Day 5 - Edinburgh, Scotland


After a wonderful week in England, we woke up headed to the train station after a delicious breakfast at the hotel. We had a bit of time to kill, so Jason had a Bloody Mary (which was really a double shot of vodka mixed with Tabasco!) and I had a nice pint of cider. We took the train to Edinburg, and approximately 2 and a half hours later, we exited the station without a plan! Naturally, we decided to hit up a bar across the street (The Doric) while we sorted out some details.


Our tour books weren't really cutting it, and the guides they had on hand behind the bar were even worse, so Jason left me to my own devices (and the heaviest beer EVER) to RUN around the city and find us a place to stay. About 30 minutes later, he showed up out of breath and thirsty, so we had one more pint and then hopped into a cab and headed to the Grassmarket Hotel...the second smallest hotel we stayed in:

I had to stand in the shower and on the toilet to take these pictures of the bathroom:)

In order for Jason to access his suitcase, I had to either stand by the door, or be in the bathroom!

(And thank goodness for Jason's great sense of direction, because in order to actually get to our room, we had to go up 3 different stair cases and through multiple doors and hallways. Without him, I never would have found it!)

Now unfortunately, I don't have pictures for the rest of the evening, but it was so great, I'm going to tell you about it anyway. After we "unpacked," Jason and I walked around and poked our heads into a few different shops along the Royal Mile. Then we stopped at The Whiski Bar where we had a couple pints and we both had an amazing bowl of potato & leek soup with bread and then together, we had our very first (and my only) HAGGIS - in the form of a haggis tower! If you don't know what haggis is, click here.) 

After all that food, we decided to walk around some more and ended up seeing some absolutely beautiful sites (which we took pictures of the following days). Since we spent quite a bit of our trip eating and drinking, we found our way to this great little Italian place near the hotel. After a fantastic meal, we were enjoying some wine and I, in my constant state of grace, managed to spill a glass of wine on the couple dining next to us! We offered to buy them a bottle of wine and though they refused, we insisted. However, they won in the end when they treated us to a glass of whisky before we left. They were quite lovely people and it turned out to be a great night. 

We headed back to the hotel via the bar next door, Biddy Mulligans. And to be perfectly honest, I think we both fell in love with Scotland that day! 

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