19 September 2010

One week down in Edinburgh!

Just this time 7 days ago, I was arriving in my apartment. In just a short amount of time, I have managed to explore my surroundings and meet some new people. It's amazing how easily I have been able to get reacquainted with the city. I never stopped loving it, but I still managed to fall in love all over again. Even when the weather is beyond dreary and grey, the city still looks magical. The rolling streets, medieval architecture, uneven cobblestones, towering castle...this place is simply unreal. I still can't get over how amazing it is. I mean, it's older than my entire country! How crazy is that?? It's hard to even imagine that. Every single day I get to walk past buildings that were built before Europeans even landed in America.

Friday I found myself in Grassmarket, probably one of my favorite parts of the city. That area is filled with pubs and music -- which both dominated my weekend! We found a three-piece band that was a mixture of rock, folk, and bluegrass. We all grabbed a pint and a table outside and just enjoyed the music. It was nice to be able to sit and get to know the people I was with. After flirting some more with the band from afar, we made our way up to the Royal Mile in search of a ghost tour. A fun fact about Edinburgh? It is believed to be the most haunted place in Europe -- according to the BBC, so that means it's true. The tour brought us to the vaults underneath South Bridge, where we were told ghoulish stories and tales of hauntings. If I had not had a case of the giggles, I may have found it much scarier.

Saturday night was another night in Grassmarket. We found ourselves at Finnegans Wake, where there was a band playing covers of classic rock. We had a hilarious time dancing and enjoying the band, who played us "American Idiot." Hint? Perhaps, but it only made us even louder.

Today was a very lazy day, complete with a Chi Omega reunion. I met Jill, Katie, and Ariel for coffee and treats at Elephant House. It's very surreal to see them all here. It's like I brought a little piece of home over with me.

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