Logbook: Visiting Scotland for Spring Break

During the Easter break I had the opportunity to visit the one country I had been dying to visit.  The country is Scotland.  Scotland is a northern country that is part of the United Kingdom.  The United Kingdom includes Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales.  My visit was short but great. It was the trip I had hoped it would be.

TRAVEL NEWS

Local Time: 9:16pm

Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time

How far did we travel this week? 7,350 miles

How far have we traveled on our journey so far? Over 30,000 miles

How did we get around this week? I mainly got around Edinburgh, a city in Scotland, pronounced Edin-borough, by foot. We also visited St. Andrew’s, a smaller city. We took the train to get there.

What was the most interesting place we visited this week?  There were many interesting places I visited while in Edinburgh and St. Andrew’s.  Scotland is very different from Malta.  The cities are old and rustic with cobblestone streets.  We got to visit Edinburgh Castle and I felt like I was in an episode of Game of Thrones.  There is a lot of Royal British history. Lots of places make you feel as if you are transported back in time to the Victorian ages.  We also got to visit the University of St. Andrew’s, which is where Prince William went to school and met Kate Middletown. They are now known as the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge.  It was pretty cool to see the place where a royal attended school.

This Week’s Travel News: Lots happened this week.  My roommate and I got to stay with a friend whose parents own a flat, or apartment, in Edinburgh.  It was a really nice flat where we felt very much at home.  I got to cook and bake. We had our very own tour guide, which made the experience better.  The people are really, really nice.  They are so helpful, welcoming and kind.  Also, the friend we stayed with actually graduated from St. Andrew’s, a famous university there. It was very nice to see where he went to school and learn the history of the university. What a great spring break!

NATURE NEWS

Weather Tally: Sunny: 5  Cloudy: 0  Partly cloudy: 1  Rainy: 0 Snowy: 1  Windy: 1

What is the air temperature right now? 8 degrees Celsius or about 45 degrees Fahrenheit

How was the weather this week? The weather in Scotland was wonderful.  We were very lucky.  Since Scotland is located far north in Europe and is an island, it can be very rainy, grey and cloudy.  However, we had blue skies, bright sunshine and crisp air.  It really could not have been any better.  We got lucky.

What animals did we see this week?  We saw lots of horses, some owls and lots of adorable dogs.  I love animals so I always try to take notice of them wherever I am.

What was the coolest thing we saw in nature this week? The coolest thing I saw in nature this week was the beach in St. Andrew’s.  St. Andrew’s is a storybook sort of British town.  Think small shops, cobblestone streets and really old stone buildings.  You can imagine my surprise when I saw this massive beach on my way back from the cathedral.  It is a lovely beach, although too cold to get close to the water.

OUR NEWS

What languages are spoken here?  English is spoken in Scotland but there are areas where people speak Gaelic, which is an Irish/Scottish language.

What type of money is used here?  The type of money used in the United Kingdom is the British pound sterling.  1 British pound = 1.17 Euro or 1.62 American dollars. Very expensive.

How much does a bottle of water cost?  About 1.50 British pounds for a small bottle

What was the best meal this week?  The best meal I had was Easter dinner, not because I made it, but because it felt like a real holiday meal.  We had roasted chicken, roasted potatoes and sautéed green beans and baby corns.  Another meal I enjoyed was haggis, which is a traditional Scottish delicacy that is made of not so nice things like sheep’s intestines.  I have to admit, it was actually really good.

What music did we listen to this week?  We were able to hear some bagpipers play. Other than that it was mainly Top 40 music.

What activity was the most fun this week?  I think visiting St. Andrew’s was the best part of the trip.  Seeing the castle and the cathedral and just simply walking around the town made for a really lovely day.

What did I read this week?  I am currently reading the Game of Thrones book series.

What games or sports did I play?  At the flat, we played Apples to Apples, which was a lot of fun.

This Week’s News: We returned from Scotland with a day off before returning to work, so it made for a nice time to relax and reflect.

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