Now, I have to think a bit hard for this. I have a tendency to focus on the day-to-day when doing many things at once, so I've forgotten a bit of the past. I'm thinking for the sake of time we'll focus on the best part - the 'break'.
University of Stirling, and most schools over here I guess, have this lovely little 'break' in the middle of the fall. It's been pointed out to me that 'break' is actually a misnomer - it's a reading week. It's a week in which our professors, tutors, and the like tell us to enjoy our lack of classes but get on with the major assignments we have due. Naturally, I rebelled and forced my friend Laura to rebel with me, so we decided to take a little 3 day trip up to Pitlochry and Blair Atholl for the Enchanted Forest and other sight-seeing adventures.
|Cake of joy.|
On Friday, the 21st, we boarded a train from Bridge of Allan to Pitlochry, where we had to kill about 5 hours before our check in with the youth hostel. My natural inclination at any point when I need to kill time is to eat something, so we took a cue from the back of our Enchanted Forest tickets and popped into Hettie's Tea Room to eat some lunch...and some cake! Some delicious...delicious cake.
|See, looks safe, right?|
That night, Laura and I had a couple of tickets to see Enchanted Forest and enjoy a spectacular light show. I'm not exaggerating on the spectacular. I'm still waiting for a response about a possible CD of the music they use. The show was entitled "Transitions" and made liberal use of color changes in time with certain instruments and changes to emphasize the switch in music. They also have what the call a 'light harp'. The light harp is a circle of posts with lights that are motion activated to change color and play a harp tone when you wave your hand over them. You can imagine how interesting this phenomena is when there are several children furiously waving their hands over the lights all at once. Unfortunately, photos don't do much justice to the show, but I definitely suggest a visit to the website linked ^up there^. If you're ever in Pitlochry around the mid to end of October, I would highly recommend a visit. Here's a few of my attempts to catch the show on camera. Pardon the grainy quality. Never trust the 'AUTO' selection on your camera.
|One of my better shots|
|The building was a lookout point where you could view the whole show.|
|Widescreen, but not HD.|
|From the lookout, with the gazebo in the corner.|
|The duck, upon realization of Laura's lack of food,|
turns to me for offerings.
|The mill from the outside|
We headed back home the next day and went to see Arriety, a Miyazaki film about borrowers, before going home to work on essays the rest of the week. Since then, my time has been split between class and assignments, talking to people back home, revisiting Jane Austen novels, and considering a new blog about books. It's a little over a month until I am home for Christmas, and I am pretty anxious to board the plane. The semester hasn't been easy, they definitely make you work for your masters, so a little bit of a vacation is extremely welcome. Classes and assignments are, thankfully, all finished by December 7th, and my cousin Misty is making her way back from her travels in Europe to come stay with me until we depart on the 20th. There may be a little bit of traveling for a couple of weeks. We'll see. For now, it's back to the books.
Until next time.