1/9/14 - 1/9/14
Today started with a simple breakfast at Caffe Nero with Maya, or somebody who looked very much like her! After that it was off on a quest to collect our hire car, which was about a half hour walk away. Nowhere near public transport. Seemed cruel that a hire car service would just about need a car to get to it...
Anyway, in the end the Avis man was very friendly and it wasn't long before we were introduced to Leo the Peugeot, complete with skylight, in built GPS and fighter pilot display for the driver. Whoo! Neville was very impressed.
Simon boldly drove us back to Travelodge where we played a brilliant game of Tetris, and managed to fit five people and their luggage into the car. Kristie managed to score some free Rolos from the vending machine which made for an excellently chocolate fuelled start to our road trip.
First stop was Skipton, which had a population of similar age to the Skipton back home. The markets were a bit different though, and we couldn't find any platypus. English Skipton had a beautiful castle, but it was missing the charm of being offered mid-strength beer from a stranger's shed. Lunch was a hearty meal, and but the concept of squirty cream put us off trying dessert.
The drive to Edinburgh was entertaining, to say the least. We passed signs to brilliantly named places such as Giggleswick, Ecclefechen, Lamington and Crawfordjohn! There was also a sign for live pig racing (as opposed to dead pig racing?) and a curiously shaped pine plantation. Things really got exciting when we saw a sheepdog rounding up sheep for a man wearing a waistcoat and hat, and holding a walking stick. Stereotype alert!
When we arrived at Edinburgh at our flashy apartment, our pin didn't work to let us in. Hmm. We called the service staff, who had no notification of our booking. Hmm. Thankfully the apartments were still available, so we got what we had booked after all. And wow, what an apartment it was. Win!
By this stage, it was about 9.30pm and we were a bit concerned that we might not find any food... But never fear, ChaChaLaCa was here! So for dinner we had mexican food, served by Sicilians. Of course. Needless to say, Simon will now be invited to their next family function.
So with full bellies and some new friends acquired, we made our way back to our home for the next two nights.