Well, today was my day off and it was pretty wonderful. I slept in a little, as I am apt to do on a day off, and then spent the morning at my desk working on the computer. Yes, it is always part of the game when I am traveling to try and keep up with things back home. By the afternoon though, I was done and was able to go outside. It was one of those glorious days that Scotland doesnâ€™t get credit for. Everyone always thinks of Scotland as a gloomy and rainy place and while it does get its fair share of rain, when the sun shines over the highlands, illuminating the cast of colors, you could almost swear that you were looking at heaven itself.
The town itself is lined with the grey stone buildings that are so typical of this country. Rather than appear depressing and dark, as many people claim, I think that these old stones reflect a history that gives them a stately charm and reverence. Most of Scotlandâ€™s cities were here long before North America was even colonized by Europeans, let alone the founding of the United States.
Along the river Ness, a castle dominates the view and reminds us that this part of the world has seen its fair share of conflict.
Tonight we are all gathering together to go over the schedule and prepare for tomorrow when I will be exploring both the river and the canal that links the Loch with the Ocean.