The Stevenson House
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Pets allowed
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... that we needed, including the directions to the Royal Mile and Princes St. We were already all booked for "The Real Mary King's Cross Tour" at 9pm, but that's when we expected to roll in late, around 8pm because we were booked to do some Gorge Scrambling at the Torridon before we left.
But, alas, Bounce Below last week, plus lots of wheat and dairy and much less water than I'm accustomed to drinking has caused me to struggle with a tendinitis flare ...
... mobs of group tourists shuffling up the hill towards the castle were threatening. I asked a security guard about less crowded times of day. He told me late afternoons were generally less mobbed, but there was a cruise ship with 4,000 passengers in the port of Leith that day so it could be heavy crowds throughout. I made a quick turnabout and decided to return close to 4:00 to spend the last two hours before closing hopefully surrounded ...
... spooky. We stood in the exact spot where city members used to torture accused witches to try and get a confession out of them. After leaving I couldn't shake off the feeling of being watched.
I took tons of dark pictures to see if I could capture anything on film (just for fun, even if you're a non-believer you never really know do you?). I couldn't find anything but maybe you can:
... unpacking. The view from my window is over Arthur's Seat, and is very pretty. Dinner was full of new people and finding our way around the dining hall. I was asleep at 7.
Sunday morning was early - woke up at 5 and finally connected to the internet to Skype with some people back home. Went down to the dining hall at 8 to find that it wasn't open until 9, so walked down the road to get my bearings a bit within the city. After breakfast, I went to the homeware store to get a lamp ...
Had to say goodbye to my grandparents, and jumped on the train bound for Edinburgh. The train seats were comfortable enough, but there was little leg room between two people (I was at a table seat so was opposite someone else), and there was someone next to me sleeping I didn't want to disturb and get up, so I could hardly move. Honestly, think airplanes have more room than these did. Luckily it was only 3 hours. Arrived in Edinburgh and ...