The next leg of my journey was to catch the Flying Scotsman train from London’s King Cross station to Edinburgh’s Waverley station. The modern day version of the Flying Scotsman is very comfortable and had onboard WIFI the entire way – useless for anyone who gets bored looking out the window (I’m not one to get bored looking out windows).
Eggborough power station
After arriving in the mid afternoon, my friend and I dropped off my bags and their apartment. We then explored the university and the castle area of the city.
The final weekend of my trip was spent visiting a friend who lives in the cowboy town of Calgary. During the weekend we headed off to Canmore at the base of the Rocky Mountains and did some hiking in the mountains immediately behind Canmore and then up to Big Beehive and on to The Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House at Lake Louise.
I flew to Vancouver, Canada after a week and a half of visiting friends across the USA. Although I usually love time to myself it was quite a shock to be travelling alone in a city where I knew no one.
Many of my friends had told me great things about Vancouver, however, on arrival I was shocked at the number of beggars and those less well off. After walking along the waterfront, through Chinatown and Gaston I ended up traversing through a very rough few streets between Chinatown and Gaston. This was not the first impression I was expecting and suggested to me that although Canada is considered very progressive there is still work to be done to look after those in need.
The following day I walked through Yaletown, caught a ferry to Gainsville Island, where I had lunch and explored the markets, before hiring a bike to ride to Stanley park.
While visiting my friends in Minneapolis I took a day trip to Lake Superior’s North Shore.
My friends and I built up a big appetite after spending the morning driving north from Minneapolis so we stopped for lunch at the New Scenic Cafe which is a few kilometers north of Duluth. The food here was excellent, especially the Salmon Burger.
With full stomachs, we then continued further north to the Gooseberry Falls State Park.
After a week in California, I flew across the country to Minneapolis. On arrival in Minneapolis I checked into my hotel and then headed straight to the Mall of America. A few hours later I left with a few new pieces of clothes that I had picked up for some really good prices.
Rides at Mall of America
The following morning I headed into downtown Minneapolis which unfortunately was filled with construction around the main shopping area and much of the shops were closed. As I had the entire day to myself I decided to walk across from the downtown area to the Walker Art Museum.