edinburgh, scotland.

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.

photos below:

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st andrew's square.
st andrew’s square.
scott's monument.
scott’s monument.
the rain disappeared and the sun came out :)
the rain disappeared and the sun came out 🙂
busking bagpiper
busking bagpiper

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seat with a view down to the icerink.
seat with a view down to the icerink.
edinburgh castle on the hill there.
edinburgh castle on the hill there.

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view from the new town over to the old town, the buildings are incredible!
view from the new town over to the old town, the buildings are incredible!
the royal mile.
the royal mile.
i ate breakfast with a view of st gile's cathedral in front of me.
i ate breakfast with a view of st gile’s cathedral in front of me.

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edinburgh castle again.
edinburgh castle again.

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on the walking tour again - here at greyfriar's kirkyard and behind her is the cafe that j.k. rowling wrote the first two harry potter books in.
on the walking tour again – here at greyfriar’s kirkyard and behind her is the cafe that j.k. rowling wrote the first two harry potter books in.

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this is George Heriot's school, or known more commonly now as "Hogwarts" - it's the place people reckon J.K. Rowling based Hogwarts off as from the cafe she had a view of this school as well as Edinburgh castle.
this is George Heriot’s school, or known more commonly now as “Hogwarts” – it’s the place people reckon J.K. Rowling based Hogwarts off as from the cafe she had a view of this school as well as Edinburgh castle.

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CUTEST POLAR BEAR BABY EVER.
CUTEST POLAR BEAR BABY EVER.

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edinburgh at night - rides and markets still up from christmas and Hogmanay.
edinburgh at night – rides and markets still up from christmas and Hogmanay.

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Arthur's seat as seen from Calton hill.
Arthur’s seat as seen from Calton hill.

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view down to the city from calton hill.
view down to the city from calton hill.

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