I touched down in Scotland at 8am on Tuesday 2nd after two flight connections and working with 3 hours sleep since Monday. I got a second wind as I left Glasgow airport and was inspired to check out a couple favourite stops in Glasgow before I took the train to Edinburgh. After all, I couldn't check in to my hostel till 3pm...
That inspiration lasted less than the 25 min bus ride into the city centre. Instead I went with my first plan which was to train to Edinburgh, dump my bag at the hostel baggage room and find myself somewhere dry where I could collapse in a heap till check in.
The weather was a little wet for the last part of the plan, so once in Edinburgh I set to keeping myself moving as I counted down the hours. First it was a lark down the Royal Mile to convince myself I was back in Scotland and it wasn't a dream. Then I popped on down to the National Gallery of Scotland, a place I regrettably didn't have time for during my last trip. It not only had toilets, but wifi! Two of my favourite things while travelling... oh, and some INCREDIBLE artwork. Even a Holbein! (Man was I happy to find that!) I've added some images to the Photo page from some of the paintings that caught my eye.
After the gallery I went to the Edinburgh Fringe office to pick up my tickets and then back to the hostel to check in.
The afternoon consisted of a blissful one hour nap, then my dorm buddies started arriving. I headed out into the light showers again to track a quicker route to the Royal Mile, did some food shopping and made dinner. Then it was off to bed because my Fringe experience starts Thursday!