Edinburgh - Scotland, United Kingdom
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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.
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.
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.
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.