Scotland 5: Day 15
03.15.16 | Stirling Hostel | 07:51
When I was laying in bed last night, I actually was a little bit worried. The receptionist told me that they had recently “debugged” my room. Apparently, there was a bad case of bedbugs the day before I got here. It appears that I was not bitten in the night! Also a sleep report: I did sleep incredibly well last night, even though I ended up with three roommates, that didn’t seem to affect anything. Now I’m sitting in bed and getting ready to go shower. Hoping this place still has hot water left!
Earlier, I was looking at pictures on Instagram and I totally spaced the fact that yesterday was National Pie Day! I guess it’s ok since I don’t really know where I can buy a pie in Stirling yet. I have seen meat pies here but don’t know this area. If I see one when I’m out and about, I probably need to buy it.
Breakfast was right around the corner. I forget the name of the pub, but I ordered eggs with smoked salmon. It was so delicious! I’m not sure what they seasoned the eggs with, but there was some kind of creme in them.
I just tried to get into the Old Town Jail but there was a sign on the front to let me know that it wasn’t going to be open again until June. Not cool! This issue classic example of “off-season traveler prejudice”. Yes- that’s a real thing and it’s way too common in today’s world. In fact, it’s my entire platform when I run for POTUS against Kanye. I’ve chosen the slogan “Make America Sexy Again!”
I continued up the street, looking for Stirling Castle, and I came across a very old, and very medieval-looking church. I wished it was open so I could go see inside, but nobody was there on a Tuesday morning. Next to the church was, of course, a cemetery. This peaked my interest, as they tend to do. I spend the next 30 minutes or so walking around reading the names.
Next, I climbed the hill to visit Stirling Castle. I lucked out by getting there just as a free tour was starting. The tour lasted just under an hour and it was so cool to hear all the stories that the tour guide shared. I wish I could go back in time, as a shadow, unseen, to witness these people and events first-hand! I don’t want to be visible though- I’m pretty sure I’d get myself killed.
After walking for so long, I made my way back to the hostel and tried to take a nap. If I did fall asleep, I don’t remember, and it wasn’t very long. I think I had too much on my mind to relax. For dinner, I found an Italian restaurant called Mama Mia. It was really good food! I got there just after 17:00, when they first opened the doors, so I was the first one there. The gentleman showed me up a flight of stairs to the dining room, and I had the entire room to myself. It was kind of nice.
As you can see, today was a great day. I probably put in a few miles of walking, at least. I look forward to getting a great night’s rest tonight, and even though I have to leave Stirling tomorrow, at least I’m off to my next stop tomorrow.
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