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Edinburgh Scotland. My New Favorite City.

We arrived from Glasgow this afternoon into Edinburgh (pronounced Ed-In-Burrow) by bus and I was instantly mesmerized by the city skyline. Our host for the next few days, Linda met us at the bus terminal and escorted us back to her pad, and what would now be known as Casa-de-Org for the next few nights. We were greeted first be Neru, a solid 95lb rottweiler.

Upon befriending the dog and passing his sniff tests, we met Linda’s flatmates Tina & Eileen, who like Linda are Germans studying language here at Uni. In addition, we met her other flatmate Ricardo from Lima. He later gave us some good travel tips for the South American leg of our trip.

This CouchSurfing thing just keeps getting better and better each time. Linda was so nice, and even donated her entire room for us to stay in. So hospitable!

We’ll venture out into the city early tomorrow to see what adventure we will encounter. Tonight we’re hanging with the hosts and getting recommendations of must-see-sights.

All Work. No Play. A Little Travel.

Today was a dedicated work day before we head off to Edinburgh. Here’s a photo of us pilfering WiFi on a street corner

Glasgow’s Greatest Hits

This city isn’t really all that impressive to be honest. We lucked out however with our first CouchSurfing hosts. A group of 4 Australians (Sarah, James, Megan, Hanna) were really cool people. Very laid back and ya just gotta love the Aussie accents. They were also hosting another young lady Claire from Tasmania, as well as a couple of German ladies. It was quite the cultural stew simmering in their three story apartment. The accommodations were very comfortable and we all enjoyed exchanging travel stories. One might say it was destiny, check out the next door neighboors:

The city itself seems to be a bit victimized by the international conglomerates. The Gap. HMV. T.G.I. Fridays. McDonalds all seem to dominate the very busy pedestrian-only Buchanan and Argyle Streets. The outskirts of this shopping meca are littered with boarded up mom and pop shops that once were. About the only establishments with lit neon signs in the windows were the old pubs that are still frequented by the older locals. On the upside, the new development area provided an spot for some funky Scottish street performers to show off their skills.

The western part of the city however made the trip worthwhile. There were some well kept gardens that were full of color.

As well as tennis courts, lawn bowling greens, fountains…

…skate parks…


…a river…

…and what looked like a church…

… actually turned out to be The University of Glasgow. The grounds of the campus were absolutely amazing! I couldn’t help but feel that it was used as the background for many Oscar winning performances.

But for me, the highlight of the trip had to be God! Apparently unbeknownst to me he/she/it released a new album! Available on CD, Vinyl and Download.

I don’t know about you, but I for one am super excited to hear what the big G can do with an electric bass guitar!

But here’s where Glasgow really takes a turn for the worst…


This guys expression pretty much says it all

Shocking! Yeah, I know.

No, but in all seriousness, those “Cancelled” stickers were seen on numerous posters throughout the city. And if you were to look really closely at them they are quite an ingenious bit of social engineering on the part of the Glasgow city council. Instead of pre-posting signs on walls that say “Post No Bills” they instead wait for those bills to be posted, and then slap “Cancelled” stickers on them so as to deceive the passers by into thinking the advertised album/concert/event, etc… has in fact been canceled. It would be interesting to see statistical data that shows if sales actually are affected, or if people have learned to just tune out the red and white stickers and still go buy God’s Greatest Hits anyways.

Goodbye Ireland, Hello Scotland.

Ireland upon departure…

… and Scotland upon arrival.

It’s wet outside. Yuck. We are off to catch a cab and brave a whole new world of CouchSurfing! This should be interesting!

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