10 things I've learned during my Scotland holiday:
1. I've never met so many nice people in one place but they do have a fierce history,
castles and fortresses and battlefields all over the place
2. You cannot have too much green!
The miles upon miles of open ranges were pure joy and full of sheep and cows.
3. You cannot have too much water, either!
The beauty of the Lochs is beyond words and you can see them by boat.
4. The loch monsters are very shy and did not come out for us.
The local peacocks, on the other hand, can be quite aggressive!
5. Scottish food is not bad, especially if you go for fish and chips,
but these people can bake! Cakes, scones, cupcakes, all so delicious.
6. On the other hand, Scone Palace, while being a grand mansion full of history,
does not serve scones! Something should be done. Really.
7. And while on the subject of food, I did not see a single fried Mars bar!
Isn't that supposed to be the national desert?
8. We stayed in a rural area, apparently fully inhabited by athletes.
We were constantly surrounded by cyclists, tennis courts, golf courses, etc.
I had to take a long walk each morning or they would have sent me packing.
9. Quiet is a blessed thing. From our beautiful house in the middle of nowhere to a
castle packed with tourists, it all felt so calm and peaceful.
Except for our day in Edinburgh, of course, but a big city doesn't count.
10. Coming from a hot, sunny country I adored the cool cloudy weather.
The people we spoke with were less impressed and hoped for a proper summer.
But the constant rain does reward them with the most beautiful gardens.