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Scotland (Edinburgh and Glasgow) and Wales (Caernarfon, Conwy, and Cardiff).

August 20

Welcome to Edinburgh! I checked into my B&B, the Cherrytree Villa Guesthouse, early (remember that 5AM get-up for the 6:30AM flight?!) and after a semi-trauma with the internet, I went out.

The internet didn't work in my room up high on the 3rd floor behind a fire door. Oh Emm Gee. You can just imagine.

I was in a major twist but I got over it. Why did I get over it? Because the owner, Peter, although he could not get the internet to reach my room, he tried things, made some calls, and was nothing but courteous and helpful throughout despite my rising agitato. And what really did it was that I overheard him so many times interacting with his staff in the same way - courteous, helpful, and kind. I forgave him the internet and did my thing in the breakfast room.

So...after all that I went out in search of a beer. This place was just a couple of blocks away and I loved it. All these guys were SO chatty and full of advice and good cheer. I ate lunch there too.
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