Hello everyone! I finally have a moment to sit down and write about our adventures in Edinburgh, Scotland. And it was definitely quite an adventure. So much happened in three days that it felt like we were there for a week. We left on a Thursday night and took the Megabus to Edinburgh – an 8 or 9 hour drive. I’ve had enough of these overnight trips because I cannot get much sleep. I probably slept an hour on the bus. We got there at 7:30 ish in the morning on Friday and got to see the sunrise as we walked to our hostel – it was gorgeous! We dropped our stuff off at the hostel and went for breakfast – where a couple of people in our group tried haggis and black pudding (gross).
After that we went to the National Museum of Scotland. There were so many great displays but my favorite part was the rooftop terrace. We got up there to find one of the most breathtakingly beautiful views I’ve ever seen. Even though I was freezing, I stood up there for a while just admiring it. I love Oklahoma but we just don’t have anything that compares to the architecture of those churches, castles, and towers, and I’m so grateful to have been able to see it.
After that we walked around the outside of Edinburgh Castle and got to be there for the firing of the cannon. Later that night we went on a tour of the “dark side” of Edinburgh. The tour guide walked us to several places around the city and told us true stories about some of the crime that had happened over the years. She told us stories about grave robbers and people getting buried alive in the middle of a cemetery and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get a little bit freaked out. But hey, it was really dark and there were some pretty big tombstones that definitely could have been hiding someone. We also learned about some serial killers while standing outside of a house that they had killed people in… cheery. We also heard some horrible stories about a time when witch hunts were really common there. This was when we were on Calton Hill, with another breathtaking view of the city. After being sufficiently creeped out on the tour, we went to the Frankenstein pub which was SO cool inside. We all danced and had a great time – and a few jägerbombs – then headed back to the hostel (for some reason stopping in another cemetery on the way where I almost got left behind) and then crashed after a long exhausting day! Stay tuned to hear about day 2 🙂