Today was a bit of a bummer. It rained and rained, and other than grabbing lunch to go, I didn’t get out until about 17:00 or so. I found dinner at a pub/restaurant. It was good, but not great. After dinner, I’d planned on walking back to the beach but remembered that I needed to get my check-out information before the front desk/chip shop closed. I also wanted to visit the barber.
I’m not an expert when it comes to dying my hair. I wish it would last longer, however. It’s only been a few days, and I can already see brown roots. I have a newfound appreciation for those who keep their hair an unnatural color, but keep it looking natural. That takes talent (and more money than I like to spend). I was on my way to get my head shaved tonight but couldn’t find an open barbershop.
Since Minesh and Paul are gone, I didn’t want to go hang out in a pub by myself, so I stayed at the hostel. Today was basically me- sitting around watching TV and a movie on the iPad.
I just had to say goodbye to Inverness. I love this place, but it’s time to see some more of Scotland. I’m excited to go north. My destination is Thurso, which is almost as far north as you can go while staying on the mainland. Not sure what there is to see or do there, but I guess I’ll find out.
I slept okay last night. At about 01:00, my roommates came in. They were very loud and somewhat rude. They kept turning on the light, then leaving the room, so I’d have to get up to turn out the light, then they’d do it all over again. I finally (nicely) told them to knock it off, and they did. While I was getting ready this morning, I might have been a little louder than was necessary.
Thurso, Scotland | 16:54
I can now say I’ve been to Thurso, Scotland. Thurso has about 9000 people and seems like a lovely town. I checked in at my hostel and met my roommate. He’s a 60+-year-old Scot who doesn’t have much to say to me. Here’s how it went down:
Me: Hello. How are you?
Me: I’m Dave from the states (I usually don’t introduce myself as ‘Dav’ when I’m abroad because that just opens up an entire conversation. I don’t mind the extra chat, but ‘Dave’ is a time-saver.).
Me: Okay, well, I’m going to get some dinner.
I wonder what this guy’s deal is. I mentioned him to some others staying here, and they told me he’s like that with everyone. Maybe he’ll open up to me tomorrow.
I walked to the local beach, which was quite lovely. There were people (mostly kids and teens) out playing in the surf, and they have a nice little setup here. What a beautiful ocean! I’m not sure if this is considered part of the North Sea or if it’s considered the Northern Atlantic. Afterward, I explored that town for a while.
I also met Minesh, who is from India and Paul from somewhere here in the U.K. They’re on a bike ride that started at John O’Groats, and they will ride to the bottom of England. That sounds fun and exhausting! I’d love to do something similar one day.
I had a great time hanging out with the guys tonight. They’re fun guys and I found out that they’re doing this ride to raise money for a charity- something to do with muscular dystrophy or something like that. That is very commendable! I hope they raise a ton of money!
I have two new roommates now- two brothers from England. I’m not sure why they’re up here. Hopefully, we can chat tomorrow.