We arrived midday in this beautiful city. After the beautiful flat in London, I knew we were in for a change of pace with our EasyHotel room in Edinburgh. Being that it was festival time, Chris and I figured we wouldn’t be in the room much and opted for budget friendly and convenience over space and charm.
The room was about 70 square feet. When you used the potty, your feet pretty much sat in the shower. It was tight quarters but definitely sufficient for our needs for this leg of the trip. The worst part was that it was up 6 flights, 6!, flights of stairs. We were right no Princess St. so immediately after walking out of our hotel, we could see Edinburgh Castle on the hill.
We didn’t do much that first day in the city besides walk around a bit and get acclimated. Our late night at the theater, coupled with our stressful travel, had us pretty tired and just content to pal around a bit.
On Thursday, we had our first experience with a Scottish breakfast.
What’s in those pictures is only half of what was there, as we were hungry and forgot about picture taking until we’d polished half of it off. We had roasted tomatoes, 2 eggs, English bacon (which is like ham), sausage, haggis, mushrooms, beans, toast, tea, and scones. What’s haggis you ask? According to Wikipedia, “Haggis is a savoury pudding containing sheep’s pluck; minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, traditionally encased in the animal’s stomach though now often in an artificial casing instead.” I was aware of haggis, and was NOT planning to eat ANY of it. However, I failed myself, because I didn’t research what it looked like. I did not imagine it to look like a hockey puck sized pile, somewhat resembling sausage. Since I didn’t know what it was, I ate some of it, and it was surprisingly good. This also happened to me with blood pudding, which is also surprisingly good.
After a very hearty breakfast, we ventured out to do some shopping, check out the castle in person, and stroll down the Royal Mile. We were so enamored with the city, we didn’t really stop to take many pictures, but here are a few:
After spending a beautiful day exploring the city, we went back to get ready for our special evening at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Tattoo was amazing and definitely deserves its own post.