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Aberdeen, the Granite City of greyness lived up to expectations and has given us a package of weather that contrasted sharply with the glory of Dundee. It really was too much to ask for a whole week of sunshine, wasn't it?
We had a flat to ourselves and enjoyed the opportunity to be self-catering again. The weather was excellent for Skyping and scheming, and also perfect for watching Eurovision, huzzah! Australia represented itself well for a first attempt, with a performance containing shiny things, a bizarre white dress and big vocals. My top 5 for the night were: Bulgaria (glowing outfit, asymmetrical hair, upbeat pop song), Sweden (glow worms, catchy chorus), Spain (fancy footwork, pretending to fall over and a mirror image), Ukraine (lots of swaying, lights on the floor) and Armenia (leotard, cape, fire, special effects). Israel got a special mention just for the fringe. I thought Armenia would've scored higher but Ukraine's entry was certainly a worthy winner.
Our other cultural experience in Aberdeen was the Maritime Museum (free entry, naturally). We turned up just as a guided tour was about to begin and spent the next 45 minutes in the company of James and Roddy. James was a lean Englishman who added the phrase "I believe" to every fact he shared, which actually reduced his credibility somewhat. Roddy was a rotund Scot who delivered his stories with great passion and a barely controlled stutter. Quite the pair! True to form, we met another Aussie on the tour - she was killing time in Aberdeen while her husband was recuperating from surgery to his broken leg, acquired while adventuring in Orkney. Thankfully we all made it through the museum with no misadventures...
Unfortunately for Simon, we awoke this morning to find that St Kilda had experienced some severe misadventure at the hands of West Coast. Eagles for the win.
In the quest for colour, we ventured to the Duthie Park Winter Gardens by the River Dee. The rain tried to stop us, but we valiantly soldiered on and were rewarded with flowers and turtles under shelter. There was even one glasshouse containing masses of hydrangeas and a group attempting to meditate with the assistance of a laptop and speakers blaring out restful music and calming affirmations. I'm not sure how helpful it was having lots of screaming children running around the place, but the meditators seemed undisturbed. Ah the serenity...

Posted by Buccas 10:44 Archived in Scotland

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