It has been a few days since I updated, and I’ve been so busy at the harp festival!
On Friday the 30th, I spent the morning at the National Museum of Scotland. It was a rainy and cold day, so it was a good time to do something indoors. I’m glad I spent Thursday outside when it was nicer!
At the museum, I saw the two harps on display there: the Queen Mary and the Lamont. I was so excited to finally be seeing them in person, and I really got to examine them and take in all the detail. Another highlight was the Lewis Chessmen. It’s so surreal to see such old and beautiful objects in person, and to imagine them in use long ago. Another of my favorites was the Ballachulish figure, dated at 600 BC. That one really blew my mind, and the mystery around such an object is so intriguing.
I stuck to the Scottish history section, knowing that if I got distracted by other parts of the museum I would run out of time. I still didn’t see quite everything in just that one area! I did spend a lot of time looking at the things that really drew me in though, like the harps.
After the museum, I went to buy some snacks for the week. I actually really enjoy seeing what different kinds of groceries you’ll find in other parts of the world.
After that I got a little bit lost. I had trouble finding a bus station and it was rainy, dreary, and freezing. That was not the most fun, but when I finally got back it was time for the festival to begin! I checked in, picked up my rental harp, and went to the opening concert. I made some new friends during the intermission who are also from the United States.
Following the concert, I went to the late night session. It was awesome! I know a lot more tunes now than I did the last time I came to the festival. I saw a lot of familiar faces and it’s amazing to think I haven’t been here in three years.
It was strange at first to be with people again after spending a few days exploring alone. I really do appreciate both.