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Expat in Edinburgh: Month 2

Jul 11

Benvorlich4Did June seem to fly by in the blink of an eye for anyone else, or is it just me?

This month was a busy one for me, and it involved a lot of firsts: I crashed my first Scottish wedding, I climbed my first Munro, and I tried my first deep-fried Mars bar. (On a side note, I really need to stay away from the chip shops in this city.)

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What I’ve been up to:

I was lucky enough to see a fair amount of the countryside this month: between the wedding I attended in the Scottish Borders, and the the drive through The Trossachs to Ben Vorlich, I loved the views of green, rolling hills, sparkling lochs, and generally all-around beautiful scenery.

Conquering Ben Vorlich was a highlight this month, and I think it’s safe to say I now have Munro fever. I can’t wait to ‘bag’ my next one.

I continued to be a tourist and indulge my walking tour fixation with a free walking tour of Edinburgh, and a ghost tour. Despite the large crowd, I’d highly recommend the free walking tour. The ghost tour was more of a humorous, light-hearted take on some the city’s gruesome history, but I was hoping for something a bit more… creepy, perhaps? Luckily there are plenty more ghost tours to try.

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Things I’ve learned:

I am unfit. If climbing Ben Vorlich taught me one thing, it’s that I need to get into shape. Apart from a steep bit near the top, it was a fairly easy climb, but the next day I felt like I had been hit by a small bus, and I could barely walk for three days. I’m going to blame my unfit state on the fact that I’ve been eating too many of Scotland’s hangover foods since arriving. Curse those delicious macaroni pies.

Scottish weddings are the best. I assumed that a country filled with people who have such a high tolerance to alcohol must know how to throw a heck of a party, and they definitely do. Also, hot men in kilts should be standard at every wedding – Scottish or not.

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What I’ve been eating:

If you search ‘the best restaurants in Edinburgh’, or ‘cheapest restaurants’, or basically any phrase with words ‘restaurant’ and ‘Edinburgh’, Ting Thai Caravan will probably pop up. After eating there, it’s easy to see why: they serve great Thai food in a lively and friendly atmosphere, and you can have a main and side dish for less than £10.

I’m currently in the honeymoon phase of my relationship with Lovecrumbs, AKA I can’t stop thinking about it and I spend more time there than I probably should. The cakes are heavenly, and the flavour combinations are like nothing I’ve seen before. Lemon cake with elderflower icing and gooseberry filling, white chocolate and pink peppercorn tart, pear and cardamom scones… I could go on.

At the beginning of the month, Edinburgh was blessed with an incredible week of sunshine and warm temperatures, so naturally I ran went to Mary’s Milk Bar for some gelato. Not only is the gelato made with high-quality ingredients, but the flavours are also seriously unique. Rose and baklava, strawberry and black pepper, and Thai iced tea were a few flavours I happily sampled. Thankfully grey skies and cooler weather returned to the city, which helped put an end to my gelato binge.

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How was the month of June for you?

14 Comments

  • Reply Amanda | Chasing My Sunshine Jul 14 at 11:58 am

    So glad I stumbled across your blog! One of my very best friends studied abroad in Edinburgh and fell absolutely head over heels in love with it. I am excited to follow along! And I definitely need to make it to a Scottish wedding once in my life. I love weddings, but these sound like they might take the cake.

    • Reply ashleywanders Jul 14 at 6:50 pm

      I’m glad you stumbled on my blog, too 🙂 I know how your friend feels – it’s easy to fall in love with Edinburgh! And I hope you get to experience the amazingness that is a Scottish wedding! I’m already trying to figure out how I can get myself invited to another one, ha!

  • Reply Kelsey Jul 15 at 1:27 pm

    I love your blog! I will be moving to Edinburgh in about six months and love all your stories, and will definately be trying these when I get there!

    • Reply ashleywanders Jul 15 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks so much, Kelsey! That’s so exciting that you’re moving to Edinburgh in six months! I’m sure you will love it 🙂

  • Reply Chintan Jul 15 at 2:23 pm

    Scotland is a beautiful place, i haven’t been to any wedding in Scotland but i am sure that it would be great. For me all started with Scotch whiskey 🙂

    • Reply ashleywanders Jul 15 at 8:00 pm

      I’m not a fan of Whisky but there is an abundance of it here 😉 And Scottish weddings are so great!

  • Reply Camille Jul 15 at 3:21 pm

    Yes to hot men in kilts! Glad to see you’re settling into your new Scottish life so well!

    • Reply ashleywanders Jul 15 at 9:11 pm

      Thank you! And I’m glad you agree about hot men in kilts 😉

  • Reply Elle Houby Aug 02 at 9:03 pm

    What a wonderful adventure! I’m leaving tomorrow to move to Marrakech, Morocco and just can’t wait! I’ve been meaning to make it to Ireland, but haven’t had the opportunity yet.

    So glad I stumbled across your blog! 🙂

    • Reply ashleywanders Aug 03 at 8:55 am

      How exciting that you’re moving to Marrakech – that will be such an incredible experience! I’m glad you stumbled upon my blog as well, Elle 🙂 Enjoy Morocco!

  • Reply Ksikas Abdelhak Aug 04 at 7:57 am

    nice blog welcome hope to meet, to share travel and food, i’m from france,
    maybe in canada, maybe in france see what you feel dear

    • Reply ashleywanders Aug 06 at 8:29 am

      Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Marni Aug 14 at 3:48 pm

    I love this post! I agree that Scottish men in kilts are an absolute necessity… at any time, really, I’m not picky. Is Ben Nevis your next Munro?

    • Reply ashleywanders Aug 17 at 7:07 pm

      I’m glad we’re on the same page when it comes to Scottish men in kilts 😉 A friend and I were planning to climb Ben Nevis this year, but I think we might try to climb a few more smaller Munros before we attempt to tackle Ben Nevis!

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