Our second day in Edinburgh was technically our first day sight-seeing. Unfortunately for myself, my raincoat somehow failed to make the trip overseas. This definitely made for an interesting outing, but I couldn't even be bothered by the downpour. This place is unbelievable--with or without raindrops dripping down your face and into your eyes. Our first stop was Edinburgh Castle. As we stood outside the entrance, I thought to myself "I could admire this city from here for hours and not get tired of the view." As I post page after page, entry after entry; photos will never do this place justice. Regardless of the fact that I am working around a crop sensor... there is no camera, hand with pen to paper, voice recording, nor all three combined that could truly capture the beauty here. We made our way through the castle on a mission to complete our worksheet checklist, but I think it's safe to say that only a small handful of us were actually able to stay focused long enough to successfully finish the assignment. At first, I was hard on myself for not getting more pictures of the inside of the castle, but with the heavy rain and the overpowering desire to be present and in awe of all we were able to experience, I found a way to be forgiving.
Our second stop was Holyrood Palace. By far, my favorite part of the palace was The Great Gallery. Hearing the stories behind the paintings that hung upon the gallery walls (their history, their close call with destruction, their restoration), recognizing that I was walking through this same gallery, and seeing these paintings in person was such an indescribable feeling. The exterior of the Palace, and the Palace gardens were equally breathtaking. The detail in the architecture alone could have kept me captivated for the rest of the week. I'll always look back fondly on the moments just outside of the gardens with Kat, Caleb, and Kim; just taking a minute to sit and soak up all that surrounded us, including the incredible view of Arthur's Seat in the distance. Only our second day here, and Scotland has my heart already.