GreatScot! A Walk Down the Royal Mile and Fits of Giggles at the Lyceum – 2nd Outlandish Adventure Day 1

Hi guys. This blog post is going to be a bit down and dirty. 😉 I’m running on about an hour and a half of sleep in the last two days, compounded with almost 5 miles of walking and bed is calling my name…loudly.

I set off from Atlanta yesterday on my roundabout path to Glasgow. Who is it at airlines who comes up with these itineraries anyway? Part of it was my own fault. I sacrificed a few hours and an extra flight segment in the name of a half off business class frequent flyer ticket. All journeys have to start with the traditional luggage and shoe pics though!

Finally, after 3 flights and  about 18 hours of travel, I arrived in Glasgow to find the day partly sunny and relatively warm. Definitely better weather than I was expecting based on the long-range forecasts I had been perusing from home. I actually made it through immigration and customs with absolutely no waiting and made my first stop in the airport at W H Smith to top up my UK cell phone. For 20 GBP I have 4000 minutes, 4000 texts and 2GB of data to get me through my 18 day trip. Should be plenty provided I don’t get carried away tweeting pics. Then I remember what data cell services is like in the Highlands and I stopped worrying so much. 😉

Next stop was the Avis rental counter to pick up my chariot for trip. Knowing that the girls from OutlanderPod would be joining me later in the trip, I booked a minivan (or people carrier as they are known in the UK). Unfortunately, their only automatic transmission one came back with a damaged tyre this morning ( I have absolutely NO IDEA how something like that could hapeny. Hush Mom and Vicki. Stop laughing.), so they substituted a station wagon (estate car in UK speak). Not sure I’m crazy about it. I kind of like the way the minivan sits up higher on the road. I have some emails in to Avis to see if I can swap it for something else if one comes in.

Even on little sleep, I had no problem making the short drive from Glasgow to Edinburgh and arrived at the Edinburgh Marriott by 3 pm local time. It looks much the same as it did when Mom and I stayed here on our first trip to Scotland. As a matter of fact, I am sipping a Strathmore water and munching on Walker’s shortbread from the Executive Lounge right now, just like I did on that trip. There was no time then to rest though, I had to be on the Royal Mile very shortly for the first Outlander related gathering of the trip.

I changed my clothes, hopped in a taxi and arrived at the Albanach Bar to meet my fellow Outlanders for a pre-theatre dinner before heading over to the Lyceum Theatre to see Outlander cast member Grant O’Rourke star in The Venetian Twins. I took some time to snap some pics on the way to the Lyceum and even capture some video of a bagpiper playing on the Royal Mile.

We arrived at the Lyceum which is a beautiful theatre. Luckily the play was hysterically funny and I was in no danger of falling asleep once the house lights went down. Afterwards, Grant was very sweet and came out to talk and talk pictures will the 25+ Outlander fans who were in attendance.

After the theater, Deb and I started out with the best intentions of finding the proper bus route to return to the hotel for the night but ended up catching a taxi instead, just as my fitbit was registering my 10,000th step for the day. All told, the step count was at 11,272 by the time I was back in the room.

Well, as usual, I think that was a pretty jam-packed first day and I surely didn’t want to start out behind in posting on the blog! I am headed for a well-earned rest.

Stay tuned tomorrow as I head up to Crieff for the 2nd annual Outlander UK Gathering.

Slàn leat an-dràsta!

From partly cloudy Skye to rainy Inverness to sunny smiles in Glasgow – Scotland Days 5 and 6

Woke up to vastly improved weather conditions in Skye on Tuesday. But if I have learned anything in my time in Scotland, it is that you can’t judge the next 5 minute’s weather by the last five minute’s weather! A side effect of the clearer weather though was chillier temperatures and the morning air had a decided nip to it.  After a breakfast of scrambled eggs and tea, I hopped in the car to begin the day’s adventure. The plan was pretty ambitious: drive round the Trotternish peninsula, find the Fairy Glen and the Fairy pools, and then head back over to the mainland and arrive in Inverness in time for dinner and drinks with some of the Inverness Outlanders group.

With no time for dilly dallying, I settled the tariff at the B&B and set out. (Don’t you love the way I’m starting to talk like a native? 😉 I’m telling you, another week and no one will know I’m from Georgia!) I made it at least a few hundred yards before stopping to take some photos. With all the rain of the last few days, there were waterfalls absolutely everywhere. I snapped a few and then also got a photo of the rock formation known as the Old Man of Storr in the distance. I also stopped to take some photos of Kilt Rock, which reminded me very much of the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland with the addition of a lovely waterfall into the sea. Continue reading

Updated 9/5/2014 Why you shouldn’t trust your TV’s Closed Captioning for Outlander Gàidhlig translations!

I have heard that some people have been using the closed captioning feature of their televisions and cable boxes in order to more fully understand some of the dialogue in Outlander. Hey, I can understand that completely. I sometimes wish people came with this feature, particularly in Glasgow. 😉 I’ve listened to entire conversations in Glasgow and only nodded my head in what I sincerely hoped were appropriate moments.

However, while closed captioning can help with some of the English dialogue, it is often not quite as helpful with the Gàidhlig. Recently ( i.e. this morning), conversation came up on Twitter about what some people are seeing as CC translations during Gàidhlig dialogue sections of Outlander.

Àdhamh has found these quite funny, so for those using the CC feature, feel free to tweet the best of these to the two of us (@rtidwell730/@greatscotblog and @an_comhghallach) after each episode and I will keep this list updated.

Here’s what we’ve had so far.

Episode 101 – Sassenach

When Murtagh beckons to Claire to come with him:

Gàidhlig says:  Trobhad!  (Come!)

CC says: Druid! (Funny. I don’t see anyone painted blue or communing with trees. This mistake actually crops up a couple of times in the episode.)

Episode 102 – Castle Leoch

Jamie to Mrs. Fitz after the beating:

Gàidhlig says: Tapadh leibh! (Thank you)

CC says: Top of Life (Hmm. Interesting)

Episode 103 – The Way Out

Jamie to Geillis when refusing to stay for port:

Gàidhlig says: Móran taing (Thank you)

CC says: More Time (CC Fail. Nope. Never spend more time or drink anything Geillis has prepared! Thankfully Jamie is a smart lad.)

Episode 104 – The Gathering

Jamie to Clansmen about going to swear his oath to Colum

Gàidhlig says: Let me go and change first, a charaid (my friend)

CC says: Let me go and change first in the cottage. (No cottages here! Just Castle Leoch, but no one complains when Jamie takes his shirt off.)

Next up: Episode 105 – Rent! Only a bit over 24 hours until we find out here in the USA. Happy viewing!