What a week it has been! Since my last post I have travelled 1,190 miles up and down the United Kingdom, from Norwich to London to Edinburgh to Canterbury. To say I'm tired of trains is an understatement - the National Rail has had MORE than enough money off me!
Saying that, I did get a lot of time to read on the train, so expect a few book reviews in the upcoming weeks! After doing my eighteenth century masters I couldn't wait to start reading some light, modern texts. Bridget Jones was my first choice - it's pretty much Pride and Prejudice updated, right?!
I have FINALLY finished my dissertation! 14,000 words battling with my laptop and I have a beautiful maroon bound book to call my own. I don't know what to do with myself now. I'll get rid of my nervous twitch soon enough...
The day after book-binding we woke up bright and early to catch a train to Edinburgh as a celebration trip for finishing. I had visions of gazing over the East Coast, sat at a table with coffee in one hand, croissant in the over, lazily gazing over a newspaper whilst planning all the shows we'd see at the Fringe.
How very, very wrong I was.
The train was fully reserved before we got on, which with our super-saver tickets, meant we had to stand in-between two carriages for FIVE HOURS. FIVE. WHOLE. HOURS. I was not a happy bunny. I resigned myself to the luggage rack, and had a delightful view of the back of people's knees for the duration of the journey.
When we arrived we went straight to our room booked through Airbnb - and it was such a welcome relief after being cramped on the train! After a quick rest we tramped up Calton Hill, which was just round the corner. What a view! I hadn't read up much on Edinburgh before I arrived so had no idea what to expect. Medieval buildings, castles, highlands and the coast? All the best things in one place!
We had a beautifully indulgent dinner at The Turquoise Thistle - and I ate a gorgeous chicken balmoral, which turned out to be chicken wrapped in bacon and stuffed with haggis. It was SO good - I could have eaten another. One very generous portion of sticky toffee pudding later, we went to watch Cardinal Burns. I laughed so much my cheeks hurt for a long time afterwards. We pretty much fell into bed that night and I had the best sleep I've had since the dissertation took over life (awake or unconscious).
Edinburgh, you've won me over.
Part two will follow soon...