Mandag 17. October- Sunday 6. November
Finally Lars came and I couldn't wait to see him. I barely slept
the night before and got very late to bed too. I was at Renata's one
of my classmates. She is a very nice girl and happens to live just
across the Meadows in Marchmont. I went there and hung out with her
flatmates; Candace from the U.S and another very kind girl and some
nice blokes. One of them had been studying in Denmark for half a year
and we fell into place immediately.
Matt came and so did Lena and Alexander from class. We saw Sunshine
in a spotless mind and it was very cosy. Renata and her flatmates share
a huge two floors apartment in Marchmont with a giant sitting room with a spacious
bay (karnap) where they can eat, good size rooms and two bathrooms.
I just rested on my bed for an hour before I got up to dress and
go for the airport buss. It was a rainy morning unfortunately- I didn't
want Lars to arrive in Scotland in heavily rain but he did. I guess
his first impressions of Edinburgh were cold and wet.
We didn't really do anything that Sunday- I showed Lars the close
surroundings, George Square with the University, David Hume Tower
and so (promise to take pictures of all the university area soon)
and it was pouring down the rest of the day.
The week went very fast, too fast, because it was so good to have
Lars here. Monday was another rainy day where we just strolled around
and went to The Portrait Gallery to see an exhibition The healing
touch about medical science the last 500 years. We returned next day
to see a minor but fine photo exhibition Still Life? with photos taken
by Scottish pensioners from around Scotland focusing on senior citizens
and their life, values and thoughts.
The two major sights seeing during Larse's stay were the climbing
up to Arthur's Seat and being in Holyrood Park and the visit to the
Castle. See the Photo section for these events.
That was also during Larse's stay I had haggis for the first time.
I tasted really good, a bit like Danish finker. Haggis is sheep's
eatable entrails minced and spices like pepper, salt, nutmeg (muskatnød)
and other spices added. You boil haggis and eat it with mashed potatoes
and mashed turnip.
At Sunday I saw Nosferatu
with living organ music in Usher Hall. That was a great experience because the
music so fit in with the film and the dramatic climaxes of the story line. The
organ player and organ was hidden behind a giant curtain and this combination
of live music and film was astonishing.
My birthday 1. November went on very quietly as nobody knew of it. I went to
the cinema (would have done it anyway) to see the amazing and brilliant 400 Blows
by Francois Truffaut ( Les quatre sans coup- see review under Diary section here).
I had received a package from home and I thank again for the nice presents and
all the mails, guestbook greetings, cards and letters from home.
Thank you for greeting me on my birthday.
Nothing really happened the rest of the week. Gaelic is so fascinating
and becoming a challenge now. I am enjoying talking to Noreen and
the other nice people in the class and Iona our teacher is so nice,
kind, smart and humorous so it is a vitamin shot every Thursday evening.
I promise to write a piece of text in Gaelic soon.