06.06.2015 - 09.06.2015
I flew from warm sunny Amsterdam to cold overcast Edinburgh on Saturday, June 6. I got to the hostel in the early evening where for the third time I met up with my Australian friend Dallan. Colby and I had met Dallan on our first day of our trip, at the hostel in Istanbul. He ended up tagging long with us when we headed out in our rental car to drive around Turkey (which included a stop after it snowed, so Dallan could make his first ever snowman!). We then met up again on Sail Croatia cruise. It was great o meet up with him again, although that night, he went to bed early and I headed to a Scottish pub to hear some live music and try some scotch. I ended up having a bit of a wild night, as I hung out with a couple of crazy but very drunk Scots, who kept on getting kicked out of bars, but it was fun to tag along to see what would happen next!
We switched hostels on Sunday morning as the one we had stayed at on Saturday night was pretty crappy. After doing that, we headed to the National Museum of Scotland. There we learned a good amount of Scottish history and economics, as well as interesting facts about animals and other general science stuff. A weird part of the museum was the exhibit on aboriginals from around the world, which consisted mostly of BC First Nations and Eskimos! The museum was huge so it took up most of the rest of the day. That night another Aussie friend, Luke, joined us. We had first met in Croatia and then he met up with me and Colby in Munich. We grabbed dinner and a beer before having an early night.
We woke up early the next morning to do a tour of the Scottish highlands. I don't have much to say about this tour, because it was rather boring and a pretty big waste of money! It took us to a castle, some fields, and a lake. When we got back, we had drinks and dinner at the hostel bar before playing some board games and going out. We headed to a cool boutique bar with a couple of American girls from the hostel, and then headed to the graveyard where JK Rowling got a lot of her inspiration for Harry Potter. We found Tom Riddle's tomb (Lord Voldemort) as well as those of a few other key characters.
We had a flight to Dublin booked for late afternoon on the Tuesday, so we snuck in a quick free walking tour in the morning before we left. It took us back to the graveyard we had gone to the night before (seeing it in the daytime was not nearly as cool!). It also took us to the coffee shop where JK Rowling apparently wrote much of Harry Potter. It then took us on a good walk around the city, up to the castle, and up to a good look out point. We had lunch and then headed to the airport.