Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Confronting the Monster!

No, not the corruption and idiocy in government. Something tangible.

We just set up the tent on the south shore of Loch Ness, almost directly opposite Urquhart Castle.
We will wait through the night to catch the beast, perhaps doing the famous "nessie" dance which is related to the washing machine except with the addition of some camera tourist oblique references.

Some great Scottish words and phrases we have picked up in addition to the ubiquitous "oach eye". When there are advantages to either of two paths to take you might say "you gain what you lose.". The way to describe a typical day here which includes constant varying wind, high and low clouds and mists of rain here and there is a "dreich" day; and of course, the long-haired beasts grazing in all the fields around here are called "heeland coos".

We head to the ancestral home tomorrow, Eileen Donan, the McCrea castle at the head of 3 Lochs. We are planning on heading north to the Orkney and Shetland Islands before catching one of the last ferries of the year to Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. If people have suggestions for places to stay or see please let us know.

Fall is definitely in the air, and we are getting our cold weather gear ready for Scandanavia.

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