I have to take 4.5 days holiday in the next month or else I lose it - I know, tough problem.
I couldn't really take off a chunk of time seeing as I just started my new job, so I decided to do a few long weekends. I looked at the calendar. I'm moving at the end of Feb, so I booked a long weekend off for that. I want to go to Calais in France to check out the Vimy Ridge Centre, so I booked a four day weekend (the Friday and Monday off) at the end of March for that.
That leaves just one day to take. I looked at what days I had taken, picked the Friday that was exactly between the two, and decided I would go to Edinburgh on that mid-March weekend. I didn't bother to check to see if I could get a hotel before I booked the time off, as I figure - who would be going to Edinburgh in the middle of winter?
It's only a 4 hour train ride from Sheffield, where I am working, so I didn't think I needed to put too much thought into the trip until it got closer to the date.
Today, I go to look at hotels or B&Bs to stay at, and there are all so expensive!
"What the heck is going on?" I wonder. So I google - "Edinburgh march 14." Looking over the results...
Literary pub tour, doubt that is drawing in the crowds from out of town, though it would have been interesting to do if I had been able to find a hotel. Sleep course, nope, probably not the big event in town... RBS Six Nations Rugby with Ireland v. Scotland. Ahhhh!
I check the weekends before and after - no problems to get cheap places to stay. Just the weekend when the rugby is in town, and all the hotels are booked - no doubt with both Scots from out of town as well as the Irish travelling over from the Emerald Isle.
I was right - in general, nobody is going to Edinburgh in the winter. I just randomly picked the wrong weekend. Damn rugby fans, spoiling my plans.