This morning I woke up on time yet again because I knew I needed to finish packing and making sure I had everything for my trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. I finished checking over everything relatively quickly so I decided to actually go down to the lobby for breakfast- shocking, I know. Although it looked intimidating at first, it really was quick and easy. They sat you at a table and then you could enjoy the buffet style food. I opted for eggs, bacon, and some fruit to go with my breakfast tea. Afterwards I went upstairs quickly and did some other little things to tidy up since I knew I would be leaving directly following class.
For class today we once again traveled to the Barbican (in a really complicated, non-efficient way) to meet with Libby Rice, Archivist and Philip Stuart, Discographer for the London Symphony Orchestra. The London Symphony Orchestra has a very impressive resume including my clear favorite, Harry Potter. They have also done work on Star Wars and many other prominent movies since their beginning.
Around 12:00 PM I started getting antsy about getting to the train station. My train was set to leave at 1:30 PM and it was a twenty minute trip back to the hotel and then another fifteen to the train station. I just had to pick up my backpack, but I had been conditioned by my dad to be early to everything- ESPECIALLY when it involved traveling. At 12:08 PM we were just finishing up, but I excused myself so I would have time.
I then jogged about a half mile to the tube station and ended up saving about five minutes on the total journey time. I wanted to arrive at the train station forty-five minutes early (12:45 PM) and ended up entering the station right at 12:48 PM. I got a sandwich and a bottle of water from Starbucks and then waited for them to post what track my train would be coming in at.
Once it was posted I headed onto the train and found my seat for the five hour journey. The five hours honestly flew by. I’m not even sure I could tell you what I did to amuse myself for five hours but it was some combination of writing, procrastinating, and just looking out the window at the BEAUTIFUL sunsets.
When I arrived in Edinburgh I found my way to what I thought was my hostel, but actually turned out to be the hostel I had originally booked before I switched the dates I went to Edinburgh. They were incredibly friendly though and directly me towards where I would ACTUALLY be staying which was literally right across the street.
I went into the hostel, dropped my stuff off, and then went directly out to go and try to buy shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. I found a grocery store in the mall so I got what I needed and then took the long way back so I could go across a bridge and look at the city lights. When I got back to the hostel I went downstairs and sat with my laptop for a bit. I met a guy named Stephen who talked to me about Edinburgh and how great the city was. He was nice, but a bit too nice so after I little while I was like, “Oh, sorry, I’m going to call my boyfriend now.”
I actually ended up talking to Zack for a little while before actually talking to Peter. Once I hung up I went upstairs and decided to take a shower and then go to bed. The shower’s were apparently co-ed, which was a little off-putting, but generally not too too bad. Afterwards I went back into the room and quickly passed out.
I already thoroughly enjoyed Edinburgh and looked forward to seeing what tomorrow would bring.