I woke up super early on day 2 to hop on a day trip excursion with a tour group. In hindsight it would be better to rent a (super awesome) car and drive around the highlands and coastal towns for a few days. The road system is really good. And you can see a lot along the way. We went along the kingdom of Fife's coastal towns of St. Andrews, Anstruther, Falkland, and looped back to a tiny waterfront suburb of Cramond. These are not towns you generally see as the face of Scotland (well, except for maybe St. Andrews in the golfing world). They were all super small, quaint, clean, and had the right amount of charm that makes you really wonder why anyone lives in the city.
On the way back in to Edinburgh, we drove past a few art museums. All of them are free. From the corner of my eyes for a split second I spotted an installation in one of the museum's garden. I recognized it immediately because I randomly tweeted about it just a few weeks earlier. It was the work of Robert Montgomery. The serendipitous feeling of seeing something you admire online in real life, however fleeting that moment may be, was very special. Turns out Robert is from Edinburgh. In mere 6 words, he summed up his home land oh so eloquently.http://www.flickr.com/photos/kwg73/4196868349/
Bryan, our guide, told us a lot about Scottish history. He used to be a flight attendant, seen the world many times over, and decided that nowhere else is better than home. He possesses the same educated, humble, and warmth that most Scots have.
(Photo credit: KWG73)Miracle - an occurrence of something lacking in diligence; an attempt to dietize coincidence.