Edinburgh, my Valentine
Trip Start Jan 26, 2007
21Trip End Jul 23, 2007
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I took a lot of pictures of the castle and the big volcanic rock that it sits on. The scottish 'mountains' are very beautiful, coloured with pastel sort of shades in yellows and purples. I spent a few hours at the the portrait gallery, meandering and daydreaming. I also went to the Storytelling Centre and joined the "Scotland Reads" event (taking on "Kidnapped" by the amazing Scottish writer, Robert Louis Stevenson). I've also been to the georgeous national library, located on George IV bridge - so ornate and beautiful inside, it could almost be a museum itself. I love where I'm staying too, Brodie's Hostel. It is aweomse. Right next to The World End pub (a marker to where the old city limits used to be). Albeit, no longer at the edge of civilization, it was a little hard to find on foot in the dark from the bus station after a 17 hour ride.
Walking everywhere (as Charles Dickens rightly said 'it's the best way to see a place'), I climbed up to the Edinburgh Castle. At the top, I got a great view of the surrounding area. I went to the St. Giles church just a little ways down from the castle.
To give my walking legs a rest and gain some distance around the city, I bought a day pass on the bus and rode from one end of the city to the other. I was surprised at the Ocean, it was actually quite industial where I landed. I was expecting more beach, so I took the bus towards the Portobello beach. I saw a lot of the city and a great view of the hills from the outskirts.
I consulted a map and readily found no less than fifteen nearby golf courses! How much better could this place be?... Yes, I am falling deep in love with Edinburgh.
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