Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy Hogmanay!

Hogmanay is the Scots word for the last day of the year and is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year holiday in Scotland. This is my first time celebrating Hogmany in Scotland, and I must say the Scots know how to throw a good party! The holiday began with a torch light procession down the main street in town on the 30th, and over 25,000 people participated in the parade.  The route started up the Royal Mile, walked down Princess street, and ended at the top of Calton hill with fireworks. It was truly amazing to witness. 

On the 31st the Loken's and I decided to hike up Arthur's Seat. Once we got to the top of the 1000ft climb we decided to snap a picture quickly before getting blown off the top. The wind up there was fierce!
 After our long hike we went to check out the Sheep Heid Inn located in Duningston. It is the oldest house in Edinburgh dating back to 1360. Old Scottish men even bring their  dogs in the pub with them and there is a bowling alley in the back- but the old fashioned kind where you have to bowl and then walk down to set your pins up. The bowling balls don't even have holes in them, and Scots call bowling "playing skittles" 

 For new years eve it was off to The Meadows to see the fireworks spectacular at midnight. It was so amazing! I was able to spend the holiday with friends from the USA, Scotland, Poland, Spain, and England. People were out all over the city and it made for really great atmosphere. 
 Fireworks Galore!
 Toasting at midnight!

 My good friend Donna and I enjoying some whiskey at midnight!

 I am so blessed to celebrate the Hogmony Holiday with friends and family. 2010 was an amazing year, and I never thought at the start of the year in Virginia I would finish it living in the UK. I can't wait to see what 2011 has in store.
 Until next time, I will see you on the internet. 

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