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May 24, 2005

Since Josh asked (below) about the honeymoon, I figured I would “talk” about that this time. However, before I do that, I have to say that last weekend was one helluva fun weekend. I was unable to announce anything ahead of time, for fear that the secret would get out – the Kibbeymeistergina is back from France, and we surprised her with a gathering in the mountains. While no drunken debauchery ensued (though we did totally try), it was a relaxing weekend – pictures available soonishly.

To get on with the subject: honeymoon. Ben and I are taking an appropriate trip to Scotland directly after the wedding. After taking 2 red-eye flights in a row (oh, how I love living in Boise!) with a day in NYC in-between, we will arrive in Edinburgh and rent an automobile. While I am opposite-side-of-the-road-driving impaired, Ben believes he is not, therefore he will be leading us out of the city and into the highlands.

Blaragie CottageAfter a few days of travel and sightseeing, we will settle in a self-catering holiday cottage for a week’s relaxation. The cottage is situated 100m from "Katrina's Cottage", and a half-mile from Laggan, which, as everyone should know, doubles as the village of Glenbogle in the hit BBC series Monarch of the Glen. If all goes according to my plans, the cast will, instead of partying it up in Edinburgh for festival, be diligently working and filming whilst we’re there, so that I may be able to steal the actors to have them become permanent residents of my pockets. However, if this does not happen, I could settle for a slowly-walking-by-american-tourist-photographing-the-cast-members-whilst-filming-and-fanning-herself-trying-not-to-drool type situation.

Of course, there will be plenty else to do in the highlands besides star-stalk. We’re planning on taking a few day trips to other sights in the area, including Fort William, where we shall attempt to climb Ben Nevis, the tallest “mountain” in the whole of the UK. There are also nice long walks next to Loch Laggan, and staring at Ardverikie house, wishing it was I that lived there.

After the week in Laggan, we will head back down to Edinburgh to spend our last day there to maybe catch some of the festival. We only have 13 days on holiday – let’s hope it’s enough to get Scotland out of my blood for a while (not likely).


hahaha I love how that post just ran right off the page...very kawaii :P

Posted by: LeeAnn at May 24, 2005 6:02 PM

remember to ask for translations into english, not scottish...seriously, i had trouble figuring out what people were saying in the scottish countryside.

Posted by: j-a at May 25, 2005 8:34 PM

I hear that on the big isle you can romp around through peoples' back yards n' stuff and not get shot. Sounds appealing, for some strange reason. Sometimes I think that our country's mottos, ideologies, and songs go better with other countries. "this land is my land, this land is your land...."--you know. Scotland--the real land of the free--fascinating.

Posted by: Josh at May 25, 2005 11:16 PM

j-a: i've been watching a lot of scottish bbc dramas, so i think i may be fine on that aspect. it all depends on how north we go, though.

josh: indeed... well, people don't necessarily have fences around their gardens. i, of course, plan on asking permission if i'm going to romp through someone's property, but they're pretty mellow about that kind of thing over there, especailly in the highlands.

Posted by: devlyn at May 26, 2005 8:45 AM

Sounds like fun. Just be careful driving..tell him not to scrape the side of the car on anything. I've heard that Americans are prone to doing that when first getting used to the driving thing.

Posted by: teahouseblossom at May 26, 2005 10:35 AM


Posted by: devlyn at June 9, 2005 10:28 AM

Three years of living there and over a dozen visits and I've yet to get Scotland out of my system. But good luck.

Posted by: Karol at June 11, 2005 11:34 AM