Tyler has been preparing me for our arrival in Edinburgh for months. We've talked about it endlessly and Google-Earthed the route out of the train station too many times to count. However, I don't think anything could have prepared me for just how awe-inspiring Edinburgh would be. The weather was uncharacteristically beautiful with warm afternoon light, there was a perfect crisp breeze, people filled the city walking around and napping in the park, and meanwhile there were castles dating back to 30-something A.D. on a massive hill looking over the city. I honestly was stunned.
Tyler lived in Edinburgh for a year after high school, so I already felt like I had such a connection to the city. Mike met us right away, and we spent a couple hours running around the city being giggly and excited. The fact that we were completely exhausted, mentally and physically, was not even a thought. We sat at a beautiful pub for a drink and a kilo of mussels before meeting some friends for a lovely Italian dinner (where I again had mussels), and then watched the sunset (around 10:30) as we drove back to Stirling. I am so happy to be here.