Scotland, my spiritual home
12.05.2007 - 15.05.2007
Wow, its been a full few days since I last wrote.
On Saturday Kev messaged ( I got myself an el cheapo local phone) and asked if I would like to go to a party they had been invited to at a private club. Of course I did !!! ... lol so after a shoe crisis, the words private club made me think posh and I know I live in my Docs but I really thought they might not be appropriate, which resulted in moi buying a nice pair of leather boots, with heels ... I was all set to go.
The tube station near me was shut down for the weekend for maintenance, nothing new there .. just like being home, so I finally worked out the buses and got to Kings Cross to jump on the tube to meet Kev and Edwin. After much walking around we finally found the club, which was really more of a nightclub, so I could have damn well worn the Doc's ... but it was entry only by being on 'the list'. It was a friend of Kev's birthday and we had a wonderful night. I'm not sure what time we left but more walking to find the night bus and by now my feet where absolutely killing me. Lots of whinging later it was boots off and I walked the rest of the way in my stockings ... the first bus took us into the city and from there we had to get another bus out to Kev's and Eddies .. they kindly offered to let me crash as I knew there was no way I was going to find my way home. I do know that by the time we got home it was sometime after 4, so it was Macca's and sleep.
Once we woke up, we drove over to my place so I could shower and change and then it was off to the V&A to see the Kylie exhibition. I think most of you know I'm not much of a Kylie fan, but it was interesting. Exhibition done, toddle down the road and a nice lunch was had in Kensington and then home to pack.
I set my alarm for bright and early Monday morning to head off to Scotland !!
I wasnt sure about the tube and didnt want to be late so got a cab. I was booked on the 8am bus to head out to Luton and managed to make it for the 7am bus :-) ... <insert lots of boring airport stuff here> and Edinburgh here I come.
I got in and grabbed a bus into town. My couchsurfing for Edinburgh fell through, so I dropped into the tourist centre and booked a place. What a gorgeous one it is too. I'm on Royal Terrace which used to be very posh .. but what a lovely city.
The first impressions of Edinburgh are green and old. Everywhere you look there are heritage listed buildings, lots of parks and green, green, green. It is surrounded by hills and the Edinburgh Castle sits above the town looking down. It is truly impressive and majestic. For us Aussies this is like going back in time. I walked down to my hotel with backpack .. which fits really well by the way .. and UP the hill .. one thing I have learnt about the UK, the cities of stairs is that they always put the single rooms on the TOP floors .. 5 flights of stairs later I'm just a tad breathless, but I made it ... at this rate my fitness level is going to rise pretty damn quickly.
After I recovered from the stairs, settled in, I went for a wander. On the way home, just above my hotel is Carlton Hill which has a beautiful view over the city .. and for some unknown reason I decided to walk up it .. OMG !! I had to stop a couple of times on the way, but it was well and truly worth it. The view was magnificent.
I had a nice slow start to Tues, not the least because everything hurt .. my feet have been dying anyway, but the hill got to my hips and knees .. poor old woman that I am. I did the tourist bus thing which is a good way to get a general look around. Edinburgh turned on a beautiful day, no rain, sunny and perfect for looking around.
As its so cold I've been living in my Doc's, my feet and knees where really starting to feel it, so yes, I did it .. I stopped in at Boots and got some of those slip in Orthotic things .. but phew .. they are great .. what a difference.
After sorting out the feet I got off at the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens, I can't even begin to describe how truly beautiful they are. Acres and acres of green. Trees, shrubs, flowers from all over the world, its a little slice of heaven. I visited the glasshouses, which are huge with all types of environments. LOL I didnt want to leave the tropical ones, it was nice to feel hot again.
I ventured out down the road for dinner tonight to a Nepalese restaurant, damn I miss that food. I had Dal Bhaat and laughed that it would be strange eating it with a knife and fork .. the guys there said oh oh, but you can eat it properly, so I did. It truly is the only way to eat Dal Bhaat .. mix it all up with the fingers and ho in. I thoroughly enjoyed it washed down with a glass of house red ..
Its up early tomorrow and I'm on the train to Aberdeen. I have a very kind Couchsurfer to stay with, I say this because I only messaged last night and he said no problems and is even going to pick me up from the train if he can. The next day I'm off to the Shetlands .. I can't wait .. Lee (my Lerwick Couchsurfer) has been absolutely wonderful. She is meeting me at the boat at 7.30 in the morning ... I am truly amazed at how generous people are along the way ... Stay tuned and keep the home fires burning