Did Scotland meet your expectations?
I didn’t really have any expectations for Scotland except that it would be beautiful (which it is) and probably rain a lot (which it does). So…yes, it met them. Met them head on.
How long should a traveler devote to Edinburgh?
If you are vacationing in Edinburgh, I’d say give yourself at least a week. It rains a lot here and the city is at its most gorgeous in the sunshine. If you only come for a few days, it’s pretty likely that you’ll hit a wet spell. And, while the city can be sweet and pretty in the rain, it’s a million times prettier and sweeter on a sunny day. Give yourself enough time for some sunshine.
If you had it to do over, would you still start your trip in Edinburgh?
Yes. It’s been a great place to start my travels—not too fast-paced, really beautiful, somewhere I could take my time getting over the jet lag, get some things done (like launching the book), and just chill a little.
Will you come back?
If it’s up to me, I’ll probably keep moving forward. I am enjoying it while I’m here, but I feel content that I’ve explored the city. I’ve done the things I wanted to do. Seen it in all its sunshiny glory.
Maybe I’ll come back someday to see other parts of Scotland (or the UK in general), and maybe I’ll even end up back in Edinburgh for a project or to see a friend or to attend an event. I’m not counting it out, but I’m not planning on it either.
Do you recommend Edinburgh?
Yes. People aren’t joking when they say that Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Rain, shine, twilight, sunset…it’s always stunning. That said, the strength of my recommendation would depend on the type of person. If it was someone who loved good architecture and really pretty gardens and wanted to just relax and take things slow and easy, I think it’s a great spot for that. The whole city is like a post card. For high-energy people who are looking for sunshine and cocktails and good food, France or Italy would probably be a better fit.
What was the best part of your trip?
It’s a toss up between three moments: 1) my sunny morning stroll up Calton Hill, 2) when I walked in on a lanky, quiet Scotsman singing “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and 3) dancing my heart out at the Ceilidh (pronounced “keeley”), a traditional Scottish folk dance party.
What was the worst part of your trip?
Getting sick. Figuring out health care in another country (even a country that speaks your language) = 0% fun. (Hint: if you get sick in Edinburgh, start your quest at the pharmacy…not the hospital.)
Is there anything you wish you brought with you?
Yes. A heavier coat. And maybe a third sweatshirt.
Is there anything you’re glad you brought?
My umbrella! (Which I brought as an afterthought when no one bought it at my yard sale. Accidental win.)
Are you ready to leave?
Yes! Belgium here I come. Bring on the waffles!