We had planned out that we would go on a trip when Mom decided she was coming over. I suggested a couple of places, but since she wanted to go by train we decided on Scotland. From spending the weekend there I can tell you most assuredly if you'd like to know what Newfoundland is like on this side of Europe, go there. I was constantly reminded of the capital city while walking around Edinburgh. The history may be quite a bit longer yes, and the buildings are hundreds of years older, but the feel of the city is very similar. We didn't get J.K. Rowling, but alas we're still pretty cool.
Mom & I left early Friday morning to catch the train to Edinburgh. I had tried to book in tickets online but the website was contrary with me so it didn't quite work out. I stayed at Harlow the night before so I could have everything packed and ready before Mom arrived over from her hotel, and she was about an hour early, arriving just after 8. Antsy when she knows she's going somewhere. I finished getting ready and we left about 9 to catch the train, with no specific plans other than to head for Kings Cross and catch the 11:00AM train if we managed to make it there by then. We did, and it was much easier than I expected. I think Mom was a little overwhelmed with the people and how fast everything moved once it got going, but she held onto me and I directed her through the gates and in and off of trains. Learning to use the Underground gates was interesting, but she did better than I did on her first try. I think it was only once in the entire weekend she placed the card in the wrong way. Pretty good considering I still do it.
Once we got on the train, it was a waiting game. Took just under 5 hours to get to Scotland, with stops along the way. There was a group of teenagers across from us, and however easy I thought Scotland was going to be because they spoke English was quickly changed by hearing the thick Scottish accent. We had luck with people who didn't speak in such an accent, but it was funny sitting there knowing the guys were speaking English but we didn't get a word they said. Throughout the train ride I noticed how similar the coastline was to Newfoundland. It was nice to be reminded of the ocean, even though it was just the Channel. Here's some pictures from the first day!
|waiting for the train!|
|on the way..|
|view from our hotel|
|view of Grassmarket|
|elevator shot :)|
|venturing out. it was windy lol|
|on the royal mile|
above, a former cathedral and a view of the castle
Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow!
Til next time!