The Edinburgh Diaries

What do you think of #yolo?

I think it’s something young people tell themselves to justify stupid decisions.

On the other hand, I wholeheartedly believe in good timing. Aka the kind of timing when you are young with

a) a week of no class,

b) some savings,  and

c) one of your closest friends just a short Ryanair flight away from you.

So this is pretty much the story of how E. and I decided to visit Edinburgh.

Edinburgh is …

… where the skyline of the city is fairytale-like…

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…but only when it’s not too foggy.

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…where bagpipes.

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…where the buildings and the sky form the only acceptable version of 50 Shades of Grey.

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…where the National Museum of Scotland hostσ one of the most diverse and, at the same time, fascinating collections of exhibits from all over the world.

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…where someone felt the need to leave this note at the section dedicated to Scottish immigration within UK and abroad.

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By the way, if you find yourself at the museum, take the lift or the stairs to the rooftop to have a look of the city from above.

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…where people take care of their city.

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…where two 20-somethings have coffee and devise ambitious plans for the future in the rather noisy but still lovably cozy coffee shop where J.K. Rowling sat writing her early novels…

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…and then go visit Greyfriars Kirkyard, which is right next to the aforementioned coffee shop and, according to rumours, is also the inspiration behind…

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…the name of one the palest and most nose-less villains in the history of literature: Tom Riddle or – if you prefer his petname – Lord Voldemort.

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…where the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is located. A must see if find yourself in Edinburgh – or are willing to travel for modern art…

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…even if you don’t always understand it…

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…or cannot always see what other see in it. E., for instance, loves Roy Lichtenstein (pictured below is the work ‘Roommates’ from his Nude Series), whereas I appreciate it visually, but I’m not particularly moved by it.

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…where the Hollyrood Park is located. The way up to Arthur’s Seat is a muddy pain in the ass, but the breathtaking view makes up for it!

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…where E. shows the way…

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…and Katerina gladly follows!

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…where blurry photos on the way to Stockbridge happen.

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…where aforementioned 20-year olds enjoy fall colours  in Edinburgh’s Botanic Gardens…

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…and eventually figure out that taking selfies with a DSLR might not be such a brilliant idea…

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…as well as that modern art is everywhere and baffling (here: Kate, Lord of the (aluminium foil) Rings.

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…where we climbed up Calton hill to observe the night falling.

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…where, according to our Airbnb host, Edinburghians attempted to build a Parthenon-alike temple, but eventually run out of money. I told her not to worry, since the original conveys the same impression.

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Lots of love,

F.

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PS: Okay, enough with the serious stuff. Wanna see some candids?

Our host’s cat.

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Fungi everywhere. (Taken in the Botanic Gardens.)

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And our Lion King moments:

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2 Comments

  1. ah! how beautiful to see that you found your way to Edinburgh as well 🙂 I love the city I hope it inspired you to write a book and become a millioner and then share your wisdom and money with me hahaha 😀
    btw Just reading up on your stuff 🙂 so that’s why I so randomly comment right now on this one.

    • I had an idea that would make a wonderful novel, but I ain’t got the time to sit down and write. (Secretly wishing that the idea does not escape me and approach another writer who will have more time in his/her hands!)

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