May 29th: Edinburgh with Allie

I arrived in Edinburgh the morning of the 29th with the Moana theme song stuck in my head and took the new tram from the airport into the city.

Again, totally seamless. An agent helped me purchase the proper ticket and there was a tram waiting right there, it was beautiful weather, and the tram stop was right around the corner from my hostel.

The hostel let me check in early and wait for Allie in the tiny but quaint lobby/kitchen/hang out area.

Allie and I grew up across the street from each other in Baltimore. She went to college in Scotland, met her now husband, and never looked back. They got married in a beautiful ceremony last summer and they’re both practicing medicine. I told Allie that I’d be in Edinburgh for a few days for a conference and she happened to have the day off on Monday and took the train to visit me.

We spent the whole day walking around the gorgeous city in perfect weather. It was great to be able to catch up in person and do normal friend things that we never get to do: chat in coffee shops, meander through parks, window shop in local stores, wander through Anthropologie gasping and sighing because we can’t afford anything in the place designed to make us lust after things we never thought we’d want, I’m looking at you adorable cat plates.

Since we rarely get to see each other, I felt horrible that by the time we had dinner I practically had to tie my hair to the back wall so I didn’t face plant into my meal. At this point I’d been awake for 36 hours.

Allie understood, walked me to my hostel, and said goodbye.

Dinner was delicious though.