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Coming back from Scotland, a few thoughts

I've been in Glasgow on business all week and am heading back across the pond today. First time here and it's been a really good trip. A few thought/observations -

This wrong side of the road driving thing freaks me out!

Haggis is pretty good.

Haggis is even better after a couple of pints

There's a pub about every 1/2 - 1 block, you can't swing a dead cat without hitting one!

Some of them are rough. When the professional rugby player you're hanging with won't go inside, you should probably avoid it.

They look at you funny when you order a scotch. Less so when you order a whisky.

There is some really, really good whisky over here. I'll share some pics of one pub we were in later.

There is some really, really good beer over here.

Most pubs have 2 Guinness taps, one that's "room temperature", and one that's chilled and labeled "Extra Cold". I'll let Joe wrestle with that one.

"Room Temperature" Guinness in the UK is about 45 degrees, because it's friggin' cold over here.

The weather doesn't really talk about the wind until it breaks 60-70 mph. 40 mph sustained winds aren't newsworthy (but exist... a lot)

The best Indian food I've ever eaten was last night in Glasgow.

When you go into a whisky shop at 10 a.m. in the morning, the shopkeeper may offer you a tasting sample from their private cask. Well, it would be rude not to accept it. And apparently it gives him an excuse to have a wee sip as well.

Scots are really nice people, at least all the ones I met were. And there sense of humor is hilarious!


That's about it for now. Looking forward to getting back across the pond and being in some weather that's not rain and above 40 degrees.

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And you never said you were here! I could have taken you Haggis hunting ;-)

If any of you lot are in Scotland please let me know and hopefully we can meet up for a drink or meal and I can show you some of the sights.

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Sounds like a wonderful time David. Can't wait to chat on the phone about more of the untyped details!


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Most pubs have 2 Guinness taps, one that's "room temperature", and one that's chilled and labeled "Extra Cold". I'll let Joe wrestle with that one.
No wrestling needed. One is served at the proper temp, and the other for morons that don't know any better.
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No wrestling needed. One is served at the proper temp, and the other for morons that don't know any better.
Had the "Extra Cold" at the Mother Lode tasting room in Dublin a few years ago. They were asking for feed back. I turned in the card with a big "X" across it. Nyet, Nein, NG, Non, NO in any language!

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Had the "Extra Cold" at the Mother Lode tasting room in Dublin a few years ago. They were asking for feed back. I turned in the card with a big "X" across it. Nyet, Nein, NG, Non, NO in any language!
You're obviously not the target market for the Extra Cold brew. That's what they drink in those Redneck mansions from the other post. Or in Ohio.

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. . . That's about it for now. Looking forward to getting back across the pond . . .
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And you never said you were here! I could have taken you Haggis hunting ;-)

If any of you lot are in Scotland please let me know and hopefully we can meet up for a drink or meal and I can show you some of the sights.

Regards
I was in on business and had a really full schedule, then had to fly back out. Got back home about 2 a.m. this morning. It's 11 a.m. now but I still feel like it should be around 7 p.m.; I'm all screwed up (no news there)!

I definitely want to come back, though. I really it there and want to spend some time exploring the countryside, history, sights, pubs, whisky tours, etc.

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Graham, I reckon we could loose a fortune by organising bike tours for our ex-colonial friends !!

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Graham, I reckon we could loose a fortune by organising bike tours for our ex-colonial friends !!

But it would be great fun ;-))))))

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You're obviously not the target market for the Extra Cold brew. That's what they drink in those Redneck mansions from the other post. Or in Ohio.
Best Guinness I've had in NA was from an Irish Pub in Windsor Ontario. Unfortunately, it just doesn't travel well.

Spent the afternoon and evening there. Fortunately my hotel was around the corner!

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Actually, I'm not a huge Guinness fan, but my wife is. She swears the stuff they pour in Ireland is a cut above anything she's had anywhere else.

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Im a Scot by heritage and want so badly to go there and visit for a few weeks. I hear nothing but excellent things about Scotland....BTW, my heritage is Clan Ross.

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Wonder how much it would costs to charter a cargo plane for the bikes?!!
Plenty, I'm sure, but that can be justified. It's the exchange rate that's kicking our a$$ right now. $2.37 for 1GBP, and over $1.50 for 1 Euro.

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Actually, I'm not a huge Guinness fan, but my wife is. She swears the stuff they pour in Ireland is a cut above anything she's had anywhere else.
That's because they have a direct feed from the Liffee instead of having to tanker it around.

David - whereabouts in Glasgow were you? Great city!

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No wrestling needed. One is served at the proper temp, and the other for morons that don't know any better.

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That's because they have a direct feed from the Liffee instead of having to tanker it around.

David - whereabouts in Glasgow were you? Great city!
I was staying at the Glasgow Hilton near City Center, but working at a company on Ainslie in HIllington Park.

Here are a couple of shots from inside Ben Nevus pub. They had just a little bit of whisky on hand.
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