Day 6: Rail from Edinburgh to Dundee
Tuesday 21 Jun 2011 - Tuesday 21 Jun 2011
Today I travelled to Dundee, which is about an hour and a half north of Edinburgh by train. The ride went comfortably and I divided my time between watching the scenery and reading Terry Pratchett's "Feet of Clay" which I had picked up in a secondhand book shop.
When I arrived, it was raining and I discovered that I did not have a map of Dundee to find my way to my lodgings. More to the point, neither did the travel centre or the news agents at the station. Rather than wander around in the rain looking for wifi so I could bring up Google maps, I caved and got a taxi. He easily took me to my hotel, which is a bit of a distance from the city center or the train station. If I had know where I was going, I would not have minded the walk, even in the rain-I have been doing a lot of walking since I got here and plan on doing a lot more before I leave.
I should probably mention that I decided at the beginning of my trip that I did not want to pay AT&T's egregious overseas rates, so I turned off data roaming and simply have phone service which is just for emergencies. What worked well in London was that I had previously downloaded an offline map which helped immensely. Unfortunately, my phone seems to have a weak antenna and has not been able to access wifi from any of the sources I have visited, so I haven't been able to download maps for Edinburgh or Dundee. The signal is strong at my hotel here so perhaps I can take care of that this week, and prepare for Ireland.
Tomorrow I have an appointment with Mel Woods, the director of the MFA program at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. After that I will browse around Dundee and take in whatever sights there are.