As you might have noticed, it has been a while since my last post. Although I have taken some pictures the past months, which I will share later, I simply couldn’t find the time, nor energy, to post my work. Luckily, there came an end to my lack of motivation, as I visited Scotland and got re-energized! So for the weeks to come, I’ll be sharing some of my work and revive my blog! The series on Scotland will kick off in Edinburgh.
I had planned a trip through Scotland with a colleague (I will get back to that in a later post), yet decided to travel the main trip in solitude. My first stop was Edinburgh and from there I would move to Fort William, Isle of Skye, and Glasgow. As I had never been in Scotland, this was very exiting, and arriving at Edinburgh felt like coming home right away! The Scots are very much like the Dutch in their communication, very direct. And I appreciate that honesty. There is only one big difference, the Scots are nicer people, and always in for a chat, opposed to the more self-centered Dutch people. I also realized that the average Scot swears a bit more than the common English person, something that I f*cking enjoy too. The city Edinburgh feels almost like Amsterdam. It is smaller and therefore less crowded, but I felt free! Walking the sidewalks, the smell of weed greeted me (despite pot not being legal, some people do smoke it in the streets), a little further down the road a gay couple walked hand-in-hand, and in the Princess Street Gardens many people were enjoying their lunch, a good read, or just the sun. Freedom!
As you can read, I enjoyed the vibe of the city and the people living there. The people are very nice, and besides the Scottish being talkative, they are very much “dog people”. Having a dog myself, this is something I finally understand (I had no clue about being able to love an animal before Luvo came into my life). A must see for dog owners is the grave and statue of Greyfriars Bobby. A little Skye Terrier that spent 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until is own dead. This dog is very loved in Scotland, and his statue is still being petted, even by locals.
Besides being friendly, it said that that Scotland is not country of the pretty people, but the picture below proves the critics wrong!
And of course, being Scotland, the Gothic architecture is well presented in this wonderful city. From the Edinburgh Castle to the many churches, the architecture is amazing.
But it is not just Gothic, even the Romans left their architectural footprint here. A brilliant combination!
Another fantastic aspect of Edinburgh is the position of two hills. Calton Hill, which can be found in the city center, and the hills of Park Holyrood (Arthur’s Seat) just outside the shopping street of Edinburgh offer spectacular views over the city.
While Calton Hill reaches to only 100 meters in height (330 feet), climbing to Arhturs Seat will get you 250 meters above sea level (820 feet).
It can be quite windy up the hill, so bring something warm to wear (especially during the evening), but you might get rewarded with a great view!
While I planned three days in Edinburgh, the city is that small, that two days really is enough to see it all. Yet, as small as the city is, as greatly you will enjoy your visit there. Did you ever visit Scotland’s capitol? Let us know your experience and tips in the comments!
In my next post I’ll show you my next destination: North Berwick!
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