I came into Edinburgh yesterday afternoon, via Budapest to Brussels then here, took a taxi to the new flat and met the hosts. Got through Customs easy enough. Was a little concerned that when I said I was staying for 3 months, there was a chance that my request could have been denied entry. UK allows visitors like me to stay for 6 months, out of a span on one year, but they can deny entry if they feel it would be in the interests of the UK to deny entry. In any case, I’m here. Was met with cool weather as I left the terminal – loved it!! After warm to hot weather for the last couple of months, will enjoy the break.
Now to get used to the Scottish accent… Was a little difficult speaking with the taxi driver through the plastic shield between us as we drove into the city. Had to ask several times for him to repeat what he said.
My hosts are a very nice local couple, who now have a larger place now they have children. They did a great job with the updates to the flat. Very modern but have kept some of the traditional features. Have everything I need for the next three months. Nearby supermarket has most everything I need, but will also check out another local market that has some higher quality foods (like my favorite Zupan’s). And the farmer’s market too. I’d like to make Paprika Chicken – with good and fresh paprika if possible. After some additional shopping today, the pantry is looking full.
Here is a picture of the street where I’m staying. I’m on the 2nd floor (3rd story).
The neighborhood is residential, very little traffic, but close to city center. Many shops nearby and Edinburgh Castle is a 20 minute walk away. So guess where I went this morning? Of course! Edinburgh Castle was my first stop.
On the way, I crossed over Dean Bridge. The pictures below show the view from each side of the bridge. The bridge spans the Water of Leith and it looks like there is a park down below as I looked over the edge.
Plaque on Bridge (Date is 1832)
A nice little hike up the hill to the castle. The good thing is I didn’t sweat on the way up. Weather was perfect for walking! Just took some pictures while I was there and stopped in for a bite to eat at one of the pubs along the Royal Mile.
If I read correctly, the reviewing stands (in blue above) are set up for the Festival (just completed recently) and they are taken down. I’ll take a tour of the castle on a rainy day – which will be most any day now.
View down the Royal Mile.
Got a chance to view myself in a mirror. Looks like the walking has really helped shed a few pounds. Ha!
This afternoon I went back to the supermarket and added to my pantry. Last night I just picked up the essentials: bread, coffee, sugar, beer. On the way to the store today, I looked down a side street and saw this.
This is Fettes College (Second Empire architecture) is a private coeducational independent boarding and day school. Established 1870. (Thank you Wikipedia!)
This is one of the benefits of walking around. Every so often to see something new and interesting.
At the store, I bought a package of Weetabix. Wanted to find out what all the fuss was about. And yes, I read how to apply the milk so it doesn’t end up a soggy mess. Looking forward to breakfast. (Or maybe a late night snack.)
And the Edinburgh adventure begins…