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Sunny Edinburgh Days

Oct 16

Today was an ordinary day; nothing particularly remarkable happened.

I woke up early and walked along the Water of Leith. I strolled around Stockbridge Market, stopping to snap a few photos and sip on a cup of homemade kombucha. I had a lengthy lunch at a cozy Thai restaurant. I relished the sight of the bright autumnal sunshine.

And I couldn’t stop smiling the entire day. I felt so overwhelmingly happy, so grateful and content. It was one of those days where I couldn’t help but think, I love living in Edinburgh.

There have been days (very few and far between, mind you) where I’ve struggled to understand the reasoning behind my unwavering love for this city. Days when the blustery winds chilled me to the bone, and the rain fell sideways. Long winter days filled with unrelenting darkness. Days when thoughts of home clouded my mind.

But days like today — with relentless sunshine and delicious food and perfect fall weather — are enough to help me rediscover my love for this city, and to make me realize there’s truly nowhere else I’d rather be.

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Do you ever question your reasoning to live abroad?


  • Reply Edna Oct 17 at 3:22 pm

    I love, love days like these! I know exactly the kind you’re talking about. When I find them in Paris it seems like all is right with the world and makes up for all the bad. So happy you had that in Edinburgh recently (and wrote about it) — it’s so simple yet joyous! 🙂

    • Reply ashleywanders Oct 18 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks, Edna! You’re so right – that’s exactly how I feel on these kind of days. I’ve had so many in Edinburgh, I thought it was about time I wrote about it 🙂

  • Reply Jordan Oct 20 at 1:12 am

    Sunny Edinburgh?! Seems like a paradox to me 😉

    • Reply ashleywanders Oct 20 at 9:20 pm

      Sadly, it is definitely a paradox! 🙁

  • Reply Aliya Nov 04 at 10:44 am

    I’m moving to Edinburgh from Brisbane, Australia in June next year – I’ve never even been to the UK!! I figure if I hate it I can always move home, but from what I’ve heard from everyone I know who’s lived or visited there – and from your blog (which I’ve saved and basically memorized btw), I think it’s going to be the best thing I’ve done with my life so far. So thank you for your comprehensive posts about the place, I am BEYOND excited and just wish it was 6 months from now already!

    • Reply ashleywanders Nov 04 at 11:04 pm

      Hey Aliya, I’m so, so happy to hear you’re enjoying my blog and using it to help with your move to the UK 🙂 Edinburgh is an amazing city and I have a feeling you’re going to love it — I mean, it’s ridiculously beautiful and it’s such an easy city to live in. Good luck with the move — June will be here before you know it!

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