Deep fried amazingness
3/9/14 - 3/9/14
Good morning Edinburgh! We got off to an energetic start to the day when we climbed the 287 or so steps in the Scott monument for some breathtaking views of the city. A sign at the bottom advised us to stick to the right when passing, but the stairs were so narrow in parts that passing was definitely not an option. Pat's backpack only just made it through at times.
Pat went off to the land of whisky, while the rest of us strolled the Royal Mile and found Enya again to help us through another day of holidaying. Lunch was hog roast from oink, with haggis seasoning and washed down with Irn-Bru. Then we did something we may never do again - had a deep fried Mars bar, and a deep fried Snickers. Whoa! Let me point out that the five of us shared these delicacies, as I really don't think my arteries would have been up to the challenge of managing that on my own. Pretty sure that it cancelled out all the stair based exercise from the morning.
By then it was time for Kristie to head to the train station and leave us for the bright lights of London. She scored a window seat and Enya sent her off with a packet of Percy Pigs to keep her company.
Belinda headed off to drag Pat away from his new whisky buddies, while Simon, Enya and I walked up more stairs to Calton Hill. Wow. I actually think the stairs-to-view ratio was better there than the Scott Monument. The National Monument looked to be made of cardboard, so we had to climb up to prove to ourselves that it was legitimately three dimensional.
Eventually Pat and Belinda arrived and Enya showed us the most impressive sight of all - the building where GTA was invented! Lonely Planet didn't tell us about that one, it's much better to have a local on hand for these crucial tips.
Enya had well and truly earned a break from us by then, so we said our farewells and headed off to Dundee. Or tried to, except that peak hour traffic got in the way. And when we finally made it to our final destination for the night, we drove straight past our accommodation and into a maze of one way streets and roundabouts. So about an hour after arriving in town, we ended up at a pub with Gus and Vikki - hoorah!
Duke's Corner had tasty burgers, sweet potato chips, amazing beer-wine hybrids, and open mic night. Can't ask for much more than that on a Wednesday night! We wandered over to Tickety-boo's to finish the night, and Vikki introduced us to the coke+wine concept... Different. I appreciated learning some new Dundonian expressions though - "awa en leh en yer een pish" will come in handy often, I think.
Closing time meant we had to go back to our fancy shmancy five star apartment (there's a sentence I haven't said before). Gotta love discounts! Time for some five star sleep.