Starting off my adventure - Day 1
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April 26th, 2010 – by: signedcutie
By this time my first priority was to get my luggage and to try and contact someone from the Wild in Scotland tour so that I could figure out what I was going to do. Unfortunately, getting off the plane with just British pound bill and no change proved to be a disadvantage. I looked around and ask a couple of people about trying to buy a sim card for my phone; however, there was no places to purchase this at the airport. So I think I ended up buying a couple of things at a store in order to get some change and headed to the nearest pay phone that I could find. The interesting thing that I never knew and found out soon after, is that pay phones in the UK are quite expensive.
So after discussing with the tour representative about wanting to go on the Macbackpacker tour; which had already departed that morning, we figured out a plan that I would meet them at Pitlochy. Having no idea where that was or how I would get there, I walked around the airport trying to find someone to help me with this task. The tour representative told me that there was a information desk somewhere within the airport, so I asked around until someone informed me that there was a Welcome to Scotland information desk at the other end of the airport.
At the information desk I met this lovely, extremely helpful lady named Heather or Helen. I think it was actually Helen. She was extremely helpful. I told her that I needed to get a bus to Pitlochy by 1pm. It was now close to 11am. She quickly pulled up a bus map and gave me multiple routes in which I could take to either meet my tour group in Pitlochy or in Inverness. Unfortunately, in order for me to meet the group in Pitlochy by the timeframe I was given, I only had less then 10 mins to try and catch the bus.
At the travel desk Helen kindly greeted me and quickly helped me figure out a new plan. I had two options at that point, to take a 12 am bus from the city center terminal in Edinburgh, or a 2pm bus to Inverness. She also called the representative from Wild in Scotland and told him that I couldn't make it to Pitlochy. She also helped me figure out where to get a sim card once I got into Edinburgh. So next thing I knew I was off taking a bus towards Edinburgh to find a sim card and get to the main bus terminal in Edinburgh.
After arriving in town, I decided that I was going to take the opportunity to explore it a bit instead of rushing to Inverness. What was the point right? The tour wasn't going to get there until later that evening. So I bought a sim card and ended up calling the hostel to make sure that they received the call about me canceling my reservation.
So I walked around a bit and took a couple of snap shots on the way to the bus terminal. Once I got there, I spoke with the women at the ticket desk and she informed me of the price. I was a little shocked to hear that it was going to be close to 25 pounds for the ride. She informed me though that if I booked my ticket online, that it would be cheaper for me in the long run. I think I had just a little over an hour and a half to do this. I quickly got directions to the nearest internet cafe and made my way took book my tickets.
The internet cafe ended up being in a mall close to the bus terminal.
After this event and walking around a little more, I made my way back to the bus terminal to pick up my luggage and wait for the bus. As I was waiting for the bus, the elderly couple that I had previously asked for change, came up to me and gave me the rest of my change! I couldn't believe it.
After a little wait, I finally got onto to the bus going towards Inverness.
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