Annnnnd we've arrived
Trip Start May 28, 2012
46Trip End Oct 24, 2012
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The end of our amazing adventure was finally drawing to a close as we got on the train to our last destination. In four short hours we would be in Edinburgh, Scotland where we hoped we would be able to start a new chapter of our lives. As soon as we passed the English/Scottish border it was obvious, blue sky and even some sunshine glared down from the heavens through the train windows. As soon as we got off the train Liz, Jason's long lost cousin instantly found us - the two mid twenties with massive bags weren't too hard to find apparently. We stepped outside into this amazing little city and just knew this was where we were meant to end up
First look at the house was pretty cool - looks like a house in Edinburgh should look. Old. Like four stories in a massive block of identical houses. We were very excited at our room that Liz had waiting for us. She so kindly gave up her house to us and in the end allowed us stay for the following month. It was a dramatic increase in size than we were accustomed to. Biggest room we have had the whole trip with large bay windows, a fireplace and more importantly drawers! I think that was the most exciting thing for Jamie and she promptly unpacked her bag into the dresser. We had some dinner with Liz and got settled and caught up on the all the goss of the past 19 years.
The first couple of weeks in the Burgh we were in heavy job hunting mode, sending out masses of CVs for very little love. We secured tickets to the upcoming All Black vs Scotland game which ended up being an amazing weekend catching up with friends who had made the journey up from London. We won too which made it all the better being in the 60,000 strong crowd of Scots. We have slowly gotten accustomed to living in Edinburgh - putting up with the everlasting roadworks (installing tram tracks - major job) throughout the entire city, the accents - especially on the phone are interesting, the giant hmmmm I dunno.. CASTLE that's located smack bang in the middle - which is stunning and, of course, the change in temperature! Our first shopping trip consisted on buying socks, ugg boots, slippers, dressing gowns, winter PJ's and a hot water bottle! All in all it hasn't yet been too bad weather wise. Getting used to seeing puddles frozen over, but walking on them and hearing that glass shattering crack is weirdly satisfying
After we both finally locked down some jobs, we moved into the 1st flat we looked at. It's on the cusp of a suberb called Leith and is not too far away from the ocean. Our flat has a sauna and a spa bath and a lot of room everywhere. Although our initial plan was to live by ourselves we decided to bite the bullet for a few more years and live with others to again, cut down the price. Therefore we live with a Spanish couple, an Aussie couple, an Irish lass and an English bloke. We have also had a half Polish half Italian couple come through but they didn't last long! Very cultural around here as you can imagine.
We've tried Haggis, climbed Arthur's Seat and even experienced Hogmanay - one of the most popular New Years Eve events in the world! There will be more of this touched on in the first entry of our new blog 'Taking on Europe' which can be found here: http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog/jasonandjamie/2/tpod.html
So from here we continue to get our lives back on track and we're back to bloody saving
Here is the obligatory bests of our trip... although trying to get it down to five was hard as we loved every minute!!
Our top five places:
Middle of nowhere on a scooter/bike (Nam/Laos)
Honourable mention: The whole of Vietnam, Islands and the North of Thailand
There is actually too many favourite places.... this list is getting ridic.
Our Best food:
Bun cha (Hanoi)
Kaya toast (Singapore)
Cao lau (Hoi An)
Baguettes (Nha Trang)
Fried Rice (Vang Vieng)
Honourable mention: for all the dumplings we ate and the New York deli sandwiches, felafel and Porchetta.