Sunday, August 21, 2011

Scottish journeys

When I knew I was going to London I wanted to try to see as much of the United Kingdom as I could while I was there. I would have loved to have seen more, but I decided not to stretch my limited budget too far which would just result in my stressing about money the entire trip. One few places that I did get to go was Scotland.

Due to the United Kingdom being quite small is it quite quick and easy to travel among places there. Edinburgh is connected with London by rail and is just a quick four hour journey. Unfortunately for me the trains in the UK are very expensive. I didn't see the train fitting into my budget. The good news is buses are just as easily linked to many cities of interest and are just a small fraction of the price of the train. However the bus would take 9.5 hours to get to Edinburgh from London. But being a poor Peace Corps volunteer and having lots of time to use up on this trip I boarded a bus at nine a.m. from London Victoria Coach Station.

My journey in Scotland was short, just Wednesday at six pm until Saturday at 11am, but it was a very full  one. I stayed at a great hostel and had a nice time there enjoying the comfy bed, free Internet use, and breakfast.

Check back tomorrow to continue to read about my journey in Scotland. But for now please take a look at these colorful images I took while in Edinburgh.
Time out for some tea at the Black Medicine Coffee Co.

One of the many cashmere and lambswool shops in Edinburgh

The Sir Walter Scott Monument built in 1844 on Princes St. for the Scottish author

Lots of theatre posters all over Edinburgh due to the Fringe Festival going on