don’t trust those European dudes! Hahaha jk the pictures/blog is look amazing Niki! Can’t wait to see pictures from London town! Hope you have a wicked time 😉

  4. Kellie said, on June 16, 2010 at 11:39 am

    ah nik i just read this whole thing! it seems amazing! can i come visit? 🙂 hahahha i miss you im glad you are having such a good time love you

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