Everyone told me I had to check it out, so here I am in beautiful Edinburgh. Look how totally medieval this place is! It’s so cool!
On the bus here from Skye, I met a fellow dreamer and doer named Jordan. He’s from Australia and is travelling with a one-way mindset as well. We got into some DEEP philosophical and inspirational conversation all the way here and for a couple days after. He’s a really cool dude.
When we got there, Jordan and I split ways for the afternoon and met up at a pub later that night. I waned to get some exploring in first.
I saw a familiar quote on a pub wall that has never quite resonated as hard as it does now.
We were lucky enough to get in town on a holiday weekend as well as the night before a big marathon, so literally every hostel, hotel, and Bed and Breakfast were completely booked for the night. So after it got nice and late, Jordan and I wandered to a nice, concealed grassy patch away from everything. (Scotland’s wild camping laws are awesome.) But the next morning, I woke up in my tent to Lady Gaga being blared through a PA system and a Scottish voice announcing the beginning of a race. I hurriedly packed up and looked over the bushes to see that I was about 20 feet from literally thousands of people gathered together waiting to start the marathon. Good morning, Edinburgh!
We retreated to the train station for some breakfast and mass people-watching. Then we were on a mission to find a hostel with empty beds. We figured looking in the morning was the best idea. The second one we got to was the Princes Street Backpackers’ Hostel, and after ascending their insanely long spiral staircase, we found our new home. I went ahead and booked three nights. Jordan only stayed for one as he was going to London the next day to visit family.
This hostel is so cool, though! It’s totally my kind of crowd. There are travellers staying here from all over the world and everyone is so friendly and welcoming. It was Sunday night and that meant that everyone staying got free dinner. It was a good chance to meet people and I immediately started bonding with some of the visitors that were staying long term and were either working at the hostel or a bar nearby. I’m starting to think it’s impossible for me to not make new friends.
After they found out I played guitar, they asked me to tune their three guitars that were in the common room and I serenaded the commons for a while until some of the guys talked me into teaching them one of the songs they recognized. One of the girls wanted to record it. It’s a bit suggestive, so this is my Parental Guidance warning for this video.
They were all going out for drinks and asked me to join them. We went to a place called “Captain’s.” It’s a small pirate-themed bar that has a live band every night. It was such a nice evening full of laughs and beautiful music.
Before we left, we got someone to take a picture of all of us. On the left is Remy from Estonia, then me, then Nicholas from Belgium, Renee from Australia, and on the right is Yenne from Finland.
How did I get so lucky as to meet these amazing people? There are so many more back at the hostel, but I’m sure you’ll hear about them in my next post.
After the clubs closed, I went to bed just before a group of Irish girls got back into the 10 person room from their pub crawl. They asked me if I wanted to join them downstairs for a tea party and cookies. I did not refuse.
Today, I slept in and just walked around Edinburgh into the evening sightseeing and reflecting. Tonight, I’ve been hanging out with everyone and drinking wine. They’ve all gone out again, but I stayed behind to relax and make this post. I have no clue what tomorrow will bring but I am very excited to find out. Good night, Edinburgh.