Our winter break journey to Ireland, Scotland, and the UK landed us in Edinburgh for New Years Eve in a couple of friend’s flat in Edinburgh (a good story about how we all met too, but later). It was both Adam and I’s first time outside of America on New Year’s, so cultural exploration was about to go down.
I will first start off with our lovely hosts on Balfour St, Mark and Barry
While these pictures are awesome, they actually look more like this:
They are the best. Great hosts and let us stay in their flat and EVEN COOKED FOR US! Also, exposed to the immense and large selection of cider in Scotland.
We had haggis, and it was excellent. Because we had the in with the local natives (great band, I really didn’t mean to do that) we didn’t plan anything, just relied on their recommendations. But they did so much more than that and I would bet our short visit to Edinburgh was about the best one could hope for.
The first night they took us to a “pop up” nightclub that took place in a cathedral from 1600, it was epic. There were projections on the stained glass windows of absurdities and a bar filled with drambuie where perhaps an alter might normally be. Mark and Barry said it only comes up around New Years time for about three to five nights. I didn’t take pictures because I don’t like to take my camera to places I could potentially be getting wasted at. I once sat on my ipod when I was drunk so there is reasonable belief that I might sit on my camera.
Anyways, the next morning, Mark started off with a foot tour of everything important, impressive and beautiful, which basically is everything in Edinburgh. The fabric and landscape of this city is quite unlike any other city I have been to.
Sure, it might be reminiscent of London or another UK city, but they haven’t made the mistake of putting a big phallic building in the middle of it. Edinburgh is so old and historic, it’s kind of exactly what you want to see in Scotland. After going to the top of this hill to see these breathtaking views of the city, we walked past Edinburgh’s shame, a “recreation” of the parthenon that the city ran out of money to complete, so it stand unfinished.
We took more walks through this beautiful place and here are some pictures. I am bad with remembering names of monuments and things like that so just google image search anything you find intriguing. BUt I really recommend a greek place we went to eat at, but I don’t know the name.
On the way up we headed into another cathedral, this one wasn’t a night club, and the choir was performing! I wasn’t able to take any pictures because I generally feel like I am breaking some kind of rule when I take pictures inside of a church. But it was beautiful, here is an outside shot:
Because all of this happened on December 31st, after the Castle, a hearty greek meal, we headed home to get ready for the evening of a new year. First time I spent New Year’s in another country and it was really fantastic.
First, pre game classy, it’s 2013 for god’s sake.
Simple Minds played and the lines for the bathrooms were as long as you would expect for New Years eve. It wasn’t terribly different from any new year’s eve celebration in the states, but I guess that’s what makes this holiday cool, it’s free from a religious agenda and more about just celebrating the passage of time. or drinking away the passage of time, same thing. So many people and it was just fantastic. IT was chilly, but you know how alcohol always warms you up. And mittens, mittens warm you up to. And get a good grip on cold beers.
FInal disclaimer for those going to Edinburgh, under no circumstance eat at a place called Cafe Piccante.