If you told me five years ago that I would be living in Scotland, I would’ve laughed at you. But I’m sitting in one of my favourite coffee shops right now writing this blog post and it’s hands down the best decision I’ve ever made.
I’ve been here one month now and I can’t tell you just one thing I love about this city, so here are 18.
The fresh air – being in London for so long, I didn’t realise I was in such in a polluted city. Until I came to Edinburgh and the fresh air was amazing.
The people – everybody is so nice. People smile at you on the street and I’ve made friends from walking into a coffee shop and having a chat with people in there.
The food – I’m a huge foodie and Edinburgh has some amazing spots to eat at. My favourite meal of the day is breakfast/brunch and I love The Pantry, Urban Angel and Pumpkin Brown – three of my favourites!
Edinburgh is also home to the biggest plate of nachos EVER. You nailed it The Auld Hoose.
The coffee – I can write a whole blog post on coffee in Edinburgh (and I currently am!). It’s hands down one of the best coffee scenes I’ve ever experienced. I love my coffee and when I go into a coffee shop I want an experience. I want a friendly chat; I want to feel at home. It’s hard to just whittle my favourite coffee shops down to just three, but Filament Coffee, Cairngorm Coffee Co. and Fortitude Coffee, you give me the kick up the asana that I need!
The weather – before I moved, everybody was wondering why I was moving to such a cold, wintery place, but it’s not always cold in Scotland! And besides, I love wrapping up. I have so many jumpers and beanies and I want to wear them!
The architecture – I spend most of my time looking up when I’m walking around. There are so many interesting buildings all around – so much history. And did I mention I live in a city that has a castle?
The culture – the Scottish are very patriotic and I see a Scottish flag on pretty much every other building. When I walk along Princes Street or the Royal Mile, I hear bagpipes and I see at least one person a week who is casually wearing a kilt. I love living in a city where everybody is so proud of their country and history.
Whisky – I started drinking whisky last summer (in Edinburgh) and from that first sip, I knew this was going to be my drink. All I need to do now is go on a whisky tour.
Shortbread – I don’t need to write anything about this. If you know me, you know I love shortbread. ALL BUTTER SHORTBREAD.
Calton Hill – this is my one of my favourite spots in the city. I like to come up here to just see the bigger picture and watch the world go by.
Arthur’s Seat – having an ancient volcano in the heart of the city is pretty amazing. But it’s something I love about this city.
The accent – I love the Scottish accent. Enough said.
Fringe Festival – Fringe is the biggest arts festival in the world. I’ve never been, but I can’t wait for all the things that will be going on during August.
The pace – everything in London is go, go go, and I want to go a little slower. Even though Edinburgh is a city, everyone is a lot more relaxed and I like that.
The buses – yes, this is a shout out to Lothian Buses – you have amazing service!
Walking – when I’m not on a bus, I walk everywhere. I do well above my 10,000 steps a day. Who’s winning at life?
I feel safe – when I’m walking through Bruntsfield Links and the Meadows at 6am to get to my yoga class, I feel safe.
Cupcakes – if you haven’t tried a Cuckoo’s Cupcake, you must
Edinburgh is a big city, but I’ve never felt overwhelmed or uneasy walking around. Moving to Edinburgh has been the best decision I’ve made in 2017 and I don’t plan on going back to London anytime soon (if ever!).