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Scotland: Land of Heather, Lakes and Sheep I

Published: 10.3.2014
Already in the summer of 2011, I was in Scotland for a few days visit. But this time it was different. And maybe even a little crazy. At this time I was a fresh adult student, only with a flight ticket to home, about three hundred pounds in his pocket and an overnight stay for the first night.

I planned to make some money by playing on the street during the Edinburgh Festival and a bit of travel. But in the end it turned out quite differently.

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Arrival

On August 6th, 2012 I landed at the airport in Edinburgh and took the bus number 35 heading to the city. Unlike bus No. 100, which I took from the airport last year, the 35 takes an incredibly long time. In addition, I do not know exactly where to get off. Bus drivers are fortunately truly "superkind", and after 50 minutes, I got off at the right stop. Along the way, it got almost completely dark, and the center of the capital city welcomes me with its strange, indescribable atmosphere. At the castle, somebody was just lunching festival fireworks from the roof somewhere screaming seagull and sea from flooding in wet (and surprisingly warm) air. Slowly I threw away everything that made me nervous and set off to towards new experiences.

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I wake up at seven o'clock in the morning. Edinburgh welcomes me with sun that fills the large park behind the window. I'm packing all the things I would need for the first week, in one large backpack, suitcase and saxophone stay here. For few moments I wander around the city and try to figure out how to get out. Information about buses will never occur, so that eventually wins the train (or maybe it is a lack of information about buses, rather somehow intellectually I need to explain why I chose a more expensive alternative transportation). I buy a ticket in a vending machine at the station, the system is fortunately very simple and clear, in hand I probably stayed a while - it seems to me that the Scottish pronounce the name of the station is a challenge even for the Scottish. Only it would be better if the machine had not returned those 20 five pennies. The whole station is under construction, so it takes me a while to find the right platform. Luckily, trains in my direction go every half hour, so quickly coming to terms with the fact that one of them departed right in front of my nose.

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To be continued...

Text/photo: Matouš Vinš

 



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