Jacob Swanner Travel Journal


After leaving France, I took a train – through the chunnel – to London, from there I took another train to Edinburgh, Scotland. I almost missed the Eurostar train in Lille – the one that took me to London – because it took me way longer to find the car rental return location than I thought it would. The tracks that Virgin Trains East Coast uses – which I took between London & Edinburgh – are not what I call smooth, the carriage jostles around a lot. I was constantly worried about stuff falling over or spilling, but the service in first class was probably the best I’ve experienced – first class on a train is not the same kind of difference as on a plane.

It was my first time in Scotland, and I loved the beauty of the country. I don’t think Scotland is usually associated with good food, but I had some lovely meals and drinks while I was there. Edinburgh itself seemed really cool, even though it was probably the dirtiest of all the places I visited during this trip – I can’t believe how much literal shit I saw on the streets & sidewalks. I hiked up Arthur’s Seat, which provided great views of Edinburgh and the surrounding area. But, I think my favorite parts of my time in Scotland would be the two tours I took that got me out in the Scottish countryside.