Edinburgh is our pit stop every year to and from our summer home in Italy. Our sister-in-law is kind enough to keep our car (Zed) in her garage and he sits and waits patiently throughout the winter until Mark opens the garage door and lets in the light of June. Zed is always eager to go and starts on the first try after the battery is re-connected. It takes Mark a few days to get the administrative details of getting a car back on the road taken care of but it’s super easy if you have a UK address.
We love Edinburgh. It was a city I had never been to before I met Mark, but it has come to feel like a second (or maybe 3rd or 4th) home to me. There are the beautiful walks through the meadow (Edinburgh’s version of Central Park), awesome organic grocery stores, amazing restaurants, cozy pubs, the view of the castle from everywhere downtown… I could go on and on. We are also very close to my sister-in-law and family and love wasting away the afternoons with a cup of tea and a chat in her sunroom.
Every year always includes a trip up to Dundee to see Mark’s Mum. This year is her 94th birthday so we spent a few days with her and met up with Mark’s cousin (her niece) and her husband for a delicious birthday lunch in St. Andrews Clubhouse (our gift to her to be revealed later in the summer). I am not a golfer but can definitely see why the town is a Mecca for golfers all over the world. There is nothing quite like the view the old course in the middle of the town itself and stretching out over the beaches and the cold sea.
The weather is the one of the things that would make me think twice about re-locating to Scotland permanently. I had flashbacks of leaving the Michigan apartment and experiencing the wind off of the lake when we were in St. Andrews and I haven’t quite gotten used to the constant drizzle and grey skies of a rainy day in Edinburgh.
During the summer Scotland calls me though - and we will be back in August for one of my favorite annual experiences. The Edinburgh Festival is like a all you can eat buffet for me. I stuff myself to the brim with theatre and end up having to take a break from indigestion - but it doesn’t stop me from going back to the buffet. Mark has taken to limiting my days there as I think he can find it quite exhausting - not to mention expensive as 4-5 shows a day tend to add up quickly.