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After Leeds I headed north to Edinburgh, Scotland. Even though I was only there for a day, I fell in love with the city. The history and culture was so inviting. I stayed about a 5 minute walk from High street at the budget backpackers hostel. If any young people are planning on travelling to Edinburgh I would suggest staying there, the staff was very nice and it is all young backpackers.

While in Edinburgh I met Melissa, from TN. She is studying in Caen, France and was on break and decided to go to scotland for a couple days. We met the first night there and then basically spent the entire time together. We even took a day tour to loch ness, which was awesome. It was nice to meet someone from the states over here that was not in a group. Most americans dont travel alone, I am in a feild on my own. I have met some american guys who were travelling alone, but melissa was the first girl. Yes, she is studying abroad so it is different, but cool non-the-less.

Ok, when I arrived in Edinburgh I was shocked to experiance how hilly it is. I knew it was hilly and well....on a hill, but I was not prepared for the massive slopes, and when you are trying to find a hostel walking up and down hills for about and hour with a 40 lb backpack and heavy bags in your hands....uuuggg. Not fun. But I got there and then everything was fine and dandy.

ok, so my first full day was for the city, went on a morning tour then melissa and I went to the castle and basically just walked around the entire day.

One of the great things about edinburgh, at least as a backpacker, you can get great meals for basically half price. At The Last Drop anything 6 50 and under is 3 50pp and The Castle Arms has a menu only for young people who have a hostel key or room card. Nothing is more that 4 pounds and it is a good full meal.

The next day Melissa and I woke up early to walk to our Loch Ness tour meeting place. we were on a tour with 9 other people, 12 including us and the driver/tour guide. Speaking of the guide, she was awesome. She told us so many stories and scotish facts, I was loving it.

The tour included a bunch, but the highlights were Glencoe and Loch Ness. I could have stayed in Glencoe forever, in a feild of grass surrounded by snowtipped mountains. If I do not live near the ocean I will live near mountains, maybe I could do both....:) well if I live in Maine that is highly possible.

Loch Ness was great, it is safe to say that i have been converted into a believer. I believe there are unknown creatures living in the Loch. I do
not however believe that they are monsters. Ricky, the resident marine biologist and "beleiver" convinced me that it either has undefined creatures or it is haunted, and along with some facts that I do not remember, haha, it has to be the undefined creature path. If you think I have been away from home too long already because of the preceding well, thats silly. If you went there you would beleive too.

The night we got back to Edinburgh we learned that the weather was horrible while we were out. I have not had any bad weather yet, knock on wood. It is very nice, but I have to say that it is hard having beautiful days because I feel really guilty when all I want to do it sit in my room and listen to broadway soundtracks. But I remind myself that I would go insane if I never had any down time.

The next morning I woke up around 5 30 to catch a 6 30 train to Canterbury Via London. It took the entire day, but i finally got to Canterbury.

Gillian and David Ratcliff were my hosts. I was guided to them by Kathleen Bird. They were in her choir in Frankfurt and are now living in Canterbury. It was a pretty low key couple of days but I was happy for that. Sunday we went to St.Martins and the Cathedral and had afternoon tea and then that night we had a wonderful homecooked meal made by Gillian. It was wonderful.

We went to evensong at the cathedral, a small all women group was singing because the cathedral choir was on their easter break. I made me abit sad, a similar feeling I got in oxford and st.pauls. I relly miss choir, it is something that...well....defined me for a long time. and now I dont even bring it up when peopl ask me to tell them about my high school years. I am not going to say that what happened with the choir shouldnt have, becasue even if I think that it does nothing for me or it, but I will say that I wish the people "in charge" of the "change" could have handled it toally differently. St.Lukes had something many churchs dont, and I do not mean a choir, I mean a young people community. There were at least 8 teenagers at church every sunday, not because their parents made them but because they wanted to be there. I miss sundays, how they used to be. Running through basemet to the girls vestment room trying not to be late to an already began warm-up, lock-ins, laying in the grass of the schmitt halls house having "youth group" was what defined my adolesense.

ok....I know...abit off the trail of my trip in europe

So then Paris, I went and stayed with Victor Dillard, a friend from PIC for all of you who do not know him. He works for Loreal, so during the day I was on my own. I was fine, not great, I think Paris needs done with people....who speak french. I was so confused all the time. But it was beautiful.

so I will update you on spain when I am out of it, so bye!
many love and adventures
Alice

Posted by jensinapac 02:37 Archived in Spain

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