Today we headed off to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, as we are embarking on a 3-day tour of the country. Edinburgh is a fascinating city in itself, and we were thankfully able to spend an entire day there before heading to our hostel for a night’s rest.

We took in the sights of Edinburgh castle, which was simply beautiful. The castle, which is very much like a little city, is still in full use today by the Scottish Army. It was very surreal to see military personnel running around performing daily duties in a place I viewed as a historical landmark.

We saw the Great Hall, where celebrations were held. We were also able to see the Scottish Crown Jewels, including a crown, scepter, and sword. There was also a church within the premises that serves as a center of remembrance for any Scots who have been killed in war. Even to this day, if a Scot is killed, his name is inscribed in a book that is housed in the church.

The rest of the day was spent buying gifts, eating great food, and preparing for our weekend adventure throughout Scotland!