Edinburgh - Scotland, United Kingdom

Edinburgh Travel Blog

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Sitting on my first bus in Edinburgh. Very close to the driver so he can yell at my stop. I have since gotten better with the bus here. Just follow where you are on the map... that is my advice.

Verry nice last minute sleep at Danny's. Plus, I had Internet and a computer to use. If you read th is through my CS profile... thanks a lot my friend.

I headed back to the bus stop where I had come from the night before. I caught the 12.10 (it fet so nice to sleep in after that crazy tour haha) bus to the airport. My flight left on time, and I was headed to Edinburgh, the place where Harry Potter was born :)

I checked into my hostel. I could have taken a 15 min taxi to my hostel, but I opted for the much cheaper 2.50 pound all day bus ticket. I had to go into town from the airport, then back to my hostel, then back into town to explore. This proved to be a good idea because I got to see a lot of scenery I otherwise would not have seen.

Had to get myself in a shot with it.
Plus, I had the bus pass to get to the town center again and back home that night.

When I got into town around 18.00 I went to do the tour of The Real King Mary's Close. Luckily I arrived when I did too because I got the last spot on the last tour that day (21.00). In the meantime I set out to find Jo's cafe where she wrote (some of them anyway) my favorite books of all time, the Harry Potter series. I found it finally!!! I knew this, of course, but it was still hard to see it as a damn Chinese restaurant. If only I could buy them out one day and restore it's brilliance....

Also, the Fringe festival is going on here (which explains the hostel booking troubles). There are loads of "acts" going on around town for tips. Some of them are VERY good. Of course they kinna have to be if they want to make any money dont they? I wore my daypack in front to prevent a pickpocketer's deligh.

Sad, but all she gets is a plaque here.
With so many distractions premade for them, I had to be careful.

I got back to the King Mary's Close for the tour a bit early so I just hung out in the gift shop. The tour guide dressed the part of a child in the 17th century. We weren't allowed to take photos in the Close, but I HAD to snap one once everyone had left Annie's room (with all the dolls peopel have left for her over the years). I would go into the story here, but I would rather you look it up yourself :) This was a very informative tour. Sad to think of how many people were isolated to avoid spreading the plague too. This is especially so since the guide said that the spread of the plague was actually caused by being bit by fleas tracked in by rats. Also hard to imagine people tossing their "waste" our onto the street below twice a day haha.

These are the dolls people leave for Annie. Her family had to leave her behind in this home because she had the plaque and they didnt want it to spread. They had given her a doll for companionship, but she lost it.

It was back to the hostel in the rain with no rain jacket or umbrella after the tour. The umbrella Maw Maw Royce gave me before I left wasn't made to withstand the Irish winds haha. I am warm and showered now back in the hostel. Time for bed I suppose. Early breakfast and checkout in the morning (I am moving to a hostel closer to town, yipee!)

.....I will post the photos from today as soon as I find a compter that allows access to the CPU. I asked the guy about it and he said they had a problem with people uploading viruses. Dirty bastards.

cmari11 says:
Haha, well I am sorry I kept you up! Get some rest, then come back and check it out hahha. Glad you are enjoying it.
Posted on: Aug 22, 2008
brendamarino says:
So excited, I missed about 2 hours of precious sleep to read and look at everything you have. It is great and so exciting. Love to you,Aunt Brenda
Posted on: Aug 21, 2008
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Sitting on my first bus in Edinbur…
Sitting on my first bus in Edinbu…
Had to get myself in a shot with i…
Had to get myself in a shot with …
Sad, but all she gets is a plaque …
Sad, but all she gets is a plaque…
These are the dolls people leave f…
These are the dolls people leave …
The young guy in the green is a co…
The young guy in the green is a c…
The sign to Mary Kings Close
The sign to Mary King's Close
This must be like our Dollar Store…
This must be like our Dollar Stor…
This is where it all began!!!
This is where it all began!!!
Inside of the renovated old Nichol…
Inside of the renovated old Nicho…
The Fringe festival is going on he…
The Fringe festival is going on h…
This was my tour guide for the Mar…
This was my tour guide for the Ma…
I had the lower bunk there in the …
I had the lower bunk there in the…
My first hostel in Edinburgh
My first hostel in Edinburgh
The Royal mile in Edinburgh
The Royal mile in Edinburgh
Street acts.
Street acts.
Another act, but I had to get a sh…
Another act, but I had to get a s…
This guy was amazing. He was produ…
This guy was amazing. He was prod…
Another act.
Another act.
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photo by: vances