The Escape to Edinburgh

So, after ages I am able to write and sit with my laptop and type for you guys!

How are you?

I hope this blog post finds you in a great and awesome place!

Well, this post will be about one of the wonder cities of the United Kingdom. And it is none other than …. EDINBURGH!!!! (pronounced as like Edinbrugh)

I cannot explain my excitement in writing and sharing to you about this fantastic trip to this fantastic city!

This trip has changed my life tremendously.

So this trip happened because my cousin all the way from Austin, Texas came all the way from the US of A to tour Europe for a business trip to Italia and guess what, she loved me so much that she and her dad, my uncle came to London just to see me! Ain’t that sweet?

But I overestimated her stay and I literally consumed 4 days to Edinburgh leaving her 1 day to savour London!

But no worries, London will always be accessible enough so, Edinburgh it is!

Ah. Where do I start? HP? Whiskeys? Hairy coos? Lochs? Highlands? Whew!

Let me take you to lovely Edinburgh!

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Traveling to Edinburgh can be done through plane, train or by bus. Guess what we took? Bus! Yes. The dreaded 8 hour night bus we took!

And it was horrible to be honest because when you arrive in your destination you’ll be completely knackered. But hey, we saved great deal of pounds for this so I am okay. Haha! But next time I’ll come back I’ll probably book and plan earlier and take the train. 😛

So, for those of you that doesn’t know, brief geography lesson. The UK is a sovereign state with countries in one England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The capital of Scotland is Edinburgh!

On our first day, we searched for our Airbnb and we eventually managed to find it. Scotland was so cold! Even the sun was there we were totally freezing.

The view of a hill stood outside our place and little did I know that was the hill where I will get a picturesque view of the city.

We started exploring the city by going to a Sandeman’s free tour of the city. We waited for the leader and he will walk us around the city and guide us for free but the premise is he will want tips from us, he was a lovely chap, our tourguide.

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He lead us to different sites. So here is our tour guide.

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The guide was informative and I liked the fact that you are not obligated to pay. There are so much to learn of the facts about the city. We walked around the city along some of the Harry Potter sites, the inspiration of Tom Riddle and other characters in HP, and most of them were taken from epitaphs around the church overlooking the Cafe JK Rowling used to write. Even the inspiration of the Hogwarts school was there!

As you can see in my photos above, Victoria Street is the street where Diagon Alley was inspired upon.

We went to have a selfie inside the cafe where JK Rowling used to write too.

Also, along our walking tour, we met a guy from Texas, his name is Jason, same with my cousin and is also Filipino. You will se his photo with us a little bit when you scroll down. So we actually spent the rest of the day with him strolling around the city taking boomerang for us. And we paid a visit to taste the one and only, Haggis!

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We ate from this Resto, it’s really popular in Edinburgh, it’s called Howies and we ate Haggis there. I like it’s taste, really. So a Haggis has sheep’s stomach or ox secum in it, has the heart and lungs of one lamb as well!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take a photo of the food because the place was kind of poshy and like taking photo of the food felt awkward and we were famished as well so no one really cared. Haha

Oh! And before I forget while we were walking around the city, we were having good views of the people and felt the vibrant culture around the area.

So.. if you mention Scotland, you would imagine what? Well, of course, Kilt and Bagpipe! HahaSo here’s my photo 😛

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And, when we went there, they were shooting the new Avengers film. How amazing is that?

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Because it was a while when we went to Scotland and I cannot sincerely know the exact order of our adventure, I think because we were so knackered we just went for this and went home because we were so tired. The next day in the morning our host in Scotland offered us free breakfast! Free! And she even talks to us every morning. And her son plays the Clarsach which is a Celtic harp native in Scotland. He is really good. You can see the video of his son playing in my instagram account. (@lloydsabijon) You might wanna scroll through it and maybe follow?. Lol. But man, our stay in Scotland listening to that was for me, amazing!

So we ended the night strolling around the city, through Calton Hill which overlooked the City! It was just lovely lovely lovely, words cannot express how happy I felt seeing the lights of this wonderful City of Edinburgh. And we just soaked the beauty in the night.

The next day,we woke up late and became very lazy taking our time because we were jaded from all of the things we did from yesterday. So, we decided to explore our neighbor. Apparently, we are close to the greenbelt area in Scotland which means this area has no buildings around and is good for strolling, so we went there with Stephanie, my cousin’s name by the way. (I did not introduce her earlier, LOL) We did a relaxing stroll.

Then we went to the Rabbis tour for our next exploration! The Scottish Highlands.

Whew!How will I describe the Highlands. For me, it is one of those places where you will just be relaxed and amazed I guess. It’s just so so different from any place I have been. (Anyway I’ve only traveled a few places. Lol) But yeah. I’ll let the photos justify what I want to express to you!

We went to a Dunn’s Castle which is apparently a Game of Thrones castle, but they didn’t shoot in Scotland anymore because it got very expensive for them. Haha

We passed by a lot of Lochs which are mind you breathtaking.

The Rabbis tour was free for me because my cousin and my Auntie in the US said it’s her treat for me. It it quite expensive to be honest with youwhen you pay for it. But it was also worth it. Seeing those wonderful Lochs stopping on nice views and stopping to feed the Hairy coos was for me just amaaaaaaaaazing!

I love nature and animals man. It’s just uplifting and relaxing to the soul. Especially now I live in the jungle of London. In the center of London mind you. Waaaa not that I am complaining but sometimes London can be sooo crowded and soooo busy. (But I love how the people dress, fashion is dang cool!)

Anyway back to Scotland, so yes.

I learned as well that they said, The part of Scotland, the highlands, is originally a part of the continent of the USA but went to Scotland because of the movement of Tectonic plates which explains its very different terrain from the mainland.

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Feeding the hairy Coos.

By the way, the Hairy coo’s color is mostly the reddish one because the queen wanted it, so they purposely made them plentier and bred them. Haha

And have a look how breathtaking how God made these landscapes! I wanna cry. The memories were just overwhelming for me. ( I am emotional by the way) Haha

I think one of the highlights of this trip was being able to open my taste buds with the finest whiskeys I have ever tasted! Man! I tasted 60 year old whiskeys. We went to this place called Inveraray. It is a small village and in there lies close a Loch (Lake) called Loch Fyne, where they named the whiskey they made there.Only two stores in the world sell/ produce these whiskeys. It is in 1. Inveraray itself and 2. In the Whiskey shop in Edinburgh.

The man who owns this whiskey shop in Invereray welcomed us so nicely. I had a big hunch he had a crush on my cousin. He offered us lots of whiskeys,his favorite ones and rare ones to taste!Gosh and offered us tea and coffee inside his store! My golly! That was an experience.Man I was in love with the whiskeys. My taste buds are not gonna be the same after that. Man! Amazing.

Also, the town has a huge Loch in front of it. Has some nice shops and restaurants to eat with. what a lovely town it was. Too bad outside it was hailing and raining. Man! HAHAHA

But I enjoyed it. But I was freezing. We were freezing. And my Slytherin cousin from hot Texas hated the cold. ALL THE TIME. I think she got traumatized from the whole experience. HAHAHA

So tip, when going to Scotland, bring Duvet with you. Haha Kidding. Just be prepared with the temperature that’s all.

On our way home we concluded the trip with a wonderful view of the highlands, went to a wonderful Lake and we ate Fish and chips beside the lake. We also got lost. Haha It was just amazing to see Scotland even thought I know we only experience a fraction of it.

The next days tour, my cousin booked us a different bus tour around the highlands but this time it is for free.

So if you guys would check this hairycoo free bus tour, just like Sandeman’s, they only rely on tips at the end. The man who drives will be the guide.Our guide was a very kind chap. He toured us on wonderful places as well. On unique part he took us was the secret waterfall into the woods. That was a different kind of experience to be honest.

And he took us to the very lovely Loch Katrine and took us to Hairy Coos and some nice spots as well.It was like a re run for us to be honest.

I think on the last day we trekked the famous Arthur’s seat. But before we wen there we sipped our share of coffee in The Elephant house where JK Rowling used to write HP. I took photos of the toilet as well because it was full of.. see the photos. All potterhead vandalisms. HAHAHAHA

And the Arthur’s seat experience.

If you see a mountain, in Edinburgh, that’s the Arthur’s seat, the brown mountain. You will climb that so if you go there be prepared. It’s cold and rocky. You don’t want to climb with fancy heels.

When went there we were very slow we just took our time but man we were chasing the sunset. My cousin was very tired already, it’s getting dark. She almost gave up but I was desperate to see the sunset.We arrived at the top the minute the sunset started. It wasn’t as lovely maybe compared to when seeing the sun a little above the horizon but I am fine with it because! We saw doggies at the top!

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Our trip in this lovely city has really made a great impact to me. Personally, I just came from a small town in the southern part of the Philippines. And never in my wildest dreams have I thought of exploring this place. I never even thought I could afford buying and tasting whiskeys. But God has been so good to me that he allowed me to travel and experience Scotland and just admire His goodness and His creation. No matter what happens, I will always look up to Him and thank Him for all the goodness I am receiving. I’m just glad to be blessed.

I hope you enjoyed my little narrative about my Scottish adventure with my cousin.

Let me know if you’re planning to go to Scotland or you can share to me your experience in Scotland. I am sure you will have a great time there!

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