Monday, September 16, 2013

Great Scott! This Place Is Glorious


Greetings everyone and sorry we have not posted in a couple days but to be honest not much has really happened.  Following London we went to York for one night and basically did not do that much.

Before we get to far into this post, just wanted to let everyone know that Isaac has decided to take up modeling, what do you all think?

Now for the more normal stuff...

After one night in York we quickly hopped on a train to get to Edinburgh.  Arriving in Scotland we were all amazed at the sheer beauty of the place.  I don't think any of us imagined how well Edinburgh would mesh the beautiful, old, rustic architecture with the vibrancy of a big city.  On all the bottom floors there were big names stores that made it almost like NYC more than an a very old city.  After we got to our hostel, we put our bags down and had our own 3 man room which meant good night sleeps for all.  The hostel was really cool with a pub at the bottom along with American Football on.  After getting a quick bit to eat we quickly made our way to the town center.  

The place was stunning, it was like something you would see in a movie, whether it be Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or any other movie that has the classic look and feel of the UK, but in Edinburgh it has so much more.  

We all needed new jackets because none of us realized how damn cold it was actually going to be, add in the high winds and it was nothing we were used to being raised in Los Angeles.  After roaming the streets for a good couple hours just taking in the sites we went back to the hostel and decided to take it easy that night because it was a Sunday and not much was going on.  We popped in a movie and then headed to bed needing to be up early for checkout. 

Today we had to change hostels (unfortunately) and this one is nowhere near as good as the other one we had.  While we still have our own room we are a good 15-20 minute walk from the town center, and normally we don't mind walking but the wind at times can make it quite harsh.  After getting lost for more than an hour trying to figure out the best way to get to the town center from our new hostel, we made our way to the train station to get tickets to go to Fife.  Not really expecting much the train ride was filled with beautiful landscape and a different side of Scotland than we had experienced the first night.

Once we got off the train we hopped on a bus that was taking us to St. Andrews!  Knowing that this was going to be the last time Isaac and I ever saw Tzvi again we made sure to spend some quality time with him.  

We kept on walking the course and were just taking it all in.  Truthfully I don't think any of us expected it to be so beautiful.  It was a beautiful sunny day with high winds and low temperatures but you could just feel the mystique that comes from the Old Course.  You know that greats like Tiger Woods, Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and other greats were walking on the same grass we were, just added to that aura.  It is incredible how open the land is, how anyone can walk through.  It is a completely different feel from the closed off golf courses of America that none of us were expecting.  

Among the course was an incredible little Gastropub that we really just stumbled onto.  Not expecting much we were all incredibly surprised at the food that we got and the friendliness of the staff.  *Quick side note, almost everywhere in the UK has student discounts, America you are really messing up with this one*.  Tzvi got the West Coast Mussels with "Marienier" & fries, Isaac got the asparagus soup, and I got the Mac 'n' Cheese with truffled wild mushrooms, and garlic bread.  The meal was absolutely incredible, the mussels were as good if not better than my dads, which is saying something.  For dessert we got Hot Melting Chocolate Pudding and Rhubarb Pannacotta with strawberry's and warm madeline.  The desserts just melted in your mouth.

We then went back out and walked around for a little bit longer because we knew we may not have this opportunity again.  The rest of this blog is going to be filled with pictures of the course because of how breathtaking it is.  Isaac got a lot of great panoramic shots that I will put up as well.  I hope you guys enjoyed this post as much as we enjoyed this day because truthfully it has probably been the best one by far.  It really makes us want to go play golf as soon as we get home and are already talking about a return trip in a few years when we all have enough money to play and enjoy the courses.  


  1. Gorgeous pictures. Thanks for taking those last minute pictures of my son, Tzvi. I will cherish them forever!!! And, Isaac, love that picture! I think it should be your profile pic!!

  2. Boys! I wish I were there... and yummy on the meal....

    As to the pictures - well done! Reading and scrolling through the beautiful pictures, I totally did not expect the hands in the rear pocket shot - made me laugh out loud. I'm going to credit Eli with that pix, right? Well done sir!