Kilts and Funny Hats

Trip Start Jan 2008
Trip End May 2008

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Monday, April 14, 2008

So my next trip was to Scotland with my school. This meant that Becky would be joining trip this trip and Angela and I where overjoyed to have another travel partner. So we arrived by train from London and this time there where no real issues. I have to say this was probably one of our most successful long distance train rides. When we first arrived we waltzed into the hostel only to find that the entire group had to put down and deposit. Feeling a bit angry that I was not informed of this earlier and the simple fact that I only had 5 pounds on me at the time I snuck out without paying. I figured with such a big group as long as I don't ask for money back and steal someone else's no one will notice. It worked by the by. We then proceeded to just scope out the area and get a sense of things we wanted to see. We found a free tour and decided to take it. I didn't know very much about Scotland or Edinburgh so this seemed like our best bet for learning more. We woke up early and headed out for our tour. We walked around Scottish Parliament and St. Giles Cathedral. Edinburgh felt a lot like a giant hill and once we reached the top there was a great view of the rest of the city. Edinburgh Castle itself looked pretty impressive but due to money concerns we did not make it inside. We got to see the building off of which J.K. Rowling based Harry Potter and the Elephant House where Harry Potter was written. During the tour we stopped at a pub for some lunch where, at around 12:30PM, we saw a guy dressed as a pregnant man and someone dressed as Ozzy Osborne (sadly I do not have a picture]. We walked through the Greyfriars Cemetery which is supposably haunted and saw Grayfrars Bobby the famous Scottish dog that watched over his masters grave years after his death. After our tour we did some shopping and walking around the city. We came across three phone booths with three men in kilts. It was so funny and so Scottish that we just had to stop and take a picture of these unsuspecting men. It was off to the pub afterward for some food and a little to drink and then to the hostel for a good night sleep. The next day we headed of to the Scotch Whiskey Factory for there 11:00am tour cause it was less expensive. We learned how scotch is made and went on a silly looking ride about it. We then went to the National Museum Scotland where we saw a bunch on interesting Scottish artifacts and Dolly the sheep, yes she apparently was also from Scotland. We continued to walk around and shop till it was time to catch the train back to London. I do have to go back there and study you know, even though traveling is much more fun.
Love to my friends and family <3                      
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