04.10.2014 - 04.10.2014
The Light House Hostel is really nice. The other girls in our room are from France and didn't notice the CPAP or Lorri snoring. Breakfast is included as are towels, bedding, wifi and slippers. Lap of luxury! The other guests are friendly and easy to talk to. The girls we switched rooms with are from Germany, one chatty guy from Germany, another from France travelling with 3 girls (I was eaves dropping when he said travelling with 1 girl even with 2 girls is ok but with 3 you just say "yes" and "ok" a lot). The staff at the hostel are friendly and very helpful even with the 2 old farts who made such a scene on arrival.
Today we will see Edinburgh Castle. Their website said Medieval music today in the Great Hall and they are handicap accessible-ish. Our cabbie drops us as close as he can on the esplanade. We are told we do have to make it up the hill to the draw bridge where the staff will call for the mobility vehicle. Turns out to be a Honda Civic. W are driven up to the top of the caste through alleys and a tunnel that the public will never see. There we get a wheel chair but the ramps are really, really steep and of course it's still pouring rain so they're slippery. Leaving The War Memorial I was afraid I wouldn't be able to hold the chair and so was Lorri so change of plan. She uses it like a walker. Better anyway because where there are no ramps it's all cobblestones. The music performance is wonderful. Lots of different instruments and the performer is quite accomplished on all of them.
Lorri is feeling better today. YAY! We walk 2/3 of the Royal Mile. Sat by St. Giles Cathedral and listened to an incredible ukulele busker. Had a delicious lunch at The Mussel and Steak Bar. Lorri had steak, I had mussels. Walked over to Princes Street. Bought a throw away phone at Vodaphone because TBaytel is no help.
Back to the hostel where I had a 2 1/2 hour nap. No partying tonight. We are both tired and we have to be up at a decent hour to get the rental car and then head to Orkney.