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Scotland Slowly 2019, Day 7, Part 1

A Morning in Stornoway (plus, The Evening of Haggis and Explorers)

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Scotland Slowly 2019, Day 7
A Morning in Stornoway (plus, The Evening of Haggis and Explorers)

We’ll begin with last evening. It began just as the evening briefing ended (where we learned all of the details for the following day). Our trusty, kilted friend, David, offered the “Ode to the Haggis” by Robert Burns. And, then it was off to the dining room to enjoy that beloved culinary delight of Scotland: Haggis, Neeps and Tatties. Very tasty.

After dinner, it was time for the Dress As Your Favorite Explorer Party. The party was, unfortunately, not well attended. We are not sure if it’s just that we are on a cruise with a lot of not fun people, or if the ocean swell inspired otherwise fun people to take to their beds. But, Joe and I went. Joseph dressed up as Jean Luc Picard from Star Trek. I dressed as Dora the Explorer, which I thought would make a great costume. It turned out that one of the staff members also dressed up as Dora. His beard, though, made him a less convincing Dora, in my humble opinion.

We woke up tied to the pier in Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis. No Zodiacs today. Joseph and I were especially excited to visit Stornoway, as we had learned a great deal about Stornoway through the series of novels called “The Lewis Trilogy” by Peter Mays. We highly recommend these, especially in audio format. Stornoway is also the home of the Lewis Chessmen.

Joe and I were in the group that had free time this morning. We rented bikes from the ship and went out to explore the town. We discovered that Stornoway is a busy place early in the morning, so I was basically terrified since there was no bike lanes and the roads are narrow.

We found the Nicholson Institute, which is featured in the Lewis books. And, then we cycled away from the town center, and found the Iolaire Memorial, also featured in one of the Lewis books.

We biked back to town and then over by the golf course, before heading into the center of town in search of coffee and a snack (and free wifi). After fortifying ourselves with delicious blueberry scones and coffee (and checking for messages), we started poking around in some of the little shops of Stornoway, including the Harris Tweed shop (Harris Tweed is actually from the Isle of Lewis, the northern part of this island; Harris is the name of the southern part of the island).

Then, back to the ship for lunch.

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Cool pictures — and it looks to me as if you are getting some reasonable weather!

Such envy — and we have not even gotten to the scotch, really.

by Laurie

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