May 3-9 2013, I was in London, took Easyjet plane, and arriving at Gatwick airport, I took a train to Victoria station, and again, took a bus no.11 to Edith Groove, Chealsea. I was on my own, to lodge in my sister's house Analiza.
There's a plan (with them )to visit edinburgh, scotland the next day.
I stayed a night with them, drank white wine from France, (we were boozers) haha, then went to Scotland from London by train the next day trip at 7am, i booked a hotel, and my train tickets , arriving at weaverley train station,Edinbrugh, we were 8 total family members, and we took a taxi to go to our hotel. The hotel gave us three rooms, one room with 8 beds, second room with three beds and third room with three beds also. We were only 8 and the hotel provides 3rooms with 14beds!
Olalah, we wre laughing because we do not know which is which to sleep, haha.
After installing on each room, we went out to roam the city of edinburgh, we took a bus, cost us 3.50£ one day unlimited hop on hop off, and while going around, we entered shops, and i found a nice coat, for X.xx £ on second hand shop.Good quality ones, feeling Victoria Becham me, haha.Less the ten inches high heels of course.
Quality leather with furs, mama mia, so cheap, feeling madame, lol. Then the whole group started to shop for themselves too, shoes, bags, souvenirs, hats, and eventually after ten shops, we have each hand one or two shopping bags each to carry.
And we were hungry.
It was almost 3pm, bus tour stops at five pm, shops close at six pm, so we ate in KFC to economize our budget kasi this is unplanned really, we decided this trip on a quick general assembly, haha; Masarap, yummy, and we walked back to our hotel, dumped the bags and i announced ->thirty minutes rest only<- again="" and="" hit="" must="" p="" road.="" the="" we="">Hello, we are on holiday, why stay in bed!!! Hala, move, everyone must move their butt!
(I take advantage, while no one plans something yet, haha)
No, the thirty minutes went to one hour because some "young ones" in our group are not used to walk, or run, or get crazy to go out.Yet.
Then i announced, why not we watch a show, "THE EDINBURGH DUNGEON"?
It is a scary museum, where kids will be screaming to death inside. I told Joan, my 15years old niece to search the schedule via her IPAD. My idea is to dump the kids there, get scared, then they sleep early and the adults will enjoy the evening, either in a pub or in side one of the hotel rooms having tsika tsika.
But, edinburgh dungeon closes at 5pm, it was already 6pm, haha.
No chance to scare the kids. Me being nasty, i do not have the children so "Im alright Jack."
So, I announced once again : to watch IRON MAN3 film instead.
I asked my niece to see what are the cinema schedules?
She said in thirty minutes!
Olaaah, do we have the time? In Europe, you watch films in the cinema only once, then you go out, thats it, not like in philippines, the whole day stay in the cinema, "bulok mata" its up to you.
So I announced (minus a trumpet ):
"Anyone ready in ten minutes?, join me in the bus stop, i'll give a treat to the cinema."
Everyone hurried to grab their bag and coat and joined me haha.
bah, ayaw nyo wag nyo, me, I go!
If they dont want to...they stay at the hotel... this is an invitation... we are on holiday... why stuck in a hotel, lol
The problem is the bus is late on schedule,plus we dont know where is the cinema in edinburgh.
I called a taxi, and told the kids, come, jump in.
While, their parents can take another taxi, and arriving there, i bought 8 tickets to IRON MAN 3.
The group are in hara hara, where are we now, lost in nowhere mood, but off we go inside the cinema.
Film is more on kiddos, but a bit okay for the oldies, hehe.
After the film, we decided to get a meal, italian, pasta and pizza.
One of us asked the cinema attendant, where can we eat, pizza?
She answered, not far but a bit of walk.
How about chinese?
I answered: In China!
We all laugh! Plus the lady.
We installed in an Italian Resto...
Each one share the bill, we even have a liter of wine.
One kid was complaining, he is tired.
The mother said to the waiter, "if you can hurry the meals,because one kid is tired.
The waiter said: WOULD YOU LIKE A TAKE OUT INSTEAD?
One way for the scots to give the message: hey, you just arrive, you want to be served quick?
Mother said: No, its okay, we stay.
Which in my opinion, kids are supposed to be in bed before 9pm, but its like that, we were on holidays, no one will stay with the kid inside the hotel.
Ano, nanny, haha
After all, where we shall go, the kid goes too, or dont bring a kid to holiday.
Alam mo yun? Ok, im nasty, mia culpa, haha.
But i can understand, each one has their own thing to do, and with a group of 8, we cannot be unite once in a while what to do , where to go.
But it was a good start at scotland.
We arrived at hotel almost midnight, and each one jumped to get a shower, get in on each pajamas and went to bed.
In my room of three beds, (lucky me) I took a shower, put on my pajamas, earplugs , eye covers and sleep off. Ahh, nice bed, good night to the crickets!
Alarm of iphone rang at 8am.Breakfast time!
I changed clothes, arranged my stuffs, and went outside.
Breakfast is buffet, cereals, bread toasts, fruits coffee and milk ,juices , marmalade and butter.
Children took bananas and here comes one of the parent distribute bananas to each child which the hotel attendant did not appreciate telling the parent that there are some guests that might want also some bananas, so please leave some.
Okey, it is a bit weird, but this is scotland. Buffet for them must be not buffet, it is limited buffet, haha.
I just took my minimum breakfast and went out. Lesson no 1, never argue with the Scotts, we are not in our territory, ha ha ha!
Bon, we regrouped again in the room of 8beds, putting all our luggages in one side and told the attendant we will be back before 4pm, because we would like to roam around the city by tour bus, so we intend to leave our stuffs in this room and picked it up later.
She said okay, no problem.
We went to a carboot in princess street, shopped around , take pictures, took a tour of edinbrugh, eat in a chinese resto, (remember, we are on a budget, so we try to eat more, but economical, thinking, no more meals after this lunch, lol!
Out of the restaurant we went to buy tickets for the bus tour, hop on hop off in one of their tourists areas, We enjoy the weather, the scottish men in "skirt"( sorry i dont know the name they call it) i bought two scottish scarves and butter biscuits and i planned to buy a huge luggage because our shoppings are everywhere, I cannot accept taking a train like we were sort of refugées, so i went inside a shop to buy an extra luggage, which in the end, it was all not mine but mostly from our group's shopping, but never mind, as long as we enter the train we are dignified, we show respect to the quality of East coast train , it is clean and modern and to show,we are true tourist,he he, we are not "what evers", lol
The scottish lady was cleaning our room, and I know she is a bit of a disciplinarian,67 years old she says, retired, but owner called her to work, and , with all our luggages, she cannot clean well, and one of us, forgot to get a shower, (she has to re clean again the shower... One of us lay down in one of the bed she already changed, and here she comes saying: You must not lay down in the bed, it will be creased up again, now I have to change it again because the next guests will accuse the hotel , we are not changing bed sheets everyday, etc etc.
Hmmm, seems she has a bad day, but never mind, life continues, it is not the end of the world...
Before leaving the room that day, I gave a ten pound tip. For a mug of beer to clear her throat, haha!
Bon, at 4pm, we took a taxi to fetch our bags inside the hotel, while the children with two mothers went to wait for us in the train station. scooped all luggages inside the taxi, drove to the train station and when saw the group, jumped inside the train which is about to leave in ten minutes.
THATS THE TIME WE NOTICED WE CARRY LUGGAGES THAT ARE NOT OURS!!!!
Exciting, but it will be revealed , next post, as another exciting story !
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