Dark History and Daffodils!

Trip Start Jan 26, 2007
Trip End Jul 23, 2007

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

This past weekend, Vanessa (my friend from Italy who is now living in Dublin) and her Irish friend and I went out to some of the haunted walks. They were very interstesting and a little bit scary too. This whole Royal Mile area is old and dark and has some greusome tales about underground fires, famine and water rationing, murders, and ghosts.  The three of us went to a pub called Deacon Brodie's where I discovered that the real Deacon Brodie was once a well esteemed lawyer, and also a murdered (selling the bodies to doctors for medical education).  This man was portrayed in the famous book as Dr. Jekyll! 

There also is a pub on Hanover Street, called Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.  The place was really elaborately decorated with skeletons, and pictures of old scary movies.  We had a meeting there last night (part of the group I got my travel visa with called BUNAC) so I met quite a lot of Canadians and some other nice Australians and Americans as well.

I recorded on Tuesday that I had been in Edinburgh one full week. I had to work two jobs that day though so it was pretty much nose to the grindstone. At first I was really worried that I wouldn't find work but because I was job hunting very dilligently with no immediate success like I had in Brighton. I don't have a lot of money and was starting to worry it would be a repeat of London and I wouldn't find a proper job at all. However, it was really only three days before I had a job at The Mitre pub (just up the street from my hostel) and then at the Scottish Widows Bank. There are stories about both:

1. The Mitre is a pub was built over a bishops house in the early 1900s. There are stories that the location is haunted by the ghost of the dead bishop who is unhappy with his grounds not being kept sacred. Honestly, I got the creeps in the the basement on my first night before I even knew the tales. I always wanted to see a ghost but now I've changed my mind!

2. The story about the bank is well known around here. The trust was established for the wives of the church, preparation and security in the event that their husbands died before them. Some entrepreneur took over the business and opened the bank to everyone. The daughter of James Bond actor Roger Moore was the first spokeswoman for the Scottish Widows Bank. She was portrayed walking through the streets with a long cloak floating around her, apparently one of the most effective advertising symbols ever, the caption reading "You don't have to be Scottish or a widow to be at Scottish Widows" (or something like that). I'm really happy about my employment opportunities but I wonder if it will be cutting into my exploring time.

 I managed to make it to the National Gallery this evening. The displays were very rich in colour and the venue is right on Princess Street and The Mound (which leads up to the castle). Walking along the Princess Street Gardens I noticed that a lot of flowers were starting to bud and even bloom. The greatest sign of spring was when I saw the daffodils!

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