The Chronicles of Edinburgh, Part V – Train Stations, Again

Since we took the overnight bus there, it only made sense that we took the overnight bus back.

Our friend Jason was also taking the same bus, so we got to hang out a bit before getting squished into a seat for the next nine hours…but hanging out inevitably means just one thing to a nineteen year old: FOOD.

More specifically, terrible food that is probably made out of plastic somewhere along the line:

Speaking of train station food, I asked Sky what else we had to do before leaving Scotland, and he tells us that we have to try “Iron Brew”. I thought it was a type of beer, dismissed it, and went on my merry way. He did mention, however, that it was bright orange – I just assumed that was the color of the beer bottle.

Instead, while we were waiting in line to get on the bus, I saw this lady standing in front of us with a bright orange bottle of…crazy. Epiphany – and yes, I asked her if it was “Iron Brew”. I think I was a wee bit overexcited…I may have scared her a little.

But she redirected us to the vending machine down the hall, and mere seconds later, I was the proud owner of my very own IRN BRU.

Well, the packaging was nice. Really shiny and bold, a nice change from all the pastels of Spring. (Lulz, jk.)

Anyway. It tasted a tad sweet, for some reason…

Wait, I just went to Wiki to get a better description of IRN BRU for you guys but came across the Scottish Wikipedia page?? I didn’t even know there was such a thing – but it gets better.

Irn-Bru (pronoonced “Airn Brew” or “Ayron Brew”) is the tap kenmark o carbonatit saft drink in Scotland. A.G. Barr plc, o Glesca maks it. Barr’s Irn-Bru is selt in the Unitit KinrickRepublic o IrelandRoushie,CanadaeAustralie, an a puckle ither kintras in Europe. Its adverteesin slogan uisst tae be Makkit in Scotland frae girders, atho the naurest oniebodie can come tae substantiatin this boast is the 0.002% ammonium ferric(III) citrate leetit in the ingredients. It is kent as Scotland’s ither naitional drink (referrin tae whisky) an aw. It haes lang been the tap sellin carbonatit saft drink in Scotland, ootsellin Coca-Cola, but neow steive competeetion atween the twa kenmerks haes brocht thair sales tae rochly seimlar leivels. This steiveness in fendin its hame-mercat (a feat o Irn-Bru, Peru’s Inca Kola, an nae ithers) haes led til ongaun jalousin that aither Coke or airch-rivals PepsiCo is like tae coff A.G.Barr.

 It’s in a different freaking language.

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