Another exciting day in Edinburgh!

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Aysha and I in front ofthe castle
Aysha and I had finally gotten some sleep at this point, and were ready to go out all day. All you really need to sleep is something remotely soft to lie on, and something that slightly resembles a blanket or pillow. It's surprising how much you can improvise in this area, however, and still sleep well.

First stop: Edinburgh Castle. Jessica was nice enough to take the day off school to take us up here. After climbing up the windy, cobblestone streets, we reached the castle. We took a guided tour, but I didn't really pay attention because it was too much trouble to listen through the guide's thick Scottish accent. The castle was beautiful, and much different than any castle I'd seen before. As I mentioned, everything here is much darker. And the views from inside were fantastic! We spent a good amount of time wandering in and out of the museums inside the castle, and even attended a little show that was supposed to be about ghost lore.
Who knew rocks could be so pretty?
.. Instead these two guys with bad Irish and French accents came out and said they were ghosts... they started picking out people to be witches, and they picked me! Jessica and Aysha thought this was hilarious, but I had to go up there, and they made me sing a song about Halloween, and wear a witch hat and sit on a broom, and told me how ugly I was. It was slightly damaging. Then they gave the little kids lollypops for going up there, but didn't give me anything because I'm too old, I guess. It was terribly sad.

After the castle we walked down to St. Gils' (or was it Giles'?) Church, and looked around inside, and some other supposedly famous sights that I don't remember. Ha. I think at this point we were so wrapped up in conversation about all the cultural differences we'd been experiencing that we kind of lost our agenda.
One of the museum-y rooms
There was so much to compare between both halves of California, the US generally, Italy, England, and Scotland that we were bursting to share with someone that we were happy to be able to tell each other about our surprises and adjustments.

Inspired by Scotland, Aysha and I suggested that we rent Braveheart to watch while we were there. No one else in the flat had seen it, so we planned a trip to rent it after we took Jessica out for dinner. We ate at a lovely Indian restaurant where I once again tested my unfortunate inability to eat spicy food. Man, I don't know how you guys all do it. Going to find Braveheart after this was kind of an adventure... I have yet to speak about Scottish weather.
One of the views from the top
It was supposed to rain the entire time we were there, and thank goodness it didn't, but it had started to by the time we left the restaurant as we were walking up the hill to find the movie. Another great surprise was exactly how cold and how strong the wind was. It's like all those commericals that try to show you how icy their breathmints are. That's how cold it felt. The wind was so intense that soon enough, umbrellas were out of the question. After running around to two DVD places we managed to grab a copy to bring back, but oh BOY did that weather make me happy that I'm not living in Scotland. As beautiful as it was, I don't think I'd be able to handle going outside into that on a regular basis.

Braveheart was pretty good, but I couldn't help but laugh that here were eight girls eating chocolate and watching all these guys slice each other's heads off. The movie was way more romantic than I thought... in a weird way... I cried a little bit... but I guess that's not saying much... It was sweet actually seeing it in Scotland though. I also had to read Macbeth this weekend for Shakespeare class, and I think there's probably no better place to do it!
kellz says:
you got picked to be a witch! hee hee!
Posted on: Nov 02, 2006
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Aysha and I in front ofthe castle
Aysha and I in front ofthe castle
Who knew rocks could be so pretty?
Who knew rocks could be so pretty?
One of the museum-y rooms
One of the museum-y rooms
One of the views from the top
One of the views from the top
The front again
The front again
View from a sneaky hole in the wal…
View from a sneaky hole in the wa…
Another gorgeous view from the cas…
Another gorgeous view from the ca…
This made me REALLY excited, seein…
This made me REALLY excited, seei…
Apparently Ben Lomond is a mountai…
Apparently Ben Lomond is a mounta…
The room where I got harassed duri…
The room where I got harassed dur…
A blurry picture of me being a wit…
A blurry picture of me being a wi…
The big pretty church in Edinburgh…
The big pretty church in Edinburg…
The organ inside the church. Jessi…
The organ inside the church. Jess…
Bagpipes Galore! YES! Sweetest sto…
Bagpipes Galore! YES! Sweetest st…
More dark buildings.
More dark buildings.
Arthurs Seek
Arthur's Seek
Recently obtained: a better pictur…
Recently obtained: a better pictu…
Edinburgh
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