Scotland 6: Day 8
03.06.18 | Dumfries Hotel | 22:08
This morning started like most mornings in Scotland: Me, walking through the rain, hunting for breakfast, hoping the sun decides to come out. I followed my google map to a restaurant that served “Famous Scottish Pancakes”. Upon further inspection- Scottish pancakes taste exactly like the ones we have in America. Still they were delicious! I chose the “Banoffee Stack”- their version of the U.K. famous banoffee pie. I know what you’re wondering- and no, it has nothing to do with coffee. The ‘offee’ part is for toffee. I know you’re curious, so click here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banoffee_pie?wprov=sfti1 The best thing to do is google the recipe and make it, and bring it to my house. I’ll give you a bite.
Today’s exploration theme was “Robert Burns”. He is probably the most famous Scottish poet/writer, and in many places still holds his rock start status… which is funny because people didn’t really start to love and appreciate him until after he was dead and buried. Burns spent the last 9 years of his life in Dumfries, and it was amazing to tour his home and stand in the room that he died in.
I walked down the street to the churchyard in which he was buried. Fun story- years after his death, they decided that they needed to honor their hometown poet and the built a big ole mausoleum, dug up his remains and re-buried him in his new location. I read that the original plan was to carry the whole oak box to the new spot, but it sort of fell apart, as did most of the body. Later, when his wife finally passed away, she was buried with him in the mausoleum.
While I explored the graveyard, I was approached by a cat who let me pet him/her for awhile. This is not the first time an animal has approached me in a graveyard. Evidence of reincarnation? You decide.
I walked along the river until I saw a wee coffee shop. I stopped in for another hot chocolate. At least I’m not binge-drinking alcohol. Dinner was a delicious burger!