Thursday, October 13, 2011

Edinburgh Part 2

After a wonderful night in the hostile that included a guy leaving at 2am for a smoke, forgetting the room key and knocking on the door to be let in for the next hour, we continued our site seeing in Edinburgh. Also, sorry in advance if my historical descriptions are not quite accurate. There was a lot of information and I just can't remember all of it in detail.
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This lovely lady can be found in St. Giles' Cathedral. The Cathedral is not actually a cathedral, it is a church because it does not have a bishop. It is a presbyterian church. That is all I can remember of the history because this was when the scary tour guide was telling us about the ways the government tortured traitors during the haunted ghost tour. It was gross.
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We continued our day with a walking tour of Edinburgh. The tour was pretty neat because it was free and you paid in tips at the end so you could be as generous or as stingy as you wanted to be. This is the place where the people of Edinburgh used to have to pay taxes. It is the only place in all of Edinburgh where it is legal to spit. The historical connection is that way back when, people would spit on the door of the tax building after having to pay taxes, so people just keep doing it now.
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 I don't remember who this guy was but he is important and it is lucky to rub his toe. I just wish it wasn't so high up. I was also thinking about how many people had touched the toe before me and how unsanitary that was.
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Here is the story of Greyfriar's Bobby. Bobby was the dog of a night watchman. This watchman got sick and died. Bobby sat on his owner's grave for twelve years waiting for him to return. When he died he was buried in Greyfriar's graveyard and honored for his loyalty. 
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It's time for some Harry Potter trivia. So anybody who is a fan of Harry Potter would know that J. K. Rowling lived in Edinburgh while she was writing the first Harry Potter. Well, apparently she enjoyed walking around Greyfriar's Graveyard in order to get some inspiration for the story. Recognize the last name on the gravestone? Yup, that is our very own Professor McGonagall. She also got Tom Riddle's name from a gravestone here, too.
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This is a private school for the very wealthy of Edinburgh. It is also one of the many buildings where J.K. Rowling got her inspiration for Hogwarts from.
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This is The Elephant House. It is the place where J.K. began writing Harry Potter on that napkin all those years ago. There's even a huge sign that says "the birthplace of Harry Potter" in the window but there were too many tourists milling about for me to get a good picture. That coffee shop is super lucky to have that particular starving artist choose that particular coffee shop to write about some wizard kid some rainy day. 
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This statue was made in honor of Greyfriar's Bobby and his loyalty. On Sunday we went to a free art museum, wandered around a bit and then went home. We were super tired from the weekend of traveling so it was nice to be able to sleep on the bus ride home. And that was my trip to Edinburgh.

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