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We did a sight seeing tour in the bus this morning with a local guide. It finished up at the Castle which Peter loved. Fortunately we were there pretty early so managed to wander around before the crowds got too thick. We then had free time to wander through the city. We spent the first couple of hours strolling through Princess gardens, much more relaxing then struggling through ...
... museums of a country and its culture I’ve been to in my
travels around the world. While the older wing that covers pretty much
everything else seems to display a little of this and a little of that without
any central theme, the Scottish side is very carefully curated and extremely
detailed in most aspects of Scotland’s culture and history.
Rather little mention is made, though, of the last three
centuries plus of ...
... and the exterior of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, didn't go in though. Then walked up a path near Holyrood (sailsbury craigs) for a good view of the city. Came back down, ate small dinner at hostel, went on evening "dark side" tour, which went through cemeteries, back alleys, ect. Learned about various murderers, bands of theives, cannibals, ect. In the late 18th and 19th centuries, the University of Edinburgh's medical department needed bodies ...
... to the Dark Lord.
With the Harry Potter geeks in us satisfied it was time to leave this incredible city and return to our 'real' life in Amsterdam. We had to say goodbye to the city which included one last photo opp with Edinburgh Castle. And with that we were off to the airport. ...
... This is by no means an exhaustive list of things I wanted to join, as I couldn't find the Bell Ringer, or the Icecream or Baking societies.
The afternoon was not complete until Amali (a lovely girl from Paris who is studying physics with me) and I had scaled the rock climbing wall in the campus gym 3 times and I'd made us smoothies from a bike-powered blender.
The evening saw me at a rehearsal with the Music Society in which we did Handel's Messiah (Harlerloogah... again...) and ...