Scotland

Apr. 26th, 2011 12:40 am
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I'm up in Scotland for a dozen days, thanks to Easter being immediately followed by public holidays for the Royal Wedding and May Day, I get to take 12 days off while only using 4 days vacation, which is nice. Yesterday my aunt and uncle, two cousins, cousin's husband and their 18-month old son came through to visit. 18-month old children can be quite exhausting, they seem to quickly learn how to make everyone around do their bidding, he quickly decided that my main role in life was to push toy cars towards him and was particularly amused if they ever crashed together. It was nice to see them all, one of the disadvantages in living in southern England when my entire family (save for one cousin in Amsterdam) live in Scotland is that I don't get to see them very often - I hadn't seen one of the cousins I saw yesterday in about 3 years.

Today we went through to Aberfeldy, the nearest town to the one where I grew up and where I went to school for the last couple of years of secondary school. My old school has been completely demolished and replaced with a new one that opened last year, so I wandered around the outside of it out of curiosity. It does certainly look a lot more modern than the rather tired-looking 1960s-era building I attended (with part of the school in a building that could well have been 50 years older than that). It does look quite an impressive building, although I'm a bit puzzled that it seems to be about twice the size of the old school, given that they presumably have about the same number of pupils I'm not sure what they're using all that space for. After that we wandered around the Birks of Aberfeldy, a gorge with a reasonably impressive waterfall in it. I haven't been round that for about a dozen years, I don't remember there being quite as many steps on the way round it, but it was a nice walk and great weather for it as well.
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