Just arrived in Scotland, Edinburgh
Trip Start Jun 08, 2008
65Trip End Dec 08, 2008
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I flew from Dublin to Edinburgh, it was about an hour flight, delayed though so we were actually about an hour late arriving. It thought Amsterdam, was beautiful, then I thought Galway and Killarney were amazing but they all don't hold a candle to Edinburgh. The amazing architecture in and around the city is incredible. I know that a lot of the other cities in Europe are similar but Edinburgh is in a small space so it just looks that much more impressive. The city is really easy to walk. I got a couple free bus passes but haven't used them yet due to the fact that everything I wanted to see and do was pretty close.
I arrived at my hostel and so far the best one yet. It thought London was great and it was, but the Castle Rock Hostel is amazing. It over looks Edinburgh Castle and is amazing at night. Every room has a theme to it, I have seen the Underwear room, and The Chasity Room. I am currently in the Virginity Room and sleeping in the bed named Sandra Dee, Kind of a weird sense of humor around these parts.
First day is always the same, grab the jacket (because all it does is rain around here) and walk the streets just to figure things out.
The second day I was in the city I took in some of the sites that I was recommended to look at. I took in the Camera obscure Museum which was really cool. I have been kinda over whelmed with art from the 15 and 16 century so it was really nice to see something that was a little more contemporary. It was full of everything to do with photography, how it works, what can be done, and some amazing shots. Holograms, and eye tricks were throughout the entire exhibit.
After that I asked where the best view of the city was. One guy told me to climb the mountain around Edinburgh, but unfotuanlly it was a cliff that went straight up. Didn't have my climbing harness or shoes so thought I would head over to the Nelson Monument. A building that was erected for a sailor that was killed during the Battle of Trafalgar. As cool as the story was I really just wanted to climb the tower for the view of the city. I knew it would be a good one. A 172 stair winding stair case to the top of the tower resulted in the most spectacular site of Edinburgh. A 360 degree site of the small city. It was clear but a slight wind so it was a perfect day.
After I climbed back down I headed over to the National Gallery where they had an exhibit dedicated to Vanity Fair's History. It was free so I thought I should check it out. It was really cool seeing all the photos of the magazine including Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, right onto to Demi Moore, Princess Diana, Prince William and the Fire Fighters of 911. It was so glad I took the walk. Again a little more contemporary so right up my alley right now.
So far this was all in one day so I got a lot accomplished in small amount of time. I booked a tour of the Highlands of Scotland and the Island of Skye so I really only had 2 days to see everything.
That night I met a guy from North Carolina and he was heading out on a Ghost tour of the City at about 11:00pm. We went for a bite to eat and then checked it out. Edinburgh is known to be the most haunted city in Europe. With the history of the city I can see why. A lot of death, witch burning, torture, and the plague. We head over to the cemetery where there is believed to a poltergeist hanging out there. Since it was 11:00pm, really cold, and really windy it gotta kinda spooky. The tour guide was really interested, funny, and had a ton of energy. We led us into the tomb of a group of people that were tortured and eventually killed and they said that their ghosts still haunted the graveyard. After he finished the story and we exited the tomb they had some fool staged to jump out and scare everyone. As much as it was funny, it really took away from the history and story which he was so passionate about. It was kinda frustrating. It was scary and spooky enough without having some guy in a mask jump out at ya.
The next day was pretty basic. I got up and found a FREE, yes I said FREE 3 hour walking tour of Edinburgh. Joined that and learned about the history of the city. It was really interesting especially being Canada Day because, our country really had a big impact on Edinburgh. There is actually a 12X12 piece of land in the Edinburgh Caste that is proclaimed to be Nova Scotia, because the kings were tired of taking the boat to Canada to Knight and Crown people. That land still exists and they say if you have a baby on it, they are a Canadian citizen. Just don't know if they would let you give birth in the castle!!!!
Learned a lot more about the city including where J.K. Rolling lived while writing Harry Potter, the university that inspired Hogworth, and the train that took the students to a new year of wizardry.
Took a tour of the Vaults and underground city of Edinburgh in the evening which was kinda cool but not worth going into and called it a night after going out for Mexican with a couple people from the hostel. I know Mexican, but it was really freakin good to get Fajitas.
The next day I had to get up early to for my tour . . . . . . . .