Friday, August 27, 2010
Today I left Edinburgh at 6a for a nine hour bus ride to London. At 3:30p I arrived, set my GPS for the Sidney Webb House, and walked 3.3 miles in the rain with 50+ lbs of stuff and a cold… I arrived about an hour later and was about to pass out when a guy from the lobby showed up with information about a class meeting taking place. After the meeting I took a shower, unpacked and passed out in my dorm.
This morning we went on a walk around Southwark (pronounced "suffic"). The first stop was St George the Martyr - a 1726 church with a beacon utilizing three aluminated faces.
Next we went to Southwark Cathedral and Borough (pronounced "burra") Market - the last wholesale food market, where we saw "dead" rabbits hanging around still twitching a bit.
Then we saw a reconstructed galleon called the Golden Hinde. Sir Francis Drake sailed around the world the world from 1577 to 1580 and 140,000 miles in total in the galleon.
Finally, we stopped at The Tate Modern museum where we also saw the Millenium Bridge, St Paul's Cathedral and the Globe Theater.
We took a break and then went to the London Eye where we saw Big Ben, Parliament, etc from a birds eye view.
This morning we went to the British Museum and saw the vast selection of fossils, modern art and artifacts from around the world including the Rosetta Stone - an ancient Egyptian granodiorite stele inscribed with a decree issued at Memphis in 196 BCE on behalf of King Ptolemy V. The decree appears in three scripts: the upper text is Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, the middle portion Demotic script, and the lowest Ancient Greek. The stone provided the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs.
After the museum I went to Tesco and bought some food and an Ethernet cable then had an LSE student try to log me into the internet with her log in info but it didn’t work… worth a shot.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Today I went to the Babelon Cafe for breakfast where I had two bacon, two sausage, two eggs, a potato scone, hash browns, beans, toast, tea, and a turnip all for £4! Next I set off to look at some impressionist paintings at the National Gallery followed by some photography at the Scottish Parliament.
Then I climbed Arthur's Seat.
As I reached the top I realized there was another mountain - the actual Arthur's Seat.
On the way back I took a different route... down a sheer cliff.
Next I went to Carlton Hill where they have an incomplete replica of the Parthenon.
On the way back I saw some great views from up on the hill.
After a while I headed back into the city for some free comedy shows.
Then, as I was heading back to my hostel I ran into a lady who directed me to free tea. With the tea they also provided music by a Christian group. There I met a guy named Robert The Bruce and two Scottish girls. Back at my hostel I Skyped a bit and got ready to leave. Before I knew it the clock hit 4a and it was time to go catch my 9 hour bus ride to London.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Scotland Tour Day 5:
This morning we left the castle and headed for Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle.
After seeing some Lochs (lakes) we went to the Commando Memorial.
Glen Lyon, as with all glens, was formed by glaciers passing through and scraping out valleys between the hard stone. Caledonia, referring to the beautiful forests, was named that by the Romans back before the actual forests were cut down leading to deforestation of a majority of the land.
Finally we went back to Edinburgh where I checked back into Brodies Backpackers and went out to explore the Fringe Festival a bit.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Scotland Tour Day 4:
Today we woke up and got on the bus back to the ferry. We stopped in Kirkwall to see St Magnus Cathedral.
Next we stopped at the beach again.
Then we took the ferry back to the mainland and drove for a few hours.
We soon arrived at the Falls of Shin where watched salmon jump.
Finally we arrived at our supposedly haunted hostel, Carbisdale Castle.
It had a cool feel to it and would probably creep out most paranoid types but, with the statues and paintings, it really seemed more like a museum than a haunted mansion.
Later in the evening we took a group photo and headed down to Invershin Hotel Pub.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Scotland Tour Day 2:Today we headed for Orkney and stopped at some cliffs where some Puffins were nesting.
Then we went to Sticts of Duncensby Beach where some of the others decided to jump into the ocean for some reason... brrr.
We soon arrived at the Tomb of the Eagles and climbed down a tunnel into some caves with skulls. It would seem the neolithic farmers of Scotland weren't so friendly after all...
Finally, on the way to Kirkwall in Orkney, we stopped at a neat little Italian Chapel . After we arrived I had deep fried Haggis. The Haggis didn't really have any definitive flavor - probably because it's deep-fried. I would recommend.