Lauren and I finally made it out of England and for our first real trip we decided to head up north to Edinburgh, Scotland! It was absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately, the cheapest way to get there and back was by bus, which should only take about 9 hours, but due to a bit of snow and a jack-knifed lorry (truck), the ride up took more like 13 hours. I really hate buses...However once we got in and settled, the trip was worth it. We walked around the town, toured the castle, and even hiked up a mountain. Well, not really a mountain, but it was a very large hill. As soon as we began walking around on our first day there, there was no mistaking we were in Scotland. The sound of bagpipes in the air, kilts in the shop windows, and haggis in the pubs, yeah... we were in Scotland alright. So that huge hill I was telling you about? Well here is the view from the top. Lauren made it about 2/3 of the way up and decided she was done. I figured we were too close to turn back, and after climbing up rock and ice, I finally made it to the top only to nearly be blown off by the wind. Overall, the hike was exhausting and at times terrifying, but I think it was worth it.
Scotland over all was amazing, and I can't wait to go back with my family when they come to visit. Next week or so we'll be off to Ireland, so more to come soon!