Teacher Profile: Casey - Part 2: Edinburgh and Scotland
The moment we arrived in Edinburgh it had a good feel about it. People were friendly, geographically a good size but not too big, lots of lights and attractions. Admittedly our timing was during the Hogmanay New Years Festival period, but Edinburgh and Scotland were my favourite destinations in Europe. I would definitely recommend being here over the New Year period if you ever get the opportunity in your life time. We were fortunate enough to be a part of the historical torchlight procession, which consisted of thousands of people walking the city streets with fire lit torches – culminating in a massive bonfire; a great experience. Edinburgh created some great memories for me:
- The history of the buildings and architecture, and the underground world with accompanying ghost stories.
- The landmark site of Edinburgh Castle overlooking the “old town” and “new town”. I was lucky enough to participate in the One ‘O Clock run from here on New Years Day.
- My first experiences with “haggis” and “toad in the hole” fine dining – never to be forgotten.
- The profound ability of the Scottish to have a story and tell a tale about history and legend.
- A great New Year festival which included snow periods.
We decided to travel around Scotland on a three day tour, this was great. Passing through the small villages and snow covered highlands was awesome, some of the most beautiful sights I have seen and will always remember. Along the way we visited the Wallace Monument, walked the ground of historic war land, submerged in a river that grants eternal youth, interacted with wildlife, and kept a close eye for the Loch Ness monster. Our bus driver was Neil who was a crack-up and played good music. A tour that I would recommend. After a couple of nights in Glasgow and a night in Newcastle we flew to Milan, Italy.