It was September, I was in between jobs, and my best friend from the other side of the world had told me she was in the country for a whole month.
I'd never been to the Scottish city before, in fact I'd never been that far North. I'd heard delightful things of Fringes, dancing, pubs and Arthur's famous tush, but I'd just never had the chance to visit, to see these things for myself. The only trouble was that my finances were dire. Severely dire. But fuck it, I thought. Carpe Diem, and all that. When else would I get the opportunity to live in a rented apartment right on the Meadows with my beautiful buddy who I'd been without for three years?
So, that was that. I booked it. Midweek, I hopped on a train and I was up and away. The views leading up to Scotland were spectacular - as we sailed past the coastline of Berwick-upon-Tweed and beyond I was instantly enamoured by this unforeseen part of the world. It was wild, it was woolly, and it was serenely gorgeous.
My trip was a two-day whirlwind, one of amazing coffee, endless wandering and catching up, dinners, and wines underneath the sparkling Scottish lights. Everywhere breathed history. Even on the dull tail-end of Summer days, the buildings radiated with warmth and knowledge.
Maybe it was the Scot in my veins and in my genes that caused to be slightly overcome by rose-tartan-glasses, or maybe it was simply because Edinburgh is a city you need to visit. There's no two ways about it.
Where to Eat & Drink
Hula Juice Cafe & Gallery (103-105 W Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2JP) // Artisan Roast (138 Bruntsfield Place) // Montpeliers (159-161 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh EH10 4DG) - we went to this place a lot! // Himalaya Centre, Tibetan Cafe 20 S Clerk St, Edinburgh EH8 9PR //
What to see//
The Royal Observatory and its amazing views of the city // The New Carlton Burial Ground (the most beautiful graveyard) // Clerk Street for nightlife // Princes Street Gardens & Edinburgh Waverley Station // Greyfriars Kirkyard //
What to Do //
Climb Arthur's Seat // Camera Obscura 549 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2ND//
Soak it all in.