Thursday, June 3:  Driving Again

My throat was very dry when I woke up, so I went to the bathroom and got a drink of water. It didn’t help, but oh well. I started typing in the lobby, and then everybody else started to wake up, so I went to breakfast with everyone. When that was over we went back down and started packing, because we were driving to our next stop, Edinburgh, for 3 nights. Then that was done we brought our bags out and to the car, and I waited for everyone else. At that time I realized that my throat hurt, and I think I might be getting a cold. Then we started driving along the wet roads, because it had rained last night. It was a kinda long drive, about 3 hours, but was very scenic. About halfway through we came to the border of England, just a sign, and then entered Scotland! We weren’t leaving England for good though, because we were coming back again. We noticed that there were more trees here, and I liked it. After a quick stop at a gas station to get a map, we were in Edinburgh! It reminded me of York, with the buildings. We parked on the road across from the tennis courts and got out, where our hotel was. We walked along the street to the sign had the name of our hotel, which I forgot what it was. We walked up to the front desk, where a cheerful man showed us our rooms. Robert’s and mine extended out, with a double bed, a TV, and windows showing the tennis courts. We didn’t have a toilet, just a shower. Our parents were the same, only with red decorations (ours was blue), and a bathroom.

We unpacked and settled in, and then just lied around. Then my dad came in and said that we were going out, so I put on my coat and walked downstairs. Everyone walked outside, and we were in search of lunch. Across the street was another hotel that had a restaurant, and was recommended. We went in only to find that they didn’t serve lunch, so we went back outside. Our other choice was to take the bus to the center of town, to find a good spot. We rounded the corner and sat at the bus stop, and then it came. We got on, bought tickets, and sat down. After a few minutes of looking at the city, we got off, and started looking for food. We found a place, called “chocolate Soup”, which meant chocolate flavored coffee. We looked at their sandwiches, and I got the tuna cucumber with some orange juice. It was one of those modern cafe’s, so we sat on some cushions by the window. My sandwich was great, but the orange juice stung my throat, but I managed to drink it all. Then we left, and wanted to do some sightseeing. The first stop was to go to some church, with a famous steeple. It was free, so we just walked in and looked around. It was a rocky sort of church, with a ton of stained glass. I liked this church, because it was very big. We walked clockwise around it, and came into a little side thing, with a statue of an angel playing the bagpipes! You may find this annoying, but this is what they sounded like in real life.....

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Then we went outside into the square, and then up the street, where we saw a thing that we wanted to visit. It was called the Camera Obscura and the World of Illusions, and looked like fun. We went in and bought tickets, and then went up to the top floor first, because that area would close first. It was a lookout area, where we could see all of Edinburgh. There were some very nice telescopes too, for looking around. Then we went inside, and a man came out of the door and said that he was doing a show, so we walked inside with a group. This was the camera obscura, where there is a camera with a mirror that shines down on to a table in the small room, and he moves the camera to give a tour. He started, and was very cool as we looked at everything that went by, including all of the pedestrians! After about 10 minutes it was over, so we went down a floor to the Magic Gallery floor. It winded around, showing cool things like a little box that when you look inside it makes it look like a huge mirrored sphere! It was really awesome! There was also a machine that took your picture, and then changed that image into one like an ape! You could also make yourself like and anime guy or a baby! On the next floor down it was all holograms, which were cool because you can’t feel them, but they are there. It was an interesting collection, including Frankenstein and Dracula! Then on the last floor was things to do with Edinburgh, like a camera that you could move around and even spy on people! Some other things were 3-D glasses of Edinburgh pictures. Then that was the end, so we walked out and then went to the bus stop, and then went home.

Back at our room I got some homework done, until about 6:00, where we decided to go out for dinner. Now we could go to the other hotel that served dinner, so we went inside and were eventually seated. It was in a room with a sky light and outdoor seating, but we sat inside, with the torches with the cool, but fake, paper fire. Then a waiter came up and handed us the menu, which we read and then ordered. I got some ham and cheese quesdilla with some Sprite and black current syrup mixed together. The meal came, and it was very good! The ham and cheese was just perfect, and the drink was unique and amazing. Mom and Dad found things they liked a lot too, and we decided that this was a great place to eat. After we all ate and drank, we decided that their deserts would be good too, so Robert and I split a dark chocolate and raspberry brownie, which was delicious. We thanked our waiter, and then went home and to bed. Tomorrow we’ll see another castle!