A Glimpse of Scotland’s Treasure Part 1

Me and my travel partner, Dita decided to visit a friend in Glasgow. We went there by bus from Victoria Station, London. The journey approximately takes about 8 hours. So it is better to do it at night, so you do not waste your time in the daylight. There are two options, either you take National Express or Mega Bus. Mega Bus cheaper than National Express but the seats are (more or less) the same, in my opinion. So, I just look at the cheapest haha. Well at least it is waaay better than Indonesian’s hehe. Anyway, we were taking National Express at the end because the round trip tickets slightly cheaper than Mega Bus (we paid about GBP87).

Day 1

We arrived at 8 AM in the morning. And the weather was freeakiiiin’ cold. Oh dear! I did not know, it is gonna be as cold as this. Maybe it is because we just got back from Marrocco and suddenly went to another country that the weather was the opposite. We were picked up by our friend, Fani, whose flat not very far from the Bus Station. After dropping our bags at the flat, we walk at the city center to buy a one day tour to Inverness at the last day (we stayed for 3 days 2 nights). After booked our seats, we went to The Counting House for breakfast. Since I do not eat Pork, I choose egg roll (It is also the least calories) hehe. My friend try vegetarian breakfast with haggis. Haggis is a traditional Scottish dish containing sheep’s pluck (heart, liver and lungs) with onion, oatmeal and other spices. The taste were okay but if you have a bowl to finish, it is too much for me.

Gloomy Glasgow
Gloomy Glasgow
Me, Dita and Fani : Breakfast Selfie.
Me, Dita and Fani : Breakfast Selfie.
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Haggis

There were a lot of people gathering in the St. George Square. They doing a campaign for Scotland’s Referendum. Scottish are voting on whether the country should stay in the UK or become an independent nation. Well, I do not know the result yet. From what I have heard, the last poll will be this night (18th Sept 2014). Well, in my opinion, It will be unfortunate for UK for losing one of the Oil and Gas city (Aberdeen) hehe. But let’s pray for the best.

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The ‘Yes’ Campaign. (Or an ‘Aye’ campaign in scottish) haha.

After that, we went to the cemetery called Necropolis. Yeah, I know it is not very common coming to the cemetery for atraction haha. But suprisingly, the view is very beautiful. You will also found another tourists like us holding a big camera there.

Necropolis Gate
Necropolis Gate

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From the top of the hill, you will saw the St. Mungo Cathedral.

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From the top of the hill, you will saw the St. Mungo Cathedral.

Then, we were strolling around the town to find dinner. But we end up buying subway because I was very hungry (no time for cooking or went to restaurants) hehe.

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The Galery of Modern Art

Day 2

We got up early and take city link Bus to Edinburgh (edinbraah~~ if you want to sound local). If you bought it on a round trip it will be cheaper, costs GBP11 (7.5GBP on a single trip).

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We should check the weather forecast first. Because it was raining all day! Not forget to mention the heavy fog. Argh! We went to the stores near the bus station to bring umbrella (costs us another 4 pounds). Anyway, we took a hop on-hop off bus for GBP14. Honestly it is not that worth it. I mean, if you are still able to walk, way better if you walk! seriously. Edinburgh it is not that big.  Plus you could use that 14 pounds to eat properly or buy something else hehe.

Our first destination was Edinburgh Castle, but before that we stop in one of the restaurants because of the rain. The castle is in the care of Historic Scotland and has become a recognisable symbol of Edinburgh and of Scotland. As one of the most important strongholds in the Kingdom of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle was involved in many historical conflicts from the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century to the Jacobite Rising of 1745. We could saw a lot of war memorial like war museums, prison and chapel.

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Me and my lunch . We only come to this restaurant because of the rains.
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Edinburgh Castle Entrance
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Look how foggy it was!

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The beds in the prison.
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Prison’s meals.

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Me and my 4 pounds umbrella (after finding some light).

Next destination was another museum, but this one is free. It is called National Museum of Scotland. It is cool! But it was closed at 6 PM. So we do not have time to explore it more.

On our way to the Bus Station, we saw a familiar red coffee shop. It was the famous Elephant house! where JK Rowling write her first novel of Harry Potter. We did not eat there because it is very crowded though~~.

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The Museum’s Entrance
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Inside the Museum

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Harry Potter was born in this coffee shop

We got back to Glasgow at 8PM and arrived around 9PM. We are so excited because tomorrow is the best part!

To be continued..

2 Comments Add yours

  1. QUeen Farah says:

    Dear Cousin,
    I can see that you are doing pretty well and having a GREAT time since you arrived in London. I hope it will always like that until you get back here (well i heard the moment u start ur school it’s going to be crazy month).

    I really envy your adventure but actually if you open our old pic in Scotland, 2006, you will find that we have been to someplaces together (yes we even passed The Elephant House that year). Well i just hope that I can visit you next year so we can have fun together again.

    Kiss&Hugs

    PS: Thanks for calling me last nite, i miss talking with you 😙😙

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    1. Dear Queen,

      I miss talking with you too! Btw I lost all the photos we took in Scotland 8 years ago. *sad

      Besides, I am not a Harry Potter fans hahaha

      Talk to you later!
      *smooch

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