Thursday, March 25, 2010

Highland Highlights

Back in January, Mike Wilson came to visit us on his way home from New Zealand. I was in school, so Jeremy and Mike did a lot of tourist-like things (the castle, Glasgow, Royal Mile, pubs). On the Saturday, we did a one-day Highland tour by bus. Our bus driver was amazing. He was full of stories and history, which made the ride that much more interesting.

At our first stop, we got coffee and muffins, and met Hamish the Hairy Highland coo (cow). He was all ready for his close-up. When Mike went to take his photo, Hamish kept shaking his head around. Silly Hamish.























January Photos

Here are some photos that I should have posted earlier for your pleasure. These first four shots were taken from Calton Hill in Edinburgh, looking out over New Town.




This is the top of Arthur's Seat - the highest point in Edinburgh. Jeremy and Mike climbed it during his visit in January and they had to slide down on their bottoms because it was so icy.

This is looking down to Prince's Street at the fair that was on during Christmas-time.
Jeremy, of course, on his ipod.

Looking up at Edinburgh Castle.








Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Race for Life

I've been wanting to do a 5k for a while now, but keep chickening out. I started running last Spring-ish, and haven't really kept up with it as well as I'd like, but I thought the impending date of a 5k may encourage me to run on a more regular basis in preparation.

That being said, I will be taking part in the Race for Life 5k, raising money for Cancer Research in the UK. The race is on Sunday, May 9th at 11am. If you would like to sponsor me, you can go to http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/katrionawestacott and you will be able to submit your donation through the site. Easy-peasy.

I'll be sure to appoint Jeremy to take photos to document the event. Before-the-race photos will probably be the ones posted, as I will be a pile of sweat and death in the After photos. We'll see how it pans out :)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Overdue Update!

I realize we haven't posted anything in a long time, so I will post a bit now, and add some photos later (I'm at school).

Jeremy and I keep pretty busy; Jer works about 50 hours a week, and I'm at uni for another couple weeks before Easter break (which is 3 WEEKS!!!). We tend to get together with friends most weekends, which is always great fun. A few weeks ago we were at a friends' flat to watch the hockey game. It was just a small group of us - all Canadians! I have pictures which are on Facebook, but I'll post them here too. The night involved poutine, Innis & Gunn Canadian cask, Kraft Dinner, and red maple leaf mittens! Twas' great fun!

I've been learning how to crochet. A friend of mine, Helen, taught some of us. We had a Stich n' Bitch night last weekend, and I've since made a hat, a headband, and I'm now working on another hat for Jeremy. Yes, I'm 80. But it's addictive.

Jeremy and I are continuing to apply to schools around the globe. If you don't know already, Jeremy and I are attempting to stay here for another year, but if that doesn't work out, we have applied to International Schools in the hopes of being hired somewhere! This weekend, we sent out 120 letters between the two of us to most of the Private schools in Scotland (that made a bit of a dent in our wallets!). The letters were pretty much sucking up ("I've heard so much about your prestigious school..."), telling about ourselves, and we included our resumes as well. Other schools we've applied to are in Beijing, Cairo, Italy, Spain, Germany, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Kenya, and S. Korea! But we're hoping to stay here for another year, and then move somewhere else to teach.

Jeremy and I are heading to Berlin for a long weekend in a few weeks! It is pretty inexpensive to fly here, so it's manageable to go away for little trips! I'm so excited to go! I've been looking at different travel sites for things to do, and we may do a bike tour. You pay for the tour and your bike/helmet rental, and you're taken around Berlin to 7 or 8 main tourist sites for about half a day. I think it's a great way to be introduced to the city, as well as meet some other tourists along the way. Should be fun! I'll definitely post pictures here and on Facebook upon our return!

That's it for now. I'll do another blog soon to post photos!