Friday, November 6, 2009

Welcome to Edinburgh

       Today was quite the adventure.  The night bus turned out to be miserable.  I (who never gets car sick) felt sick within the first 30 minutes, my legs were too long for the seat, and I was freezing for the entire 9-hour bus.  Even Abby, who is ALWAYS hot, was freezing cold.  However, once we had arrived everything was so much better.  We got to Edinburgh at 8AM so nothing was open.  Therefore, we went to McDonalds for some hot chocolate to warm us up and so we could change/freshen up.  I won’t lie…we all felt a little homeless.  After McDonalds we went to our hotel and were stoked that they let us check in early and they gave us a handicap room that was huge.  We then headed to the Edinburgh Castle.  My favorite thing was probably the crown jewels or coronation stone.  The only down side was that it was pretty cold.  As a result of the cold, we headed to The Elephant House (aka the café where J.K. Rowling wrote some series) for lunch and hot chocolate.  I enjoyed a delicious cup of “Mallows Delight” hot chocolate.  After lunch we decided to go take a much needed power nap at the hotel.  On the way to the hotel we shopped in a few stores along Grassmarket.  I was really excited about the prank store and the group of guys I found outside of it.  To our surprise, workmen were just finishing installing a brand new plasma screen T.V. when we got to the room.  We all fell dead asleep within five minutes and slept for a solid 2 hours.  Never have I appreciated a bed and a blanket so much. 

Homeless @ McDonalds

On the Castle grounds

Edinburgh Castle 

Lunch at The Elephant House

Cup o' Mallows Delight

Birthplace of Harry Potter

Scottish Studs 
       After our nap we snacked on some of our food in the room and then headed out to walk along the Royal Mile.  We stopped in a few shops and then decided to go on an underground ghost tour of Edinburgh.  We met our guide, who was quite the character, at about 8 PM and then headed around the city and into the vaults until about 9:30 PM.  The tour was really interesting and even a little creepy.  As it turns out, there is a whole underground city made up of vaults/tunnels in Edinburgh that was always thought to have been a myth, but then was discovered in 1980.  Kacey and Annie we both tired and went back to the hotel, but Mandi, Laura, Annie, and I decided to check out a music bar our good friend Rick Steeves recommended.  After Whistle Binkies we stopped for Steamers at Starbucks and then headed back to the hotel.

Underground Tour

In the Vaults

Music at Whistle Binkies

Outside Whistle Binkies

Spitting for Good Luck

Steamers with Abs

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