Greetings Friends! Welcome back to the travel series! This one will be a bit different than the last one in that I will be covering two countries which were part of the vacation, just smaller parts. Be sure to check out my London Trip too! Without further ado, let’s get into it!
This was just a shorter day trip for us. We left King’s Cross (yes, Harry Potter is life) and hopped on a train bound for Scotland. Let me preface this train situation. Yes, I have been on a train before. I know everyone who is used to a train commute is probably laughing out loud right now, but never this sort of train. They actually travel quickly? They actually serve food? They actually have bathrooms? They actually have wifi? MINDBLOW. My aunt definitely did not tell me that the ride was four hours long….but it was absolutely breathtaking.
Being part Scottish, Scotland was somewhere that I have wanted to go for a very long time, and even though it was short, still worth it. Gonna go ahead and get this out of the way…Edinburgh Castle kind of let me down. Am I the only one who feels like that? I love castles, and history. I was hoping for a more authentic castle, and the renovations they had done for tourism kind of ruined my happiness, haha. The exterior and the views were absolutely breathtaking. I also purchased a scarf with my families tartan on it, because duh, I am a Stuart.
*Little known fact about me: I love Christmas Decorations. I have made it a travel must have of mine ever since I was little. I want to eventually just decorate my entire tree with ornaments from my travels. NERD ALERT*
We went to a restaurant that was based around the author of Jekyl and Hyde. I love the idea of a pub, and I really wish we had more things similar to this in America. Plus, they are old, back to my history kick! After a bit more shopping, we somehow ended up underneath the streets of Edinburgh in the tunnels. It was a really cute little ghost tour, and gave us a different adventure that we would not have been able to do otherwise. I love dark history, so this was right up my alley!
When we were about to leave for our trip, we all had been joking about the idea of getting stuck in Iceland. Thanks to an airstrike, that actually happened! Our flight was delayed two hours while we were still in Paris, which caused us to miss our connection flight. Thanks to Icelandair and their fantastic customer service (as well as planes! Wifi, charging at every seat, personal entertainment systems, etc!) what could have been pretty awful, turned out to be fantastic. They took care of taxi services, hotel arrangements, and even our meals to make up for the delayed flights. Talk about a stress relief.
After getting into our rooms, we took about a ten minute walk into downtown Reykjavik and did some shopping (Christmas ornaments, duh!), grabbed some food, and headed back for some rest. Oh yeah, the sun did not set until well past 1am, and then rose about 3am. Thank goodness for thick curtains. We woke up bright and early the next day for a three hour tour (que the Gilligan’s Island theme) to go cruise the North Atlantic and whale watch. Considering this was on my bucket list, I was the first one out of bed and dressed. We were able to see dolphins, porpoises, Minche whales, and even a Humpback whale, but it was pretty hard to catch a photo of the whales. The crew was great and were looking out for any sightings and would yell and tell us exactly where to look. After that, we loaded up our suitcases and headed back to the plane for our return trip home.
What are some things on your bucket list? Let me know down below, and be sure to check out my London post! Also, keep your eyes open and inbox ready for my posts on France and EuroDisney too! As always, thank you so much for reading! I appreciate it more than I could express. Until next time!