I love Edinburgh, Scotland.
IT WAS SO WONDERFUL.
The architecture was so beautifully gothic. The way the city was set up was entirely picturesque, and my travel companion and I meshed really, really well.
Basically, we saw the entire city in two days. We walked. And walked. And walked. And climbed. And explored. And walked. And ate. And took so many pictures. And hiked. And skipped. And got drenched. And smiled. And drank tea. Also walked.
It blew my expectations out of the water. On the plane ride over, I was afraid that I was going to regret choosing Scotland as my one weekend out of the country. But I think what made it even more special in the fact that it really is a little less well known. It isn't London. It isn't Paris.
We climbed the olympic rings (illegally, whoops!) We visited 3 museums, we climbed a mountain, we explored castles, cathedrals, libraries. And we ate some of the best food in existence.
We probably talked about how perfect the weekend had gone a dozen times shortly before we were leaving. But we needed one last dinner. As we were searching for a nice place to eat, we saw this.
See what that window says? Do you SEE WHAT THAT WINDOW SAYS?! J.K. spent much time here when she was writing the first three novels. So, um. Yeah so yes we ate there. And it was fantastic. Then Erin, the girl I was with, went to use the bathroom. She came back and said, "Allyson. Go to the bathroom."
The WHOLE bathroom AND hallway are COVERED in thank you letters to J.K. I ended up not even using the bathroom. I just stood there taking pictures of ALL the things. It was so beautiful. I ended up scrounging for something to write with, came back with a crayon, and w
rote, "Always. Love, Allysonkate."
So, the weekend was wonderful, and you should all visit Scotland someday. I am back in Chicago now, and quite happy about that fact. I just need to write a few more blogs on my summer so I can remember these things. :]
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