So after falling asleep shortly after 11 PM on Monday night, I was feeling confident I would beat the jet lag. I think I would have except at 2:00 AM my phone went off for a work alert. This threw everything off. I was wide awake after only 3 hours of sleep and could not get back to sleep. I tossed I turned, I put on soothing audiobooks and movies. I tried everything but sleep was not happening. Until around 5 AM which didn’t help because my alarms started going off at 6:30 AM. After hitting the snooze button several times because this was not going to be an early office morning I eventually got up and dressed. With coffee, I arrived at work around 8:30 AM. After settling in we started the day. I won’t bore you with work details but it was good with decent conversations and productivity despite my sleepiness. There are actually quite a few other Austin coworkers in the Edinburgh office this week along with some team members from London and Newbury.
After work, I was dragging ass so I took a quick power nap that only lasted an hour. Have you ever been so exhausted that your body rejected rest? Yeah, that’s what was happening so I got up and headed to the hotel gym. It’s a small gym but a decent one. I brought gear to go jogging out around The Meadows park but with the current gusts of wind, I wouldn’t make it. It’s supposed to die down around Thursday so maybe this weekend? After beating my body up even more for betraying me with no rest I was no nearer sleep so I decided to join my coworkers from London and Newbury for a pint and to watch the football match.
I ended up heading over to Doctors. This is a pub on the Edinburgh Heritage Pub trail, located close to Edinburgh University in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Doctors has strong links with both Edinburgh university medical college and the old Royal Infirmary which originally stood across the road. The building itself was created to mark the opening of the hospital in 1874 and it also initially housed a cabinet and coffin maker for the neighboring mortuary! Nowadays you will be met with some of the finest hospitality from the friendly team, serving some of the best pub classics, washed down with a tipple of your choosing. The Doctors is very busy on large sporting events with thirsty punters cheering on their favorites in front of the many screens. Also, I found out inside that it was part of the site for the Flodden Wall built to keep the English invaders out back in 1513. We ended up having a few pints of the local lager while having amazing discussions about global politics, and social change discovering the atrocities and triumphs of each other's countries. That’s one thing I love about visiting foreign countries is, for the most part, you can discuss politics even if you have different views. Its the loss of civil discussion that I mourn the most in American society today. During this rousing discussion, I ordered the Chicken Tikka which was actually pretty damn good. Doctors did not play around with their food. In addition to this, we watched the Manchester United lose to Juventus one - nill. It was a great night. After a very short walk back I was so ready to sleep and was in bed lights out before midnight, with nothing but rest on my mind… but did I get to sleep???