There are times when I look at you, and I still can’t believe you’re real.
Well I’m back from Scotland! I do have lots of pics, but they all kind of look like the above. Suffice to say Scotland leaves you gasping at its beauty until the concept of “scenic” loses something its meaning as every where the eye looks, there is that adjective.
My favorite parts:
the Bealach na Ba Road from Applecross to Lochcarron. This was such a beautiful drive, more so than Glencoe imho. The guidebooks and trip adviser reviews called it harrowing but I thought that was an exaggeration. If you can drive stick, then tracing the roads isn’t that hard.
The Isle of Skye - breathtaking. Mountains, sea, grass, lakes.
Edinburgh - what a pretty city and so easily walkable. Lots of rich history too.
Landmark Trust properties - Castles, forts, follies, towers and cottages. I’ve stayed at these places in Ireland and Scotland. They are a treat.
Scottish people - friendlier in my limited experience than the strangers I encountered in Ireland and England. Chatty too in an American way rather than the reserved stereotype.
Butter - so superior. 63words asked me to write a smuttish story about eating butter here. It’s one of my 2014 goals!
Cullen sink soup - I really liked this soup made from smoked haddock, potatoes and onions. Tastes like New England Clam Chowder.
My not so favorite parts:
Odd business hours - things would be open haphazardly, half the week, a few hours only. Though perhaps my viewpoint is spoiled by the culture of 24 hour convenience in America. Beware a lot of historical attractions close after Oct 15 for the winter.
Food - don’t get me wrong, I ate decent. Fish, lobster, squat lobster, langoustines, scallops (with their foot, which Americans consider offal), mussels - all excellent quality. But eating decent was a challenge outside of Edinburgh. There’s good food here, but the execution is either dead simple (Scottish - the secret ingredient was salt) or dreadful (any other cuisine, including American or Italian). I preferred just having a salad at home because dining out was an expensive mistake.
Culture - there weren’t as many cultural things to do compared to England and Ireland. There’s not a lot of people here so the towns (especially up in Caithness and Sutherland) are rather bereft. There’s a Spar grocery store, there’s a post office, there’s a chippy, that’s it!
"Who gives a shit about seals, they’re as common as pigeons" - a quote from my husband. After a while, the ubiquity of certain things made us go "meh"
I loved reading your posts about Scotland; your picture posts were breathtaking, and very inspiring! And I’m always interested in reading about traveling experiences (and food :3 ). Now I long to travel to Scotland one day, stay in a landmark trust place, and try the superior butter!
Odd business hours was one of my biggest complaints about France, too; it was shocking to an American to find that EVERY pharmacy EVERYWHERE was closed on Sunday. So strange.
I’m so glad to hear you had a good time. Welcome back!
First of all let me tell you your pictures were beautiful and I also travel a little these days through them. As I’ve already been in Ireland an UK I’d love to go to Scottland someday too.
I’m reblogging both of you because of the bussines hours, lol! It may be I’m already used to it but in Spain almost everything is closed on Sunday (safe for malls or the shops at the center of the big cities). I guess it depens on the current laws about bussiness hours (in Madrid these laws have relaxed since a few years and that’s why shops close later than in other cities and they open more days) In Valladolid for example, only several shops open a Saturday afternoon (none on sunday). A year ago I was in NYC and it amazed me that you can do almost whatever at every hour of the day any day of the week. A friend of us who used to live there told us that for her it’s usual going to the hairdresser on Sunday (something that’s impossible here).
I had already heard before the opinion that in Europe, in general, any other cuisine apart from the local (chinesse, mexican, italian…) isn’t as good as in the US. I can’t compare (i’ve eaten pretty well in this kind of restaurants in Madrid) but you aren’t the only one telling it so it should be truth. I guess i should go more often there to compare ;)
I just love wax seals and like Tommen could happily stamp documents all day long. I have wax seals with HBO direwolf, ghostrelic's hound and bird sigil, the marching song sigil, and now personal sigils of bubug and myself for the hardback copy of Marching Song.
I wanted to use these to “sign” the book for fans, as well as the corporate publishing house logo on the spine (the way penguinbooks have the penguin mascot). Both sigils were drawn by bubug. Her sigil is taken from her illustration “How’s the Water" and mine was inspired by my wedding stationery which was illustrated by John Wary who also was the artist that painted the rabbit I use as my fandom avatar.
I get them custom made via etsy seller HappyJewelrySupplies. Just send her a jpg of your design (you can use any free clipart you find with your text) and about $20USD. While those wax candle sticks I have in the marching song stationery kit are very pretty, I admit I use a glue gun with wax cartridges as its so much easier to work with.
*__* as usual, you never stop to amaze me with your creativity. I think it’s a great idea for the novella once you have it printed and want to send it.
Your love for wax seals reminded me of another novella I think you may like; The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson. It’s short and it combines two things you love; seals and fantasy. (I’m tagging kitamere, because maybe she likes it too ;). Anyway, very nice seals!
kitamere replied to your photoset “Castillo de Arteaga (Bilbao, Vasque Country) Today my boyfriend took…”
Wow, this place looks gorgeous! What a romantic surprise. :D
It was! It’s also a hotel and a restaurant so if I ever get married I’d love to be there! (the food was great btw)
deborahbrucie replied to your photoset “Castillo de Arteaga (Bilbao, Vasque Country) Today my boyfriend took…”
I love castle…we dont have those here in Texas *sigh
Well, I don’t know much about Texas but, you know, every place has its charm. A couple friends of us are living in Houston since two months ago, so I guess when they tell us more about the city I’m sure there’ll be also plenty of places I’ll love to visit there. Besides, this castle wasn’t so old, it’s only from the XIX century ;)
Brandon. Yes. Brandon would know what to do. He always did. It was all meant for Brandon. You, Winterfell, everything. He was born to be a King’s Hand and father to queens. I never asked for this cup to pass to me.
– Eddard Stark
Brandon was different from his brother, wasn’t he? He had blood in his veins instead of cold water. More like me.
- Jaime Lannister
Brandon was never shy about taking what he wanted. I am old now, a dried-up thing, too long a widow, but I still remember the look of my maiden’s blood on his cock the night he claimed me. I think Brandon liked the sight as well. A bloody sword is a beautiful thing, yes. It hurt, but it was a sweet pain.
- Barbrey Dustin
[Fancast: Maxi Iglesias as Brandon Stark]
Un momento del rodaje en Sevilla de ‘Juego de tronos’. Foto: Canal + El jueves 16 amaneció lloviendo en Sevilla pero pronto el agua dejó paso al sol y el calor. Ese día tuvimos la ocasión (gracias a Canal +) de acceder a la grabación de Juego de tronos en…
About GOT in Seville (Spain). It includes a short video. Looks great!
Castillo de Arteaga (Bilbao, Vasque Country)
Today my boyfriend took me by surprise to have lunch here. I loved it! The food was great but the best were the beatiful castle (it’s in great conditions and it’s also a hotel) and the awsome landscape. It’s like been in Ireland buy without leaving Spain.
Thanks a lot for such a nice comment!^^ I put a lot of effort in this story so it is coherent with the books so I’m sooo glad you enjoy it!! Your message made my day! :**
"He took a song and a kiss, and left me nothing but a bloody cloak."
as you all know i love quotes
My laptop needs to go to the laptop’s hospital (or wherever laptops go to get better). My poor friend! :(
Laptop fixed, yeah!! I can’t live without you babe!