20.12.2012 - 21.12.2012 3 °C
Yesterday was our last day in Edinburgh but also our first day of real British weather. We woke up to a fairly miserable outlook but had looked through our travel guide and heard about some cool boutiques on a street not too far from us and some more out at Leith (the docks) so decided we could handle the rain and headed out anyway. Renae's umbrella lasted about 5 minutes in the wind before turning inside out and after wandering around trying to find these boutiques and failing we gave up and went into the Scottish National Gallery, purely because it looked warm and dry! It ended up being a good call though because there was some really amazing art work in there, including 3 works by Monet. After spending as much time in there in the warmth as possible, we decided to brave the weather again and head out to Leith. Unfortunately the guide book was again rather misleading as to exactly where these shops were so after getting off our bus at where we had planned and then walking in the rain for another half an hour before actually finding the shops, this city was losing a little of it's charm! We realised when we reached these shops that there were cinemas nearby and that The Hobbit had actually already been released here so we decided we deserved to spend some time in a warm movie and sitting down
After that we were feeling a lot better and headed back to the bus stop to find our way to a traditional Scottish pub for our last meal here. On the bus back we had an interesting encounter with some crazy guy who tried to get on the bus but only put 33p into the ticket machine. The bus driver told him to pay up about 10 times and then told him to get off about 20 times before getting out of his little boxed in seat to argue more with the guy. We think the bus driver was worried he would get aggressive if he touched him so kept trying to talk him off the bus until about 10 minutes later a big guy on the bus walked up the front, told the guy he had places to be (insert a number of expletives) and then picked up his bag, chucked it off the bus and then pushed him off after it. Always nice to have a bit of excitement in your day Enjoyed our dinner in a busy, little pub near our hotel, soaking up the atmosphere and listening to the accents before heading back to get all packed for our train in the morning.
Another wet day meant a taxi to the train station rather than a walk and after breakfast at Burger King (which included a Bacon and Egg Butty, something I thought was just a funny Coleman term) we squashed onto our train to York and settled in for the trip. Was great to see some of the coastline as we went as well as lots of really quaint little farm houses and smaller towns. When we arrived in York it was just a quick walk to our hotel, which again was ready early for us, and then we walked into the middle of town and spent the afternoon looking at Yorkminster and wandering through the cute little alleyways. Tried to book a table at a Jamie's Italian restaurant we found but it was totally booked out so we have ended up back at our hotel to chill for a bit before heading out to find some dinner somewhere. Nick if you are reading this we heard some really cool buskers this afternoon that you would have loved! And grandma and grandad, mum said you were reading these and wanted to see my photos so I have put the in my photo gallery on here but you might have to scroll past some old Canada ones to get to them. Hello to everyone else and hope you are all getting excited for Christmas!! Renae and I found our perfect Christmas Day outfits today so get excited for those photos!