5:40 am, my alarm rings, I press snooze (I love iOS7 for making suck easy snooze button!)
5:45 am, my friend calls to make sure I am up! Fine, I get, I’ll be late! I get up, take a quick shower, have a cup of coffee and it’s already 6:35, and my bus is at 6:45. I rush to the university, meet up with my friends there and freeze for about 10 minutes while the bus comes. This is the first time I go out so early in Sunderland! It IS cold! And what about expected weather in Edinburgh? Yahoo weather had this to tell me:
Such a good surprise for me, given that the coldest weather I have ever witnessed in my life was 4 degrees, and the embarrassing fact about myself that I wish to be changed this year, I have never seen snow in my life, but that is beside the point anyway.
The buses arrives late, because it is too cold to turn on the engine, and the bus I do get on had the heating broken – or no heating as it actually looked very old. Off to a great start, sitting inside the bus and freezing. I slept most of the way there, and we arrived at about 10 to a rainy and really cold Edinburgh. However, as soon as we get off the bus and started walking towards the castle I fell in love with the city. It really is a pretty place! And it meets all the aspects upon which I rate a beautiful European city, it has a river (or more, but I only walked by one), old bridges crossing the river, old European buildings and just the amazing feeling of an old place!
We started exploring the castle, which later on proved to be smaller than I thought it was. Nevertheless it was still very beautiful, with amazing views of the city from above this high rock it is built on!
The most impressive parts in the castle, in my opinion, were the prisons, and the views of the city. The other places didn’t have a big impression on me.
We spent about two hours walking around the castle, after which we walked outside and around the old town, taking in the views of this pretty city. We only had a few hours left before returning back to Sunderland, so all we did was have lunch, and walk around for a little bit. There is always something truly picturesque while walking around the old town! (Not that I am a good photographer – at all, and all pictures were taken by iPhone by the way, but there are a lot of good photo opportunities in Edinburgh.)
Last but not least was the must do thing being in Scotland, going to a bar and having a couple of Scotch shots! Just whiskey…I had to, I couldn’t go to Scotland and go home without having a drink! And so it was done, I don’t even know the name of the whiskey I got, all I asked for was whiskey shots, and I got some nice smooth whiskey in an over crowded yet cozy pub.
Bottom line, I loved Scotland, and I loved Edinburgh, and one day was definitely not enough to get a complete feel of that city. I will be returning back there before my time in the United Kingdom is done, and the next time I’m definitely staying more than just a few hours, and will try to explore more of the whole country.
Also I am proud to announce that Edinburgh is the most northern point I have ever been to in my life, will be waiting to break that record again!
Have you been to Edinburgh? What else, besides the castle, should I put into plan for the next time I visit? And what were your favorite activities in and around Edinburgh?