Edinburgh castle

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

 Since we booked our flight out of Scotland with Ryan Air we had to print out our own boarding passes (pain in the butt!) or we would have to pay extra at the airport. We aked the hostel owner where we could print from and she really didn't know so we went to an information centre and they put us on the right track. We went to a internet shop and tried to print both our boarding passes for the flight to Dublin and then for the flight from Dublin to Germany as we had also bought those tickets. For some reason (that would later cause me (Jackie) a huge headache) we weren't able to login to manage our second booking, but we printed the one we needed for the next day and decided to deal with the other one later.

 We then headed to the castle. We were told that tickets to the castle were 15 pounds each, which is quite steep, but since your here you can't not go. We walked through the castle for most of the day taking pictures and reading about the history of how Scotland freed itself from British control. At one spot in the grounds they've built a memoral for scottish people who served in the wars and lost their lives, in this section you're not allowed to take pictures out of respect to the people. Well, I hadn't seen the sign and wasn't even really thinking and snapped a shot of James (I didn't even want a picture of anything in the place I was just snapping a shot) and of course the flash went off to make it worse and the grumpiest attendent just happened to be standing there and scolded me and told me no pictures. I apologized (sincerely too since I really didn't even realize) and the guy snapped back "ya right!"...oops, what a jerk. 

 The castle was good but I don't think it's worth 15 pounds. Our hostel owner later told us that they had been raising the prices 1 pound each year to LOWER the number of people who go there. We can't remember why but they don't want many visitors; but apparently the high cost isn't detering people!

 When we left the castle we went through some of the shops and stores and managed to pick up a few things for back home. It then started to rain so we ended up getting stuck inside of a mall just as we were going to leave and so we went to the food court and had our first fish & chips of our trip; it was not as good as I thought but it didn't come in newspaper and we got it in a mall food court so thats probably why.

 We then wandered down through the streets again to find a couple free museums. It was getting close to 5pm though and we figured they would probably be closing anyway. We found the people's story museum but the top floors were closed so we only saw a couple figures by the entrance. We were really on the lookout for the children's museum where the guy at the hostel told us they had a big collection of old toys from past years. When we finally found it though it was indeed though and we were kind of bothered with ourselves because the internet place we had been to earlier was just around the corner from it!

 We called it a day then and went back to have supper and pack for our flight to Dublin to see Karen & Bill!!!
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