6/12 Edinburgh Castle

We had our first class meeting this morning. It was interesting to see the presentations from the literature class and to hear the ideas from the media class. It will be interesting to see what all comes out of our projects and I am excited to see the finished products.
After class we headed to Edinburgh castle. You could definitely tell the difference between the media and literature students as those of us in the media class were snapping pictures right and left walking down the Royal Mile, and the rest of the group ended up having to wait for us to catch up. The Royal Mile was amazing and there was so much to see and take pictures of: street performers, old buildings, statues, etc…
When inside the castle, we got to experience the famed cannon shot at 1 o’clock that happens every day except Sundays. The funny thing was we weren’t expecting it and it scared the crap out of all of us because we were almost right next to it. The castle was very big and cool, but one thing I didn’t like about it was that it had kind of a touristy amusement park feel to it. There was a wedding taking place while we were there as well, but in regular wedding clothes and not traditional Scottish wedding garb so I was a bit disappointed. The crown jewels were also on display in a section of the castle as well. There were several sections of great interest such as the dungeon and war museum as well.
Overall, Edinburgh Castle was pretty cool though, and it was the first real castle I’ve ever seen in person, so it was a great experience and a beautiful view of the city. After touring the castle Chelsea and I set off on another adventure in downtown Edinburgh. We ran into the same woman from the day before who was trying to get money for lavender and fortunetelling. The funny thing was she didn’t remember us from the day before even though we told her. I guess that said something about her psychic powers. Maybe she can only see the future and not the past… okay probably not ☺
After looking through some stores we headed back to the university. Later on that night I met up with some other classmates in the campus pub and played a card game called bullshit. It was my first time playing so I started off pretty bad, but ended up winning the second game. Some Scottish dude came over to play with us who was really drunk and had his fly unzipped. When it was brought to his attention that his fly needed zipping, he said (or slurred) that he always walked around like that…
This day added to the experience of Edinburgh from the first day, and I feel very fortunate that I had two days like this to become more familiar with my stomping grounds for the next few weeks. I was so excited about the weekend coming up in the Highlands that it was hard for me to get to sleep, but I did eventually.

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