Today it finally feels like springtime (at least it does in Stromness)! As I left my hotel this morning, it was perfect! Just a slight breeze, but no need to wear anything bigger than a light jacket. This is the part of Scotland that I’m excited for- hopefully I won’t have to wear my scarf any more.
Sadly, I only spent one night here and am now headed back to the mainland. I haven’t done a whole lot of exploring today, because I had to do laundry. I’m out of socks, and I’ve been wearing this same pair of pants for the last 3 days. That means it’s overdue. This is a great area, and there’s so much more that needs to be explored.
Instead, I sit in the the terminal, even though my ferry doesn’t leave for a couple hours. I already walked down to the CoOp to buy some laundry soap, and I’m not in the mood to drag my big ole backpack anywhere else. So today is going to be a movie day. Once I leave on the ferry, it should only take about an hour-and-a-half to get to Scrabster.
Thurso Hostel | 21:14
It’s so great to be back in Thurso! When the ferry arrived at Scrabster, I decided to walk all the way into Thurso. The walk was a pretty good workout, since I had my huge pack on my back. While making my way down the road, it was great to call and speak with my parents.
This morning was a perfect morning! I wandered into town and found a “breakfast roll” for breakfast. Like a pig-in-a-blanket, but instead of just the sausage, there was sausage, egg, bacon and beans. I wonder when and why Scotland decided that beans is a breakfast food. I’m not mocking them, but beans are everywhere here- especially when it comes to breakfast choices. Don’t they know about gas?
I went for a long walk to the ocean. Oh, how I love the ocean! I wandered for about three hours, walking very slowly toward Scrabster along the beach while listening to podcasts and conference talks. This is such a beautiful place! I didn’t realize this before, but Thurso happens to be the northernmost city on the mainland of the United Kingdom. File that one away for later.
When I made it back to the hostel, it started raining and it’s pretty much been doing that all day long, or at least up to this point. I get it April showers bring May flowers. No prob. A nap was in order. I probably got about 20 minutes of sleep and have spent the rest of the afternoon indoors.
I just got back from an early dinner. I found a really great Chinese food place, and since I hadn’t had any lunch, I ordered way too much! You know the expression “Your eyes are bigger than your stomach”? Yeah- that. It was pretty great food, even though there was zero spice to it after ordering a dish that was supposed to be spicy. No worries, though.