I’m on the bus! After months of looking forward to my Scotland trip, I’m finally on the big, yellow Wild and Sexy Haggis Adventures bus. My tour began in Edinburgh in front of the Haggis office on the Royal Mile (a place where I did plenty of walking, eating and shopping the day before).
I’m always a little nervous before a tour because you never know what you’re going to get as far as travel companions. This time I had to laugh a little as I watched people trickle in and Beyoncé started to sing “All the single ladies, all the single ladies…” in my head.
My group is 18 ladies and three gentlemen (at least, so far they’ve been gentlemen), giving us a very unfair 6:1 ratio. Guys, what this means is that you should really get on these tours, because you’ll be very popular.
Our guide, Greg, is equal to at least three regular men though, so that helps a little. He’s got a fantastically thick Glasgow accent and is full of things you’ll want to know about Scotland, and somethings that you didn’t know you wanted to know.
For example, Scotland is one of the few countries in the world where Coca Cola is sold, but isn’t the best selling soda. Irn-Bru, an orange soda, is the Scots’ first choice. (Peru, where Inca Kola is the most popular, is another country where this is true.)
Our group is mostly Australian, which I expected, with two Kiwis thrown in for good measure. A handful of North Americans rounds out the herd. We all had to get up and introduce ourselves as the bus rolled out of Edinburgh, which was a good way to start learning names and faces, and to hear Greg’s most embarrassing travel story.
Note: You can never go wrong entertaining a crowd with a story that ends in terrible diarrhea. That’s just classic.
I have a week’s worth of cities, sites, whiskey and hairy coos coming up, so stay tuned to keep up with it all!