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…
…but only when it’s not too foggy.
…where the buildings and the sky form the only acceptable version of 50 Shades of Grey.
…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.
…where someone felt the need to leave this note at the section dedicated to Scottish immigration within UK and abroad.
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.
…where people take care of their city.
…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…
…and then go visit Greyfriars Kirkyard, which is right next to the aforementioned coffee shop and, according to rumours, is also the inspiration behind…
…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.
…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…
…even if you don’t always understand it…
…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.
…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!
…where E. shows the way…
…and Katerina gladly follows!
…where blurry photos on the way to Stockbridge happen.
…where aforementioned 20-year olds enjoy fall colours in Edinburgh’s Botanic Gardens…
…and eventually figure out that taking selfies with a DSLR might not be such a brilliant idea…
…as well as that modern art is everywhere and baffling (here: Kate, Lord of the (aluminium foil) Rings.
…where we climbed up Calton hill to observe the night falling.
…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.
Lots of love,