An Ode to Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh,yes, four syllables within
Where is the mysterious “UH” hidden?
A history twisted as the trunk of an oak
Reveals witches thrown into the lochs for a soak.
Tools of torture used by the mad
All hidden now below the park’s grassy pad.
Tales of grave robbers and merchants with greed
Resound from the hills among thistles and weed.
The old loch’s stench, which caused loud moans
Is now replaced with aromas of tea and scones.
And shortbread and haggis and tatties and neeps
All take their turns being held to the lips.
The fried Mars Bar deserves a verse alone
Since this dessert resonates a sweeter tone.
Chewy and gooey and crisply fried
It’s best served with ice cream on the side.
Castles and fortresses and walls built so fine
Appear dark upon the cloudy skyline,
But fresh surroundings brighten below
As if a sun catcher distributed the glow.
Oh the fog of gloom and rain so mean
Are constant companions to the green.
And the umbrella, simply popped and protective:
A trusty accessory for one with an objective.
If the town were a play there would be an aside
That Deacon Brodie inspired Jekyl and Hyde.
John Muir’s desire for nature’s delicate flair
Started here, then saved Yosemite’s rare.
Edinburgh has donated tales to the books
And taken lives of more than just crooks.
It’s currently bustling and modern; quite the find!
But beware of the ghosts who won’t be so kind.
Above: The school of Witchery, in Harry Potter, was inspired by this building in the distance, which is a private school in Edinburgh.
After Edinburgh, we bussed to Aviemore, in the highlands of Scotland. When asking a local about the typical weather, he said they had enjoyed four days of full sunshine so far in 2008! No wonder everyone walks around in water-proof pants and jackets! But he also commented that he does not want to visit the States because it is too hot and his skin can not handle the sun. The weather is just accepted by the people who dwell in the Scottish Highlands, and it isn’t uncommon to find Dry Rooms, which are heated and used to dry out wet clothing.
Through the puddles and precipitation, we managed to make it to the top of Cairngorm National Park’s peak just in time for the clouds to crack open and the sun to make an appearance.
Above: Aviemore, Scotland’s Cairngorm National Park, the largest mountain chain in the UK.
Above: A reindeer in Cairngorm National Park
Above: Sometimes clouds are so thick at the top that hikers have difficulty finding the path down the mountain.