Linking up with Jessica, as ever! This post actually fills four pages of my digi-book – alternating words and photos.
One of the highlights of my year has to be the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I’ve been six times and I always have the best time, watching comedy and music, catching up with folk, and generally having a ball. The past couple of years I’ve gone with the lovely Matthew and we’ve had a great time, but this year was a little different. Matthew couldn’t take time off work this month, so instead my friend Lou and I decided to stage an EDINBUREUNION!
Lou and I went to Edinburgh together last in 2008, where we had a great little time romping around and watching tonnes of things. It’s also the place where Lou first introduced me to her friend from the football, Matthew. Who is now my Matthew. So both the festival and Lou, both of which hold already pretty darn groovy places in my heart, are even more special for being the reason I met my wonderful boy. 🙂
Right, soppiness over.
So Lou and I conspired to head off to the festival together once more. We could only schedule a weekend away, but we crammed an awful lot into it. Friday afternoon we met at Kings Cross and had a very jolly journey up to Edinburgh. We had tea and crudités and lots of fun. Then we were up the hill to our hostel (bunk beds ahoy!) and off to our first two shows, after a quick drink with Sarah, a lovely girl I went to high school with (we hadn’t seen each other in person in about thirteen years!). We went to see Marcus Ryan, an Aussie comic, doing a stand up gig called Home and Away, and then popped off to see Sound and Fury, an American comedy troupe. By 1 am it was time for bed.
Saturday we awoke and fortified ourselves with a proper Scottish fry-up. We then embarked on a day of shows and fun. We saw both the acts we saw Friday again, in different shows. we saw the brilliant Sammy J, who made me weep with laughter. We had a drink with Lou’s brother Rich, and bumped into Rachel, a nanny of one of my students, and Jude, a Joinee we both know. We saw The Blanks (a.k.a. Ted’s band from Scrubs) and finished our day with a performance by Showstopper and some pizza eaten while sitting on a wall. Ah, Edinburgh.
Sunday dawned and we headed once more for greasy fortification. Then we decided to take an open-topped bus tour around the city, and as well as seeing lots of different sights, we also spotted Danny Wallace, the leader of the group (Join Me) that first threw Lou and I together! Random, but brilliant – we’d actually spotted him in 2008 together too, but not from the top of a double decker bus! We then popped along to meet our friend Tim and to catch a performance of Austentatious (they improvise Austen. I was in heaven!). Then it was off to the station for our first class seats home (so. much. tea.).
Such a brilliant weekend. Thank you Lou. Thank you Edinburgh!
We found Chris Hoy’s golden post box!
A tiny portion of the tickets and flyers haul!
Lou always makes us awesome timetables. Awesome laminated timetables. Which of course we then dip into beverages as a trick of wonder. Here, it withstands tea!
Scottish breakfast, replete with haggis. I’m eating lots of vegetables and muesli this week to repent!
On our bus tour.
Best. brownies. ever. Gooey and chewy – I’m so glad they are in a different city to me!
Timetable of awesome.