Hidden pies within a fortress

Trip Start Jul 26, 2005
Trip End Nov 01, 2005

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Monday, October 17, 2005

On the 15th we got up pretty early to give Paul and Kathy a goodbye.  They left sadly, and we got up to switch hostel's (as 16 people in a dorm is just chaos).  We stayed in the same hostel, but they owned another building across the road which we went into and it was a 4 bed Dorm.  This building was actually quite a bit nicer.  There we ran into a couple of girls that we met in Interlaken doing Canyoning.  - Hows that for a small world.  That night we went to the "Real Mary's Close" tour which is a part of Edinburgh that existed 400 years back, but its still intact underground (beneath the royal mile).  Once under it, it was amazing to see this medievil style street hundreds and hundreds of years old.  The plague ripped right through this area so the tour guide told us all about these spookey stories which were very interesting (and creepy at the same time).  The bubonic plague (also known as the black plague and spanish plague) was pretty violet with its victims which always left them dying in pain.  Mary (who the tour was named after), was one of the richer people which lived higher up  away from the sewage infested streets.  The slaves lived 8 in the size of my standard lounge room back home.  Lots of other interesting things i learn while here.  We came to one building underground which is apparently haunted by this little girl that is after her little doll.  In the room is a shrine of presents and hundreds of little dolls for her.  Very well preserved this underground city is!

On the 16th we woke up and went for a bit of a walk around Edinburgh.  First up we walked right up the entire length of the Royal Mile to where the Edinburgh Castle is.  We walked to the left of the castle first up and there's this huge wall with a little window hole in it and if you poke your head in, there's someone in there selling some yummy looking pastries! haha! BONUS!!  I spend 1.80 pound on a Steak Pie with sauce and a coffee which is pretty cheap compared to usual prices in UK.  Oh and it was so yum!  Nicest pies...  We walked up and went inside the castle's entrance and spent a couple of hours exploring the castle.  The top of the castle looks over the city and gives an awesome view of Edinburgh (being its highest point).  After exploring the castle it was such a nice day with blue skies, so we walked around the other side of town that we hadn't seen as of yet.  Matty and i bought some ear phones as both of ours had finally been ruined from sitting in the bottom our our backpacks! haha.  Life on the road without music, - i dont wanna think about it! haha...  From other area's in Edinburgh, you can see the castle just towering over the entire city like a huge fortress.  A really beautiful site :-)  We got our prescious pre-packed sandwitches, and ate them in the park.  Matty and i were laughing at how the 'pidgeon god'must make all the pidgeons randomly fly offf all at the same time before looping around back to where they were in the first place...  Was really wierd!  A bit of shopping for tea that night & the girls cooked it in the kitchen while me and matty sat out in the common room drinking our 24 slab Carlsberg we bought. haha!  Then again we did do the washing up after - so fairs fair!  We stayed out inthe common room with everyone else that night from the hostel to socialise.  Both the Dan's played UNO cards by themselves alone in the room (boring)!  Everyone out socialising got stuck into some drunken celebrity heads.  HAHA!  So funny, matty being Doly Parton and me being Little Mermaide which i could not get!  One of the guys got a bit too carried away with his port though and ended up ralfing his guts up in the hostel's hallway!  

On the 17th - it was time to skip the country and get over to see some 4 leave clovers in Ireland!  So we made our way to the airport as we weren't keen on swimming there from Scotland, haha!

Scotland has ben really great, its been different to alot of other countries i've seen throughout Europe.  The smell of the air is so crisp and clean, you definatly wont get this in most countries around the world.  The country is so clean and green.  When traveling in between towns it provides alot of beautiful scenery to look at.  Besides it raining constantly and being freezing its just a real amazing place that one must discover :-)  One i could see myself definatly returning to for a short period some day.

Well... its us 4 now backpacking our way to Ireland.  Matty's already had a bad start with loosing his favourite beanie.  haha - he realised on the plane that he left it on the bus...  Beanies are very sentimental to us aussies - so i feel his pain :-P haha!

Goodbye to 'Wee little' Scotland
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