A Day in Edinburgh!

Trip Start May 01, 2010
Trip End May 24, 2010

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Today we ended up getting up fairly early considering the night before, but we were catching a bus into the downtown part of Edinburgh, and we didn't want to miss out! We got off the bus right smack dab in the middle of the city and basically had a free day to do whatever we wanted. Bridget had suggested to us a tour of the underground part of the city, and told us we had to pre-book at a tourist office, so that was our first stop. When we got there to book, no one remembered the name of the tour, so we got the lady working there (who was Polish, strangely enough) to help us. We booked the one that sounded the most interesting for later that afternoon, and then headed off to Edinburgh castle.
Edinburgh itself is AMAZING. One of my top five favourite cities ever, for sure. It's just the most perfect mix of old and new. Just gorgeous. We walked up the Royal Mile to the castle and bought our tickets. The castle itself was alright. It looks really cool on the outside, but it honestly wasn't all that spectacular on the inside. The crown jewels were underwhelming as well, not only in comparison to the English ones, but it's just a long winding buildup as you walk to them, but then they just didn't live up to the hype.
We had lunch at a weird little basement cafe, and discussed Australian wildlife (for the first time; this conversation would come up every single day from this point on, along with the comparison of Canadian vs. Australian vocabulary).
We then met at the church for this underground tour thing we had booked. Well, turns out this was nothing like the one Bridget had suggested. This was some haunted building, apparently, which began with a tour of a room full of torture devices. It was just strange. Alex (g) and I ended up chickening out before the tour of the actual 'haunted' part started. I don't believe in ghosts, like I said before, but this was just too weird for me. I felt stupid for doing that, but whatever, I didn't feel comfortable in there.
We just did some more wandering around after everyone else finished up the tour, we went to some cool art gallery, but only got about 15 minutes to explore it, because it was closing up for the day. We decided to walk back to the hotel instead of taking the bus, which was a good 20-25 minute walk. I loved the walk, it was so cool to see stuff, and the weather was really nice, but not everyone appreciated the walk. Haha.
Supper was at the restaurant of the hotel tonight, which was good, but it just felt so heavy, and was hard to stomach. All of the food on this tour tended to feel that way! Tonight was a fairly chill night, a group of us sat around talking by the hotel bar before heading up to bed.
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