Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Here are some photos of
Aberdeen. The first one is a statue of William Wallace watching for the English. The second is one of the many churches that have been converted into a restaurant. The third is a plaza area near the harbor. One of the little shops happens to be an art store.
The day started off with a bit of sunshine, but quickly became overcast. Although the day was cold, it was not windy which seems to be the case most of the time. I found the Aberdeen Art Gallery and spent a large amount of time there. The main focus was on Scottish artists which I found very interesting, but the gallery did have some famous impressionists - you know how I love that. There were several times when I thought I was going to fall asleep on my feet, but Toby had warned me not to sleep during the day so that I could sleep through the night. I kept moving.
I walked until I thought my legs might fall off. I found two art stores and another small gallery. I found a couple of modern shopping malls. I seemed to be close to a school because there were lots of students in uniform - blazers and slacks or plaid skirts. Several students were wearing camouflage military outfits. Since it was around lunchtime, the students must have been off for lunch. I saw lots of interesting places to eat or drink (or both). There are pubs, everywhere. There are also several casinos. It is amazing how many churches have been converted into bars, casinos, restaurants, etc. It started sprinkling and seemed to be getting colder, which was not too bad. I made it back to the hotel where I used the lobby computer to read a few blogs and warm up. Although I tried to read some blogs, I was so sleepy, I could hardly focus. Once back in our suite, it was difficult not to take a nap, but I held on.
When Toby got home, he took me out to eat pizza at a rather fancy pizza place. It was more like real Italian pizza rather than American pizza - very tasty. It was raining pretty hard when we started back to the hotel. Of course, we forgot the umbrella, and I was fairly wet. We both managed to stay awake until 9:30. I slept through the night. This morning, I packed our bags and moved to another suite. This one has internet access and is larger. It already seems more comfortable.
The Scottish people seem very friendly. The two cleaning ladies who came to my suite yesterday were real characters - teasing each other and me. I had made the bed, but they teased me that it was "not done proper" and laughed. They talked about the American presidential race. It seems that they do not like Hillary. I said that Hillary was no Margaret Thatcher. The snorted and said, "Certainly not!" Now that I have moved to a new suite, I don't think they will be my cleaning ladies which is really too bad. I think I could have been big buddies with them.