Reading is happening pretty slowly now I’m in the full swing of my Publishing Masters, which is amazing. I have never felt so nervous and so excited about a career path in my life, there’s so much to think about and it’s only been two months. The reading soon will change however, as I am on a shadow panel for the Saltire Literary Awards, something that celebrates Scottish Literature and I can’t wait to get started on that. My books come tomorrow and I’m so excited. Book mail is the best.
However, I’ve still been managing to get out and about and explore this place I now call home. Seriously, I’ve never lived somewhere as photogenic as Edinburgh. I have yet to see everything, but I have to save something for when friends and family finally come to visit, though I have been enjoy my solo explorations, the company will be nice!
I wanted to share some of my favourite pictures from my time here so far, and maybe a little thought about what I’ve done too.
These are some of the first photo’s I took while here and still with my family. We explored the main part of the city and the castle was practically visible from wherever we went, like a beacon. A constant hill filled view is pretty new to me, what I’m used to is flat, flat, flat. I find I quite like the hills, and the old town is like being thrown into a novel, I could take a picture of the most boring of offices there and it would look like it was filled with magic.
One of the best, and earliest trips I went on was a hike up Arthur’s Seat. I wasn’t quite sure what it was at first, I didn’t even know that the hills I’d been seeing were close enough to the city to actually walk up in a day. Though we didn’t go to the very top (one day I will) we got pretty close and the views are so spectacular it’s definitely worth it.
I’ve also only managed to look round one floor of the National Scottish Museum, because the place is huge and there is just so much to look at. I had to include my picture of Mr. T-Rex, who doesn’t love a dinosaur?
This is Leith Docks, there’s not that much there but it was certainly an adventure!
I also took a solo trip to the Botanic Gardens, accidentally crashed a wedding and took lots of photos of plants. Thankfully the day I went it was beautiful and sunny, only one pouring shower disrupting the peace, but this is Scotland so I could hardly expect anything more. Walking through Stockbridge was also so scenic, it still feel like I walked to a completely different city not just a different section, the place was so much more domestic and peaceful than the hustle and bustle of the city centre. I spent about 4 hours walking that day… I still don’t think my legs have forgiven me (also I like taking pictures of water, can you tell?).
My new home is so beautiful that even the sunset out of my flat view is amazing. I’m so very grateful I get to have this experience and I can’t wait to take my pictures of next adventures.