Edinburgh, day 1

Time for some Edinburgh and Fringe! And the SLR battery was dead again even after charging, so no photos for the day. I was stuck inside Robyn’s as he had the key, so I took an easy morning until my mid afternoon flight. A little too easy, as I left for the tube 15 minutes after I’d planned. No problem!

Jumped off to switch tubes, then found that the connecting train only ran at peak hours. Not so great. Stood about on the platform waiting for a tube running to another station that I could transfer to another tube to get to another station where I could get the tube to Heathrow… And that took a while. Regardless, I missed baggage drop off by less than 10 minutes, and consequently my flight.

So that’s going to be my only screw up of the trip. Thankfully the next flight was another 100 pounds and left 45 minutes later, so aside from the sweat and the expense, it was okay.

My hostel for the first two nights was a bus and a hike away, and run by an absolute nut bar. He was completely wacky, though thankfully not too much in a frustrating way. The place is big and really nice, so you can forgive the his madness and love of absurdly loud movies or music at all hours.

I had a few hours to kill until meeting Clare and Esther, so I headed out for a run toward a big hill. And then up the hill, overlooking the town, just like in The Illusionist. It’s what I’d imagined the UK would be like, everything old with cobbled roads, and very, very pretty. Running back through town at sunset was beautiful too.

Met Clare and Es after dark for a drink before our first show, a taster cabaret of a few different acts. It was good at times, and painful much of the rest. The vibe about town is awesome though, it’s just packed with happy people and cool stuff at all hours. Made plans to meet in the morning, and that was a crazy first day.

From August 16, 2010.

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