Hello! I’m alive! And back home from my trip to Edinburgh. I’ve spent the past month busily working my way through a slightly mammoth To Do list, trying to make the most of the Fringe and overall having a thoroughly marvellous time, and consequently, as predicted in my last post, blogging took a bit of a hit.
How splendid are these “HELLO” flags that are fluttering all over Edinburgh by the way? I’ve never seen them before, so I presume they’re new for this year’s Fringe/Festival. I thought I’d just recap a few of the highlights of my slightly whirlwind trip:
- Summer fruit – I scarfed an awful lot of summer berries whilst I was taking a break from the NZ winter. And cherries – I love cherries!
- Only having to use a raincoat four times – this might not sound like much to those of you who have proper summers, but in Scotland, this is a major achievement (although lack of rain doesn’t necessarily mean sunshine). The last few Augusts that I spent in Edinburgh, it rained. Every. Single. Day. (I wish I was kidding.)
- St Andrews – Kat and I went up one afternoon. Some things have changed (why is there a Nando’s?) and some things haven’t (those 500 year-old cathedral ruins aren’t going anywhere any time soon). My love for that wee town remains unchanged.
- The St Andrews Wine Company – My friend Pete opened a bottleshop in St Andrews at the beginning of the year and I’ve been dying to see it. So we obviously stopped by whilst we were in St Andrews. And it’s amazing. I wish it had been open when I was there. Oh and there’s always a bottle open for tasting (maybe it’s not such a bad thing that I don’t live there anymore…). We also happened to coincidentally visit on a day when there was also a champagne tasting…
- Reunions – Kat, Craig and I were all in the same place for the first time in 18 months. There was gin, food, wine, some James Bond and much laughter; all the best things in life.
As I mentioned, I tried to make the most of the Edinburgh Fringe as well. The Fringe is always a mixed bag (which is half the fun), but here are a few Fringe-specific highlights. If you’re in Edinburgh, you still have a week to try and fit these in:
- Jollyboat – Their set started off with a medley of pirate-themed songs. And then it got better. That was a terrible description, but trust me and just go see it (although probably not ideal for anybody who is easily offended). Oh and it’s free.
- Shit-faced Shakespeare – Literally what it says on the tin. One Shakespeare play (Much Ado About Nothing), one shit-faced actor, and all the other actors trying to keep the play together. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so much.
- Omid Djalili – Slightly pricey, but worth it in my opinion. Smart comedy which makes you laugh but also makes a point. He’s also brilliant at accents and works them in marvellously. My mum and I were in fits.
- Inspector Norse – It’s described as a “self-assembly Swedish crime thriller […] featuring a knitted set” and I can’t think of a more apt description for this wonderfully middle class comedic thriller. And the set is actually knitted and self-assembled. It’s amazing.
- The Jeremiah Weed Cow Shed – This isn’t actually a show, but it’s Fringe-related. We stumbled upon this formerly empty space on the Cowgate which been transformed into a Kentucky-themed cowshed bar for the duration of the Fringe. It sells Jeremiah Weed cider (it probably sells other stuff, too, but we went for the yummy cider) and there’s live music. There are hay bales, plastic cows and wheelbarrow seats. It’s so hipster it hurts, but it’s also rather brilliant.
So there we have it, a not-so-brief recap of highlights over the past month. Blogging will resume properly soon, once I’ve settled back in, but in the meantime, here’s some proof of the Edinburgh sunshine:
Enjoy the rest of your day, wherever you are in the world! And if you’ve been enjoying the Fringe, feel free to leave some show recommendations.