Ascent to Arthur’s Seat

One of the things I love about Edinburgh is that it’s so green. Just outside the city centre is Holyrood Park, which includes hills with the highest point being Arthur’s Seat. I climbed it at nighttime the last time I visited Scotland back in February, but this time, I had a chance to climb it during the day. It was a cloudy day, but I still managed to see beautiful views of the Scottish landscape, the city below, and the waters of the Firth of Forth in the distance.

Love, Elizabeth

Scotland was amazing!

On Friday morning, Molly and I went back to Edinburgh and spent one last night there. The bus to Birmingham left at 3 on Saturday and we got home just before midnight. I was so glad to be heading home—I was at the point where I was really excited to sleep in my own bed, use my own shower, wear something other than the two outfits I’d been circulating all week, make tea with my own kettle, and eat real food (I spent part of the week running on protein bars, pumpkin seeds and apples).

However, I was really sad to be leaving behind such an amazing place full of wonderful new friends. I’ll definitely be going back in a few months!

Here’s a quick recap of my trip:

Glasgow: It has a pretty bad reputation (people wrinkle their noses in disgust when they hear that I went there), but I actually really liked it. It reminded me a little bit of Cincinnati because there are rough, stabby parts of the city, but the rest is really beautiful. I mean, just look at the architecture. Any city that has a Ferris wheel is automatically awesome, in my opinion. Not to mention the TARDIS that I saw there. That was pretty neat.

Aberdeen: This was probably my least favourite city. The university part was really pretty, but other than that, Aberdeen was pretty bland. It’s probably the fact that all of the buildings are gray and boring. I’m sure some people love it, but it was just not the place for me. I had a nice time there, nonetheless. The best part about Aberdeen was staying with Bridget.

Stonehaven: I loved this quiet little town! I can see myself going back for a relaxed holiday sometime. The feel of the place was wonderful, and the walk to the castle from there was one of the prettiest treks I’ve ever been on, even though it was an overcast, windy day. And the castle on the cliffs was probably the most beautiful thing I saw during my time in Scotland.

Inverness: I definitely hope to come back here. I would love to have had more time to browse through the quaint bookshops and spend time at some of the many cute coffee shops. Plus, it’s in a great location for seeing some of the surrounding Highlands. Which brings me to my next point…

Loch Ness: Absolutely beautiful. Right after the castle near Stonehaven, it was one of the prettiest sights I saw in Scotland. I probably wouldn’t make it a priority to go back (unless I happened to be nearby anyway) because seeing it once was enough; however, it was still one of my favourite places.

Edinburgh: This city was so beautiful. The castle was gorgeous, because it’s situated on a hill, so you can see it from lots of different places within the city.Arthur’s Seat was a lot of fun to climb with my friends, and next time I’m here, I’ll go up there during the daytime. There were kilt-making shops everywhere, and I even saw a few people walking around wearing kilts. I had so much fun here because I got to spend my time with friends, and so I will be going back to visit them and to see more of Edinburgh.

Love, Elizabeth

I really liked these statues in Edinburgh.

love, elizabeth

Arthur’s Seat

After we got back from Glasgow to Edinburgh, we had dinner at a chippy. (The nice thing about the UK is that it’s so veg-friendly that even at a fish and chips place, I can still find a veggie burger!) At that point, it was about 8:30. Dom’s flatmate Mike joined us and our next stop was Arthur’s Seat, which is a really tall hill overlooking Edinburgh and the surrounding area. For anyone who’s seen One Day, that’s the hill that Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess went to at the end of the film.

It took about an hour to climb to the very top. Because it was dark and muddy, we had to climb more slowly than we would have otherwise. But it was still so much fun, and we had such a nice view of the city all lit up at night. It was cloudy, but as we had climbed, the sky had cleared so that we could see all of the stars. It was really windy at the top, so we only hung around for a little bit to take some photos and then headed down and back to Dom’s flat.

Love, Elizabeth

First day in Edinburgh

The trip to Scotland
Molly and I left our flat at about 5:30 this morning and walked to the bus stop. We boarded the bus just before 7 and prepared ourselves for the eight-hour journey. Luckily, I had only gotten two hours of sleep before we left, so I was tired enough that I ended up sleeping almost the entire time. When we got to the bus station in Edinburgh, Molly’s friend Dom was waiting for us, and we took our things to his flat before setting off on an adventure. We wandered through the streets and eventually ended up at Edinburgh Castle.
Then we ate at a Scottish place for dinner, where I had vegetarian haggis and Gaelic coffee (half coffee, half whisky). The haggis was actually really good, though I wouldn’t consider eating a non-veg version of it (it’s made of a sheep’s heart, liver, and lungs). A fun fact is that “whiskey” is spelled without the “e” here in Scotland. I’m still trying to get used to that when I type it. Edinburgh is such a beautiful city. Something I noticed here is that you can’t walk anywhere without hearing bagpipes, whether it’s music coming from a shop or a street performer playing the bagpipe. The atmosphere is different here from any other city in the UK I’ve been to, and I love it!
Love, Elizabeth

The trip to Scotland

Molly and I left our flat at about 5:30 this morning and walked to the bus stop. We boarded the bus just before 7 and prepared ourselves for the eight-hour journey. Luckily, I had only gotten two hours of sleep before we left, so I was tired enough that I ended up sleeping almost the entire time. When we got to the bus station in Edinburgh, Molly’s friend Dom was waiting for us, and we took our things to his flat before setting off on an adventure. We wandered through the streets and eventually ended up at Edinburgh Castle.

Then we ate at a Scottish place for dinner, where I had vegetarian haggis and Gaelic coffee (half coffee, half whisky). The haggis was actually really good, though I wouldn’t consider eating a non-veg version of it (it’s made of a sheep’s heart, liver, and lungs). A fun fact is that “whiskey” is spelled without the “e” here in Scotland. I’m still trying to get used to that when I type it. Edinburgh is such a beautiful city. Something I noticed here is that you can’t walk anywhere without hearing bagpipes, whether it’s music coming from a shop or a street performer playing the bagpipe. The atmosphere is different here from any other city in the UK I’ve been to, and I love it!

Love, Elizabeth