16.09.2007 -17 °C
Well last night I paid £13 for a bed I never slept in. First mistake: drinking scotch whiskey. Second mistake: picking up the guitar in the common area of the hostel. Third mistake: not putting it down before falling asleep on the couch. So three hours later I woke up (6:30am) and went to have breakfast!
Here's how it all started... I couldn't be bothered with breakfast, because I was too excited to get a look at the Edinburgh Castle. I visited the museums there and even listened in on a 1 man skit about the history of the Great Hall (Royal Hall?) He was dressed in full regalia and was really funny to listen to. I went in for tea at a cafe' in the castle and luckily for me an older Australian couple invited themselves to my table for company which was really delightful. They paid for my tea and made it a nice un-lonely day.
After all Castle activities were over, I was headed for dinner but came across a tour about Scotch-Whiskey just starting at 5pm. I jumped in, tried my first ENJOYABLE scotch, and learned about how they're made and the differences between blends and single malts... grain and something else. It was in the bar after the tour that I ran into two Belgian guys that were staying at my hostel. They invited me to help them finish their scotches (they had ordered the full array to test the different regions) which was handy because I knew I couldn't commit to 4 drinks on an empty stomach, especially straight up! After that we all went and had a BEAUTIFUL traditional dinner of haggis and meat pie which we all shared bits so we could try everything.... by the way, haggis is delicious! But stay away from black pudding which is similar and awful. I don't know how that can be. Long story short we end up finishing a bottle of scotch on the couch at the hostel and signing our heads off which seems great at the time but the next day I can't help but think "I can't sound good if I can't even hear myself! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!" Oh well.
One of the hostel employees, John, is a phenomenal guitarist himself and did the honor today of signing Mini-G, my travel guitar! It really is beautiful and he did a fantastic little coat of arms and Scottish flag on there... yay! For those of you who don't know, I'm collecting countries I bring Mini-G to by having somebody that grew up there AND has heard me play and sing her sign with their name, country and date. Now I have two!
So now I'm tired and ready to hit the sack. Planning to go to Inverness tomorrow morning by train. Looking forward to that! Highlands here I come!