Au Naturale

As you know the BFF was in town and it was so good! Sooooo soooooo good. I don’t even have the words to describe how good it was. But I do have pictures!
The first couple of days I took pictures with my Minolta so here are the digitals of days three and four. On Wednesday we bought a day ticket for the bus and went all over the city. First, we went to Holyrood 9A for breakfast and then climbed up the crags; it might be my favorite view! Arthur’s Seat is great but on the Crags I feel closer to the city… and it’s not as windy.

Of course there was a photo shoot…

As you can see we had beautiful weather, visibility was superb, and I have an amazing jump kick (hi-ya)!
Afterwards we got on the bus to start our “progressive lunch”. We started with getting food at The Elephant House.

Then we went over to Lovecrumbs for dessert (best cakes ever!) with a quick stop off at Edinburgh Books to pick up some “light” reading (I got The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank… yeah, it’s not what most people call “light” but it’s so good!).

I think Lovecrumbs has the best cakes ever! Now, I will be honest and say that I haven’t tried every bakery in Edinburgh, but since trying Lovecrumbs, there’s no need to go anywhere else to satisfy my sweet tooth. Kat had their brownie, which she devoured, and I had their Orange and Violet cake, which I inhaled… immediately after documenting its beauty! Oh, and they have different cakes and tartes and other sugary goods every day. So, to really get a feel you must go repeatedly.

After cake was time for tea… so we went to Falko.

And what comes after tea? Beer! Well, we had a quick dinner and then went to the pub with some friends.

I think I may have worn Kat out? Anyway, on the way home we were waiting at the bus stop and just chatting with her and it felt like the most natural thing in the world. But then, I had to think about it and realize that it doesn’t happen naturally anymore. We both live in separate cities in separate countries. It’s not natural for us to be chilling at a bus stop waiting to go home. That did make a me a little sad (ok, a lot sad) but it also encouraged me to know that we can go a year without seeing each other and hanging out is still a “natural” feeling. So, that’s the silver lining. Another silver lining is that we had one more day together!

Thursday we stopped by an art store to pick up some stuff and had a little art-time at Portobello Beach.

After eating THE BEST BURGERS IN EDINBURGH at The Espy we took our artsy selves over to Inverleith Park.

After Inverleith we had dinner with some close friends and then went home to group chat with some friends. Then, come 4a Kat and I were walking to the bus stop so she could go to France to be with her husband.

I had so much fun with Kat. Having her here was like being able to breathe. Uninhibited conversations and uncensored transparency; it was all so easy! I don’t know if any of you have felt this but making friends is hard! Will and I have been really fortunate to have met and gotten to know some pretty amazing people but we’re all still in that “getting to know you” phase. All learning each other’s backgrounds and histories. We’re constantly telling backstories of situations back home and explaining things. It’s an exciting phase but can feel pretty tiring when you feel like all of your friendships are at that stage.

I’ve started to feel some of my Edinburgh friendships have progressed from that stage and that’s been encouraging! I just have to be patient. These things don’t happen overnight: Kat and I didn’t. It’s a gradual process. It’s been great to look back on my friendship with Kat and remember all that we’ve been through. I’m looking forward to two, seven, 13 years down the road when I can look back and see where the friendships I’ve made here have gone and reminisce about the start of all of them! There are some pretty good ones!