After a month of journeying alone, I put a hiatus on my solo travel to join my mom in Scotland for two weeks. Continuing with my newfound love of travel by train, I left Paris Gare du Nord for London Kings Cross where I quickly switched trains to make my way to Edinburgh. The trip itself was lovely, green fields spotted with yellow wild flowers and sheep flashed by my window nearly continuously.
Welcoming us to Scotland was the wonderful city of Edinburgh. It's a small city of about half a million, while the entirety of Scotland is home to about 5 million people. I got used to using pounds, the fifth currency I've used in one month, and adjusted to the exchange rate (not very favorable). I also picked up on some new English terms during my time there; always say wee and never little, there's a difference between chips and crisps, and you say 'cheers now' instead of goodbye. Armed with this colloquial knowledge we explored all that Edinburgh had to offer, from palaces and abbeys to castles and pubs. The city itself is a blend of old and new, although new is entirely relative since the 'new city' was created before America was a nation.
On our list of Edinburgh must-sees we crossed off the Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyrood, Salisbury Crags and Arthur's seat, Leith water walk and the Royal Mile. We have another two days in the city after our highlands adventures where we will attempt to fit in the remainder of all that this city has to offer.