Edinburgh

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Edinburgh is a compact hilly capital in Scotland. It has its own medieval old town right beside the Georgian New Town. Approaching the city, the first thing to be spotted is Edinburgh Castle which is home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the stone of Destiny.

Easily to say, I could move to Edinburgh in a heartbeat. The food is amazing, the people are so lovely and helpful and there is so much history to be learnt. The old town is spectacular full of museums and lovely cafes to stuff your face.

When I was in Scotland, I did a whiskey drinking tour. Basically, we walked to a few pubs on royal mile and drank several whiskeys and the man running the tour told all these ancient tales that have been passed down from generation to generation. All these stories were all so different, yet the end of the story would always make you laugh. Now I think about it, it may have been the whiskey.

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When I was in Edinburgh, they were having a protest and marching down the street (A protest to keep Trump out of Scotland). So, to get out of the street I went to National Museum of Scotland, and my goodness I had so much fun. This bright contemporary building houses Scottish industrial history along with natural history displays.  I was possibly in this Museum for 3 hours, and I easily could have been there for longer.

Another thing you should do while you are in Scotland is visit Greyfriars Bobby statue. Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known is the 19thcentury in Edinburgh. He is known for spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until he died himself. It has been told that if you see his statue you must rub his golden nose for good luck.

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Zoe’s tip:

Ships in the Firth of Forth once set their maritime clocks by a one o’clock gun. The firing of the gun dates back to 1861. That gun shot is still fired today at 1pm. If you happen to be in the old town, be prepared to hear the 1pm gun shoot. It is really amazing to watch, and everyone usually gathers to hear the gun shot.

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IMG_1846.jpgSafety:

I feel Edinburgh is like Dublin when it comes to safety. Of course, you have to take precautions when travelling, yet you will feel safe day and night. If you are ever lost, anyone will be willing to help you around and even offer suggestions of things to do and see in Edinburgh.

Must try food:

The national dish in Scotland is haggis, which is a type of pudding made from the liver, heart and lungs of a sheep. I wasn’t quite game enough to try this and kept to the more basic food. Scottish food is quite similar to food you will find in the UK, but you can never go past a Scottish pie. It may be a small pie, but you can have this pie hot or cold and it’s kind of a big deal in Scotland.

 

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