We went to St. Andrews on Easter Sunday, 2014, and saw some marvelous sites!
St. Andrews Cathedral
St. Andrews Castle
Sedimentary rock with gulls nesting.
St. Andrews Castle
Another building with a clock on it!
Ears Pierced while you wait! At a church!
More chimneys than you can shake a stick at!
A huge red building I forgot the name of!
Just some photos I took while riding ScotRail.
Near Inverurie I think.
Gorse in bloom!
House on the water.
Between Dundee and Arbroath.
Scenery of Awesome
Firth of Forth
are the smile on my face
your reflection in the water
ripples into confused darkness
until you are far away
and I drown inside
Some fun photos I took in Aberdeen, Scotland in April 2014.
Cool alley, Patagonian Court.
Our awesome hotel, Skene House Whitehall.
Do Not Disturb sign
Aberdeen Art Gallery has some really good art. I liked it better than the one in Edinburgh.
One foggy morning
Lovely litter near train tracks.
A stunning array of waste bins. Oh and cool, spiky-topped buildings, too.
So many cool-looking places, so little time! Here is a smattering of photos I took during my trip in April 2014.
Edinburgh Castle as seen from the garden at St. John’s Cathedral
The People’s Story on the Royal Mile
The view outside our flat on Blair St on a rainy day.
Collanade on Calton Hill
View of Edinburgh from Calton Hill
St. Giles Cathedral
“Hey! It’s really freakin’ hot in here!”
Sorry gluten-free bread, but you are much better toasted.
A couple of years ago I went gluten-free. After feeling much better and losing some weight, too, I decided to experiment on myself, and I learned that I am not so severely effected by gluten that I must avoid all cross-contamination lest a single wheat crumb send me to the hospital. (Such people are out there, and I feel for them, and hope they can get the respect for their condition that they deserve in this climate of gluten-free pseudo-trendiness that has currently beset our culture).
I had heard that some people like myself who just have some gluten-intolerance but not a full blown case of celiac disease can safely eat the wheat products in Europe without ill effects. This apparently has something to do with the increased amount of cross-breeding and hybridization that American wheat has undergone, but European wheat has not (at least not to such a degree). So on my recent trip to Scotland I experimented on myself again, and tried wheat products at least six different times. Part of the time, I felt the effects of gluten (increased hunger, lethargy and/or foggy brain) and part of the time I did not.
In conclusion, I am resolved to continue eating gluten-free for now, but I know that small amounts will not cause a huge problem for me.
Meanwhile, I’d like to share a picture of my favorite gluten-free bread that I could only find at Tesco stores in Scotland. It’s their own brand.
The thing I enjoy most about traveling to a new place is trying foods I can’t get easily at home. Here are the good, the bad and the scary I encountered on my recent trip to Scotland.
My favorite snack: oatcakes with Red Leicester cheese.
Sea buckthorn gelato…what mango would taste like if it were a citrus fruit.
Chicken flavored potato chips?
When my kid and I ordered “cheddar cheese and pickles” sandwiches, we were both imagining green dill pickle slices, not pink chutney or whatever that stuff was.
Cullen Skink…a smoked haddock chowder of sorts…pretty yum.
I didn’t know what it was but tried it anyway. Later learned it was a giant caper.
Pigeon meat…not yum.
Haggis covered with neeps & tatties (turnip and potato mash)…very good actually.
In Aberdeen we went to Pizza Express, where I kept seeing “rocket” on the menu. It’s just what they call “arugula,” and apparently it can be used as a pizza topping.
Bangers and mash…pretty tasty, but weird texture on the bangers.
One of the many unusual chip (I mean, “crisp”) flavors.
HP Sauce, whatever it is exactly, it makes a fried egg cracking good.
Ubiquitous Brown Sauce.
Eggs are kept unrefrigerated.
More wacky crisp flavors.