It was a really chilly morning when Joan and Stuart took me to Darlington train station to catch the train going north. I was bracing myself for colder weather up north in Scotland as the temperature normally tends to be a few degrees lower than that in England and wetter but I was very surprised to see the sun was out throughout the 5-hour journey north bound.
As the train crossing the border and moving further north I noticed the accent of the passengers and the train drivers started to change. When Corrina came and met me at Aberdeen train station and after listening to her blathering on for a moment I simply could not help but stopped her mid-sentence and commented on how Scottish she sounded! Well, I know I was being silly because she IS Scottish! I guess I just missed the accent and at the same time I needed a little time to get attuned to it after spending two weeks down south listening to a very different English accent!
It has been more than 8 years since I was last in Aberdeen for a holiday, and many more years in addition to that since I left the granite city to go home for good after I finished my studies. There have been quite a bit of changes since my last trip, the most obvious being a new shopping centre built next to the train station that housed many retail outlets and restaurants, and how deserted the main street, Union Street is after all of the bigger shops have moved to the shopping centres and it is now left with only bookies, pawn shops, charity shops and a few cafes and many vacant lots. Besides, many of the big chain stores have since closed down and are completely out of business in the UK! The blessed thing is after all these years the friendship I have with my few friends there remain unchanged!
It was a relaxing trip in Aberdeen as this was the last week of my holidays and I wanted to take things easy. Apart from the drizzles we had on the first day after I arrived and the day before I left, we were blessed with a few days of sunny weather in between (in Scotland in March!) for us to be out and about though it was still cold but I was all prepared with my layers and jackets. We went out for meals, had some lovely home cooked dinners, caught up with old friends and visited a garden and a couple of parks for me to enjoy the sun, the blue sky and the fresh air!
The Granite City, Aberdeen (21.03.2015 – 27.03.2015)
Out to enjoy the sunny weather
Johnston Gardens (23.03.2015)
Hazlehead Park (23.03.2015)
After our little visit to Johnston Gardens, we took advantage of the good weather and hopped in the car and continued our outdoor activities and went to Hazlehead Park nearby as I wanted to visit the North Sea Memorial.
Duthie Park (24.03.2015)
Another beautiful sunny day to be out and about…
In the Scottish rain (26.03.2015)
Alison whom I went to college with made her way to Aberdeen from Newtonmore in the Highland just to catch up with me. We went for a stroll in the drizzling rain at the beach front before more catching up over lunch and coffee.
I heard that since I left the weather has not been that nice and they even had snow showers, both in England and Scotland! I was so fortunate to be blessed with mild weather throughout my 3-week holidays in the UK. It was a great 3-week break for me to get away from work and to see some lovely places, both old and new but most importantly, it was wonderful to catch up with some old friends as well as to make a few new ones. Hope it is not too long before I plan another trip back to the UK and see my friends again. Till then.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
— Marcel Proust, French novelist