The day started off well with a stroll across the city while I picked up tickets I'd bought last minute and filled in some time. I wandered into one of the bookstores here, something I'd actually been avoiding as I know my weaknesses and I didn't want to overspend and have to figure out what to do with a suitcase full of books a few days into a 6 week trip.
Alas, my willpower was strong that day and I bought only one. For a decent sized bookstore, half their history books were ones I owned, the other half are ones I have on my Amazon wish list.
One thing I love about walking a city is mapping out and making the connections of the different neighbourhoods, shops or attractions. It feels really good to put two and two together and know where you are. I find that confidence helps me to enjoy exploring a city as I have more energy to be curious about the sights, but have freed up space to give myself better awareness for my safety. (I hate having a map out looking like a tourist, it feels like being such a target.)
I wandered through Princes St gardens and bumped into a fellow solo traveller, we took photos of each other in front of the castle and discussed boyfriends inabilities to get the angle just right.
Then further along a local, Neil, flagged me over for a 15 mins chat. He said I had nice teeth. It was actually a really nice chat, but the teeth comment has stuck with me. Perhaps it is a revelant comment here in the U.K.?
I also found the Fringe dancing walking tour! Talk about the benefits of exploring a city when you've got a couple spare hours. I was also fortunate enough to stumble upon the 24/7 airport bus stop and an alley could could seriously have been the inspiration of Diagon Alley.
After the Racing Minds Improv show (again), I had a ticket to Royal Conservatoire of Scotlands performance of original work Atlantic.
I was excited for this one and wasn't disappointed. With minimal set pieces and original music, the show was an epic drama that judging by the multitude of sniffles, touched home with the audience.
Something else that struck me about Atlantic, was its tight storyline and script. This easily belongs on Broadway and is also in Disney's wheelhouse, that I hope it gets some serious funding to take it to the world
After a quick food shop, I tried to have a nap at the hostel, and when that didn't work out to plan I gave up and left for my final show of the day, Hyprov.
Ive already shared on social media Mile McShane's words with me about improv after the show. I feel very fortunate to have had a random meet and greet with him and thought the concept of the show had immense entertainment value. But to the performer there is a great takeaway for watching strangers, with no Improv experience, get hypnotized and improvise. For me it was evident that listening is key and by removing somebody's filter of judgement and that beast of 'trying to get it right', they were able to create some magical scenes.
I walked back to the hostel under a near full moon after midnight , happy and munching on a hot dog.