Scotland 4: Day 26
4.22.11 | Inverness > Thurso | 10:53
It’s with sadness that I say goodbye to Inverness. I really love this place but it’s time to see some more of Scotland. I’m excited to go north. My destination is Thurso, which is almost as far north as you can go on the mainland, I do believe. Not sure what there is to see or do there, but I guess I’ll find out.
I slept okay last night. At about 01:00 my roommates came in. They were very loud and somewhat rude. They kept turning on the light, then leaving the room, so I’d have to get up to turn out the light, then they’d do it all over again. I finally (nicely) told them to knock it off and they did. While I was getting ready this morning, I might have been a little louder than was necessary. Payback is a b-word.
Thurso Hostel | 16:54
I can now say I’ve been to Thurso, Scotland. Thurso has about 9000 people and is a lovely town, so far. I checked in at my hostel and met my roommate. He’s a 60+-year-old Scot who doesn’t have much to say to me. Here’s how it went down:
Me: Hello. How are you?
Me: I’m Dave from the states (I usually don’t introduce myself as ‘Dav’ when I’m abroad because that just opens up an entire conversation. I don’t mind the conversation, but ‘Dave’ is a time-saver, really).
Me: Okay, well I’m going to get some dinner.
I know for a fact that Scottish people don’t hate Americans, so I wonder what this guy’s deal is. I mentioned him to some others staying here and they told me he’s like that with everyone. Maybe he’ll open up to me tomorrow.
I walked to the local beach and it was quite nice. There were people (mostly kids and teens) out playing in the surf and they have a nice little setup here. What a beautiful ocean! I’m not sure if it’s considered part of the North Sea or if it’s considered the Northern Atlantic. I next walked around the town for a bit.
I also met Minesh, who is from India and Paul from somewhere here in the United Kingdom. They’re on a bike ride that started at John O’Groats and goes all the way to the bottom of England. That sounds fun and exhausting!
I had a great time hanging out with Paul and Minesh tonight. They’re fun guys and I found out that they’re doing this ride to raise money for a charity. I do believe it’s something to do with muscular dystrophy or something like that. That is very commendable! I hope they raise a ton of money!
I have two more roommates now- two brothers from England. I’m not sure why they’re up here… hopefully, we can chat tomorrow.