Hi everyone! Sorry this post has taken a while, but I’ve been super busy.
So this past weekend I went to Edinburgh, Scotland for the weekend with two friends of mine. Unfortunately, since we all booked our flights on our own, we all ended up on different flights. Not so much because we all left at different times, just out of different airports. For the record, there are FIVE airports that serve London… who knew?
So last Friday once I got off of work, I navigated the tube at rush hour to a train, then took the train to Gatwick. Definitely not as easy to get to the airport in London as it is at home, especially at 5:30 in the afternoon. But everything managed to work out ok, and I met up with my friends at our hostel at around 11 that night. We stayed on the Royal Mile about a two minute walk from the Castle, so the location was absolutely perfect!
On Saturday we decided to go to the Whiskey tour. This was partially because it seemed interesting, but mostly because it was UNBEARABLY COLD that day. Surprisingly though, we ended up being pretty cool, and they ended the tour with a whiskey tasting. I gave it a shot, but I don’t think I could ever be a whiskey drinker… sorry dad.
After the Whiskey tour, we went back to the hostel and got ready to go out.
Word to anyone traveling in the UK: Just sign up for the pub crawl. It is a million times easier to pay someone 10 pounds to take you to bars and drink for free than it is to wander around an unfamiliar city like an idiot trying to find a place to go that is age appropriate and not insanely expensive. So take it from me; do the pub crawl.
The next morning we wandered around the city and escaped the royal mile for a while. There is so much old architecture woven in between more modern buildings.
To end the day, we finally caved and bought tickets to see the Castle. We figured you can’t go to Edinburgh and NOT go. The view from the top was AMAZING!
Since we had some time to kill at the end of the day before our flights home, we stopped by the Elephant House, which is technically the “Birthplace of Harry Potter”. Once J.K. Rowling confessed in an interview that she wrote the first few pages of “The Sorcerer’s Stone” there, the hole in the wall coffee shop turned into a tourist sensation. So while we had every intention of actually eating inside, after we saw the line almost out the door we opted to take a picture, then head over to the pub next door… Besides, five pounds for a latte is a bit ridiculous. But now I can say I’ve been there, so I guess that’s worth something?
Overall thoughts on Scotland: LOVE THE ACCENTS, and all the merchandise with Kenzie on it, but overall, its too cold. I had a fabulous time, but I was ready to come back to London.
The next trip on the agenda (for now) Is Dublin at the beginning of March. But hopefully something fun will pop up between now and then.
Until Next Time!