After Oli’s full recovery from food poisoning, we made our way to Scotland!
Back in July we toured Norway together with our friend Theresa, who flew in from Calgary. We traveled well as a group and kept bugging her to join us again on our little detour and we managed to convince her to join us for our final leg in Scotland!
We met up in Glasgow for just one night (Halloween!) and then made our way Edinburgh for some hiking, exploring and history. There was a lot to see and not enough time… Within the first 48 hours, we all agreed: this is a place we will come back and visit.
We left Glasgow and made our way to Edinburgh. The city is super cool and the medieval influence is very visible the moment you drive into the city limits.
We got to our Airbnb which was the biggest apartment Oli and I have stayed in during our entire year long travel! We had a beautiful view of the city, the university and the beautiful fall colours.
“Although the origin of the name is uncertain, some claim that there is a connection between Edinburgh and King Arthur. Arthur’s Seat may have been the location of legendary Camelot.” — — Earth Trekkers!
There are these areas of the old town that they call “Close” and it is essentially a square or alley that connects all the houses. They would use them to sell things — like the Fish Close, was for the fisherman to sell fish. Our tour guide told us to try and explore as many as possible.
So Theresa picked one.. and we followed her down it, but it turned out to be a rocky hallway that pigeons lived in, there was poop everywhere and they chased Maeghan right out.
We also learned about where the saying “shit face” came from. The wealthy people of Edinburgh would live on the ground level floors of the tall beautiful buildings because the top floors were a fire hazard— so locals would pay more for lower-level apartments, for safety.
But since toilets were not a thing yet… they used chamber pots and would simply yell out the window as the person was dumping them out.
Since this caused much chaos, the city put in a new rule: you can only empty your chamberpots at 7 in the morning, and 10 at night.
Problem is, 10 at night is when the pubs would close. So combine drunk people pouring out onto the streets with people pouring chamberpots out of their windows, and you can picture how you might come home after a night of drinking: shit-faced drunk.
On our last night we caught up with an old friend of Maeghan’s from Calgary. Anton homeschooled with Maeghan and we had the chance to discuss politics, homeschooling, the weather and our exotic spouses. ☺️