Wow, readers. What a crazy weekend. Did you watch the Super Bowl yesterday?? I was sad I couldn’t watch it because of the time difference, but I bet the halftime show was great!

So this past weekend was the first weekend that I left Ireland to go to a different country – Edinburgh, Scotland, to be exact. It was a learning experience, what with planning travel and sleeping arrangements by myself and actually following through with it, but Edinburgh turned out to be an absolutely amazing city. Let me walk you through some of my adventures!

The first thing I noticed was that Dublin and Edinburgh were different kinds of old. Where Dublin has a lot of old history mixed with very recent history, Edinburgh has tons of Gothic history, as shown in the architecture of their buildings. Because of this, the city feels like something straight out of fairytale with towering Gothic cathedrals right in front of you, and beautiful hills and mountains in the background.

Edinburgh is also a very small city, with the more modern part of the city to the north, and the old historic part of town being to the south. Our hostel was on the south side, and so Meg and I spent most of our time on the south side in a vicinity called the Royal Mile. This street has the famous Edinburgh Castle on the western most end of the street, and the Palace of Holyrood (where the Queen of England stays during her trips to Scotland!) on the East side. We took walking tours and explored the city for hours resulting in us discovering some of the best lunches and sweet treats the city had to offer!

Another thing about Edinburgh that I found very interesting is that it is where J.K. Rowling first wrote the Harry Potter books! Because of this, many of the places/people found in the books are inspired from the places/people of the city. Upon finding this out, Meg and I knew that we had to do a walking tour highlighting all of the little Harry Potter-isms the city had to offer. We saw the cafe where J.K. Rowling first wrote Harry Potter, a cemetery where she got a ton of her inspiration for the books, and got to hear about the history of the city as well.

It was a fantastic two days, and this was just a taste of what we experienced. If you have any questions or comments about my travels, please ask! I love talking about the different things I’ve done/will do!

Until next time, Readers!

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Published by Mikaila Bisson

Hi there! I'm a Hope Senior from Sterling Heights, Michigan (about 45 minutes North of Detroit). I'm an English major with a Creative Writing emphasis (fitting), and have a Business minor. I'm super active in Hope life. I am a Student Ambassador, the Senior Treasurer on the Executive Board of Nykerk, and was involved in Orientation as an AD. I also work on campus at the Career Development Center as a Career Advisor, and at Hope's Physical Plant. I love playing any kind of sport (soccer's my favorite!), have a weakness for shoes, eat dessert twice a day, read like its my job, am currently watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix, and have a passion for Golden Retrievers. Contact me at because I'd love to hear from any and everyone. Also feel free to follow my super trendy Instagram account at @miktroubleee or my equally as trendy, even more Hope-filled Twitter account at @hopemikaila17 .

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