It was in the summer of 2013. I planned a trip to London and Edinburg, Scotland. However, I didn’t confirm my travel place in good time so I had to buy expensive tickets for my trip. I got a fairly good fare to London which was quite okay. The plan was to spend a week in London and then two weeks in Edinburg. I thought it will be easier to get a cheap train ticket from London to Edinburg but I was wrong.
I searched and googled all the travel sites for plane tickets with the hope of getting a discounted ticket. All my efforts proved abortive. Even the train tickets from London to Edinburg were a rip off as I recalled. Pay such huge sum just from London to Edinburgh? No way!
Well, at the end, I settled for the Mega-Bus which was a grave mistake. The National Express was far too expensive and I reckoned that the Mega-Bus was the only plausible option since it was in late July with the Edinburgh festival coming up in August. So I joined this Bus that moved on a snails pace.
Though I knew it was an 8-9 hour journey, I never anticipated the harrowing experience I would be subjected to. The drive from London to Edinburgh was long, frustrating and way beyond the stipulated time. We spent 12 hours on that journey. Please don’t ask me why it took the bus that long time to get to Edinburgh. It’s a sad story. The motorway was busy but boring. The ride only succeeded in showcasing the grey corridor of the United Kingdom.
I arrived Edinburgh at 1.00 Am that morning. My cousin could not pick me up from the Edinburgh train station so I took a Taxi. The Taxi Chauffeur drove round the entire city and finally pulled at my destination. Guess what? I parted with twice the normal taxi fare. Not a good day at all!
Nonetheless, I was welcomed by my cousin and her family. The journey drained all my energy and appetite for food and I vowed never to embark on such a road trip again.
However, I love Edinburgh. It is a city with striking and enchanting scenery. Classic old architecture with great tourist attractions. The landmarks are breath-taking. I was billed to attend the annual Edinburgh festival that August. I tell you, Edinburgh have got some vibes with the hustle and bustle. The famous Princess Street, has a mix of high streets and designer outlets. There are a variety of quirky and kitsch boutiques with a parade of vintage clothes and rare antics. The Princess Street Gardens offer a rich hub of floral gardens. Suffice it to say that Edinburgh is a great tourist attraction. The bewitching magnificent Castle. And oh! The Scottish Museum et al.
That was an unforgettable experience. And never again will I embark on a road trip from London to Edinburgh.
Daily Prompt Never Again.