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Thursday, February 6

Edinburgh, Scotland.

If any of you follow me on Twitter, then you probably know that I talk about Edinburgh too much. I lived there for a month this past summer while studying abroad, and while I visited London, Dublin, Stirling, Glasgow, and maybe one or two other places, Edinburgh has my heart. It kills me a little on the inside to know that there is no university in Edinburgh that has Publishing as a Masters degree (that I know of anyway). And since I do love it so much and my boyfriend gets to go this summer for the same study abroad trip, I figured I'd share some of my favorite places in the city.

Wash Bar:

We had our classes on one of the upper floors in the building next to Wash Bar on the Mound. Almost literally, we ate there everyday after class. They have awesome food [the pancakes topped with bacon and eggs are the best, followed closely by their pizzas] and their hot chocolate is absolutely to die for. Especially for a group of Americans that aren't used to it being super cold in June. The hot chocolate is pictures in the top collage. :)
Pentland Hills:

Our dean of the honors college has a serious love of hiking. Before we left the states, we decided that we were going to go hiking with him two different times One in the Pentland Hills, and one in the Highlands. I didn't end up going on the Highlands trip [if you're out of shape as well, can I get an amen?], but this hike was so incredibly fun. And challenging. It took us a little over four hours to hike 11 miles over 5 peaks in the hills. And our professor liked to climb up the sides of the hills instead of taking the path. So that was fun. I started out with an ear warmer and three layers of clothing and ended up taking off everything that I could by the time we got to the end. It may have been cold outside, but I felt like I was running a marathon in August in Mississippi. Whew.
Jekyll & Hyde:

I am not exaggerating when I say that this is basically the coolest place I've ever eaten. You have to be 18+ to get in, the whole place is set up kinda spooky, the bathrooms looks like bookshelves (see above), their drinks are called the 7 Deadly Sins and the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Their fish & chips is delicious as well. Totally worth going to, over and over.

Calton Hill:

Possibly one of the most intriguing places in Edinburgh, and I'm not just saying that because it was my research project. The hill has quite a few monuments on it, including the National Monument (pictured above), the Dugald Stewart Monument, the Nelson Monument (which looks like an upside down telescope), and houses the City Observatory - just to name a few. Even though the National Monument was never finished [due to a lack of money and a ridiculous amount of pride], it's still absolutely incredible and I had to get a friend to pick me up so I could sit on the steps.

And to keep this list short, I just put the last five in together. :)

Arthur's Seat // Festival Theatre // Scott Monument // Princes Street Gardens // The Tron Pub

And here's two things that I absolutely fell in love with-

If you've been to Edinburgh, what were your favorite spots?
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  1. Beautiful post and photos! I love all the edits you've done to these photos! This is making me really want to visit Edinburgh! xx

    <(") Hoda
    JooJoo Azad ~ Free Bird

    1. You really should! It's just as beautiful as the pictures make it seem. Moreso, even.

  2. I miss it so much -- this makes me want to go back <3 Did you have class in New College right next to Wash Bar? I had class in there in the fall!

    1. Yes! We did! :) I came to love and hate that building, haha.

  3. Beautiful! I'd love to go to Scotland!

    xox Chloe | Wanderlust in the Midwest

  4. Gosh! That is just so beautiful! I would love to travel there one day!

  5. I love the way you put your photos together! It's so unique!

  6. I would really loveee to visit scotland one day!
    Thanks for sharing your pics!

    Anna Czarina

  7. Wonderful place! I just wanna pack and go there!

  8. I visited Edinburgh for one day in June 2012 and loved the city. But of course it was raining so I didn't get to see as much of the city as I would have liked. Definitely a place I would like to visit in the future:)

  9. Wow, you make Edinburgh look SO incredible!! It's not a travel destination that stands out to me, but I think that's what makes me like it even more. You don't really hear of people going there too often. It looks beautiful!!

    xo Megan, Lush to Blush

  10. ahhhhh i saw wash when i was there - and a few other places!
    i can NOT WAIT to go back!

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    Here is the link to the post which includes the instructions! :)



  12. I saw you talking about this city on Twitter, so awesome. Gorgeous photos! Calton Hill looks spectacular and very historic. I feel the way you do about Edinburgh, but with London. I am self-declared Anglophile. I went there for a week back in 2009 and have been dying to go back ever since. Someday...

    Mostly Lisa

  13. Beautiful photos! I've never been to anywhere in Europe and Edinburgh looks like somewhere I definitely need to go!


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