Making the choice to attend university in Scotland’s capital is and will forever remain one of the greatest choices of my young and future career. Being in a place filled with history and nostalgic memories from being a child is exciting. I can remember walking up to the castle for the very first time with the intentions of joining Hogwarts and the walk up the Royal Mile seemed like a hike up Ben Nevis. As soon as I moved into my flat in the heart of Edinburgh I made -what I thought was a heroic attempt to challenge the hill to the castle- my prime interest to walk to the castle. Aaaaaaaaand of course.. memory of a 7 year old had over exaggerated the height and steepness, even though the walk seemed twice as challenging (most likely due to the sedentary life style adopted over Summer).
To me Edinburgh is not a city, you walk from one post code to the next within the hour and bump into at least one person you know from Uni or even school. For sure it’s always bound to happen when you’re hungover and making the trek to Subway in last nights top with a pair of football shorts and flip flops. Going to university is when you realise that your dignity can be left at the bottom of the stairs at 10pm on the first night of freshers and being put to bed by your soon to become best friends and family. -I surely can’t be the only one who went through this life building experience?
The social life in Edinburgh is unreal. Never again in the future of my life will I go clubbing for a whole week and spend every penny in my bank, in my purse and in the drawer where all the loose change goes. The tip to surviving a full week of partying and drinking is sleep, food and water. Eat, sleep, rave, repeat. Be prepared to most likely spend about 70% of your summer savings on food alone. It doesn’t help when you open your door and every junk/drunk food available IS available.
BUT it’s okay because when the money is running unbelievably low, Edinburgh is the place of cheap/student activities. One of the best is the ability to go for walks in a place so beautiful that your iPhone camera roll is forever filled with photos of the castle in the sun, street performers, the castle in the rain, views off of Arthur’s Seat, the castle through the fog, the old buildings and (of course) the castle. To me the castle is the middle point of Edinburgh, as long as you know where the castle is -you’ll never get lost. I can see it from outside my flat, my uni, my local coffee shop.
As already said the walks throughout Edinburgh are amazing, even in the rain. The numero uno walking destination has got to be The Meadows. If you’ve not already heard of it, The Meadows is that one place every city has that when it’s sunny 75% of the population are guaranteed to be there. Countless times over the past Spring to Summer weeks I have been down there for hours at a time; whether it be simply walking, picnicking, playing football/dodgeball or even to go for a chat and people watch on those really really hungover days. The whole park is filled with cherry blossoms (which also take up half of your camera roll) and the smell of BBQ’s. However, for those days when an absolutely leg killer walk is in order, then Arthur’s Seat is the place to ‘hike’. Make sure plenty of water is packed and be prepared to ache in places you didn’t even know you could. Seriously. For the average person they say it takes up to 80 minutes to walk, but it really takes less than an hour and is completely worth it. The views from the top are more than incredible, it’s surreal that standing from so far up above you can still clearly see the whole of Edinburgh and the architectural differences from Old Town to New Town.
It’s hard to write, type, think and remember all at the same time.. and eat. There are a million experiences I want to keep writing about, so much so that a novel would be adequate. There are also numerous experiences I would rather not share, but i’m sure they’ll start to appear sooner or later. I feel that another blog post about the beauty of Edinburgh is definitely in order.
Au revoir from the capital. Edinburgh. Edinbanta. X