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Monday, March 10th, 2008

Edinburgh – with its distinct Old Town and New Town districts – is an amazing city, and I have yet to meet someone who hasn’t thoroughly enjoyed it. I spent two really great nights in Edinburgh (one of which was Halloween), based at Budget Backpackers in the Old Town.

As the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh has quite the history. The photos below, and their captions, tell some of that story, at least the version I heard.

Ronan, myself, and another Budget Backpacker at the Frankenstein on the nightly Old Town pub crawl.

Greyfriars Bobby, the fervently loyal dog, has become somewhat of an Edinburgh icon.

A stained glass window in St. Margaret’s Chapel, which is the oldest building in Edinburgh Castle.

Greyfriars Kirkyard (the graveyard a stone’s throw from Budget Backpackers) on Halloween.  Very, very spooky.

The Black Mausoleum inside Greyfriars Kirkyard on Halloween.  Google “Covenanters Prison” to read about all sorts of haunted tales that originate here.

Edinburgh castle and the Princes Street Gardens, which separate Old Town and New Town.


Sunday, March 9th, 2008

Upon arriving in Newcastle, I made the decision to spend half of my time in the UK in Scotland (Edinburgh) and the other half in England (London). I bought a train ticket to Edinburgh, and I allowed myself enough time for a quick walk around Newcastle.

The Tyne Bridge.

Downtown Newcastle.

Eurotrip II

Monday, December 10th, 2007

From October 23 – November 3, I traveled solo on my second major trip through Europe. Over 11 days, I managed to visit four countries (Ireland, Norway, Scotland, and England), explore a monument older than the pyramids, experience an aborted plane landing, meet new people through CouchSurfing, sail across the North Sea, celebrate Halloween in Edinburgh, and spend a night on the streets of London. My goal is to have Eurotrip II blogged before Christmas.

Eurotrip II

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

The mid-semester break has arrived! Tomorrow I leave for Ireland, followed by Norway and the United Kingdom. Stay tuned!