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July 8, 2009


The sun has just set from the window of our B&B in Edinburgh. It was still 10pm and light streamed through the clouds – amazing!


The flight here was long but overall pretty good. Wendy got a migraine, I got a little motion sickness but we traded off being sick so it all worked out. Neither of us got much sleep and we’re both exhausted.  But were here and we’ve already ventured about.


Our connection was a little touch and go as we got into the terminal late by 25 minutes. Then, we had to take a tram to another terminal, go through security again and race to the plane. We had about 15 minutes to spare, I believe. On the plane, we were sat next to a young girl who’d just toured the states for the last month. Turns out, she’s from Crieff!  For those that don’t know, Wendy and I met because of Ewan McGregor – who’s from Crieff.   A brief stop in the town is on the agenda, and now we have a few points of interest to check out. It was ironic that it turned out that way but lovely.


We loaded our baggage on the bus from the airport and made it to Waverly station in downtown Edinburgh. From there, we grabbed a taxi and watched as our brave driver weaved his way around the traffic, trying to figure out how the hell to work a round-about. I’m still not sure how we’re going to actually drive here since neither Wendy nor I are very confident in our ‘wrong side of the road’ driving abilities. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. That’ll be a journal entry of it’s own!


We rang the bell of our B&B and the very charming Martin answered with a big smile. His not-too-thick Scottish accent immediately put us at ease (and maybe made us a little weak in the knees…oh! I’m rhyming and I’m tired! Woohoo!). He tried to explain how to get from here to there within walking distance (because Wendy and I were done with sitting) and sent us on our way.


The cars sped by and we had to constantly figure out which way was up so we wouldn’t get run over. There are cobblestone streets and tripping hazards for klutzs like us all over, so we were careful. No restaurants caught our eye, so we kept walking. We did hit a lovely little waterway trail called the Leith Walkway so we stopped and explored for a bit, taking a snapshot here and there. There are beautiful old churches on every corner, but none were open for inspection; instead we snapped pictures of their doors and steeples. The temperature was pleasant with just the right amount of dark clouds in the sky to add that ominous feel. It’s amazing.


After we couldn’t take it anymore, we finally ended up at Mather’s Bar where we were able to eat two meals for 8.50GBP, which is pretty cheap. Wendy had a John Smith beer and I was able to have an awful diet Pepsi. Old men gathered, as this was their watering hole, watching the highlights of the rugby matches on TV. It’s like Cheers where they all gather and know each other. I imagine we’ll find that a lot along the way!


The trip back seemed to take a bit longer since we wandered aimlessly the first time. We did get back, showered and we’re hitting the sack. Tomorrow there are a few bus tours we want to check out along with Edinburgh Castle.


That’s it from jolly old Edinburgh for now. I’m hitting the sack!




P.S.  No Blarney stone for us!  We're hoping to kiss the standing stones on the Isle of Lewis though!  :D
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From: (Anonymous) Date: July 9th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC) (Link)
glad you have arrived safely. Looking forward to traveling with you daily.
let me know when there are pictures up
Have a good sleep.
Oh, what is the time difference?
carocali From: carocali Date: July 10th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Still trying to get myself together. The difference is 6 hours and the sun is up really late. It's interesting. Weather has been nice so far!

I'll send a link to the pictures soon
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 9th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I went week at the knees just IMAGINING Martin talking. hee hee.
Uh...isn't the Blarney Stone in Ireland anyway?
What did you actually eat at the pub?
Have fuuuuunnnn!!!
carocali From: carocali Date: July 10th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Martin is adorable and very Scottish. I expect to see him in a kilt at some point!

We had fish and chips and plan that a few more times!

More soon!
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 9th, 2009 05:30 am (UTC) (Link)


FYI for any of Caroline's readers:

There are multiple websites with information about Leith Walkway, Mather's Bar and John Smith beer mentioned in this first posting. Speaking of beer, one of the popular specialty brews served at a cafe here in Ligonier is "Kilt Lifter." The name sounds Scotish, but it's brewed in California.

To CC - Glad things are off to a good start.

carocali From: carocali Date: July 10th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Websites

Thanks, Phil!
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 9th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

regional riot

Sounds like you're off to a lovely start. Enjoy!
irismay42 From: irismay42 Date: July 9th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad you're enjoying yourselves and you got here safely! I had reverse problems crossing the roads in the States - and was even more confused by the "yes you can turn right when the light's red" rule...

Roundabouts? Even we don't understand them.

Have a great time at the castle! Go eat some haggis!
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 13th, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)


It already sounds awesome! Just getting the time to read your journal and I'm already envious!

Bye from California.

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