Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Youth hostels have the reputation of being dingy and grimy, raucous and cramped. I'd say my experience at Smartcity YHA was the antithesis of all those things. The shower was amazing (hot water and everything) the bunks were cozy, the whole hostel was surprising clean, well lit, relatively nice smelling . . . the only question I have is why do youth hostels always have to be such labyrinths?

Our first day in Edinburgh was deemed a wild success full of local cuisine, interesting people, cool sights, sounds and smells, and to boot, no knifings. We ended our evening sitting in a park looking across the gulch into New Town: the next days destination.

We played a bit of cards, watched a bit of this, and then I hit the sack before the clock struck twelve. Amazing.

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