Edinburgh - Day 1
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The train pulled into Edinburgh station at around 10:00 AM and I was off to find my hostel. The one tricky thing I learned quickly about Edinburgh is that the whole city is on two different levels. If you're walking north, looking for a street that heads east, sometimes that street is below you or above you and you have to find a way to get to it! I eventually made my way to the hostel and checked in. There were two cute girls in my room, one from Denmark and the other from Slovenia. We talked for a bit, made plans to hang out later, and then I went to look around at the city. I grabbed lunch in a sub shop before heading up to Edinburgh Castle.
After that, I went to the ramparts and snapped some pictures of the city. Well, I wasn't being careful enough and I stepped into a hole, but managed to catch my balance by bracing myself against the rampart. Unfortunately, my camera also came down on the stone rampart, and came down hard. The lens was damaged beyond repair and the zoom was totally busted, rendering the camera useless...bummer. I asked for directions to a camera shop, but I knew it was not an easy fix. I decided to buy a new camera, because I did not want to miss out on all the picture opportunities, so if you like my photos you can thank me for shelling out the money to buy a new one! In all seriousness, there's no way I could have carried on and not taken photos.
I spent the rest of the day walking around Edinburgh before cooking up some dinner. After dinner, the girls and I wanted to check out the mysterious undercity of Edinburgh, so we went to St. Mary's Close. This is the name of the company and also the site. Now, some groups like this will take you on ghost hunts or whatever in Edinburgh, and those are great, but these guys actually take you underneath Edinburgh and allow you to see the old city underneath. So, for a couple quid we did just that.
It's a history lesson and an adventure in one. You do literally get to go under the current city of Edinburgh and see the old city underneath. This is the city of Edinburgh from hundreds of years ago that was abandoned and left to decay. Why exactly this happened I am not sure, some think it was the plague while others have other ideas. The tour takes you through the dark, narrow streets, into some of the old homes and tells you about the city in the time of the great plague. It was too dark to even take photos, but was an incredible experience!