Autumn in Edinburgh

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November 23, 2020

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One of the stops on my Scottish road trip was Edinburgh, the capital and arguably the most well-known city in Scotland. I had heard so many great things about Edinburgh, so it was at the top of my list for Scotland. Not only have many of my friends been and love Edinburgh, but it’s also where J.K. Rowling wrote a lot of her Harry Potter series over twenty years ago. There’s lots of history and culture there, which is something I always look for in the places I travel to.

Edinburgh is a great city to visit for daytime activities like going to museums, shopping, and trying new foods and restaurants. There is not much of a nightlife scene beyond very laid-back (and pretty empty) pubs. That said, one of my favorite nights in Scotland was in Edinburgh, so there’s definitely potential for fun even at night!

We only got to spend one full day in Edinburgh, but I feel like we really did a lot. By far my favorite thing we did was Mary King’s Close. A close is a narrow street/alleyway, and Mary King’s Close is a historic close located under buildings on the Royal Mile, in the historic Old Town area of the city. That’s right: it’s under the streets of the city! And almost completely preserved from how it was when people originally lived and worked there. You can tour people’s homes, workshops, and more, all while learning the stories of the past from the tour guide. There’s also a room that’s supposedly haunted with a really cool story. I didn’t find it scary at all, but if you’re into ghost stories, you’d probably love it!

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After the tour, we stopped in a coffee shop to relax for a bit and ended up having an hour-long conversation about American politics with a local. I love hearing the outside perspectives from locals when I travel. It’s crazy how much of an impact our country makes on the entire world. Next, we ate dinner and I tried haggis, a local Scottish dish, for the first time. It actually wasn’t that bad! We ended the night in a pub with some live music across the street from our Airbnb. If you caught that on stories, you know I had a blast!

For our day in Edinburgh, I took it back to the 70s with these huge, amazing bell bottoms. I’m obsessed. How incredible are they?! I felt so fun and feminine in them as I feel they are very flattering to my figure. I paired the high-rise flares with a cropped turtleneck sweater from the same store and topped it off with my burgundy faux leather jacket from last year. Can you tell I was feeling the fall vibes with these colors?! I love rust for fall, so I had to get this sweater after trying it on, but I had never thought of pairing these two colors together. I actually love it! I finished the look off with these adorable little yarn ball earrings. I got them last year during fall and I’m loving them again this season! They’re just so unique, aren’t they?

Have you ever been to Edinburgh?