Hey everyone! Hello from Edinburgh, Scotland. I am traveling again. And I’m really really excited. This is my first full day here. I actually got here yesterday morning but it was a pretty busy, but delirious day. I was just very very tired, but today I explored quite a bit. And I’m actually probably going to put this clip before everything else because well, it is almost 8 o’clock in the evening and I didn’t vlog this morning. Nor when I was out and about. So today I did a lot and I’m going to kinda talk about that but I’ll probably do a voiceover. But yeah, overall my first impressions of Scotland and Edinburgh…it’s pretty amazing. It kind of reminds me a little of bit of Ireland. It’s… I would say hospitality is about the same. People are just really nice here. Feel wise, it’s kind of feels like to me a cross between Dublin and Galway. Like, it definitely has a city scene but it’s not as chaotic as a place like um Probably comparing apples to oranges here It’s not like Copenhagen where I just felt like it was very very city. This kind of has a nice mix between the two. So I’m really excited about that. I actually flew into Glasgow because it was pretty cheap. I got it for about 200 dollars… US dollars, one-way. And then from there I took a train that took about an hour. I still have two full days here. So I’m really excited to take you along with me. Welcome to Edinburgh, Scotland and let’s go explore! My first stop on Wednesday was to Dean Village. Which is to the NW of the city center. It was the center of the grain milling area for over 800 years in Edinburgh. It is really a lovely place just to walk around and relax for a bit. I then went to check out the Edinburgh Castle. It was one of the most important strongholds in Scotland and has been involved in many conflicts and wars over its history. It is one of Scotland’s most visited attractions with over 2 million visitors in 2018. I didn’t actually visit inside but the grounds of the castle and surrounding area are pretty beautiful. On Thursday morning I woke up early to hike to Arthur’s Seat. It was very close to my accommodation. It is an extinct volcano situated about a mile from the Edinburgh Castle. Almost to the top. I still have a little bit to go. But we’re getting there. It’s not too too bad. Its peak is 822 feet, or about 250 and a half meters. And provides a beautiful panoramic view of the city as you can see here albeit it was a little bit foggy. I do recommend sturdy athletic shoes or boots as it can be pretty slippery. As was the case on the day I visited. I would recommend going early in the morning When I went there were only a couple other people around When I looked at the peak later in the day it was pretty crowded. So, the early bird gets the worm. Later in the day, I headed over to the National Museum of Scotland. I actually went on my first day but… I was way too tired to comprehend anything. The museum has a ton of interesting exhibits. Although, I thought the one with all the cell phones was pretty interesting because these cell phones are now considered history. What?!? It makes me feel old! And did anyone have a RAZR phone? Because I always wanted one but I could never get one. The museum is free, although a donation is requested. And you can easily spend an entire afternoon here. Definitely don’t forget to check out the rooftop. Then began my self guided Harry Potter tour of Edinburgh. The Elephant House is where JK Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book and Victoria Street nearby is supposedly where she found the inspiration for you guessed it… Diagon Alley. A hidden gem in Edinburgh is the City Chambers There are JK Rowling’s handprints in bronze so go give her a high five! I also ended up in Greyfriars Kirkyard which is where supposedly JK Rowling drew some inspiration for some of her characters. I’m sure you’ll see some familiar names here such as Tom Riddle Mad-Eye Moody Professor McGonagall and of course, the Potter’s. There’s also an unofficial grave for Sirius Black. I also wandered over to St. Giles’ Cathedral. I definitely recommend taking a couple of minutes to go check it out. It’s absolutely beautiful. The stained glass is stunning. So I recommend it! I ended my day in Calton Hill. This is a pretty popular park to chill out and take in a good view. This is also where I was able to see Arthur’s Seat a little bit later in the day and I could see how crowded it was. I definitely recommend if it’s a good day just to take maybe a half-hour or so just to people watch and smile awkwardly at the camera like I just did. On my final day I headed over to the Scottish Parliament. It’s across from the Palace of Holyroodhouse which is the official residence of the British Monarch in Scotland. If you’re there to visit that, I definitely recommend visiting the Scottish Parliament across the street. It’s a free, self-guided tour that’s actually pretty interesting. and the building is pretty cool itself. And talking about free things to do, the Museum of Edinburgh is a fun place to spend an afternoon. It looks pretty small from the outside but it is filled with exhibits including an original copy of the National Covenant signed at Greyfriars Kirkyard in 1638. And that’s it! That’s my trip to Edinburgh! I had an amazing time and I really hope to be back in the future. Not only to Edinburgh but to Scotland in general just to explore other areas of the country. Everyone was so extremely nice and I felt at home almost immediately which is important as a solo traveler. Thank you so much for watching my video. I hope you enjoyed! 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