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July 31st, 2022 at 11:07:55 PM permalink
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Ä25 for ramen?! Yikes!!

Sorry to hear about your lack of sleep. That sounds like torture. And I can only imagine trying to wake up after only 3 hours of eventual sleep!
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I mean most airports food is going to be overpriced. The ramen was Ä18 I think, water was Ä3 plus tax and tip. 🤷‍♂️
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August 1st, 2022 at 12:17:52 AM permalink
After waking up I didnít have a ton of energy and planned to sleep again soonish so I figured Iíd grab some food and then check out the casinos. I stopped at a a pub a couple doors down from my hostel and had the steak and ale pie with a beer. The beer was listed as a pale ale but was definitely amber which I enjoy just not what I expected. The food and beer were both really good but super heavy. Oddly they donít accept cash at this restaurant so I guess if you donít have card youíre SOL?



I then walked 12 minutes to the small Genting York Place Casino and found a beautiful sunset over one of the old buildings, not sure which one, possibly the train station based on google maps.



I got to the casino and when the woman looked up my account to enter she said I had a note on my account that it was suspended at Colony Club in London, no reason given. We were both confused but I had been to multiple Genting casinos since then and based on that she let me in. I won £53 playing CSM BJ and honestly only stayed longer than a few hands because the dealer and pit boss were very amusing to talk to. I grabbed an Uber to the Grosvenor Casino for £17 only to find out that as I suspected the chips that they use there are the generic Grosvenor chips. Iíve found that about half of them use those and the other half use their own and since I couldnít confirm on the chip guide one way or the other I decided to go and check it out. Interesting note about their slot machines, they act like the Class II machines in Oklahoma in that they look like variable state machines but the things that might make them postive ev are rerolled every spin. Sadly itís apparently expensive to get an Uber out in Mayberry so it was £33 back into town to the Genting Fountain Park Casino. I got there and found the same fake slots and a poker room! I played £2/£5 for about 90 minutes until the game broke and made a whopping £19. Apparently the game rarely runs bigger than £1/£3 there but someone insisted they play bigger and everyone obliged. Another interesting note, I was told to make sure I was cashed out in England bills not Scotland bills as certain places outside of Scotland would be finicky about non-England notes. For those who do not know, England, Scotland and Ireland all print their own pounds, Wales does not. So I visited 3 casinos, got two new chips and after Uber expenses I was up a HUGE £13.

I took my last Uber back to the hostel for £9 and called it a night as I had a Harry Potter walking tour at 9 am. I got about 5 hours of sleep before the tour which was really enjoyable. I had an American guide from NC that is going to school in Edinburgh. He was very informative about the places we visited including Greyfriars cemetery where JK got the inspiration for a bunch of the names in the books. The Cafes where she wrote the books and other general knowledge about the city and how she used it in her books. They have had problems with people stealing the headstones marked Potter, Black and Longbottom which then get sold on the blackmarket. They assume Tom Riddellís will be stolen eventually, of course that was Voldemortís real name minus the extra ďLĒ.

After the tour I planned on grabbing a nap that accidentally or not so accidentally turned into a 9 hour sleep, oops. I woke up at 10 pm and headed out in search of food which is apparently not the easiest thing at that time of night here. I got to the Black Fox right on the border of Leith where I was told they had good haggis only to find the kitchen had closed at 9:30. I had a beer and left definitely feeling it due to being a lightweight and not eating. Luckily on my way back to the Royal Mile I found a shawarma place open and had really good shawarma for £8. One thing Iíve noticed while travelling is that no matter where you go shawarma places are open the latest. It was the largest shawarma Iíve had as they used two wraps to make it, it was really good. I got back to the hostel and hung out in the common room until about 3 am when I went to bed and was able to sleep for about 4 hours. I think I have my schedule back track now. Not 100% sure what my plan for today is yet (going to figure that out after I press send on this) but I think might do the hop on hop off bus.

Anyways talk to you all later!
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August 1st, 2022 at 7:00:01 AM permalink
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August 1st, 2022 at 7:22:09 AM permalink
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Scipol is currently ranked the worst airport in the world. Last month they delayed or cancelled 52.5% of their flights. Customs and security was taking up to 8 hours as per the articles that I read.
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When i was in Amsterdam in May, Scipol security only took 1 1/2hrs.
i had like a 1pm flight so was at the airport at 10am.
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August 1st, 2022 at 2:27:42 PM permalink
Schiphol. Easy translation "Ships Hole. Airport former body of water.
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August 2nd, 2022 at 1:54:52 AM permalink
I decided last second after looking at the stops of the hop on hop off bus that it didn't interest me as I had already done most of the sites that it takes you to. Instead I took a tour of the underground vaults which was very interesting. The guide gave us a history of the vaults creation to them being closed up for over 100 years and forgotten about. Eventually they were found again by accident in 70's and used as stores until they realized the vaults leaked and all the merchants left. They then were used by homeless people which was obviously tough since the vaults were pitch black and covered in human waste both from the homeless people and the leaking sewage from cowgate street right above them where everyone dumped their bathroom pales and of course the cows poo. The tunnels are used for ghost tours as well so they added a little bit of that to the tour. I don't personally believe in any of the supernatural stuff but a few of the people on the tour were legit scared.

The pictures in the vaults are green due to the lights they have.




After the tour I headed to Grassmarket street to see the "official Harry Potter" store. It took about 20 minutes of waiting in line to get in and it totally wasn't worth it but I am still glad I did it. It was a cute store that is worth going in but not worth the wait. I bought a magnet but the rest of the stuff was HP collectibles that didn't interest me.



Next up I stopped at the cheesemonger and got two types of cheese and oat cakes which are like soft crackers. One of the cheeses I got was a tad strong but went well with the oat cakes.



I headed back to the hostel to eat the cheese and then take a 3 hour nap. I looked up a few comedy clubs when I woke up and found one with free entry and an open mic night. 3 ladies were talking about going to the same place so I joined them, sadly we got there and it was VIP only for the night. We ended up going to a place called Paradise Palms which was a very tacky pub. We sat in the back on the couches that they said they use as a green room when they have shows. I should have taken a picture of the tacky stuff everywhere, We had a drink and it was fun to hang out with some new people. One of them had to head to the train station for her overnight train home to London and the rest of us left soon after that. I stopped and got shawarma on the way back before calling it a night.

I am headed to the train station in a few minutes to catch my train to Glasgow. Not sure what I plan on doing today once I get to Glasgow but I will figure it out once I get on the train as I have 90 minutes to kill.

Edit: I forgot to mention anything about the hostel. I paid $103 USD for 4 nights in a 4 bed mixed dorm. The hostel had a nice set up for both the kitchen and ďhanging outĒ area. They offered group activities every night as well. My room was the 2nd smallest Iíve ever stayed in other than in Hong Kong. The bed was fine but the pillows needed replacing. There was no AC so BO was an issue and the last night a very smelly man checked in and made the whole room reek. The hostel was on the Royal Mile so as far as location it is impossible to get better than that. Overall Iíd give it like a 7/10 which is perfectly fine to me.
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August 4th, 2022 at 7:33:50 AM permalink
The train to Glasgow was a short 90 minutes. Once I got to Glasgow I went and dropped off my bags at the hostel and went out to explore. I wasnít really going anywhere in particular, more just enjoying the old buildings and the bustle of the locals. I stopped at a pub and had fish and chips for lunch. It was weird but it felt like the bartenders were bothered when people came in, they werenít rude but they didnít seem to want to serve people. I didnít mind but found it interesting.

I carried on walking to nowhere until I ended up in George Square. There were a lot of people having lunch with the million birds that were hanging around. Around the corner was the Corinthian Club which used to have a casino, I figured Iíd check it out just in case I was wrong but the casino was in fact closed. I stopped in at another Grosvenor Casino to again find generic chips being used. I then walked to Alea Casino and played poker for a few hours. I played PLO and lost £100 before the Holdem game opened where I won £180. I had the curry chicken sandwich off the poker menu which was good but the fries or as they say chips were too salty. From there I took an Uber for £8 to the Genting Casino where I played BJ and won £100 plus my souvenir chip. I headed back to the hostel and called it a night.

Yesterday I booked a tour of the Clydeside Distillery for £30 at 4:20 which came with a whisky and chocolate tasting. I donít like whisky but I figured in Scotland I should try it. In the afternoon I walked 30 minutes in the rain to the Glasgow Cathedral. Iím not usually one for churches/cathedrals but I really enjoyed the architecture of the building and the glasswork of the windows. I spent about 30 minutes exploring the multiple levels of the building. I read some of the info about the cathedral but I honestly didnít care much, I was there for the building.





I walked back to the hostel in the still misty rain to relax before I headed to my tour. I walked the 35 minutes to the distillery where the guide took us through the process of making whisky. I never knew that the process is very similar to make beer, gin, rum and vodka. After the tour of the machinery we were taken into the tasting room where we were walked through 5 whisky and chocolate pairings.







The whiskies were from different regions and were made differently which gives them their different tastes. The first 3 were more on the mild side but the last two were peat whiskies and quite harsh. The last whisky was downright nasty and burned going down. After the tasting most people bought whisky from the shop downstairs, they made a lot more money on that than the tour fee. I was chatting with a few of the Americans at the tasting and ended up going on a pub crawl with them after the tasting. We stopped at a few bars for drinks before ending up at an Indian restaurant. The food was honestly some of the best Indian food Iíve ever had and I spent 5 weeks in India. The 7 of them were Air Force being relocated from Qatar back stateside. It was 6 guys who spent two months in Qatar and Nicole who was the pilot picking them up. They had to stop for refuelling so they had 19 hours in Glasgow. In case you were wondering they all stopped drinking by 10 pm which was 12 hours before they had to fly the next morning.

This was the giant naan bread that one of the guys ordered.



I had the tandoori platter which was chicken wings, a prawn and chicken breast and thigh. The flavours were amazing. After we finished up I grabbed an Uber back to the hostel to pass out as I had had quite a few drinks.

I was very surprised when I woke up this morning not hungover. I havenít done a whole lot today other than grab shawarma from a Syrian restaurant down the street. Iím probably going to go back to Alea and play poker tonight as there is nothing else in Glasgow that I want to do. I have a flight to Belfast, Northern Ireland at 11:25 am tomorrow.

Overall Glasgow is a much less interesting city than Edinburgh and I now understand why my sister suggested skipping it. Iím glad I came though cause yesterday at the distillery and then the pub crawl was a lot of fun.

The hostel in Glasgow didnít have much of a scene, everyone mostly kept to themselves. The rooms donít have AC but the room wasnít hot because of the cold air coming in from the windows. The beds are fine but the pillows suck, they are completely flat and should be replaced.

Anyways Iím headed to the casino now so thatís all for now.
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August 4th, 2022 at 8:51:42 AM permalink
Are you trying to pay for this trip via stops at the casinos or is that just secondary? Do you carry a ton of money or do you refill at ATMís? Iíve not stayed in a hostel for many decades but you feel you and your belongings are safe?
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August 4th, 2022 at 9:08:49 AM permalink
No not at all but I like casinos and I like collecting chips. I do carry cash but I have a money belt. So if there is a locker in the hostel I lock it up in there and if there isnít like at this hostel i wear the money belt while I sleep. I donít even notice it is there.
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August 4th, 2022 at 11:21:03 AM permalink
Thanks for writing this! I always like your trip reports and learn a lot from what you do.

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