Favorite Daughter and Friend Go the ROYAL MILE

7 07 2009

en route

Kiki’s Edinburgh Post – 7 July 2009 10:11

I was going to greet you all with a great big “Top ‘o the Mornin’” but Mer just informed me that this is indeed not Scottish but Irish, so, that will be omitted.

Good Morning from beautiful Edinburgh! Mer and I had a wonderful night’s sleep in our brilliant hostel. There are numerous reasons why this night’s sleep was better than our first night:

1. Our internal clocks have adjusted to the time here and we did not wake up at 3 AM and feel like we needed to get up.

2. We did not have one of our roommates imitating a chain saw while snoring all night,and

3. We actually didn’t get to sleep until after dark. (around 22.30)

It’s a bit weird how late it gets dark here. We were literally sitting in our hostel and talking while it was still light outside and I glanced at my watch and it was almost 20.00!!

I awoke this morning for the first time around 4.00, and it was absolutely pouring outside. A bit sad, I rolled over and went back to sleep and when I woke again at 8.30 it was not raining; the rain had faded into that beautiful Scottish damp colour which would be disgusting, to say the least, anywhere else, but here, it fits so perfectly that you feel like you are walking into a cliche.

Mer and I then went down to the common area of our hostel where the kitchen is located because we were informed when we checked in that there was free coffee (if you can call it that), tea, and hot chocolate every morning in the kitchen. Being the brave coffee-addict that I am, I opted to try the coffee while Mer made the safe choice of hot chocolate. The fact that it was instant coffee should have been a sign…but unfortunately it was not. It was so bad and strong that I had to add milk and sugar to cover up the taste…and anyone who knows me, knows that this is quite a shocking fact.

So, here we are, at the internet cafe we ambled down to located on North Bridge, just a hop skip and a jump from the Royal Mile. Which reminds me:

Yesterday, as we were walking down the Royal Mile (High Street)

[WAIT! Hold everything — the Royal Mile? Created by a volcano 325 million years ago and inhabited by humans for the past 7,000 years? Unschooling fail! Ken Ham’s Museum proves the Creator himself is only 6,000 years old, plus a few days of getting bored enough to make some playthings. . .

“Did you guys see Toy Story?”

Half the room had.
“. . . Thinks he’s a real spaceman, and he’s got to figure out what he’s doing on this strange planet. So what does Woody say to him? He says, ‘You’re just a toy.’ ”

David sat quietly, waiting for us to absorb this.
“Just a toy. We’re not really spacemen. We’re just toys. Created for God. For His pleasure, nothing else. Just a toy. Period.”

. . .

edinburgh museum of childhood on royal mile

back to our hostel, we came across a…ahem…strange..looking man in a camouflage kilt and a black beanie with flames on it. He was yelling at the crowd in a way that told us he was about to do something interesting. Having passed two different men bagpiping in this same street, we thought we were in for something good…how wrong we were. As we stood there the poor man’s act (which supposedly was going to consist of fire eating, and juggling various dangerous objects) went from bad to worse to painfully awkward. We left just after he made a child cry by brandishing a machete in her general direction.

Edinburgh has greatly exceeded my expectations. It’s a very laid-back, old city. Even the chain restaurants and hotels look like castles here. We still have tomorrow to get the full effect of the marvelous place, and for that I am happy. But I will also be happy to leave, because from here we head to the best country in the world: Belgium.

-Kiki

UNSCHOOLING EUROPE

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7 07 2009
JJ

For the childlike faithful among us unschooling themselves in the power of hi-story as believing the unthinkable rather than thinking the unbelievable — new myths to study and accept as literal truth! They are full of historical FACTS and the words “learn” and “histories” are right on the website, see? — and none has ever been disproven or they couldn’t have survived to this day, so there!

Haunted Scottish Castles

It is hardly surprising that many of Scotland’s castles are associated with ghosts, apparitions and strange noises – they have histories in some cases stretching back over 600 years. Here is just a selection of thirty of them (from a list of 150 known to have a reputation!) plus links to castle web sites where you can learn more about the castles and see illustrations of the buildings (but probably not the ghosts…)

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