Read from Day One here.
How do I accurately convey how I feel about Edinburgh?
Do I tell you that I spent every night in Edinburgh and many nights after reading about the Ph.D. in Writing program at Edinburgh University?
Do I explain that I when I was there I read an email where one of my students asked me a question and somehow I got that question to relate to five paragraphs of bragging on how great this city was? (I didn’t send the email. I realized at some point that it was the work of mania.)
Do I say that Edinburgh felt like a hometown? Like, the kind of city we all want to live in where people are kind and funny and there’s history and culture and families?
Do I tell you that somehow for this introvert, everyone in Edinburgh felt like a potential friend?
Yeah, I loved Edinburgh.
I loved the cobbled streets and little cafés and fearless humor and charming accents and antiquated buildings and the sea and hills and the actual castle that is in the middle of the freaking city.
London was rushing. Rush to see the sights. Rush to catch the train. Cram cram cram. Edinburgh was slower. It was moseying along and taking the trail without looking at our phones. It was not knowing exactly how the day was going to go. Relax relax relax. It was lovely.
I’m stopping myself now, but if you also love Edinburgh, please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Let us gush and squeal together.
Both Sides Now: Breakfast at Mimi’s Café
Clotted cream and jam light as air
And sun streaks through the window there
And delicious coffee everywhere.
I’ve looked at breakfast that way.
1: How far is the castle?
2: Six blocks…
1: We can do that.
2: … Uphill.
1: I’m really full.
2: Me too.
*Eye contact is avoided. She opens her phone. She pulls up Uber.*
I didn’t even say, “Have fun storming the castle!” #MissedOpportunity
We shopped on Princes Street and ate the most delicious Indian food and slept for two hours and ate pizza. Life is good.
I could make my morning hike its own post. Heck, I’m going to just do that, okay? You have my word. By the end of the day tomorrow, there will be a post about hiking Arthur’s Seat. Prepare yourselves.
Breakfast: They made a sausage patty out of barley. I think that tells you everything you need know.
We are not barley people.
Also, I know we’re Americans and therefore trained to think JUMBO-SIZED is normal, but this is some sort of sick joke, right?
Shopping!! You mean the kind of shopping you did yesterday with plastic keychains and teapots that you hesitated to buy because who knows if they have lead or mercury in them?
No no no.
This is NICE shopping: handmade afghans and glass jewelry and breakable ornaments.
What’s that? A Scottish wool sweater? TAKE MY MONEY AND GO.
Afternoon tea at the Dome.
1: This is so fancy.
2: Soooo fancy.
*Attempts to eat tea sandwich. Attempt goes poorly.*
WE ARE NOT FANCY PEOPLE.
Room service for dinner with my new favorite soda. We are not difficult people either. EDINBURGH, DON’T GO!
Read about Day Ten here.