13.03.2016 - 13.03.2016
I got up early despite having gone to bed around 3am. I decided to walk around the town before meeting up with Pip and Stephen.
I walked into the city center and made my way up to Edinburgh Castle. On the way I saw many interesting buildings. The castle was really fun to walk around and explore. I got to see the Scottish crown jewels, which had an interesting exhibit explaining their history. I also went to the prison section, which falsely claimed that Napoleon was captured after his defeat in 1813 (damn the English and their false claims!).
Pip and Stephen met me at my hotel at 1. It was so good to see them again; it had been nearly a year since we were in Iran! We walked around the New Town area and had a beer before heading to lunch. Lunch was traditional Scottish food; we got several small dishes and ate tapas style. I had haggis (which was delicious!) and tatty scones, both of which Pip said I had to try. We shared a bottle of white wine, and Stephen and I had several beers as well.
After lunch we went to another pub for more drinks and to watch the Scotland - France rugby match in the Six Nations games. Scotland won, much to the surprise of the Scottish people! We continued to pub hop for several hours, eating some potato chips with our beers. Finally, we went to get some fish and chips (another first for me) and then it was time to head home. We were all thoroughly drunk. We stumbled back to my hotel, said goodbye. It was a wonderful day with them; I only wish that I'd had more time with them.
I'd hoped to meet up with Gavin again. We'd briefly messaged earlier in the evening, but I never heard back from him. Sadly, we didn't get to meet up again, despite my efforts to get in touch (he never logged in to Grindr again).