Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Tha mo bhàta-foluaimein loma-làn easgannan


Yeah, so today's title means, "My hovercraft is full of eels," in Gaelic. Following the advice of my blog friend, the fabled ghostie hunter Romulus Crowe, I've decided to make my first trip to Europe a haunted tour of Scotland. Turns out Edinburgh is renowned as the most haunted city in the world. What fun! It will probably happen mid-to-late summer next year, but I'm going. Surprisingly, when I approached The Man about it, he said it sounded like fun, but getting him on the plane and away from his cattle & hay for 10 days may be another story. The Girl, on the other hand, is all over it, but then again she's always up for new experiences. There's still a lot of research for me to do before I land on an itinerary, but once I figure it all out and save a few ducats to pay for it, we're off. Today I even bought 4 travel guides that probably all say pretty much the same thing but that's okay, I'm going to Scotland! Any suggestions or advice is most welcome. Now if I can just find some kind of psychology conference to attend while I'm there so that I can write off part of the trip...

Oh yeah, I got so excited about travel planning that I almost forgot - my dissertation chair approved my last revision to be sent to the proofreader. Woohoo! That means I can start throwing dissertation-related crap (old articles, previous revisions, notes, graphs, statistical output, et cetera ad nauseum) away! The piles of loose paper in my office will be gone and it will look like an office again, not a heap of paperwork with burgundy walls. Life is guuuud.

9 comments:

Slick said...

Oooo, chalk me up for the visit too. I wanna go!

Romulus Crowe said...

While in Edinburgh, be sure to look up old Judge MacKenzie.

http://heritage.scotsman.com/myths.cfm?id=39982005

The Edinburgh Dungeon is worth a look too - that's not haunted but it's a lot of fun for the gory-minded. It's presented as entertainment, but all those torture implements once had very real uses.

Most of the ghost walks are just for fun, but the vaults have some really interesting inhabitants.

I'm only a couple of hundred miles away, so I'll listen out for the screaming.

Dr. Shedevil said...

Ooooh - that looks like big fun! I recently watched a show on either Discover or the History channel about that guy and the tours of the Covenanters prisons and how tourists are often overcome with nausea or cold or other "symptoms" of ghosties while visiting there. From the looks of things I don't think we'll need to spend all that money on professional tour guides. The transportation available looks adequate, even if I don't choose to rent a car, and there seems to be quite a lot to see and do - more than we can ever cover in just a few days. Drat - I guess we'll just have to visit more than once.

Loving Annie said...

Dr. Shedevil,
Yeayyyyyyy ! So glad for you about the approval !

Do you think you can convinve the Earl of Bothwell to be reincarnated when you go ghost hunting ? I hear he was quite the dashing lover to Mary Queen of Scots....

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Perhaps you’ll encounter Macbeth’s ghost. I envy you your haunted adventure.

Loving Annie said...

I would be ghoulish enough to want to see where Rizzio was stabbed... Where Darnley was strangled...

Happy Saturday to you, and hope you two have a great time when you go !

Jessucka said...

What a fun trip! Good luck planning it. Congrats on the approval.

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