I don't try to explain, after the fact, what these bordering-on-ridiculous blog postings mean. There are a couple reasons for that, none of which are entertaining enough (for me...) to write about. This noted, what I do find fascinating is how easy it is to read intent into written words. That's both a curse and a blessing for folks that write things, even hacks such as myself. Anyway, I'm going to make an exception to the blog posting interpretation rule.
For example, in my Day 1 posting, I compared how Edinburgh is, well, gritty, dirty, and kind of smells like the Scranton I knew as a kid. I get that this certainly sounds bad...unless you are me, and you grew up in Scranton in the '70s. Granted that other folks, outside of fans of the U.S. version of The Office, probably have a negative impression of Scranton, but I don't. In fact, that gritty/dirty/smells description is, in a word, authentic. While there are tons of tourists here in Edinburgh, as I noted in the Day 2 posting, this is a lived-in kind of place. The tourists just seem to be here for the ride.
Another way to think about this is to consider Edinburgh as a kind of anti-Disney. This isn't a magic kingdom; this is a place where people work, sieges have been had, and more than a few people hung and/or otherwise dispatched. In the words of our tour guide on Sunday, Edinburgh had for the longest time a reputation for being one of the most disgusting cities in Europe. The magic in this kingdom is that people have called this home and fought for it over centuries.
The above noted, my quota for actually explaining blog postings has been met. Since this is about the first time since 2008 that I've done this sort of thing (explaining...), if I do the math then I won't have to do it again until sometime in 2038.
On to the day's festivities.
Today we did the quasi-common bus tour of the countryside thing. It was fun, based partially on the fact that my knees appreciated that they weren't responsible for all of the day's locomotion. To be a bit more specific, the big stops today were Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle. See the links for more (likely & possibly) factual information.
As we were headed to Loch Lomond, we stopped to see an attraction known as the Kelpies. For purposes of picture set-up, know that this is a very large metal sculpture.