Coaches, ghosts and coffee

It’s half-term in England and the kids are currently on holiday in Manchester with their mum. I have the house all to myself, which feels amazing, but also very weird. What to do with all this free time? I don’t have a lot of translation projects that need to get done and the only thing I really need to worry about is outlining my NaNoWriMo-project. Also, I want to organize my closet, because it’s much smaller than the one I had at home and a complete mess.

So, the kids’ holiday started this week, but last week, I had the week off as well (one of the perks of having a host-mum who works as a teacher). Instead of sitting home and binge-watching Netflix shows, I went on a trip to Scotland and Ireland (Dublin). I took about 10,000 photos and have a lot to talk about, so you can expect a couple of different posts on the places I visited.

Start of half-term

My holiday started on Saturday, October 14th. I went to London with Hanne, one of the other au pairs in Aldershot, to see The Woman in Black (the play, not the movie). My parents went to see this in London about 25 years ago and still talk about it quite often, so I figured it had to be good. And it was nice, but I like the film better. Might be because they spoiled the ending of the play for me. But it might also have something to do with Daniel Radcliffe not being in the play.

We had dinner in a pub and then I went on to London Victoria Coach Station while Hanne went back home to Aldershot. I took a coach to Inverness, which was about a 13-hour trip. I always think it’s a great idea to go by coach until I’m actually on the coach. It’s never as comfortable as I think it’s going to be. But it is very cheap and I usually manage to get a couple of hours of sleep. Not this time, though. I slept for maybe two hours and relied solely on coffee to keep me awake on Sunday.

We arrived in Inverness, the capital city of the Scottish Highlands, at noon and it was much smaller than I expected. It also looked completely different from how I thought it would look (I expected it to look exactly like the town in the very first episode of Outlander when Claire and Frank are on their second honeymoon).

In Inverness

There also isn’t that much to do in Inverness. If you go to TripAdvisor, you’ll see a long list of things to do in Inverness. What they don’t tell you, is that most of those things are at least a 30-minute drive from the city centre. I would have loved to see the battlefield of Culloden or some of the castles around there, but I did not expect them to be so far away from the centre of Inverness. (No one to blame for this but myself, because I could have easily looked it all up before I left.)

So, though most touristy things on TripAdvisor are not in the city of Inverness itself, there are a couple of things you can do there without taking a car or bus:

  • visit the castle (not a real castle, and only about 200 years old, but that’s what they like to call it)
  • shop
  • go to the Victorian Market (I really wanted to go here, but it was closed on the one day that I was in Inverness)
  • walk along the river Ness

And that’s about it. Even though there isn’t a lot to do in Inverness, it is a beautiful city and I thoroughly recommend going there on a trip.

Click here to see the photos I took in Inverness

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