Edinburgh Day 1: I find the motherland

After we finished at the Castle and the tartan mill (read about that here), we headed off in search of the Writer’s Museum. As an English major (read nerd), I was beyond excited to see this museum!

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We naturally got lost! But, we got to see a lot more of Edinburgh, which was also totally worth it! Edinburgh is stunning! It still holds its medieval charm with its big old stone buildings! It was an incredible experience to get to explore this city!

I actually looked into going to grad school here because I fell in love with the city that much, but, shhhh, don’t tell my mom. She would kill me if I did that!

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Eventually, after looking in the complete wrong section of the city, we saw it tucked away in it’s own little courtyard right off the main street we had spent the beginning part of the day on.

So, if you plan on going to the Writer’s Museum, be sure to look for it on the map before you blindly head off to try and find it! I was so excited to see this museum! It was like finding the motherland for English majors!

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It was the cutest building! It was really tall and skinny, and looked like something out of a storybook (Oh, the irony!)!

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I was excited!

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The first room you walk into is a combination of a gift shop (where I did not buy a whole bunch of stuff!), and a little living room area. It was full of comfy old arm chairs and a fireplace. I really wanted to curl up with a book and just read for hours!

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On the main floor, they had a big exhibit about Robert Burns. This wasn’t an author I was familiar with before we went to this museum, so it was really nice to learn about a new author that I wasn’t familiar with!

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Naomi likes to ruin all my nice pictures!

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After we finished exploring the first floor, we climbed the tiny spiral staircase up to the very top floor attic area. Inside, they had an old printing press! This was soooo cool to see since I’m a nerd and really like that kind of stuff!

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Heather also likes to ruin my pretty pictures!

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We hung out in the courtyard for a while while we tried to figure out where we wanted to go next. This was a little irritating to me since I like to have a plan going into each trip, but I decided to roll with the punches and let them decide. We had done the two things I had really wanted to do so I was fine with whatever they decided to do next.

But I did find a way to kill the time while they decided…

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Yea, that happened…

So, we decided that we wanted to head to the Elephant House Cafe next for a snack. This was wildly exciting for me since I am a huge Harry Potter fan!

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For those that don’t know, this is where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter! It was so exciting to sit in the same cafe where she wrote Harry Potter!

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I got a cappuccino and a piece of lemon and lavender cake that were both delicious!

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I highly recommend checking out Elephant House if you’re ever in Edinburgh! The staff are great and you can be as nerdy as you want in there and nobody judges!

Once we were done there, we started wandering up towards a church that Naomi’s mom wanted to see. Before we got there though, we saw the National Library and decided to stop in since two of the four of us were English majors.

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We saw a few floors of books but you weren’t allowed to take pictures. While we were there they had an exhibit on the Plague and Illnesses in medieval Scotland. While it was rather gruesome at times, it was something cool to learn about!

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In a lot of the cabinets, designed to look like coffins, they had actual old body parts that had suffered from that particular disease. Some were real nasty to look at!

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It was ultimately a really cool exhibit to explore! It did gross me out a little but it was really cool to check out and to give us a little history lesson.

After we were done at the National Library, we headed of to Saint Giles Cathedral, the church Naomi’s mom wanted to see.

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I got sassed at this point by a lovely worker-bee, who told me that I wasn’t allowed to take pictures inside the cathedral. I’m sure you know where this is headed. So, I whipped out the cellphone and snapped pictures when I was sure no one was watching!

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We left Saint Giles Cathedral, and decided it was probably time for an early dinner and an early bedtime. We found a cute little Italian place, called Bella Italia, down the road from the cathedral and stopped in for dinner.

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I got Carbonara as it’s my favorite Italian dish! It was soooo good! We followed it up with some very decadent desserts!

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After dinner, we headed back towards the hostel. We all got ready for bed and fell right to sleep to gain back our energy for another busy day in Scotland the following morning. Stay tuned!

 

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