I went to a whiskey tasting on Wednesday night. I realized that I hadn’t done much in the way of experiencing Scottish culture in the past few months other than golfing, so it was good to taste one of Scotland’s most popular drinks.
It was led by a guy from Straight Up Whiskey, although I don’t think I ever caught his name. He was totally into it – kilt and all – and he knew his stuff so although it was supposed to be somewhat informational and educational, it was also pretty fun. We got to taste 5 drams including a Blend, Single Grain, and 3 Single Malts, and now I can actually tell you what all of those are. They had some whiskey left over so we were able to go up and get a few more samples after the tasting.
It was my birthday on Thursday, the big 21. It’s weird turning 21 in a country where I’ve been legal to drink alcohol since the day I got here. It probably won’t really hit me until I get back to the states and buy a beer legally for the first time. My friends from New Hall bought me Budweiser for dinner for a little taste of home. After dinner, we went over to another friend’s dorm for some more drinks, some cake, and all that good stuff you do when you turn 21.
We finished off the night at the Raisin. We didn’t have any trouble getting up to the bar seeing as it was Thursday and we accounted for ¾ of the people in the place. I owe everyone for making it such a good time, although I do wish my friends from home were there to celebrate too.
Made it golfing 3 times last week. Unfortunately it snowed last night, so my playing time will be severely limited this week. On the flipside, because the temp’s usually around freezing, I can hang my groceries outside my window instead of putting them in the hall communal refrigerator where they always seem to get stolen.
I switched out of Scottish Pirates this week and into The Medieval Castle. Long story short, the Scottish History Library was only open for about 2-3 hours a day and the time of day it was open changed on a daily basis. One of the main reasons I transferred out was because I was tired of planning my week around when I could go to the Scottish History Library. And while Scottish Pirates meets on Mondays, Medieval Castles meets on Thursday, so now I’ll have a lot more freedom to travel on the weekends.
I don’t know if that means I’m being a little pathetic and lazy, but I do know these are my last few months in Scotland and I want to be able to take advantage of opportunities other than class. Still just trying to live the dream.