This is such a bittersweet post to write! While Blythe and I are incredibly excited for our upcoming travels and the adventures that await us, we are terribly sad to be leaving Edinburgh. Terribly, terribly sad. We have fallen madly in love with this city so we thought it was appropriate to spend our last date day in Scotland enjoying the Edinburgh we know and love… well, sort of.
Every year, for the entire month of August, Edinburgh welcomes the world to a month of festivals and celebration. These festivals range from art festivals and book festivals to the famous (or infamous) Fringe Festival. The festivals last the entire month and completely take over the city. From August 1st to 31st, the population of Edinburgh jumps from around 500,000 to over 2,000,000!
This was our view down a very crowded Royal Mile, complete with Minions. It wouldn’t be festival time in Edinburgh without some minions by the castle!
When we arrived in Edinburgh last year, it was during the festival time. Because we were so busy trying to find a place to live, open a bank account, get phones, etc, we didn’t really have a chance to enjoy the street performers as much as we would have liked. For our date day, we took the opportunity to walk around town and watch many of the different acts.
Street performers ranged from people performing extreme stunts to magicians and acapella groups. As none of the acts are scheduled ahead of time, it usually just depends on who claims the spot on the sidewalk first. People travel from all over the world to perform at the Fringe.
The musicians ended up being some of my favorite performers.
And then, there’s the giant purple cow. Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you. That’s actually a giant, upside down, purple cow.
It’s one of the many Fringe event venues (one of the really popular ones) called UnderBelly. It’s huge, it’s purple, and you can see it from a a long way away.
When you look out over the city and see four purple legs and a purple udder sticking up taller than many of the buildings, you know the Fringe has arrived.
So Edinburgh on our last date day didn’t exactly look like the Edinburgh we know and love, but it was a lot of fun to see the city come to life.
We do have a couple more weeks before we move out of our flat (weeks full of packing and dissertation writing). Even though we’ll be busy both Blythe and I are planning to take every opportunity to soak up as much of Edinburgh as we can.
I have a feeling that our next apartment (wherever that may be) won’t have a view of both a 1000 year old castle and an extinct volcano.
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