Stirling Travel Blog› entry 4 of 6 › view all entries
July 14th, 2008 – by: EMcB
I leave Stirling tomorrow for Mallaig. I've discovered that I really love Scotland- a good part of me feels really at home here. One really cool thing is that i really feel like I fit in here physically- hair colour, face shape, complexion- everyone looks and feels familiar. The people are also amazingly nice and good humoured.
I went up to Stirling castle to day and got to see the place where my Grandpa stayed during World War II- it was in the Great Hall. Up until the 50's (I believe) the castle was used as barracks and so soldiers slept in the Great Hall (which at that point was divided into three floors of cots) and they often ate in what is the newly restored chapel.
I took a guided tour of the castle and the guide was fantastic- very animated...kept imitating canon ball noises whenever he described one of the many sieges that took place in the castle's history. They are currently in the process of restoring the main part of the castle; the royal quarters, so I couldn't go in which was too bad.
I went to the Old Town Jail yesterday- it was really cool. The presentation was an interactive kind and really fantastic! There was one actor who acted through the roles of the different wardens in the jails history-this was neat because it also gave a sense of the opinions of society at the time on rehabilitation and treatment of criminals.
As I've been here drinking my tea and writing (I'm sitting on one of those bar stools at the window looking onto the street), twice a random guy passing by has seen me writing and comes up to the other side of the window and pretends to read what I'm writing, looking very interested, gesture that he won't tell anyone, and walks away grinning! The first time I was kinda creeped out...but I guess people are just super friendly! Ha!
Another nice experience was when I went to buy a new camera (because I dropped my other one)- I off-handedly asked the guy helping me if he knew where the highland games were being held (because they were on that day in Stirling) and he told me. I left my new camera battery there to be charged and when I cam back to pick it up he'd printed off a map of the area and highlighted the route to the games!!Amazing!
There was an amazing bagpiper on the street yesterday- I watched/listened for about 40 minutes and it took him that long to take a break! He was really really good- the best I've heard- and I've heard a lot of bagpipes!
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