Hadrian's Wall, Jedburgh and Edinburgh

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Lovely morning in Ambleside

The previous night was partylicious it appears and the hostel didn't do us any favours. We woke up tired, late and some of us didn't have time to dress up properly. In a word, knackered! I wasn't feeling too well. Fiona and I went for a walk in the town. Pretty little town this Ambleside. I'd love to come back and spend more time here.

The bus left on time at 8am, only problem being that we were all tired and most of us fell asleep. Thankfully the driver (forgot his name) was quick to realise this and he stopped off at some place for a walk. As we were heading north into Scotland, I could feel the green sharply increasing. This was where I was starting to see the difference between England and Scotland. The northern part of England (near Scottish  borders) is very hilly and green.

Ambleside lake
Lots of sheep grazing, felt surreal. I was really liking this random-sheep-grazing-on-random-green thing. Little did I know that I'd be seeing it everyday in NZ in a few months from then.

Anyway, next stop was Hadrian's Wall. This was the largest wall construction that the Romans built. It didn't strike me as being tall as one would've hoped, to stop invasions and all. It looked pretty weak and "low" to be honest. But from a picture point of view, just so beautiful. I wholesomely recommend August as a good time to go. The grass is in full green, flowers in full bloom, very nice time to vist and appreciate. can be a bit cold though...

Hadrian's wall had aplenty opportunities for pictures. The height of the wall itself, the way the wall is constructed down the slope, and the lake and flowers around it.

nearing Scotland...
We were here for a good hour or even more before stopping off at the official border of Scotland and England. There was a touristy gimmick with a Scotsman complete with kilt and all playing the bagpipe, we all got fotos taken next to him.

Next stop was Jedburgh. This has some relevance with a Queen although I can't remember what...sorry! <g> It's got a lovely old cathedral and a church. This city reminded me a lot of DDLJ (Hindi movie) probably cos I found this city, rather town very Euro looking and not propah British. I don't know why, I just felt it.

More green, more fields and more hills later, and we finally landed in Edinburgh. I couldn't believe it's been 2 years since I've been here! The hostel we stayed in was gorgeous - St.

near the border of England-Scotland
Christopher's Inn (read my review). It was drizzling (what's new) but still lovely weather. We all settled into our rooms (F*** the climb up to the 4th floor, why in God's holy name don't these hostels have lifts?) and assembled downstairs for a late lunch/ early dinner.

We spent some time deciding on what to do (it's that time of the year, the FRINGE) and decided to go to a play. Some Aussie in the hostel recommended it to us. We all went for a shower, walk aorund the city, anything that tickled our fancy before meeting up at 7p and heading towards Royal Mile. Our first stop was an awful show "Mary Poppins and the Rise of the Londinium" which was plain awful. Big waste of time. The first time I've seen a standup play where I've had to start counting the minutes before it got over! We were all rather disappointed, we headed for some wine and got back for a 2nd play, this time a nice humorous stand up comedy by an upcoming Adelaide comedian.

Hadrian's Wall Estate
it was real fun.

By the time this got done, it was nearing midnight and a lot of us were tired. So we headed to the hostel. I had to do my laundry. We all called it a night, a lot of us just needed to replenish ourselves. Thank God we had a free day.

As I slept that night, I looked out our hostel room. I had Russell, Whang and Charlie Jr as roommates. My room had a lovely view of the Waverly station building, as well as Princess Street. August is a beautiful time to be in Edinburgh. There's sthg  about this city that I just love, I don't know what. But I know it felt great to be back. Walking back from the play was an experience, the city comes alive during Fringe. It's like the city just never sleeps. I couldn't wait to do more sightseeing of Edinburgh the next day. Shame it also looked like I was catching a fever!

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Posted on: Jul 09, 2010
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Lovely morning in Ambleside
Lovely morning in Ambleside
Ambleside lake
Ambleside lake
nearing Scotland...
nearing Scotland...
near the border of England-Scotland
near the border of England-Scotland
Hadrians Wall Estate
Hadrian's Wall Estate
around Hadrians Wall
around Hadrian's Wall
around Hadrians Wall
around Hadrian's Wall
around Hadrians Wall
around Hadrian's Wall
The mighty Hadrians Wall
The mighty Hadrian's Wall
Goodbye England!
Goodbye England!
Jedburgh
Jedburgh
Jedburgh
Jedburgh
After watching an awful play at Ed…
After watching an awful play at E…
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