The 3,000 miles between us having put something of a dampener on our bestie-ship of late, I was more than a little excited to hear that Lindsay would be on my side of the Atlantic in 2013. Quite in contrast to our days as almost-next-door neighbours in Akita, this was our first in-person reunion since my visit to Canada in 2011, and the day we said goodbye in Hong Kong before that.

After introducing Lindsay and Julien to the cats, John and I kicked off their tour de Sukottorando at the Scotland Street School Museum.

Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the school was built for an enrolment of 1,250 but by the 1970s the area was experiencing urban decay and enrolment fell to under 100. The school closed in 1979 and now serves as a museum of education.

It’s also inhabited by the creepiest fucking mannequins you ever did see. John went on a field trip here when he was 9 and he’s still traumatised.

What is this – a center for ants? How can we be expected to teach children about Scotland’s educational history…if they can’t even fit inside the building?!

Rinji-sensei! A familiar sight.

Ooh, you bad lay-dee, you hard bargain.

Some homoerotic ploughing for your nerves.

There’s also a cloakroom where you can try on the old school uniforms.

Very fetching.

Well ok then.

I refuse to believe this was unintentional.

If you didn’t have a healthy case of automatonophobia before you entered…

Hey how ya doing lil momma let me whisper in ya ear.

Probably not the best advice given Kim’s recent experience. “NEVER COME BACK!”

No arguments here.

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