The Edinburgh Castle sits atop a dormant volcano and is very impressive. I can't even imagine anyone trying to invade it with the way it's situated. We went to the church across from it first when we visited Princes street after stopping at our hotel and took many pictures of the castle and some of the impressive tombstones in the church cemetery. I can't wait to visit it and explore it tomorrow!
After our short photography session with the castle and the church, we headed over to the Wetherspoon, which was a very classy pub. We were told it used to be a library, and it was very spacious and elegantly decorated. We had a delicious meal of paninis, chips (fries if you're American), and Irn Bru, which is a type of soda that's been made in Scotland for over 100 years with a delicious, but completely indescribable, taste.
We then continued to explore Princes Street, which mainly involved shopping. We stopped in a Primark, which had some great deals on clothing, but ended up not buying anything. Then we stopped by several souvenir shops and checked out all of the tartan and woolen products, the kilts, the Scottie dog kitsch, the bagpipes and Celtic jewelry. I was on a quest to find a Heathergem necklace, jewelry I'd read about before the trip and planned on buying while here. The first place I found them was outrageously priced, but two shops later I found them at more reasonable prices, and picked out my favorite. I don't really know how to explain what a Heathergem is, so check it out here: http://www.heathergems.com/makingheathergems.php if you'd like to see how they're made.
After shopping we headed back to our hotel, and had to wait for the bus for about half an hour. So far the Scottish weather has been very random--in the few hours we were outside here it's been sunny, cloudy, sprinkling, down-pouring, sunny while raining, cloudy while raining...it seems to change every ten minutes, though no matter what's happening it's windy and a bit chilly. Several of these weather patterns occurred in just the 26 minutes we were waiting for the bus to take us back to the hotel! We are now resting on our tartan comforters after showering and very excited to explore the Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile tomorrow, though we plan to dress warmly!