Posted at 12:33 am , on May 20, 2016
The first time in my life that I woke up to a 1 -degree C climate. The darkest 7:00 AM that greeted me as I looked through the window of our bed and breakfast accommodation. Quite early to be moving, I thought.
But we had to move fast.
In early January 2016, we had a grand and meaningful Scottish Highlands experience for a day. As we look back, it did not need much motivation to overcome the chill that morning as we walked to Royal Mile to meet our guide and tour mates for our Loch Ness Hunter tour. Yes, we were about to see Nessie! Continue reading
Posted at 4:37 pm , on May 8, 2016
One of the best decisions we made for our UK winter trip was to spend a couple of nights and 3 days in Scotland before heading to Birmingham to attend my post-grad ceremonies. From King’s Cross (London) station, we took the Virgin Trains to Waverley station in Edinburgh (capital of Scotland). I enjoyed the 4-hour journey because (a) the first class coach service indeed delivered the value for money (i.e. cleanliness, free and sumptuous breakfast and snacks, spacious, etc.). We would not mind being in the standard coach (as we did in our April trip); however, we opted to consider some of the travelers’ review since it would be our first longest railway ride and it is of course, still relatively cheaper if you book ahead of time; and (b) the scenic views of England to Scotland was delightful.
As we got off from Waverley Station and walked to our bed and breakfast accommodation within the city centre, we were greeted by the Scott Monument (in honor of Sir Walter Scott), Jenners (arguably Scotland’s Harrods), the traditional Scottish music played by the street performer in his kilt (knee length skirt from Scottish Highlands) and splash of Georgian architecture. Continue reading