Saturday, September 25, 2010

Our First Two Weeks!

Our first two weeks have been incredible! We love Edinburgh and have settled into a little routine. Craig loves work and I am staying busy doing school at the local library every day in the city. Craig’s cousin Ryan came to visit us last weekend and we went on a tour of the highlands in the North of Scotland. The highlands were gorgeous! We also got to see Loch Ness, and even found Nessie! We went on a terrifying tour of the underground dungeons in Edinburgh, went to the Edinburgh zoo, and hiked up Arthur’s seat. It has been non-stop and we are exhausted but we love every bit of it. 

Craig and I finally did laundry. We had two full suit cases of clothes to wash, it was absurd!

This is the local Laundromat in town we go to.

This is at the Edinburgh zoo.

Zebra's in the background

The view from the zoo. 

Ryan came to visit!

The underground terror tour of Edinburgh, terrifying... 

Ryan being accused of being a witch. This girl loved him.

The sketchy witch temple underneath Edinburgh city... so scary

There are some crazy street shows every day in the middle of the city center.

This guy swallowed swords!


Adam Smith with a cone on his head

Love this city!

About to get nails pressed into himself! 

The Highlands!

Craig's sweet new jacket. It is built for the arctic haha 

We cruised Loch Ness

Craig and Ryan with Loch Ness in the background

Oh my goodness we saw something....!!!!!

Our boat we cruised on

About to hike Arthur's Seat

Arthur's Seat in the background

Outside of Craig's work, the Scottish Parliament 

On top of Arthur's Seat

James, Craig's co-worker hiked with us

Edinburgh and the ocean in the background

The city

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Edinburgh, SCOTLAND! Home sweet home...

We finally made it to Scotland! I cannot believe that this is our new home for the next 3 months! It is gorgeous. So far we have had no rain only blue sky, but it is quite windy and starting to get a bit cold. The weather is so unpredictable here. The Scottish people say, "If you don't like the weather right now, wait ten minutes." This is one of the coolest cities we have ever been in. There is so much history here. The city is very old with amazing gothic churches and historic buildings. We are staying at the Marriott right now, which has been amazing. They have helped us so much and have shown us how to use the bus system, where to eat, where to shop, and anything else there is to know. We have already fallen in love with this city. We spent all yesterday walking around the old city. It is basically just one big road called Princess Street. There are tons of restaurants and stores. Most of the restaurants are either Chinese or Indian. It is actually harder to find an authentic Scottish restaurant here than ethnic food. Edinburgh is a big melting pot of nationalities. We walked to Craig’s work, The Scottish Parliament that is about a 45 min bus ride from the hotel. We went into an old Scottish bag pipe store where old men where in there wearing their quilts and playing the bag pipes. Craig even got a little lesson. We talked to a man who told us about some of our heritage based on our last names. I learned that Harrison’s are huge over in Scotland and the Harrison bloodline comes from a royal bloodline, and we even have a family seal. Pretty cool to learn. The people here are so friendly and proud of their country. Their accents are beautiful, but sometimes so thick we feel like they are speaking another language. Craig has already explored the authentic Scottish dishes, like fish and chips. We went to church today and met loads of people. There are a lot of young couples in our ward, which makes it really fun. A few of them work with Craig in the Parliament. It was amazing that half of the ward was Chinese people from Taiwan and there are a few Chinese missionaries here so Craig is in heaven and talked to all of them today. We are so excited about our time here and feel so blessed to have been given this opportunity to come to this incredible city and meet these amazing people.
Our temporary home

In front of his new work

Craig getting a little Scottish bag pipe lesson

The coolest gothic church in the background 

A gorgeous park we ate lunch in

The famous Edinburgh castle on Arthur's seat in the back

Outside the church