Thursday night Jordan, Shelby, Katie and I took the train (for the first time!) to Edinburgh, Scotland. We had booked a hostel, but they emailed us saying that they had moved us to apartments instead. I had no idea what we were in for until we got there. Our place had a full kitchen, living room, bedroom and TWO bathrooms, all for the same price as the hostel we had booked! After freaking out about how awesome it was, we decided to go out to a casual pub. We wandered and thought we found a good one… until we walked in and realized it was a gay pub. After about 5 seconds and many weird stares, we left and found a different one.
Friday we got up early and checked out the town
. We went to the Scott Monument and the Edinburgh Castle, but we didn’t go inside of either because you have to pay for them. We tried to go to the Grassmarket, but it wasn’t set up when we went so we found some cool vintage shops instead. We also went to see the statue of Greyfriar’s Bobby. Bobby was a dog who’s owner died, but he was so loyal to him that he sat by his owner’s grave every single day until he eventually died 14 years later. After that, we did some shopping and picked up groceries to make dinner in our kitchen. We tried to make it as fancy as we could (including toilet paper napkins!). That night we went out to the pubs again… including 2 more gay pubs… oops!
Saturday we went on a tour through the Highlands. Our tour guide was hilarious making the whole trip very enjoyable. The highlands are soo beautiful! The water was really calm, giving the mountains a clear reflection. On the tour we also went to the Castle Menzies, which was not very impressive. It was mostly just small empty rooms and doesn’t come close to Harlaxton’s beauty. We also went to a whisky distillery… free sample baby! haha I’m not really sure how anyone can enjoy drinking that… There were a lot of people from around the world on our tour and we got to know some guys from Sweden, which was really cool to learn about their culture
. After the tour, we had to catch our 15 hour train/bus ride home. Our journey was very eventful and consisted of a train ride, a bus ride and a nine hour break until our next train back to Grantham. Our first train ride was fine, but when we got to our next stop there were two busses and a TON of people waiting to get on them. We knew we wouldn’t make it onto the first bus so we ran over to the next bus praying we would get on. If not, we would have to buy a taxi to the next train station. As the bus was filling up I knew we would be cutting it close. I felt like we were on the titanic sinking and this was the last life boat! We were the LAST four people to get on the bus, but thankfully we made it. We thought we would have to sleep in the train station, but on the bus we started talking to a couple really sweet girls. They lived in the town that we were staying in and offered to help us find a cheap hotel. We looked at a couple, but they were full and finally found a cheap bed and breakfast that had room. We didn’t want to stay there though because there were some creepy guys in the attached pub and it seemed kind of sketchy. The girls then offered for us to stay at their house! We took them up on the offer and they brought us pillows and blankets and let us sleep on their couches. We exchanged contact information and they said they would tell us some great places to travel and hopefully we can see them again!
Class last week was pretty rough
. I had an exam on Tuesday, a book to read by Wednesday and I had another exam on Friday. However I did find time for some fun stuff. I went to The King’s Speech on Tuesday night with the two other girls from my family. It was really good and is about King George VI, so that’s kind of like studying, right?
As for the weekend, I just hung out, tried to book some of my trips, and get some homework done. Sunday my family took Jessica and me to Stratford. We went to Shakespeare’s birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shakespeare’s grave, and of course a little shopping. It was fun and cool to see where he grew up. They had a pasty shop in town too, so I had to get one! Yummm. Also, it was nice to get out and do something other than a meal with my family.
I am planning to go to a sword dancing and clog dancing show tonight, which I’m sure will be interesting to see. I have a big British Studies exam on Wednesday, so I’ll be busy studying for the next couple days. Finally, Thursday morning I’m off to Madrid, Spain with Lyndsey!!!
Scotland was incredible! There is really no way to describe how amazing my weekend there was, but I’ll do my best!