Continuing on my guided tour with the tour company that I worked for I was excited to leave England and enter Scotland. Here are some thoughts and observations from my time here:
Their accents somewhat confused me, but I pretty much understood what was going on. I did notice it was the older generation that had the heavier Scottish English accent.. perhaps this was a coincide.
The unit of currency is also the pound, the Scottish pound and while I noticed that they took English pounds here it was somewhat looked down upon to pay by Scottish pounds in England, interesting. (It’s the same value, both pounds, just different coins/notes depending where the money was minted).
I loved seeing men in kilts, I admit I think it’s sexy! The bagpipes were interesting as well, but not quite my type of music.
I did run into haggis, which is considered by some to be the national dish of Scotland, at a traditional Scottish meal, but couldn’t bring myself to try it out. (FYI: haggis is a dish composed of sheep’s heart , liver and lungs combined with stock, onion, spices and a few other items- just not appealing to me).
With all of this being said I really enjoyed Scotland. My tour guide, who I know I could not duplicate without giving many tours myself, was incredibly knowledgeable about Scotland. History, history, history.. poor Mary Queen of Scots- that lady was dealt a horrible deck of cards and eventually was executed (beheaded). I loved walking around, seeing everyone on the streets and checking out all the historic landmarks. Here is some of what I saw.
The ruins of Holyrood Abbey
The Palace of Holyroodhouse
My time in Wales was short but memorable. We stayed in the town of Ruthin sleeping in the Ruthin Castle. During our stay we were here we were treated to a traditional dinner and a singing show. The country was very quiet and calm and there a lot of farm animals, both on the green hills and in the town we stayed in.
Looking into my archives I found a postcard that talked about being born Welsh. It said:
To be born Welsh
Is to be born privileged.
Not with a silver spoon
In your mouth,
But music in your blood
And poetry in your soul.
Quoted from Wilfred Wilson
I love having such fond memories from seeing such beautiful places, meeting beautiful people, and making beautiful memories.
I was even more lucky to see England, Scotland and Wales on the clock working as a tour guide in my 20’s. I eventually did leave this job a little before working with the company for two years. It was just too crazy waking up never knowing what state, city or country I was in!!
You can follow my time touring the British Isles from the beginning here.