Sights, Eats and Liquid Treats.
I traveled up to Dundee, Scotland last Tuesday to visit two of my closest friends, both called Anna. One lives in Dundee (who we are stayed with) and the other in Aberdeen. Both girls have been there 4 years and are in their final year of studying. This is my first trip to Scotland and is well overdue. After my 12 hour coach from London I was feeling both mentally tired and physically energetic, so after meeting the girls off my coach we headed straight for some food. Usually down south I avoid our local Weatherspoons but on this occasion we thought we would give it a go for some cheap grub. Amazingly I had a veggie burger and cider for £4.99 which was pretty tasty and afterwards we went back to Anna's flat and relaxed for the evening.
The following morning the three of us got up and went for an explore around the city. In typical Scottish fashion, it was raining so we went to a local Museum and Art Gallery 'The McManus' (free entry). We spent an hour or so wondering this wonderful building and touching up on Dundee's local history.
When the rain had died down, we wandered off to the local charity shops to see if we could find some bargains. I found they were so much cheaper than at home and each seemed to have a small home section with great value furniture.
We came across a lovely little Vintage Shop 'RARA' (http://www.facebook.com/RARA.vintage.dundee) run by a young girl from Glasgow. It is a great little place with a whole range of 50's-80's clothing with reasonable prices and I found myself a lovely Lyle and Scott jumper for just £20.00.
Feeling and hearing our tummies rumble, we decided to head for some lunch. We ended up choosing Duke's Corner, a student friendly bar and restaurant which hosts all different types of music events, with DJ's, live bands and even shows a film on Monday evenings. I had a Mushroom Burger (two burgers in two days, not like me!) which was delicious! There was a range of delicious dishes on the menu all for £5, including my burger and Anna K's choice of veggie Haggis. Our stomachs full, we headed back to Anna's flat for a cup of tea.
Later on in the afternoon we went for a long stroll along the riverside, past a few small parks and back to the city centre via lots of small cobble stone roads. The city was very peaceful and we all were feeling so relaxed. As the evening crept on we met some of Anna's local friends for a drink in 'The Art Bar'. I was trying to learn some of the local slang as we checked out a few more drinking locations. What I love about Dundee is that it seems to have a great pub culture with a different, trendy pub at every corner.
In the morning Anna K. left us for Aberdeen, leaving just Anna F. and myself.
Once again we woke to rain so we started our day at 'Sensation Science Center'
http://www.sensation.org.uk/Visitors/Whats-On_257.html. I felt this was mainly aimed at children and young students but we still had a great time exploring its hands-on experiments and we also watched an interesting show about planets.
For lunch we treated ourselves to a posh lunch at 'Marco Polo Restaurant' who offer a great 2 course lunchtime menu for £6.95 which was really yummy stuff.
We had planned to visit a local beach but the weather sadly didn't clear up by the afternoon so we decided to take a trip to the local cinema, this only being a bus ride away. Anna, who admits isn't too good with buses asked a local guy for directions. Annoyingly, he directed us to the wrong bus so we had to get off and walk for about 30 minutes before finding the cinema. Luckily it hadn't eaten into 'The Hunger Games', our film of choice.
We both really enjoyed the film and two hours of thrilling teen action has made me want to watch the follow up film.
We then met a friend of Anna's in 'Netherend' pub which was nice, it had a cheap food menu and holds a good pub quiz on Thursday evenings for £2 per person I was told.
We ended our evening with episodes of Father Ted and Family guy at Anna's flat.
Sadly, the following morning I had to wake up early to catch my coach back to London. I enjoyed Dundee, I only wish I had prepared more for the rain and stayed longer for more beach and pub fun! x