Monday, February 14, 2005

Bustin' in up in a tiny car for two days

Last weekend was spent crammed in a small small car with three other big dudes.

That's a big guy for a small car. And we had 3 more guys in that. Just for comparison, that car is the same size a Mini Cooper...

We got to see a lot of Scotland though. We flew into Glasgow early Friday morning (not having slept Thursday night) and picked up our rental car and starting driving north. We got all the way up to Inverness (map below) and drove all around Loch Ness. That took up all of Friday, it was a 3 hour drive to Inverness and then we spent another 2 hours driving around Loch Ness and taking pictures. There's this awesome castle at the edge of the water on the southern end of Loch Ness and we caught it just as the sun was going down. Absolutely beautiful.

The red line is how far we drove the first day, and the blue line is how far we drove the second day.

Driving north through the highlands was amazing. There was no snow when we landed in Glasgow, but the further north we got and the higher we got there more and more snow we saw, until the entire scenery was snow! It was gorgeous. I love the highlands. I don't know if I favor it over all the other scenery that I've seen just because we've had the chance to actually drive around instead of just taking a train, but Scotland is definately the most beautiful place I've been to this semester. I think only Greece could top it overall.

Anyways, we drove back to Inverness to spend the night. We were all exhausted from not sleeping the night before and spending the whole day traveling. But we were too cheap to get a hostel so we slept in our little car. I think we started dozing off at around 11PM. But it was very uncomfortable, very very cramped and it started to get cold fast. At around 3:30AM we gave it up and left. We were too cold and uncomfortable to continue to try and sleep. We drove south back through the highlands right through snowstorm. It started pouring snow as we got higher and higher. It took us much longer to make it back through. But it was an awesome time anyways. We got to St. Andrew's at around dawn. We saw the ruined Cathedral and visited the beach. We saw the oldest golf course in the world. After spending a couple hours there we headed down south more to Edinburgh. We got lunch and toured around the city, seeing the Edinburgh castle, the Royal Mile, Arthur's Seat and the new Parliament building, along with much more.

Me, dap and justin in front of Edinburgh Castle

Me at the top of the cliffs above Edinburgh.. the entire city behind me

So we left Edinburgh and traveled south along the coast to see Hadrian's Wall. It was a wall built by the English about 2000 years ago to keep the Scots out. It's not as impressive as it sounds. Today it's about 2 1/2 ft tall. here's a pic...

It's not impressive at all.. but really funny to make fun of. So after that the sun was starting to set and we decided to head back to Glasgow and spend the night in the airport. Our flight was very early the next morning.

Of course I'm leaving stuff out. I can't write everything down here can I??! You got the jist.. and I'm gonna go to sleep


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