THIS AND THAT

This thing about Scottish money.

Scotland is on the English pound system (GPB). But there are three banks in Scotland that can print their own bank notes, so basically you are using the Scottish equivalent of the English pound. Banks printing their own notes are The Royal Bank of Scotland, The Clydesdale Bank and The Bank of Scotland.

Supposedly Scottish bank notes are accepted all over England, but some people have run into places that won’t accept them – which I guess is actually illegal.

But when in Scotland, do what the Scottish do and in Scotland, you use Scottish currency.

However, if you have a layover at the Dublin airport as we did, you will need Euros.  Some of the airport shops will allow you to use American money, but will give you change in Euros. And you absolutely can’t use Euros in the UK. So, it all gets rather complicated while you’re getting used to using a different currency. However, once you get your pounds, it’s easy because you just think of a pound as a dollar. But then sometimes you spend more than you should because you see 10p and you think “That’s not so bad, but actually you’re spending about 13 or 14p.

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The @ sign is in a different place on their computers which would trip me up everytime I sent an e-mail and the same thing happened to others.

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When we went down to breakfast the first morning in Inverness, J from New Jersey had already received his food – which included black/blood pudding. He offered to give me a piece. Now, he was a nice guy, but I don’t think he was just being generous – I think he wanted to get rid of the stuff.  I tried a very, very, VERY little piece and let me just say – that is the ONLY piece of the stuff I will ever, ever, EVER eat. (In case, you haven’t had the privilege of being introduced to black pudding – it’s cow blood and oatcakes.) Trust me, it tastes as gross as it sounds – though it really doesn’t look that bad. So don’t feel YOU have to taste it, I did it for you and you WON’T like it.

2 thoughts on “THIS AND THAT”

  1. I’m loving reading about your trip!!!! Thanks for sharing! The “older” I get the more I think of guided tours as I realize how much time I wasted trying to find things myself…or you could say, getting lost! 🙂
    When I was in Germany, we were 20 min from France & Switzerland (pre-Euro), so I had 3 wallets!

  2. I know when we went to Israel we were so glad we were on a tour – but we talked if we ever went back, we’d go on our own. I think tours are good for the first time through to figure stuff out (although we were on our own a lot on this one for meals, etc.) – and then do it alone. These tours are very active – and the age range was 21-82 – plus, it was fairly small so you didn’t feel as if you were part of a parade.

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