The Land of Scots

[November 20th to 22nd]

This is the last trip, I swear.

I tagged along with all my friends living in the apartments (instead of with a host family) to Scotland. It was nice to be in a place where everyone spoke English. Our plane landed and we went through immigration and got passport stamps! We had to convert our money from euros to pounds. A train took us in to the city center. Christmas markets were set up in the city so we decided to walk around and get lunch. Our Airbnb check in wasn’t until 3 PM anyway.

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Here is the cafe where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter.

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And here is the grave of Tom Riddle (from Harry Potter).

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The Air BnB was real nice. For dinner, Logan and Ben were the lead chefs of a delicious chicken dinner. Then we watched a documentary on the Loch Ness Monster and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

The gang had planned a van tour through the Scottish highlands. We taxied into the city and met up with the tour guide and the other touring people. The tour had to start early since the sun isn’t in the sky for very long in the winter. Anyway, we drove along, stopping occasionally to snap pics. I wished we’d been able to stop more often and for longer periods of time.

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Scotland is beautiful and I want to go back. Apparently, the country has a ‘right to roam’ law or something that allows people to camp (almost) wherever they want, provided they leave the land as they found it.

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Around here is where Hagrid’s hut stood for the filming of the Harry Potter movies.

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Our final destination was Loch Ness, where the fabled Nessie lives. Lunch was supposedly the best fish and chips place in Scotland. They were indeed delicious (but Iceland’s was better).

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The sun set as we drove back to Edinburgh. Before dropping us off, we made a final stop to take pictures of this bridge.

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We had dinner at burger place. Then we watched Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

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