I am living in a tiny dorm room for a month. The man in front of me picking up hid key asks if there is air con. The receptionist says there’s a window you can open.
As I trail through a maze of corridors with 2 backpacks I wonder if I truly needed 3 sets of shoes or any of the stuff in my bag. I am ready to abandon all baggage as I find my room. It’s on a stairwell where we all share a bathroom with a big window that the receptionist mentioned.
The room is tropically hot and I am mopping my brow as I share pleasantries with the resident cleaner. I feel this chap may be instrumental to me having a comfortable stay. Not so as he is filling my head with stories of dead bees. It turns out the community I am staying with has hives of bees and one time a shard of glass was thrown into the colony and a swarm made it through the open window. It gets darker. One resident opened their door to find their bed totally eaten up with bees after coming back from a holiday. I immediately move for closing all windows then feel the sauna effect of the central heating. Sometimes there is no solution.
Out of the window is Arthur’s Seat and there is free internet at reception with the chance to meet travelers from all over the world.
I sit with a strong coffee and say hello to me google. I choke on said coffee to find my theatre review is number 1 bestseller on Amazon in it’s category. Whooop. One way to get the bees out of my head for sure.
I check again one day later. Ok I am number 2 today. Second to Hamilton. I take that as a win.
More than anything to find reviews from people who have found it useful pays me back for the year it took to write.
Edinburgh in the middle of the festival is a great place to celebrate. Surrounded by mine artists and buskers I can happy dance and no one bats an eye lid. Here you can feel free and I mean to take that away from this experience.
‘Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.’ Oscar Wilde
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Back to the festival that is going on through out the streets I walking on. It’s amazing to be surrounded by so much expression. I have only seen one show so far. I need to see more to let this energy take me over so I can truly feel part of this city that shines in the Summer time.
Wishing you a wonderful August and wondering how you will make memories if this sunny season?!