A real post to replace this. . .
My photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasua/ are all uploaded and labelled appropriately now.
This day never seemed to end, but in a good way. We left Leazes Terrace about 8 a.m. and trekked down to the train station to grab a pasty and wait for our train to roll in. Our seats were perfectly situated with a smudgy window, but a lovely view towards the North Sea (when we got close enough to the coast). We saw fields of yellow (mustard?), sheep, Lindisfarne, Alnwick, etc. I got all squeely when I saw the dunes at Alnwick because I was RIGHTTHEREONTHATDUNE for a field trip doing Phase 1 Habitat Surveys. Yeah, I’m weird.
As we got to Berwick Upon Tweed we saw amazing bridges (you can see pictures on Flickr) that I took snap after snap of. It looks like such a great town. After that we were POW in Scotland. The rugged scottish coast, the rugged sheep (some looked a little worse for wear), and the scintillating blue sky. I was worried the weather wouldn’t keep looking as lovely as it was in Newcastle, but the weather followed us all the way into Edinburgh. The train goes RIGHT past the castle erm. . volcanic rock. Apparently the train tracks are where the bottom of the loch used to be. It was drained in the 1700’s (1750 something I think). NEAT!
….. more later….