Hey! Sorry its been so long. Ive been super busy. I cant remember where I left off last time, so Ill just chat about whatever comes to mind. Also a warning - Off Exploring deletes a lot of my puctuation. It's not me, really.
First of all, ceilidhs really are the best! Ive been to several since I last wrote. I just got back from one, actually, which is why they are on my mind. It was in this little club and was a crave, or ceilidh/rave (lol) to raise money for Womens Health Day. I took some pictures, which didnt really turn out, but Ill post a couple anyway to give you a general idea. I took some video too. I love that ceilidhs are so energetic and crazy, and guys will politely ask you to dance. That doesnt happen so much in the states. They played what do you do with a drunken sailor tonight, which made me extremely happy. This was the first ceilidh I stayed all the way through, and I found out that at the very end the dance everyone gets in a big circle, holds hands, and sings auld lang syne. It gets more and more wild each time you sing it, culminating in everyone running in and out of the circle and yanking the human chain around. Tons of fun. Potentially very dangerous, but fun! I really need to figure out the words. Something about daisies?
On a completely unrelated topic, there doesnt seem to be pickle relish in Scotland. There is something called pickle, but its red and I dont think it has any pickles in it.
Things have really bizarre flavors here. Crisps (potato chips) are particularly strange. For example, common flavors are shrimp cocktail, roast chicken, and pickled onion. The shrimp cocktail is actually pretty good just tastes like cocktail sauce. But the most bizarre thing Ive found is chili flavored vodka. Yes, I am being serious, and no, I have not tried it (nor do I plan to). I am not that brave.
I went and saw the play Equus awhile ago. Really good. Completely insane and unsettling, and Ill never look at horses the same way again, but good. The lead boy was played by Lily Allens brother Alfie (as in the one she wrote the song about), and the psychiatrist was played by Martin Dysart, whose name I didnt recognize but I did recognize his face. He was in Shakespeare in Love, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Amadeus, and Phantom of the Opera, to name a few. And the playbill had pictures from the Daniel Radcliff production, which made me happy : ) I also saw Hello Dolly last week, which was really strange to see in Scotland. Its one of those obnoxiously American show-tune musicals that takes place in turn of the 20th century New York, so all the British actors got to do exaggerated New York accents. Hilarious!
Speaking of accents, I never realized that Americans tend to make their ts into ds. We say budder instead of butter, etc. Im apparently really bad with how I say thirty because sometimes people cant understand what Im saying! But Scots tend to drop their ts completely, so they shouldnt complain.
A couple weeks back I was in a chippy (a place that serves chips and generally deep-fries everything, they are big in Scotland), and there was a poster for an Obama rally! Unfortunately I didnt hear about it until after it happened or else I would have gone. It seems he has some international support.
My friend Sarah is coming next week and we are going up to Loch Ness and poke around the highlands. I am really excited to go see the north. I love Edinburgh, but it will be nice to get out of the city. And Im going to make Sarah take a lot of pictures of me, so Ill finally be able to post pictures with me in front of the camera! Dad is also coming for my birthday, which is super exciting. Im so popular! :D
Im sure there is a lot more to say, but Im tired and running out of steam. Ill try to be better about updating in the future! Cheers!