A bank holiday in Germany, the labor day, brought me back to Scotland, where I’ve been almost ten years ago, for the last time. My friends I was with first wanted to go to London, but I convinced them to consider Edinburgh, the Scottish capital. Both have never been to Scotland and Ryanair flies directly from Bremen.
Due to a big rugby event the weekend, we had quite a lot of difficulties to find a B&B for three nights in a row. After over 70 booking requests, finally went luckily, and the main question, where to sleep was answered.
When we arrived there the weather was as we expected, rainy. Yes, we had rain and wind the whole weekend, but not permanently. Perfect as I assumed and promised, because the weather, were one of their main concerns.
By accident I found out, there was a rugby event and surprisingly a footfall match in Edinburgh during my weekend. Hibs vs. Dundee United on Saturday and a new point on my To-Do-List appeared.
During the match my friends where doing a guided tour through the city. Hence, I was on my own.
Because I arrived late at the Easter Road Stadium, the ground of Hiberian Edinburgh, they sold the tickets at the gate for 22 Pounds and not at the counter. This confused me a wee bit, but this move made it possible to be on the pitch just at the tingler.
In the stands I was surrounded by Hibs supporters, what I liked, because I was in Edinburgh. Started to watch and heard a couple of things about the Scottish Football and the Hibs in general and also asked what to eat during a match.
There are four leagues in Scotland, the main players are Glasgow Rangers and Celtic Glasgow, which are behaving like Bayern München in Germany. Means, buying talents from other clubs mainly for the substitutes sits, to avoid other clubs to prosper. This is probably the main sorrow of a Hib supporter nowadays, because their U19 won the double. They got honored during the half time.
Stadium is under construction and 3 of 4 stands are done and the local rival, the Hearts, are reigned by an investor and has high debts.
Now I became hungry and decided to buy as recommended the Scottish Pie. To avoid the queue at the half time went to buy the Scottish pie and a coffee for 3,5. By the way. Scottish football is dry as the Atacama, but the view is fenceless.
Just when I was through the tunnel right on the pitch Hibs equalised to 1:1. Dundee won the game by 1:2. Made the pictures of the Scottish Pie, with both supporters and went back to my place.
Then ate the pie and for me Bratwurst is better. I am not an expert of Scottish Pies and it is difficult to charge the pie form the Hibs for me. I am sure, you can get better once in Scotland. Therefore I am not able to give any stars for the pie but a decent bratwurst, with a proper roll and mustard beats the Scottish Pie from the Hibs.
I was also disappointed that I cannot buy Irn-Bru in the station, which is a Scottish soft drink.
Because there is no ale available, I would expect at least Irn-Bru instead of Coca Cola. I hope the Easter Road Stadium is an exception and elsewhere they still serve Irn-Bru.
After my swizz with the pie, asked my neighbours about the possibility to get a fried Mars Bar and got the answer, “Oh, no that’s Glaswegian”
The service is nice but ends before the match.
Went back with the bus to meet my mates at a pub.