My lovely gals, Anna and Lori! At Mojos cocktail bar Edinburgh!
So there'd been a meet up organised in Edinburgh for August which I couldn't make but it had fallen through anyway. So as I'd planned on heading to Edinburgh, I set up a new forum to meet locals of the area. Well in the end we only had 3 locals of Scotland and none of them from Edinburgh!! Haha. It was pretty much the London crew, in Edinburgh. We're good at that! So most of us met at the hostel bar at 4pm where Derke and his fellow Irishman Bryan were having a drink. Was great to see Derek again after partying with him in Paris back in July.
The boys were all staying around to watch the football, so the rest of us headed to Mr Modo's, the bar I'd chosen for the meet.
Chillin out at the Meet!
It was hard to organise, as there weren't any people from Edinburgh coming to the meet up, so I'd emailed the hostel asking after some decent bars in the area. Mr Modo's was suggested and after checking them out online I thought it seemed an ok venue. A 10 minute walk from the hostel and 3 minutes by cab into the clubbing area. I'd spoken to the manager on the phone who'd explained it was a 3 levelled bar, and we could have the bottom section to ourselves. When I'd enquired about food he said he could put on free platters of sandwhichs and some bowls of crisps. Score! Free food is always good! Especially in snack form, doesn't affect the flow of drinking the way a meal does.
It was a good turn out, once the boys had watched their game of football and joined us.
Matt and Derek - 'Why so serious??'
I think we had about 20 odd people. Most I'd met before, except for Susanne and Susheel, Matthew, Andre, Brett and Mark. We enjoyed the 2 for 6 quid cocktails, except for Mark and Matthew. I recommended the midori cocktails as they were delicious but the boys complained that the glasses were too 'feminine'. I supposed they were martini glasses filled with lime green booze. Haha. The music wasn't that great when we first got to the bar, but through out the evening it progressed to some higher quality tunes. The manager kept checking on us to make sure we were having a good time, I think he would have done anything for us, he was a pretty decent guy.
Ashley organised a round of shots for everyone after collecting some coins and we enjoyed our group shooters.
Kisses for an Irishman!
Me and the girls enjoyed taking provocative photos, normally taken on Dereks camera to embarras him. His had died though - bugger! He enjoyed all the attention however!! It was a good evening, chatting to everyone, people you hadn't seen in awhile or even met before. Brett had decided to take up the challenge of drinking the '10 beers from around the world.' Manage all 10 and you get a shirt! This was on top of the drinks he'd already consumed. I think Andre was trying to achieve the 10 aswell, but he got a lil messy. By the end of the night both he and Brett were smashed and Brett had to go home. Champion - he only last about 4 hours with us but he won the shirt!
The bar called us some taxis so we could hit up a club. The Three Sisters had been suggested many times on the forum so we thought we'd check that one out.
Tongues were a popular theme that night.
It was clost ot many others so we always had options. It was a decent club, just the music let it down. A bit to much 90s revival. We had a good time dancing around to some cheesy songs for ahwile, Lori almost wetting herself with excitement when the Spice Girls came on. Eventually it was Matthew who suggested we find somewhere else, with some decent music. One of Anna's friends had met up with us and her friend suggested the club Espionage. So we tried that place. Too many stairs and levels - we got lost a few tiems before finding the decent bar area where we sat and stood around drinking and chatting for ahwile.
Then it was time to dance. Anna, Lori, Ashley, Derek, Mark, Bryan, Susheel and Susanne were the main ones I remember who hit the dance floor and were there for almost 3 hours straight.
Somethings always funny when this blokes around!
We had a great time dancing, the music was great, lots of classics, indie and the odd random (MmmBop??) thrown in! I was being fought over by two 18 year olds which was hilarious. Lucky Lori saved me with a 'She's mine!' Although that may have just encouraged them further. Haha. We had a great time, it was good to just be dancing. Derek was throwing me around like a rag doll and as a group we were all enjoying it. By then some peopl had disappeared, which is still a good effort for a meet up for most people who came at the start to stick around for so long.
Eventually the last song was played and it was time to head back to the hostel. We were all keen to catch a taxi, but as we walked towards the direction of our hostel it was becoming clear that taxis were a rare sight after midnight in Edinburgh.
Meet Up crew in Mojos!
There just didn't seem to be any!! So we thought ok, we'll walk it, lets have a munchies stop in a Kebab joint though. Well they were all closed =( Bugger! It was almost 4am by the time we made it back, my feet sore, everything else freezing cold. We got back to find Bondy, Derek and Bryan still up. Matthew was passed out in bed, Ashley was MIA and we were exhausted. It was a bit of a panic about Ashley but eventually she turned up, and there was a panic with the lockers and half our stuff was strewn across the floor. No biggie, was just Matthew in his drunken stupor looking for stuff, but in my drunken stupor I thought my passport and CDs had been nicked. Hahaha. Too funny. I was happy to finally climb into bed and get warm. Getting up early was going to be cruel!
Cemetry near the Gardens
I enjoy going to new cities and countries to have a good time but also to get to know the place and learn a bit about the history. Lori and I were both keen to go on a free 'New Europe' walking tour of the city in the morning so I'd put it up on the Meet-Up forum to see if anyone else was interested in coming with us. Most people were, except for Bondy who likes to see his cities through booze hazed eyes. He stayed in bed. Haha.
The tour is a popular job for backpackers and other travellers living in a certain city. Our tour guide Liam was an energetic Canadian guy, rather cute and very funny who had a detailed knowledge and obvious passion for the city. So we enjoyed our tour as he took us through the most historic parts of the old town. Down the Cowgate and Grassmarket, past St Giles Cathedral, which does not have a Bishop in residence.
Our tour guide Liam at the memorial headstone for Bobby!
This was impressed upon us as to qualify for city status, a city must have a Cathedral and a Cathedral is defned by having a Bishop in residence. Haha, never mind.
There was also the Heart of Middleothian, a heart made in the brick work which is where an old prison used to be. It is the only place in Edinburgh where you are allowed to spit as it represents the desire for freedom from an opressive government, which back in the day was probably very unjust to those who were sent to prison. We also learnt of the famous murdered Burked and Hare, we heard the history behind many famous pubs, the birthplace of Harry Potter, the school which J.K Rowling drew inspiration from for the legendary Hogwarts and the beautiful story of Greyfriars Bobby.
Beautiful, clear, FREEZING day!
A dog that sat at the side of his masters grave for many years after his master death until the dog eventually passed away, and of the groundskeeper that befriended and fed Bobby.
There was the Castle aswell and we even had a lunch break. The tour guides take us to an area where if you mention that you're part of the tour, you can get a cheap burger and beer. That suited us fine. I wasn't that hungry but doubted I'd be eating until sometime tonight so a cheap feed and beer was a good idea.
We learnt so much on this tour, it was hard to absorb it all, but it gave me a fascination and respect for the city, its history and it's past and present inhabitants. At the end of the tour it was time to tip the tour guide. The New Europe company runs on a tip basis.
For three hours you can tip how ever much you feel, depending on how happy you were with the tour. I mean the attarction of it is that it's free, but when someones doing something for minimu wage - or free and put in such a good effort and have learnt so much so as that they are able to inform as well as entertain they're group, there's no way you'd be able to walk away without tipping. It's not a bad little deal, if there were say 20 people and everyone put in a minimu of 5 quid, and a tour guide does 2 tours a day, it's not a bad way of earning a living!!
We all split up from there, Anna and I doing some souvenier shopping, the guys heading off to watch some football. We were all to meet back up at about 4pm at the hostel bar to make our way to Mr Modos, location for the Meet-Up at 5pm.