Edinburgh: Fringe Festival, Fantastic Food and Friends
After what seemed to be the longest 4 day work week imaginable. We caught the train from Birmingham to Edinburgh, which we booked on Train line. It was a 4.5 hour journey and we were thankful for our books.
This is our second time in Edinburgh. Last time it was June and still cold as hell. It rained both times but wasn't too bad.
|Some beautiful scenery we passed on the train|
|Looking like it may be cloudy|
We made it to Edinburgh, our train was slightly delayed. Our friend who lives in Edinburgh was waiting for us at the train station.
In August Edinburgh has a fringe festival with all sorts of different shows all over the city. It was busy with people who had travelled from all over to be there for Fringe.
We made our way to Henderson's, which is a vegetarian restaurant, in order to pick up the Vegan BBQ packs that we ordered.
We also met up with our other friend.
Henderson's has a nice style to it.
We decided to walk to the Meadows which is the park where the Henderson's organised Vegan BBQ was taking place.
We walked past Greyfriars Bobby which we remembered seeing back in 2011 when we were previously in Edinburgh.
We've made a short video of our trip:
There was lots of stuff going on everywhere like music, street performance, etc.
The Vegan BBQ event was a little antisocial in that everyone was spread out because we had to use the concrete BBQ pads for our disposable BBQs. We had fun hanging out with our friends in the Meadows with the looming threat of a storm.
We managed to get the BBQ started and we cooked our wheat meat.
It was not too bad. It was a little strange looking but it had a nice smoky flavour to it. In retrospect, we probably should have got some lettuce or something for the sandwiches as well.
The rain held off while we were BBQing thankfully.
We were having fun.
Our friend with the guitar (also known as @deadpanvegan/ @theveganengineer) had a show at a pub called the Southsider. It had a locals only, sky sports, football supporter vibe to it. The definition of a tough crowd for musical comedy. We wished him good luck as we were planning on checking out his later show instead.
We walked around a bit.
Then we met up with our friend's boyfriend and his friends and hung out in a beer garden/food festival area.
Edinburgh is a very unique looking city.
There wasn't a lot in the way of vegan food in the beer garden so we went searching.
We found some chips in this here building which was cool.
Afterwards we made our way to our friend's later musical comedy show "Thom Milner's Cup of Tea" which was hilarious. Then afterwards we all went to a pub up the street to see if we could catch another show. We ended up seeing "The Establishment" - They were alright, not the best show we have ever seen. Maybe you have to be British to appreciate the jokes. ;)
After the late night show, we headed to our friends house for the night. They were kind enough to allow us to stay with them for the weekend. This was very helpful, as it is super expensive to stay in Edinburgh during the festival.
We got back to their place, had a drink and caught up. We met our friend in Canada, while she was on a working visa 5 years ago. It's pretty awesome to make friends all over the world.
The next morning we made our way back into the city centre.
|Glimpse of the castle|
|Oh, here it is.|
We met Deadpan Vegan at Pumpkin Browns for some lunch.
We had a lovely salad and a dessert. Both are featured in our Youtube video: https://youtu.be/mgR5--08e2o
After lunch we parted ways and we headed towards Arthur's Seat in Holyrood Park.
We continued on our way, taking in everything
We found the park.
|neat little castle like structure|
We started to make our way up Arthur's Seat.
Which offered some stunning views of the city.
|It was a long way down, so don't slip!|
We couldn't figure out how to get to the very top of the hill. We circled and saw people climbing up the side. We were in jeans and not equipped to climb.
We started to make our way back down.
|Look at that cliff|
I think it looks better coming down, than it did going up.
Once we got to the bottom, we checked out the park.
We explored around the city, and then went to the areas where a lot of the free fringe shows were put on. We found a free show by "Danny O'brien", he is a comedian from Ireland. He was well good, and we recommend you see him, if you get a chance.
After the show we were quite tired from walking around and we were getting a little hungry. Our friend is a professional chef and told us that curry was in the process of being made! We headed back to their place.
We made it back, had an amazing dinner and relaxed for a little bit.
At about 9:30, we made our way back into the city to meet Deadpan Vegan and catch a late night comedy show. The show that started the free fringe "PBH's Free Fringe" - it was 2 hours, and for the most part the acts were pretty funny. They basically do a 15 min gig to advertise their own shows.
On our last day in Edinburgh we went for a nice walk in the park on our way to meet our friend 12yearsavegan.
We walked through Bruntsfield Links and then the Meadows.
We made our way to The Auld Hoose which has lots of vegan options.
The Auld Hoose is known for have huge plates of nachos. We got the regular sized nachos but there is also a massive size which is 4 times the size of these ones. Those ones will feed 5-6 people we are told.
After lunch we parted way with our friend 12yearsavegan and headed for the train station.
We took our final pictures in Edinburgh. The weather was great.
Then we got on the train back to Birmingham. Hopefully we will see you again Edinburgh.
Thanks for reading our post. If you would like to see more of Scotland please check out our post "Glasgow: The Return. This time we mean business!"