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Cheers, Edinburgh!

sunny 55 °F

After a slow start to the morning (which involves eating fudge for breakfast and watching a British house hunting show) we head out to a couple of whisky shops so Matt can buy a bottle to take back to the States. We also stop into the Scottish Whisky Experience, which gives tours of the whisky-making process and has a good selection of labels and accessories (drams, tasting glasses, whisky stones, etc).

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After a walk through New Town and trendy George Street, we have lunch at Milne's Bar, located about half a block north of Princes Street. Matt orders a sirloin steak with a side salad and a Strongbow; I have a veggie burger made from some sort of delicious mixture of mozzarella cheese, pesto, sweet potatoes and onions, plus chunky chips and a cappuccino.

Before heading back to the apartment, we walk through the Princes Street Gardens to the mall before returning to the flat to relax. At about 7 we go out to dinner at our favorite bar, Whiski. Matt orders a venison steak with fondant potato and salad, and I have a steak sandwich with caramelized onions, chips and salad. We go through a variety of drinks (for Matt, two pints of Strongbow, a 15-year-old Glenfarclas, and an Ardmore; for me, a pint of Strongbow and a 12-year-old Auchentoshan) and relax for a couple hours, listening to a Scottish-Irish folk band, the Gorms. The band consists of a fiddle player, a female tin whistle player and a guitarist who also plays the bodhran; I sing along to “Will You Go Lassie Go” and “Star of the County Down” while Matt drums softly on the table.

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Back at the apartment at 11:30, we engage in a packing frenzy and struggle to fit our many souvenirs into our luggage like a game of Tetris. We clean, fold and organize in a semi-tipsy state that makes us just want to sleep, but we have too much to do before we need to catch our early flight in the morning.

During the past 13 days, we have endeavored to see and do as much as we could pack into a day. Here are our selections for the most memorable experiences we've had during our trip to Edinburgh.

Favorite experience/activity:

Shannon
1: Exploring Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven
2: Hiking to Salisbury Crags

Matt
1: Exploring Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven
2: Pub-hopping with coworkers, including a private whisky tasting

Favorite pub:

Shannon
1: Whiski Bar
2: The Malt Shovel

Matt
1: Whiski Bar
2: The Albanach

Favorite food/meal:

Shannon
1: Fish and chips from the Malt Shovel
2: Sticky toffee pudding from Whiski

Matt
1: Venison steak from Whiski
2: Exotic meats at Khublai Khan

Favorite whisky:

Shannon
1: Edradour 10 YO
2: Dalwhinnie 15 YO

Matt
1: Glendronach 18 YO
2: Glenfarclas 15 YO

Favorite aspect of Edinburgh:

Shannon
1: The sense of history—and mystery—of Old Town
2: The vibrant pub culture

Matt
1: Everything looks so historical and old
2: The interesting mix of travelers' different languages and cultures

This is our last night in Edinburgh. The past two weeks have flown by in what feels like a blink, but I can honestly say that we have made the most of this experience and taken advantage of every day. I have fallen in love with this ancient city, the bustling pubs and the history around every turn. Tomorrow, when we fly back home, I know I will miss this vibrant city with its friendly people and rain-slicked cobblestones.

Novelist Pat Conroy once said, “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” No matter where we go in life, the experience of Scotland will never leave us. The smell of the sea in North Berwick, the waves crashing below Dunnottar Castle, the otherworldly green of the grass, the melodic hum of a pub full of conversations—these are sensations, images that will never be forgotten.

Until we meet again, Edinburgh. Cheers!

Posted by GoWander 16:08 Archived in Scotland

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