Wednesday, January 11, 2012

{pt. 4}

{parts 1, 2 & 3}

day three was for exploring edinburgh a little bit better. and there is no better way to explore than from the top floor of a double decker bus.


the thing about going to scotland in winter is that the sky is grey and the wind picks up and the drizzles get right inside your clothes and make you completely, completely wet. but if you dress like a duck, and are quite used to chilly weather, the perks way outweigh the drizzles. for one: you will have all the transportation to yourself {and often discounted 20% or so} and get to run around and sit in each and every seat. if you want to. and oh, i did. off-season is your hyperactive introverted travelling couple's dream.


our bus was the number 10, and it took us up to princes street every single time we rode it. i can only assume that the gentleman on the horse in the last picture is one of the aforementioned princes? i didn't see any others.


princes street is lined with shops. we're ok with shops, but we like exploring back alley tunnels a bit better. we went through an especially dark one and ended up right on the royal mile.


as we were walking around inside the castle walls, barclay heard a phone ringing. we followed the sound to a little red phonebooth. we got all dramatic about it and made matrix jokes, but when i answered, it was just a telemarketer. which i think is noteworthy, because i allllways get calls from telemarketers. so.


after i got off the phone, we shlopped back down the royal mile, back down princes street, through the tunnel and through the rain, to bus 10 and made our way to the fisch house to take a nature walk with the cousins, after which they fed us haggis. they even piped it in and uncle brian read some traditional Scottish poetry during the cutting. which was pretty dang cool.


that night, we discussed the next day and decided to go on an adventure. the kind where you go to the train station and pick a train and get on it, see where you end up.
the best kind.

13 comments:

  1. Love that city.

    And I love your pictures of it! So pretty.

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  2. He's the Duke of Wellington who did important stuff during the Napoleonic Wars. I don't know why there are no statues of the princes, but there were nine of them so maybe that just seemed too many?!

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  3. I never really considered traveling to Scotland til you started posting photos. Now I want to go sooo bad. Looks beautiful.

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  4. That is the best kind of adventure. I can't wait to read about it! Also: the pictures are so fantastic. I want to be there...NOW.

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  5. LOVE that city.
    And LOVE that phone booth story!

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  6. Ahh this trip just sounds sooo cool. Your photos are making me jealous.

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  7. I have always wanted to travel there. A good friend of mine is from there, which makes me that much more determined to go. These photos are just making me want to jump on a plane right this instant.

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  8. This is SUCH a cool trip! I have family from Scotland and I've always wanted to go.

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  9. Ooooooweeee, I'm getting so "homesick"!! Thanks for posting these beautiful photos.

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  10. In that last pic of the two of you, you look absolutely beautiful and Barclay looks...well...like Marty!

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  11. mich: thanks, friend! :)

    sarah: whoa. i really should have asked you before posting anything. thanks for the history lesson! :D

    debbie: i might start sounding like a broken record: do it. do it. do it. do it. do it.

    merritt: thanks much!!

    sarah: ME TOO MAJORLY.

    michal: thanks. :) it was so cool. i want to be back there again...

    nicki: again with the broken record thing: do it. do it. do it. do it.

    caitlin: ooh--like family you could visit??? GOOOO...

    liv: me too. so sad that you came home the day that i went there--we could've crossed paths!!

    jen: haha! he does!! him and his beard... sigh.

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  12. Ahhhhhh, I still can't believe you ate haggis! Haha. Poor lil' sheep... ;)

    These photos are awesome. LOVE the one of the two of you in the reflection, hahaha. AWESOME. & the one overlooking the city/town/village... so beautiful.

    It sounds like you two had an awesome trip! So happy for you guys!

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  13. i know holly! yikes! haha, however. have you ever tried vegetarian haggis? it's really really good--it's made with fruit and nuts and oats and stuff. tastes kind of like stovetop stuffing!

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