One of the most noticeable features of Edinburgh, Scotland is the weather, and how frequently it changes. Never mind that, while Philadelphians are sweating out highs of 81°F and Jumbos are fighting off 82°F with no air conditioning, it’s 57°F here with a low of 43°F. No, the real trouble is the rain, which seems to come and go with the passing clouds. As one local woman put it, “No dear; we don’t close [the farmer's market] for the rain. It’s Edinburgh; we’d never be open!”
Rain one minute and sunshine the next was the theme of my tour of Edinburgh Castle, a fortress constructed long, long ago (12th century or so?) atop a large hill. It’s full of cannons, towers, and, of late, Scottish history exhibits. It all looks a bit like this:
|It’s nice to be greeted by a friendly fellow at the door.|
|I don’t suppose arrows can pierce that.|
|A sunny day for a castle tour, no?|
|You can see a lot from up here!|
|A British flag flies over one of the castle buildings.|
|Some of the cannons had a 2-mile range. Yikes!|
|Hello? (Ello? Ello? Lo? Lo…?)|
|Near the citadel; the inner (more difficult to breach) buildings|
The walk up there was preceded by pouring rain, with sunshine arriving just in time for the visit. Sure enough, once the sight-seeing was over, the rain returned. A tip for anyone traveling in Edinburgh: Wear a raincoat at all times. And, unlike in America, carrying around an umbrella won’t actually stave off the rain.
Learn British: Half-one (half-two, half-three, etc.). This is a way of expressing time. So 8:30pm, which will commonly be written 20:30 on printed material, is called “half-eight,” while 7:45pm is quarter-to.