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Archive of posts tagged Scotland

More Interesting, Less Depressing

One of the reasons I can’t seem to get motivated to write more posts on B&E is that the 2012 election — in terms of candidates and coverage — depresses the hell out of me. Bat-shit crazy has become the mainstream. And we’ve got almost another year of this fucking bullshit. Ever since we re-elected [...]

Scottish Health and Food

While at the Scottish Museum in Edinburgh, I was rather surprised to see a sign like this one in what is otherwise a rather say-it-loud-I’m-Scots-and-I’m-proud museum: And frankly, I find that very difficult to believe. I mean, just because I ate an Orkney steak, topped with local haggis and puff pastry lattice, and doused in [...]

I’m Sorry, the WHAT Free Church?

I was a backseat navigator while on the isle of Orkney, off the northern coast of mainland Scotland, doing a fairly lousy job following the map, thanks to frequent distractions by the beauty outside during the drive. You’ll see a lot of churches called “Free Church” in Scotland. It’s another name for the Church of [...]

I Don’t Live Here

It’s appealing, though, isn’t it?

Munch on Glen Coe

Working off-site has its hurdles, but the commute sure can be worth it:

My Thanksgiving Vacation – One Flight, Five Airports

Even though Edinburgh airport was closed for the day of our flight, we went for it, hoping against hope that we’d make it back to New York. And goddammit, if arrangements weren’t being made. Continental bussed everyone on our flight from the Edinburgh airport to the Glasgow airport, which was running without delays. Like all [...]

My Thanksgiving Vacation – Refugees

We really had an ambitious travel schedule planned out for the trip. In addition to the wedding, we were stopping in on the missus’ father in the Highlands twice “en route.” The second visit, ostensibly on our way back home, the missus planned a 70th birthday celebration performance afternoon. She played some Bach on her [...]

My Thanksgiving Vacation – First Sign of Trouble

The wedding was being held at Glengorm Castle, which is a “castle” built in the 1850s. The Glengorm estate dominates the northern tip of the Isle of Mull, and on clear days you can see the Isle of Skye. It’s a goddamned gorgeous place. We made our way to the estate, relatively uneventfully until we [...]

My Thanksgiving Vacation – Early Snow

In general, this time of year, one can rely on Scotland to be above freezing, but cool and quite wet. Higher ground might have a dusting of snow. If we were lucky, we’d get some sun. So my original plan had been to take a fleecy-type thing along with a rain coat. Then we got [...]

My Thanksgiving Vacation – Holy Crap, Bellachroy!

Some of you may remember the infamous Taste of Mull Platter for Two that the missus and I shared last year. Here it is, for reference (and please note how it hangs off the table slightly): Because the wedding was taking place on the Isle of Mull, we wanted to take the bride and groom [...]