before going there, i didn’t really know what to expect of Edinburgh. such low expectations were easily surpassed and i really loved my time there. it was very chilled, especially given i was there on my own for three whole days, but it was a good chance to just chill out and enjoy my surroundings, wandering through old streets and admiring the buildings, the accents (though i just about heard more aussie accents than scottish!), the people, their clothing, everything. i loved stumbling upon men in kilts in seemingly random places and hearing bagpipes ringing through the streets.
on my last morning there i made the short trek up calton hill, an old volcano, right in the centre of the city. it made me feel a little like i was back in Auckland, except with an entirely different and stunning view. you could look right out to the islands across shore, as well as see the Fife Bridge in the distance and of course the city below. at the time i was up there, i was one of only a few, so i had (just about) the place to myself to wander around and look out, it was great.