Today I officially only have two months left in Edinburgh. It’s a distressing realization, as I have come to completely fall in love with the city. I know it’s a cliché to say that your time studying abroad has been the best experience of your life, but in this case, it’s true. In this short period, I feel like I’ve grown and changed in ways I could never have anticipated and seen and done so many amazing things. I have made lifelong friends, tried new things, and found a place where I feel completely comfortable to the point that I’ve been fortunate enough to avoid homesickness entirely. Honestly, I’ve already spent a lot of time regretting that I chose to only spend one semester here and if I could do it over, I’d even consider coming to the university for the entirety of my college education. Since that isn’t possible, I’m trying to make the most of every single moment I have left. In that spirit, here’s an Edinburgh bucket list of sorts:
Climb Arthur’s Seat – if I leave the city without doing this, I will be incredibly disappointed with myself. How often do you get the chance to climb a dormant volcano in the middle of your new favorite city? It’s a must-do according to everyone who’s ever done it, and it offers stunning views.
Have a picnic in the Meadows – this one is reserved for when the weather eventually gets a bit warmer, but spending an afternoon in this beautiful park would be grand.
Go to a show or gig – though I have gone to a gig whilst in Edinburgh, I’d love to go to another. Glasgow is the music-oriented city, but Edinburgh also has a lot to offer and it’d be a shame if I didn’t take advantage of it. My friends and I also really want to go see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime at the Festival Theater.
Spend the day in Leith – though Leith is technically part of Edinburgh, residents of both areas largely consider it a separate entity. It’s located directly on the coast of the Firth of Forth and would be a lovely place to spend the day as the weather continues to improve.
Go to the National Gallery – thankfully my friend Steph and I are going this week, but as both a student in Visualising Scotland and a tourist, a visit is a must.