August 21, 2009
After two days and nights in travel mode,I arrived in Edinburgh early on a Friday morning.
Driving on the left side of the road was different.
August 21-31, 2009
I stayed at this flat on the Meadows.
The room was that window on the right hand side on the second floor. Two other students were living there until the lease expired at the end of the month and we all moved out.
The flat was located on the Meadows.
One of our neighbors parked his great little car in this spot out front.
Note to US travelers heading to the UK: Make sure you have the proper three prong US to UK adaptar.
This ridiculous tower you see here was a wasted effort.
Laundry dryers: rare. The Scottish wind does a fine job, but be weary of the looming clouds.
Edinburgh is compact, gorgeous, and fast-paced. Do not attempt to cross the street if you haven't had your Nescafe yet.
Edinburgh slopes. Level ground is rare, as riding my bicycle has taught my sore legs.
The Adam House on Chambers Street, exhibiting a photography art show.
The Jazz Club.
There are many clubs, pubs, and bars to choose from no matter what type of music you feel like hearing.
I thought Scientology was primarily American, but here we are.
Pub prices are comparable to prices at faster food joints. Pub food takes longer to prepare, but offers a warmer atmosphere, which will be shown on pages ahead.
It sure is a bustling city center along the Royal Mile.
The Scotsman is a major news publication in Scotland. I'm considering going for a work placement here, although BBC Scotland is still my first choice due to my broadcasting interest.
Product slogans are saucy here in Scotland.
"Zingy" is a popular adjective for a wide array of products, from food to shower gels.
Hmm...I'm interested in reading this.
Part 2 by Lindsay Brown coming soon.
This is a performance theater on Nicholson Street. Notice the men out front walking against the wind.
August 27-31. The Flat Hunt Finale.
The last few days of August were stressful as I was running out of time to find a place to live.
I looked at a flat in this Northern Edinburgh neighborhood called Dean Village. I didn't get chosen to live there, but the Water of Leith would have been my backyard.
This would have been my street; but it would have been too far from campus anyway, so, oh well.
In New Town, an area in Northern Edinburgh, here is a distant view of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
At a busy intersection where West Princes Street meets Lothian Road, construction for the tram is underway.
The tram is now scheduled to be complete by 2011. Delays in construction are due to financial complications.
Bus drivers, taxi drivers, pedestrians, Edinburgh citizens, visitors, and even animals are bothered by the interference the tram's construction is causing.
Look at all those red lights. This is just one intersection!
Earth art along West Princes Street Gardens.
Rose Street, right above Princes Street.
August 27, 2009
The Miss High Leg Kick's mock fashion show, free of charge.
The Fringe Festival brings performers of all types to Edinburgh every August.
He was hilarious.
Arrogant egos portrayed and mocked.
This one confused me.
Edinburgh has clothing shops and charity clothing shops on virtually every block. This shop is near the Grassmarket area.
Pubs-hearty food, burning whiskey, and public toilets.
Pub food-meat pies and greens.
And so does a men's clothing shop owner going into his garage...
This art gallery is exhibiting the work of Paul Martin.
Identity-such a difficult concept to verbalize, but here we have it painted onto an exterior wall at the gallery.
Half-eaten haggis. I meant to take a picture before I started eating it, but I couldn't resist it long enough.
That's the haggis on the left of the dish. The middle is cauliflower, I think. The right is mashed potatoes.
A succinct health warning.
Pub names in Edinburgh.
Lamp shops might also have interesting names. Notice the name of the organization situated nextdoor.
This is the gorgeous view out my bedroom window.
I was trying to read but was distracted by this fantastic explosion of fireworks outside of my window.
This display of fireworks commemorated the closing of the Fringe Festival on September 6.
Flatmates Michael and Mide. Michael manages a shipping yard/dock. Mide is in his senior year at Edinburgh Napier University studying Information Systems.
So strange living with youngsters again...Boys! Clean your dishes!
Matt is in his senior year studying Geology at the University of Edinburgh.
The newly renovated flat bathroom.
The flat's foyer.
Now let me just say, I'm a mature student. These types of hooligan activities offend my fragile sensibilites. Which flatmate left this on the kitchen counter?