Edinburgh Explorer

Having spent three weeks in Edinburgh in November I have learned how useful a transparent umbrella can be.  Shielding myself from heavy rain and stormy blasts with my non-transparent one, I hit two street lamps and one bollard. So maybe get one, solid as well if possible. Gumboots can also be a helpful item to [...]

Having spent three weeks in Edinburgh in November I have learned how useful a transparent umbrella can be.  Shielding myself from heavy rain and stormy blasts with my non-transparent one, I hit two street lamps and one bollard. So maybe get one, solid as well if possible. Gumboots can also be a helpful item to bring as you might face quite remarkable torrents in combination with a very wet and soggy ground.

However, real Edinburgh people don`t seem to care about the weather AT ALL. Even when the first snow falls (which actually happened!) you will always come across some bravehearts in shorts and flip flops. Especially on Saturday night – it might be as cold as it can possibly get – it won`t stop the girls from wearing skirts resembling belts.

For various reasons earplugs are another handy thing to have on you. After a while you might like to escape the ineluctable sound of the bagpipes all around the city centre. Alarms go off in Edinburgh very frequently, too – for whatever reasons. In the building I stayed in, there was this young lady on the first floor who obviously liked to cook and practised every evening. Unfortunately she often managed to set fire to her food, so the smoke alarm sounded loud and long. And just to add to the noise levels, there are plenty of private parties going on in Edinburgh, which is nice unless you happen to actually want to sleep.

Follow this advice and you will be well prepared for most unpleasant incidents you might have to face here on occasions. Then you can relax and happily venture out and explore this pretty, historical and very vibrant city.
And there is so much to like about Edinburgh. We have asked residents and visitors what it is for them and you will find out in the course of this magazine. The top answer by far has been: “It`s small and you can walk everywhere.” But there is so much more. Go for it!

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CTR Travel Writing Team Edinburgh 2011
Caroline Wimmer

 

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