11.04.2015 - 13.04.2015 48 °F
I never dreamed of visiting Scotland but had heard good things about Edinburgh from those who had been there.
From Warrington, we train right into Waverly Station which sits in the shadow of the massive Edinburgh Castle. Upon departure, we walk through the medieval streets in the city center and I am awe-struck by the incredible architecture. In contrast to London, Edinburgh provides free Wifi everywhere even on the nice comfortable buses that take you around the city. Immediately I think that the Scots have "got it right" when it comes to welcoming tourists properly.
Scottish history is incredibly violent, complex and difficult to follow. Nonetheless, this city has survived much without losing its heritage. In fact, Scotland keeps pretty good records over its ancestors and if you have any Scottish in you, there is no reason why you can't come up here and look up a few. You can try your hand understanding Scotland's long history by going and seeing the Crown Jewels located inside Edinburgh Castle.
One of the highlights for us was hiking up 'Archer's Seat' or 'Arthur's Seat' depending upon which myths you believe. We visited the Scottish hills twice and enjoyed maneuvering the craggy steps while getting nearly blow off our feet by the gusty, Scottish winds. I can imagine Robert the Bruce meeting a few Knights Templar here and bargaining for their help to decide an important battle against the English. We occasionally here bagpipes playing which I enjoy. The pipes seem so wistful and captivating just like Andean flute music. "Must be the hills", I say to myself.
The buildings and monuments are exquisite and the National Galley of Scotland is a must see. It's now one of my favorite museums and has one particular room full of Art that I was envious of. The museums are free too and the parks are fresh and enchanting! If it weren't for the weather, I would have definitely considered Scotland as an excellent place to live.
Andrea chiming in - this clock I saw at the National Gallery has two of my favorite things - reading & writing. Isn't it exquisite?
So get ye over to Scotland! It's about a 30 min ride from the airport via inexpensive bus (with Wifi) and buses can take you anywhere so you don't necessarily have to stay in the expensive centre part of town.
P.S. I still don't get the kilt thing.