An Edinburgh Adventure

Posted: March 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

Over the past weekend I traveled to Edinburgh. Armed with only a hand drawn map from a friend, we managed to find the Royal Mile, the famous Elephant Cafe and hike up a giant hill only to discover it was the wrong one.

When we arrived we first stopped (upon recommendation) at a cafe called The Chocolate Soup. The only words to describe the cafe are amazingly delicious. The “chocolate soup” they serve is a fondue of sorts of pure chocolate which you can get separately or mixed into your drinks. Both are extremely good.

Our next stop on the ‘tour de Edinburgh’ (which eventually became a tour de chocolate). Was the Edinburgh Museum which is happily free to visitors. The museum is extremely large and one could spend days looking at all the interesting exhibits. In the end we spent a large amount of time in the animal section asking the eternal question. “Why did God make narwhals but he couldn’t make mini giraffes?” Seriously, mini giraffes, think about it. We also found  (fake) Nessie hidden among the fossils.

After the museum we walked along the Royal Mile enjoying rare Scotland sunshine and the novelty of the Waverly Station bagpipe player. Soon we arrived at a crucial aspect of our journey: The coffee shop J.K. Rowling began Harry Potter in, The Elephant House. Much nerdy conversations and a mocha later, I discovered a hidden drawer in the table overlooking the Edinburgh Castle and the graveyard in which Rowling discovered the name Tom Riddle. The drawer was filled with notes and napkins some messages to Rowling herself, others addressed fellow fans, and a few included Elephant drawings.

A meander through the Grass Market later, we found ourselves looking up a giant hill. After deciding that the hill must be Arthur’s Seat. We trekked up to the top, a long and strenuous haul. Arriving at the top, we discovered a larger hill with paved paths and a small statue at the top. We had climbed the wrong hill!! Too tired to endeavor for the real Arthur’s Seat, we retired to, yet again, The Chocolate Soup. Round two was just a good.

Moral of the story: even the highest hills require some good chocolate, after all there’s no calories in anything shared!

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