“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” – Winnie the Pooh

So I know I’ve been super slack on updating lately, but that’s mostly because I haven’t been doing anything. I was home sick most of the weekend, caught a little bug or something that made me unfit to really try and accomplish anything all weekend besides watch TV. I caught up on Lost and Smallville though so that’s something.

Anyway for those who don’t know (and I expect that includes most of my readership), Edinburgh is broken up into many different sections: Old Town, New Town, Leith, Haymarket, Calton … and I’m sure there are quite a few others. The area of town I live in is Old Town, right near the city center. This is where most of the tourist sights are as well as the tourist shops. I’ve done a lot of wandering around this part of the city and feel comfortable enough that I don’t really get lost anymore.

Today I journeyed into New Town. New Town is the shopping area of town. Filled with boutiques, specialty stores, malls, and restaurants, a day could easily be filled browsing around this part of town. I had been before when I went to buy my mobile but I didn’t really adventure further than Princes Street which is the main drag. But today I went wandering along the smaller streets in the back. Shopper’s paradise I’ll tell you! Unfortunately I can barely afford to be in the stores there let alone buy anything. But window shopping can be a lot of fun and there were some decent deals in some of the shops.

I also went into the Portrait Gallery, which just has portraits of famous figures (mostly historical). It was kind of neat. The building was massive and the decor in the lobby was fabulous. I wanted to take some pictures but I wasn’t sure if I was allowed; art places can be funny like that. I did sneak two pictures but they didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped. I did notice that a lot of the old school portraits really looked alike. I’m not sure if it was the technique, the poses of the subject, or the fact that everyone back then was inbred but it was kind of creepy to see five or six people with the same face and just different hair and background. Especially when these people did not seem to be related.

So now I’m babysitting. My flatmate had an appointment and so I’m looking after the baby for a couple hours. Now I have experience with kids over the age of 3. Two summers as a counselor at day camp will make you ready for anything. But I don’t think I’ve ever spent more than 15 minutes with a baby before now. But so far it’s going pretty well. What? You mean I shouldn’t be writing a post on my blog when I should be watching her? Oops!

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February 18, 2008. Edinburgh.

One Comment

  1. Bernita replied:

    I realized nobody was commenting so thought I would. I just want to point out the obvious that Tyrell was a baby once so really you spent alot of time with a baby……just not alone. Granted you were only 7.

    ps I want to see more pictures!

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