Life is cruel –
Trips are always happy, happening and hassle free yet why do I say life is cruel…well time will answer that.
Marathon – a footrace of 26 miles 385 yards without major breaks, but ours was a different kind of marathon to be completed under 60 hours with a bit of time allocated to take a decent break.
Runners: Jaganath (yes from the LD trip fame), and me.
Phase 1 of the marathon: Booking phase - Having failed miserably in gathering more members for this trip had to decide to travel by train or bus. Train fares would have made me really sweat and toil hard for a few more months at work so the bus aka the national express looked like a good option, and the good option looked even better when they told us that there is a discount for a week day travel. Tickets booked
Next was to plan for the activities to be taken up during the two days out there, so we decided to roam in and around
Lodging: With just two days to EDD (estimated date of departure), we still were homeless with no room for staying there, this is where http://www.scotlandstophostels.com/ helped us by suggesting a few backpackers hostel in Edinburgh and very close to the high street. We luckily got two beds in the High Street Hostel.
Phase 2 of the marathon: Departure and Arrival – Having a map of the boarding point of the bus and a small suitcase and few backpacks we decide to hike for 5 km’s and were left searching for the bus stop minutes before the bus arrived. Boarded - reached
Phase 3 of the marathon: 1st day summary –
http://www.edinburghtour.com/ The commentary on the bus was very average but that was to be compensated by the lovely boat cruise. As we neared the river
Lots of interesting facts about these bridges are available, have a look
Me close to the Forth Road Bridge
Then the boat took off, I meant took sail, whatever it took me on the river Forth, the views were awesome, breathtaking and what not…the landscape was ever changing. Finally it stopped to pick a group of students from
Forth Belle - Boat
Puffin - Rare One
Then Jagan and me went into a few stores to pick up a few stuff for friends and finally at 3 we entered inside pizza hut to hog on the pizza, pasta, salad buffet, am sure the kitchen members still don’t know what hit them on that particular day, we ate well paid and there was a fair going on there so we went watched etc…
Then we decided to wander all over
We reached the hostel by 7, washed up a bit, got ready again, played pool at the hostel and left for dinner. We went to a place called the
Church on the High Street
Scottish Tradition - the Bagpiper in his costume.
Cat ....Bird Walk
Guess who a) Tom Cruise b) Brad Pitt c) a mix of all? ....me!
Phase 4 of the marathon: 2nd day summary – cursing within my breath I wake up at 6, thinking that what a fool I am to plan for a trip so early in the morning and that too when am on a vacation….my misery only multiplied seeing the other lodgers snoozing away to glory. Good shower and 45 minutes later I was more or less sleep walking for breakfast at the hostel, but as usual food being a great stimulant and motivator shook me from ear to ear and told me to devour ummm 4-5 large sized croissants, 1 fruit bun, 2 glasses of juice and as soon as finished this I again felt sleepy maybe this time food being the culprit. Jagan (always late – I myself am late, he beats me regularly at being late) and I took long strides on the high street of
The place where the guide let us out of the cages aka the bus, we stood breathed some fresh air and felt nice being able to be in such a place that formed an important piece of history of
Dam - Pitlochry
Me and our Guide.
With a heavy heart we boarded the bus back to
Complete set of pictures - http://www.flickr.com/photos/minmaxmim