I’ve spent the past couple of days exploring Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Now, this isn’t my first visit. I was here a few years ago while studying abroad… but a weekend just wasn’t enough. The historic city stole my heart and I knew I had to come back.
I spent two full days in the city and was easily able to see all I wanted, and then some. I Now, I decided to avoid paying for things I’ve already done, which means I didn’t go into Edinburgh Castle or take an underground tour. I learned about the turbulent, divided history during my bus tour, so I skipped doing a walking tour. Sightseeing in Edinburgh is easy and my hostel is well positioned on the Royal Mile, which means everything was a short walk away.
During these two days, I did all sorts of things. I climbed Arthur’s Sat, the volcanic mountain in the middle of the city. I toured Holyrood Palace on a whim and was swept away into Scottish history. I spent hours in the National Museum of Scotland and Scottish National Gallery. This morning, I attended church in the historic St. Giles Cathedral. I went for evening strolls up to the castle in the rain. I walked up Calton Hill and visited all the monuments. I lingered in coffee shops, cafes, and pubs.
Some of my favorite time, though, was spent lingering in quiet places–sketching the city on Arthur’s Peak, reading poetry in the Princes Street Gardens, wandering solo through narrow streets.
I feel as though I’ve drunk my fill of the city, but I’m sure I’ll be back someday.
It’s time to move out of English speaking waters. Next stop: Amsterdam!