On Wednesday, a large group of us hopped on the Tube to the Freud Museum. It was in what used to be his house, where he lived with his daughter Anna and did almost all of his work on psychoanalysis. It was very interesting to walk around and see all of the antiques and collectibles he had around his study. We weren't supposed to take any pictures in there, but I took a lot. I even managed to snag a shot of the world famous couch that his patients laid on.
That's the more boring part of this week, though. The exciting part was our much-anticipated trip to Edinburgh, Scotland!
On Thursday, after class, we set out for Scotland. It was much easier to get to the airport this time than it was on the way to Ireland. Nothing terribly exciting happened before we arrived. We hopped on a bus and walked the rest of the way to our awesome hostel just outside of the Edinburgh city center, it was called West End Hostel. It was a really cool place, with a pub on the main floor and live music every Friday and Saturday night.
The only downside was that we men had to share our room with up to six strangers. We went into our room and were immediately greeted with the site of a balloon animal monkey at the foot of a bed next to a set of golf clubs. Bags of tees and potato chips were scattered on the floor around the bed. In the bed was a very large, bald, shirtless man with his laptop on his chest and his headphones in. He apparently didn't care to meet us because he didn't reply to my kind, "Hey, how's it going?" We chose our beds, checked out the girls' room (seventeen girls, eighteen beds, one room; sounds like the beginning of a reality TV show, doesn't it?) and set out on a walk to the city.
Now, if you've never been to/seen Edinburgh, then
allow me to explain. Essentially, they found a huge
rock and put a castle on it. After that, they built a city around the castle. After a while, they realized that their city wasn't very good, so they built a new city on top of it. The result is a big city around a castle with a load of super creepy tunnels underneath it. We'll get back to that later, though.
Our first night, Sam, Kasee, Chelsea, Tayler, Brandon, Cassidy, and I all went to the first pub that we could find. We were all very hungry and didn't much care what we ate. We were in such a hurry, I don't even remember the name of the place. I do remember that I got a chicken burger and that it was delicious. We also got absolutely incredible service. We got in with ten minutes until the kitchen closed, so we were worried that we wouldn't get to eat, but we were treated really well. We went back to the hostel for the night.
The next day, Friday, we got some breakfast at the hostel and set off for Edinburgh Castle. We had to walk a pretty long way. That picture up above was taken from the street, which is about the level for the rest of the city. Just walking up to the castle was a lot of work, and we were pretty far away to begin with. Europe seems to have some fascination with stairs. I don't know why. On top of that, some strange combination of events resulted in it being unusually hot and sunny in Scotland this weekend (hence the title). I was expecting clouds and fog, but what we got was sunshine and humidity. This made the walking considerably more difficult. (Although, it was nice to see the sun. I even got a [burn] tan out of it!)
The castle was really awesome, though. We had a free guided tour from a nice Scotsman named Donal. (That "o" should have an accent over it but I don't think that Blogger has that option...) We spent a few hours at the castle, visiting the cathedral, the Great Hall, and the Scottish crown jewels, and then left for lunch and some shopping.
|The Bell Tower|
|The tomb of James III King of Scots|
|Yet another mountain to climb, with the monument on top.|
|Told ya it was sunny.|
|The view from the top.|
|The view from one side of the tower, panorama.|
|The other side, panorama.|
|Castle in the distance. At this point, we were over halfway up the mountain.|
|Prince's Park is right next to the Scott Monument.|