Friday, 30 November 2012

A trip to way of Perth.

As you may or may not be aware, one of my good friends from high school is doing his Master's degree in Ireland this year. He flew over last weekend for Thanksgiving, and we took an impromptu trip to Edinburgh. 
Sort of.
We booked the bus tickets online the night before and showed up bright and early at the Buchanan Street station. We found the bus going to Edinburgh and attempted to get on it.
I say "attempted" because we were promptly told by the bus driver that we were on the wrong bus. He directed us to another bus, but it didn't say it was headed for Edinburgh. So we asked the second bus driver, who assured us that his bus was indeed going to Edinburgh, we'd just have to transfer. And he'd let us know when we needed to get off for our transfer.

We're so excited!

We occupied ourselves pretty well, just catching up on each other's lives. We started to notice that this bus ride was taking a long time, longer than the hour it should have been. We tried to get off a couple of times, but the bus driver told us that we weren't at our transfer yet. 
Two and a half hours after we left Glasgow, we hit our transfer city: Perth. For those of you who don't know much about the cities of Scotland, picture a very narrow pyramid. The bottom cities are Glasgow and Edinburgh; the top city is Perth. 

We laughed at ourselves for a good twenty minutes once we caught our transfer bus to Edinburgh. We're of the honored but select few who could managed to make a one hour bus ride into a five hour one. 
So excited to be in Perth!

We did at last make it to Edinburgh around 2 in the afternoon. I hadn't eaten breakfast, and Ace had eaten chocolate cake for breakfast, so our first stop was food. I noticed immediately that Edinburgh felt much colder than Glasgow--I'm so grateful I live in Glasgow, if only for that! We didn't have much time before our bus home, so we wandered up to the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle.

We originally planned to go inside of the castle, but when we saw the price of 14.50, we said, "The outside is so lovely!" 

We managed to get on the right bus for our trip home (thank goodness), and only had a minor run-in with a slightly insane woman who wanted to be our friend. I had a great time and it was so nice to catch up with an old friend. Hopefully the next time I go to Edinburgh, I'll actually get to see more of the city. Next time I go to Edinburgh, I won't let the bus driver bully me onto the wrong bus!
Ah, adventures and misadventures. 


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