Saturday, August 14, 2010

Saying Goodbye to Edinburgh...


Never surprised at what you see walking down the street here during the festival








Thyme-has become my favorite sandwich shop- it will be missed

Jaymie Noland came to visit



The Mela International Festival of Cultures

Aricin the Lion
Edinburgh's Royal Military Tattoo



Our good friends Tony and Julie (he's working on a Phd in Philosophy)
We are going to miss them!
Brass Rubbing Museum used to be a cathedral- but was taken apart when Waverly station was built and moved to the Royal Mile

I brought Aricin to see "the Penguin" puppet show based on the book.

We saw the most amazing rainbow out our window the other day
Jeremy and Billy came to visit and we made pizzas
Jazz & Blues Parade


Hollyrood Palace Abbey
Tally turned 9 months
So much to say... these last couple of weeks have been packed with fun stuff- from festivals to sightseeing to shows to visitors. Here's a quick summary... We walked down the street to the Parliament building and dropped Aricin off in the Creche (free child care that had a sand box and water feature for kids to play with) at the Parliament building we got to see where their bills are passed and also checked out a free photography exhibit.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival lasts about 21 days and offers about 24,000 performances. We brought Aricin to an awesome puppet show and were happy to find a minder (babysitter) for the kids and got away to see a couple of shows. Brazil Brazil showcased Brazilian soccer tricks, dancing, drums, and singing- it was an upbeat fun show. Celebrity Autobiography was a hilarious comedy show with a cast from Ugly Betty to Norm from Cheers- the whole show is made up of comedians reading autobiographies- so funny. Our favorite was Tiger Woods among others.

We also got to see Edinburgh's Royal Military Tattoo- an awesome show with military bands and super entertaining. We went with our good friends Tony and Julie who go to our church (P's and G's). Random side note about Tony and Julie- through talking we've discovered several mutual connections- they are friends with James Sullivan and his wife (i went to high school with James), Chris and Emily Kates (I went to Westmont with Chris and Emily), Tim and Karen Bayless (Aaron went to seminary with Tim at Talbot when we lived in Orange County, and they are friends with Jeff and Katie Brown (Aaron now teaches with Jeff). Super small world and fun to meet new people and have so much in common.

We leave to go home the day after tomorrow and i'm starting to reflect on the things I miss from home... My dyson (no vacume here), my hair dryer (blew the fuse and killed it first day here), my clothes dryer (we've had to hang our clothes), and our car (no car here). I can't wait to sleep in our bed and for the kids to be back in their rooms and to see friends and family back in the states.

Having said all that there are a few things that I'm going to miss about Edinburgh... The lax lifestyle (walking around and not having to be anywhere at anytime), Walking (anytime we needed to go anywhere we walked- to church, to dinner, to get groceries and we've feeling quite fit), The Fudge shop with free samples around the corner from our house (lets just say i've had a lot of free fudge this summer), our church-P's and G's (St. Pauls and St. George's is probably my favorite church i've ever attended and I will really miss it. It would probably best be described as a casual high church in an old cathedral that has been modernized. Our view (we have an amazing view of the crags that will be missed) Inteligent TV (everynight there are great shows on and lots of documentaries).

Afterthoughts...
Aricin is at a really fun stage- he loves telling us "I love you soooo much". He has a really sweet temperment and it's fun to sit back and watch him help others or try to make friends- i love his innocence, curiosity, and sweetness. Tally is saying momma and tonight said Dada for the first time- she is a quick crawler and loves to follow her big brother.

Oh Edinburgh we will miss you... I'm soo going to miss my mommy friends i've made at the Braidwood center. (sigh) I've been doing a lot of reflecting... it's neat to think about all of the last minute things we and others prayed for - for a place for us to live, for me to make mommy friends, for Aaron to have a productive summer or research and writing. It's seems like so often i'm quick to pray but very rarely stop and thank God for all the things that have happend because of him- Thank you God for making this summer happen and blessing us through our flat and the friends you put in our path.

It's funny... When we first got here 3 months ago I viewed Edinburgh ethnocentricly - with a critical eye of all the odd things that were different here then in America. I'm laughing now as we prepare to go back to the states and i find myself preparing very critically to go back to the US. There are already things that i've thought about and am bothered by in the US (I hate how much stuff we as americans have- it's been nice to try to live simply this summer in 500 square feet as opposed to almost 2000 square feet. ) anyways what i'm trying to say is... i think i'm trying to grasp what i enjoyed most about the UK and this summer and try to figure out how i can take those things and grow and apply them. Trying to slow down more and live simply i suppose.
Good bye Edinburgh see you next summer

Sunday, August 01, 2010

How to Speak English in Edinburgh...

So over the last 10 weeks we've learned a bit of Scottish Slang as we've tried to acclimate- here's our list of translations for any of you who plan on coming to the UK...
Scottish Term.............................English
Hi-ya........................................... Hey
Nappies .......................................Diapers
Buggy/Push Chair/Pram......... Stroller
Minder .......................................Babysitter
Creche........................................ Childcare center
Cheers ........................................Thanks
Yay/Nay .....................................Yes/No
Trolly ........................................Grocery Cart
Digestives .................................Cookies
Crisps ........................................Chips
Chips ........................................French Fries
Dog Foul ..................................Dog Poop
Football ....................................Soccer
Lay in ........................................Sleep in
Rubbish Bin .............................Trash Can
Queue .......................................Line
Knickers ..................................Underwear
Redundancy ............................Laid off
Snog ........................................Make out
Fag ...........................................Cigarette
Shag ........................................See Austin Powers
Wee .........................................small
Fancy .......................................like
Smart .......................................dressed well
Take away ...............................Take out
Daft ..........................................stupid
Bloody .....................................adjective used for drama
bloke ........................................idiot
Wanker..................................... fool
Wellingtons............................. Rain Boots
Pitch .........................................Field or court for sports
Wag ..........................................Ditsy, fake, high maintenance wife or girlfriend
Bay ............................................parking space
Gummy .....................................Pacifier
Flying Fox ................................Zip line
Boot ..........................................trunk of your car
lady bird ...................................lady bug
incy wincy spider .....................itsy bitsy spider
Cheeky ......................................Mischievous in terms of children, lacking tact in terms of adults
Brilliant.................................... Cool
Absolutely Amazing................ Awesome

Sample sentence... The smart looking bloke Fancied the cheeky Wag who leaned up against her boot by the cricket pitch in her wee Wellingtons while she ate her Digestives. Understand? now add in a strong Scottish accent and now you can fathom how we felt when we first got here. The weird thing is that, now we're starting to use these phrases. I find myself texting Aaron daily asking if he'd "fancy a break?" around lunch time. I've also started using the words "proper and absolutely amazing," while i've noticed Aaron uses the term "Brilliant" often. And Aricin loves to wave and say "Hi-ya" to everyone he meets. It's crazy how fast you can learn and adapt to new phrases.

Now for some recent pics. Last week we went on a hike of King Arthur's seat and the ruins of St. Anthony's chapel. We also went on a tour of the Ediburgh Castle and here's the proof..

Arthur's Seat Hike




The hike was too much for Tally- who decided to take a nap

Aricin surprisingly wanted to hike most of it himself
Ruins of St. Anthony's chapel





Welcome bags for the kids when we got library cards
Edinburgh Castle







You can see the carousel and playground down below- we play down there almost every day
Aricin and Aaron standing watch


More thoughts... Tally turned 9 months old a few days ago and just got her first tooth- she's a busy little girl and is crawling all over our tiny flat. Aricin cracks us up and is constantly surprising us with new words and phrases. We borrowed the movie Chariots of Fire this week from friends and watched it- if you haven't seen it- it's now one of my all time favorites- partly because it was cool to see several of the scenes that were shot here outside our window on the Salisbury Crags and on West Sands Beach in St. Andrews. I also loved the film because it was inspiring to hear about the life of Eric Liddell- Scotland's most famous and admired athlete of all time. In addition to being a phenomenal gold medal runner, and solid all around guy, he was a missionary in China that lived his life to help and serve others.

On a side note last night we hung out with friends, Jeremy Dailey and his buddy Billy came to town and we showed them around, went to the Jazz and Blues Parade and then made Pizza's as we watched an Absolutely Amazing rainbow outside our window. Jeremy is dating Wendy, Kristy Johnson's sister and I'm hoping to set Billy up with a good friend from College. We've got 2 weeks left and I imagine they will go by fast. Aaron's completed rough drafts of two chapters for his thesis, worked on several contributions to book chapters under review, and is tinkering with a paper to submit to a winter conference. We will be going to the Military Tattoo Show this thursday and then next week have tickets to a couple other Festival shows. We will be sure to update you with how the shows go and pics.