Our First Weekend Sightseeing in Scotland Part I

We have been here one week!  I wanted to get this post up much sooner but the internet here has been either dreadfully slow or not working at all, but today it is back up and running.  Our first week was mostly spent trying to get over jet lag, but finally it seems our internal clocks are catching on to the time difference here.  We woke up Saturday to a sunny, nearly cloudless sky- quite unusual so far but very welcome!  We packed a lot into the day.  First there was the once monthly country fair, much like a farmer’s market back home.  It was wonderful!  A street packed with vendors, I couldn’t wait to see what local Scottish delights were there.  I have been eager to dive into the traditional and local flavors here and sure enough there was plenty of food to excite.  Since we are on the coast, fresh fish vendors were there as well as farm fresh dairy cheeses, meats, sausages, eggs and bacon from Aberdeenshire.  Fresh bakery items were available like bread loaves, steak pies and more.  We tried the traditional “clootie dumpling” which reminded me of a banana bread type loaf only dried fruit in it and a spicy sort of flavor like ginger cookies.  We tried and bought some monarch- a locally made mild cheese and tried “tablet” at a candy vendor which is like fudge only harder and sweeter and sort of crumbles and melts in your mouth.  So good!  There were also people selling jewelry, pottery, art, soap and children’s items.  It was a great start to our day!

We walked on and decided to stop at St. Nicholas Kirkyard, a really old and beautiful cemetery.  It was amazing.

A short walk a little further on and Mike wanted to show me Marischal College.  The architecture was stunning and impressive.

There we are!  We walked back to the busy Union Street because we needed to stop by the store.  Mike noticed one of the streets was closed and many people just standing or sitting around.  We asked a lady and she said the Armed Forces Day Parade was about the come through.  We decided to stop and wait- how exciting!  And there was a lady passing out paper Scottish flags.  Hearing the bag pipes was thrilling and memorable!

After that we went to the store and back to the apartment for lunch and a nap.  More to come… our outing to Drum Castle, a nature reserve and to the beach to see seals!

 

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