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Weekend in Edinburgh - The Paranoid Android
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Weekend in Edinburgh
I've just spent a rather fabulous weekend in Edinburgh. It's one of my favourite cities, having beauty and bars that stay open all night.

I left work on Friday about 4 o'clock and met Misty at the station. We were conned out of £26 for a 15 minute train ride to Heathrow where we arrived in plenty of time for our flight. Misty managed to smuggle a pair of tweezers through security, but we were good citizens and didn't try and hijack the plane with them. We arrived in Edinburgh just before 9.

The main point of the trip was for Misty to get to her wedding dress fitting, so with this in mind we decided to hire a car for the weekend. The dressmaker lives in the sticks, about 50 miles south of Edinburgh. There was some form of public transport that would have taken us that way, but there was a single bus in either direction, and I'm guessing that cab fair would have been prohibitly expensive. Misty has never driven here before (and as I may have mentioned a couple times before - I don't drive) so this was a big step for her. After finding a car hire place that would actually rent her a car (all the other places we tried had age restrictions) we found ourselves the proud temporary owners of a brand new Toyota Corolla.

At this point I would like to publicly praise Misty's first go at driving in the UK. Not only was she sat on the opposite side of the car (so she played with the door handle when trying to change gear!) and not only was she driving on the right (because everybody knows the rest of the world drives on the *wrong* side) side of the road, but the roads up there are damn narrow, and the locals drive at break neck speeds. Misty, dear, you may now take your bow!

We finally found our hotel, but they had moved us to a hotel nearer the centre of town! The hotel was a strange neo-modernistic place with strange lighting and air conditioning that was only for show! All in all it was a nice place to stay, and if I'd known about the DVD player I'd have brought along some of my growing collection...

Saturday was ours to do as we pleased. Edinburgh is stepping up to carnival month, so there was plenty to look at and listen too. Shame that it pissed down for most of the day. After getting soaked we decided to go for a drive (so Misty could get used to the car and all that) and I chose to show her the bridge. As a child I'd often take the train to Aberdeen to visit my Nan, and we'd travel across the forth rail bridge, and every time I see it I'm reminded of those holidays. Having crossed the bridge we took a nice roundabout route back through the hills and farmland.

On our way back we stopped off at a nice big pub, which turned out to be a very snooty restaurant in disguise. Misty had the mussels whilst I had the duck breast. Being the complete commoner that I am I washed it down with McEwans 80/ - a fine and locally brewed ale.

Saturday Evening we went searching for a nice pub, and found a strange looking bar called "the scream", after Edvard Munch's famous painting. The night started off on a bad footing (literally) when a rather drunk "gentleman" fell backwards onto me, causing me to drop my full pint down me and onto the floor. He was suitably apologetic, and bought me another, but my trousers were soggy and smelled of beer all evening.
After he had left we found ourselves a nice little cubby hole and drank the night away. I have no idea when the pubs are supposed to close, but this one was open well into the morning.

Sunday we set out around midday (with only a slight hangover) heading for Abington. Our journey was quite uneventful in the best possible way, and after a nice lunch in the local hotel, and Misty's short fitting appointment we headed back into Edinburgh town centre.

We had walked by the camera obscura on Saturday, and decided to visit it properly. The exhibits were fascinating, and the camera itself was amazing.

Afterwards we headed off to Rose Street, where there are more pubs than you can possibly visit in a fortnight, let along a weekend. It was whilst visiting one of these pubs we met Gary and Kirsty. Gary is American, and Kirsty is British and they had just got married (on Saturday). Gary recongised Mistys accent (well almost - he had her pegged from Virginia - but that's pretty close!) They turned out to be a very nice couple and we exchanged addresses. It was a totally weird coincidence!

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isabel_rapunzel From: isabel_rapunzel Date: July 29th, 2003 10:24 pm (UTC) (Link)


What a great story! Glad to hear that you two had such a lovely time! Kudos to Misty for her brave efforts in driving on the *wrong* side of the road ::cackles:: And James im sorry about the beer incident. Thats awesome that you two met such a couple as yourself. Hope the fitting went well, Misty you are going to be such a beautiful bride!!! :: hugs and kisses for the both of you!!::
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: July 30th, 2003 09:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: :D

"Hugs and kisses" to you too me dear ... ;)
honeyrider From: honeyrider Date: July 30th, 2003 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)
didn't misty (almost) swear that she'll *never* driving on the wrong side of the road, ever? heh, good for her!

edinburgh is on my top 5 places to visit list. i'll do it right after i visit you guys in london. (joke! relax =P )

glad to hear you guys had a lovely time.
tweezlebum From: tweezlebum Date: July 30th, 2003 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Joke? JOKE!? Why is that a joke? :'(
honeyrider From: honeyrider Date: July 30th, 2003 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
ahhh...ahhh...because the joke of the joke was the joke?

how have you been (minus the lovely weekend)? i knew you'd abolish your posting duties after you move! come on', the world is waiting....
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: July 30th, 2003 09:30 am (UTC) (Link)
As Misty said; why joke? You're more than welcome to come visit us!
honeyrider From: honeyrider Date: July 30th, 2003 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
awww, thanks you kids!
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