Thursday, August 28, 2014

Goodbye...and goodbye...and goodbye...

The trouble with student schedules and being friends with lots of international students is that there are a LOT of goodbyes to be made.

Last Friday night, I threw the "Last Elephant", a final social at the Rooms of Requirement for the LLM cohort. We played the white elephant exchange game with stuff for charity shops - though some good stuff actually showed up and got fought over.

And pretty much every day this week, there have been various meetups and goodbyes all around the city. The Fringe Festival is pretty much over, which is good - we're finally able to actually get table space in our cafes again! The photo below is of Heather's last coffee with the crew at Black Medicine, one of my favourite places near Old College.


Today, a few folks swung by my flat, which is looking increasingly depressing and empty. One by one, off they're flying!! My train to London is Monday morning.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

And so it begins...

My friends, it is the beginning of the end. Or the beginning of the beginning.

I went to London for a day trip yesterday. (I do not, as a general rule, actually recommend day tripping London from Edinburgh. It is possible. But it is rather exhausting, and quite a lot of travel time.)

I went to see a friend from Dorm Room Diplomacy from America who I've never met in real space before. He's doing a long conference at Cambridge on social enterprise and had Saturday off. So we popped to London to meet and show him the city a bit.

Since I was heading down...I took Load 1 of packed items to store at a mate's flat until the actual London move happens. So there I was, almost moving to London!


I toured Zack around for four hours - it was gorgeously sunny! Almost enough to make me excited for the move. ;)









Thursday, August 21, 2014

Austentatious

A shoutout to the very fun Milk Monitors, an improv group who are performing an Austen-style show entirely spontaneously every day at the Fringe. The audience drops slips of paper in their bonnets with a suggestion for a fictional Jane Austen novel title. They pick one at random, and off they go. 
Today, some cheeky audience member gave them "The name is Darcy. Charles Darcy. Agent 007". Cue the absurd, Austenesque, Pink Panther-reminiscent version of James Bond, complete with dashing hero, accent-challenged French villain, and lustful sister-in-law-turned-spy.  
A delightful time was had by all. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fringe!

With guests gone and dissertation submitted, it is finally time to actually participate in the insanity taking over my city. A mate of mine from Norwich is up for the Fringe Festival producing a children's fairy tale using puppetry. "The Erl Tree" was grand fun. Laura and I then caught up over Indian buffet lunch and headed to a delightfully enjoyable production of "Potted Sherlock". Comedy duo who is famous for doing entire series in one show via major abridgement did all 60 Sherlock Holmes cases in seventy minutes, complete with the required Cumberbatch puns, amusing sound effects, slapstick humour, and musical finale. Absolutely hilarious and a thoroughly grand way to spend a summer's day.
:)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Chorus is in Japan!

There has been a lot of ugly news about Israel and Palestine as of late. And while I know there are a lot of differing opinions about the efficacy of international cooperation and peace groups, today I celebrate the humanity and joy created by The Jerusalem Youth Chorus, an amazing group of young people from many walks of life who sing together. They and their leader Micah Hendler are currently on their first international tour in Japan, and they stories, photos, and videos from their travels are incredible and inspiring. Check out http://micahendl.tumblr.com/!!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Adieu, Farnums!

The Farnums, albeit with a delayed flight, are at the airport and about to be on a plane to Dublin. They'll stay the night at a cheap airport hotel before frolicking off to America once again.
The Summer of Guests has been swell.
And now...I have 10000 words' worth of dissertation to write for Monday. :)
Enjoy your weekend, everyone!



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hairy Coo!!

Today, we frolicked about the Western Highlands via the Hairy Coo, a tour company that does day coach trips for free/on a tip-only basis. We saw:

The Forth Railroad Bridge

Hairy Coos (Cows)!




The Lake of Menteith


Loch Katrine, Loch Lomond, and the Trossachs National Park



Doune Castle (where "Monty Python" was filmed)
Fetchez la vache!!!

Stirling