After some back-to-back travels in May and June, I spent majority of July in Edinburgh chilling out and falling back into my old routine. It was a tame month compared to the few prior, but I still managed to squeeze in two weekend jaunts away.
What I’ve been up to
A weekend on the Isle of Arran. After months traversing mainland Europe and Ireland, I was itching to visit a new area of Scotland, and the Isle of Arran made for a perfect and relaxing weekend getaway.
The weather was pretty abysmal, so I wasn’t able to spend as much time exploring the outdoor pursuits as I would have liked. I did, however, become acquainted with Arran’s food and drink scene. Known for its freshly caught seafood, homemade cheese, and whisky, it’s not a bad place to spend a rainy few days.
Revisiting Central Europe. Cheap flights around the continent are constantly beckoning, and after perusing flights on Skyscanner one day, I impulsively booked a trip to Bratislava.
I love Central Europe – it’s one of my favourite regions in the world, and, after visiting Hungary, Germany, Poland, and Slovakia over the past year, it’s apparently an area of Europe I can’t seem to get enough of.
I loved Bratislava and left feeling genuinely confused as to why it’s often labelled as “boring,” especially when most people spend no more than one day in the city. It may not have as many attractions as nearby grandiose capital cities, but I found plenty of things to see and do, and still had enough time to aimlessly wander and stuff my face with potato-based foods. It was a fantastic trip.
What I’ve been eating
The Pitt is my new favourite market in Edinburgh; it’s a collection of street food vendors from around the city gathered together in a small nook in the gentrified neighbourhood of Leith. It’s full of foodie gems, and a few of my favourite eats were gyoza from Harajuku Kitchen, a tempura shrimp sandwich from ShrimpWreck, and bao buns from Rost.
The food in Bratislava was a definite highlight, and I had so many delicious dishes over the course of a few days. The country’s national dish – bryndzové halušky – takes the title of the best thing I ate during my stay. It consists of small potato dumplings mixed with a tangy, creamy Slovakian sheep cheese called bryndza, and topped with fried bacon. It’s ridiculously heavy and rich, and so tasty.
How did your July pan out?