Wiggle wiggle splat
2/9/14 - 2/9/14
Simon started the day with a trip to the shops for breakfast supplies, and came back with some advice from the cashier - "when walking around Edinburgh, you need sturdy shoes, an umbrella and sunglasses... because you just never know." Equipped with this knowledge, we set off to walk the Royal Mile. KK and the O'Bennetts checked out the castle, while the Buccheris visited the Museum of Edinburgh. It was mildly entertaining, but I probably won't need to go there again. After a quick beverage at the Castle Arms, we met up with Enya and presented her with the whaleboating shirt she'd been waiting 7 months for. Better late than never I suppose!
We went to Howie's for lunch, where we all tried to out-Scottish each other. Simon was probably the winner because he had cullen skink followed by haggis, neeps and tatties, but the rest of us came a close second by having haggis and Irn-Bru.
After lunch, it was off to Camera Obscura to play wiggle wiggle splat with the people of Edinburgh. What a fantastic way to spend an afternoon - our poor brains were completely muddled by the end of it! So many optical illusions, including the most ridiculous vortex tunnel and hilarious mirror maze.
Next on the agenda was the Real Mary King's Close tour - Neville got a little bit claustrophobic underground, but it was all good fun. We even managed to survive the plague, which is no mean feat. We celebrated with a beverage at the Greyfriar's Bobby pub, until we were accosted by a drooling gentleman who had obviously consumed some mind-altering substances and probably planned to consume some more. He then walked in front of a bus, while we walked in the exact opposite direction.
The next quest was Escape, which we convinced Enya to join us in. The initial challenge was finding the place, and then the challenge of getting out of it began. It's hard to explain without spoiling it, but essentially the six of us were locked in a room and had to decode our way out of it. Enya had the brilliant idea of turning the lights off, and they then wouldn't turn back on again. Eep! Three minutes of darkness. We all had our moments of inspiration and intelligence, and our fair share of "duh" moments too. The funniest part was when we found the final key, only to discover that it didn't actually work! Luckily the staff let us out.
After that, it was a trip to the 24hour McDonald's and then some faffing about and analysing our Escape experience before we finally let our brains get some rest.