“A late Easter, a long cold spring.” – French proverb

Today I went on a wander because it seemed like the perfect day, warm and sunny out; at least that’s what the weather seemed like. However, once I actually got outside it started to snow. Now, me being the tough Canadian that I am I thought to myself “This is nothing. It’s minus 30 at home when you count in wind chill. I can take it.” And at first it was fine, I was smiling while everyone else was putting their head down and bustling towards wherever they were headed. However, by the time my afternoon had finished, I was more than cursing the weather.

As all of you know, this is Easter weekend. As such it seemed like the there were many, many more people out and about today than usual. There were more buskers around the city that’s for sure. I didn’t take my camera but there was a guy dressed in furs with his face painted blue. He was really intense, and had swords for the tourists to pose with. After I walked by him all I could hear was little kids shouting “Fight for Freedom” or something like that.

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March 22, 2008. Edinburgh. 1 comment.

“Zoo: An excellent place to study the habits of human beings.” – Evan Esar

On Sunday, I finally made it to the Edinburgh Zoo. After talking about going there for weeks, it actually took place which was fairly exciting for me since it’s been awhile since I’ve been to the zoo; in fact I can’t even remember the last time.

Anyway, my flatmate, her baby and I all set out for the zoo Sunday afternoon. We spent about twenty minutes on the bus traveling there and there were these two really cute kids on the bus that were obsessed with the baby. They moved closer so they could make faces at her to try and get her to smile. It was adorable.

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March 18, 2008. Edinburgh. 3 comments.

Tiki hut decor and techno music make for an interesting evening …

Last night I met up with Suzanne for a low key social gathering with her and her friends at a local pub. I was excited to see her as she has been supremely busy the last couple weeks and so it seemed like the ideal get together. I got to meet her friends and still have a chance for the catch-up chat. The pub that we went to was super interesting. In the back room (which sounds a lot sketchier than it was), there was a huge, well couch is the word I want to use but it wasn’t a couch at all, raised sitting area that was kind of like the floor. It was covered in carpet and there were movable tables to place your drink. Apparently they play movies there during the day which seemed like a really neat idea.

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March 14, 2008. Edinburgh. Leave a comment.

“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.

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February 18, 2008. Edinburgh. 1 comment.