I made it to Inverness yesterday and the journey was relatively stress-free. I had a 5 hours wait in Edinburgh between trains and as I didn’t feel like paying 15 pounds to store my suitcase and carry-on, I was pretty much stuck in the station and vicinity. I went to a nearby Weatherspoon’s pub and had a vegetarian breakfast, wine and sex on the beach. It was pretty shit actually; the place was packed and my food was kind of cold. I did managed to get sufficiently buzzed though and popped 2 Lorazepam to help with my anxiety. It was getting dark by the time I caught the train to Inverness, so I didn’t see any of the scenery on the way. I found the hotel pretty easily and ended up walking, rather than deal with my social anxiety and getting a taxi. It’s colder up here…much colder. There was even a frost last night.
I slept very well, although I woke up after a couple of nightmares. I went down for breakfast around 7:30am and I was the only one there/ It was a full breakfast too, not just cereal….eggs, bacon, black pudding, mushrooms and 4 pieces of toast. It was such a large breakfast that I don’t need to eat much else for the rest of the day.
I went out this morning and walked around the center of Inverness and down by the river. It’s a beautiful little city, almost like a mini-Edinburgh, but without the crowds and the pretentiousness. I haven’t been to Inverness since I was 17 and it really hasn’t changed much. There was some sort of Pride festival / march going on, so I tried to steer clear of that as I feel like an outcast in the LGBT community and I don’t celebrate Pride.
The leaves are really changing color quite drastically here, owing to the city’s northerly position. Even when the sun is out, it seems like a watered-down sun. I could totally live up here as I doubt that it ever gets that hot and it’s dark as fuck during the winter. I love the Gothic architecture and the creepiness of the place. The scenery surrounding the city looks beautiful too and I wish I had a car or one of my bikes to explore it.
I took a ton of pictures before retreating back to my bed & breakfast before the Saturday crowds and weekend people come out in force. I might go out again later and eat at a Wetherspoon’s pub again, as you can order online from your table and you don’t have to speak to anyone.