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Monday, September 7, 2015

Scotland Day 1 - Glasgow and Edinburgh

After an eight hour flight we landed in Glasgow. At our ages, all Alan and I really wanted to do was to sleep on the plane and since it would be 9:00 in the morning when we landed, a good rest on the plane would have helped our jet-lag lots and made sure we were mentally and physically in good shape for our first day in Scotland. Of course, Anya had other plans, so all we did during the flight was to entertain her and to walk her here and there on the plane so she would not disturb other passengers.
Although our train to Oban was leaving early the next day, instead of staying in Glasgow, we decided to check out the International Festival in Edinburgh instead. I did however have something that I just needed to buy before we did anything else - the bug repellent for the midge. It might sound a little crazy, but after reading 5 books about travelling in Scotland Highlands & Islands, it was almost impossible for me to not get worried about being attacked by the bugs (note: Alan, who by the way read none of the books, did not believe me and kept saying I was ridiculous, but as I will describe in the later posts, he was indeed attacked by these merciless creatures and I got to say "I told you so".) So, before we catched the train to Edinburgh, we visited Glasgow's famous shopping street - Buchanan street, and got the "smidge", the most promising midge repellent in Scotland.
After a short break in our hotel, we took a short walk to Buchanan St. and we walked by George Square.
There were lots of signs for "People Make Glasgow" close to George square. We later found out they were for attracting investments in Glasgow.
Buchanan St. - By this time Anya was extremely tired from the jet-lag, but she was still smiling. I was so proud of my baby.
We then took what would be the first of our many train rides in Scotland. Anya had always have a thing for trains (which little girl hadn't...?), and this was the first time that she could recognize that she's on the actual train, so it was very exciting for her.
After arriving at the Waverley Station in Edinburgh, we immediately looked for the Royal Mile and walked towards the Edinburgh Castle. I mentioned previously that there was the International Festival in Edinburgh, so the Royal Mile was crowded with lots of interesting performances going on. 

Of all the performances, this was our favorite. This person is so talented and we were lucky to be in the front row for this.

Thousands of flyers for the shows and performances
According to my very nicely done itinerary, we were supposed to enjoy a cup of coffee at the Elephant House, where JK Rowling wrote the Harry Potter books. But the line up was so long and we did not want Anya to wait in the pouring rain with us, so we took a picture and looked for some place else where we could just let Anya take a break from the rain.
We ended up in the café of the Central Library of Edinburgh. It was not at all what I planned. In fact, as I would later discovered, because we were so busy with Anya, we did not really have any proper meal aside from the breakfast in our hotels or B&Bs everyday. However, just like any other time when I travelled with Alan, all those memories picnicking outside or having small snacks in the hotels, on the train, or in some random places became wonderful memories. When we were taking a break from the rain in this library café, we were so happy because Anya was so happy. She got out of her fancy raincoat and truly enjoyed the food there.
After our little snack break, the rain was gone, and we were back on the now much more deserted street. With our clothes dry and our tummy full of food, we walked away from the Castle and was ready to catch the train back to Glasgow.

While it was a lot of traveling both on the plane and on the train that day, we did not regret going to Edinburgh. It is a beautiful city and we would not have wanted to miss it.

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