Weekend in Edinburgh

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The Scott Monument

What a fabulous day we had in Edinburgh!

We were pretty tired after 7.5 hours on the bus, so the first thing we did when we arrive was try to find somewhere to get a hot breakfast. It took a while to find somewhere, as nothing that we found seemed to be open, and anyone we talked to couldn’t think of anywhere, except McDonalds, that actually was open. By chance, we found an older man that said he was sure he knew of a restaurant that was open. He gave us great directions because we were there within 10 minutes. It was a real English breakfast, complete with red and black pudding (I didn’t eat it, though). It felt so good to have a hot breakfast in us. Our breakfast ended up keeping us full for the whole day. We then walked right into the heart of the city, and what a beautiful city it was! It was an old city, but absolutely gorgeous.

Edinburgh Castle
The Edinburgh Castle dominates, as it sits on the hill, overlooking the entire city. After we walked around some, we found a hostel (the Castle Rock Hostel) to stay the night in. We were able to lock our backpacks up until we came back later in the day (after checkout), so we unloaded our luggage, and then left again, knowing that we didn’t have to worry about finding a place to stay for the night. Our first stop was Edinburgh Castle. Through Irina’s flatmate, we had set up with his Dad a free visit. It was magnificent. It had amazing views of the city, and the castle was like nothing I’d ever seen before. We spent about an hour and half at the castle, then left to explore the city. We walked around the city, and up and down the Royal Mile, did some shopping (it‘s much cheaper than in London), watched firemen put out a big fire, and then walked up to the city observatory.
Edinburgh Castle
It was beautiful. After climbing up and downs steps and stairs all day, though, I decided to nickname the city ‘the city of steps’.

After we left the city observatory, we went looking for a place to eat dinner. We decided on the Hard Rock Café, however it was extremely busy, so we gave them our name as a reservation, then went for another walk. Once we got back to the restaurant, and were seated, we were starving. We ate, then headed back to our hostel. On our way back to the hostel, we came upon a young, good-looking bagpiper playing with a couple of drummers. Street entertainment! They sounded really great. We were the first to stop and listen, but soon after the crowd got bigger and bigger, and people were dancing inside the semi circle that had formed around the performers on the sidewalk.

Edinburgh
By then, an old, drunken man had come by and started dancing, but kept losing his balance and started falling all over the place. He had obviously fallen somewhere else already, as he had a fresh gash scrape on his head that was bleeding. It was so funny though. Everybody was laughing and clapping and cheering. It was such a great experience.

We had an amazing day. We had great weather and the city was absolutely beautiful, offering all the good shops of a big city, but feeling so small- somewhere you feel comfortable, and a place where you wouldn’t get lost. It had a vibrant and relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, although there were tons of people (and lots of tourists) The people of the city were incredibly friendly and helpful and funny (plus, they had great accents). It was just a great city, one which I absolutely loved. I found it to be the complete opposite of London (although I still love London). I can’t wait to go back.

Please see my separate blog on Edinburgh :)

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The Scott Monument
The Scott Monument
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Looking out the castles front door
Looking out the castle's front door
Street entertainment
Street entertainment
Doing the old man dance
Doing the old man dance
Part of the Royal Mile
Part of the Royal Mile
Edinburgh
photo by: vances