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It’s only taken me since the end of August to do it so I thought I might as well do something a bit creative (creative for me) with the photographic proof that I was in Scotland last summer. I added the photos to some music and put them on Youtube. The level of my technical nous and savvy. Don’t be shy, click the links.

Scotland – August 2012 – Part 1

There were lots of changes and lots of things that hadn’t.

At times, it felt like I was an extra in some kind of tattoo reality show – “Spectacularly Tattooed Fuckwits Present…” or something? Lots of ink. It seemed to be that 8/10 folks were wearing some kind of Aramaic or Assyrian themed logo or script on their appendage of choice. Nothing wrong with having something you don’t understand scrawled over your neck. None at all. I just don’t get it…I must be getting old(er).

It’s one thing reacquainting yourself with the finer points of Scottish daily life, i.e. having not seen a teenager (of either sex), walking down the street, fag in one hand, cellphone in the other, pushing a pram and shouting at their dog, for all of five years or so, but it was different this time as I had company. Someone new to share all this with.

Eun Jin’s third time in Scotland, and I think you could say she doesn’t mind it too much? I know she likes Inverness, (but there’s more chance of us moving to the moon than there is of moving there) and road trips here and there, the shops (of course), castles (big and small),  deep fried gigantically calorific breakfasts, The Jeremy Kyle show (for those of you who don’t know – think Jerry Springer with shittier accents but better tattoos) and even spending time with my family! Crivvens!

On this trip, my friend Jason, – in fact, he was the first guy I met when I moved to Seoul in February 2000, my first roommate, (very regularly hung over) co-worker, Best Man at our wedding, lots and lots of stories and stuff from our time in Korea – was coming to stay for a couple of weeks. Shenanigans ahoy!

Scotland – August 2012 – Part 2

We’d not seen each other since 2007 or 2008 (I’m not good with numbers), so there was plenty of catching up to do, plenty of beers to quaff, and much merriment to be made. Man, I’d need another holiday to recover from this one. Still, it’s not often (if at all) that you’re able to share the good and the bad of your home with friends and those closest to you, is it?

In fact, on one of Jason’s photo’s he called it a “Wee Korean reunion”, and he’s not far off the truth. Difference was we’d be getting all a bit more ‘shortbread’ than ‘kimchi’ and taking in as much as we could in a couple of weeks. I think we did a good job of that. Judge for yourselves…

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Author: From a Late Night Train

Teacher. Musician. Ponderer. Had lived in Seoul, South Korea since 2000. Moved back to Glasgow, Scotland in May 2017.

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