I spent 2 days this week in Edinburgh which was productive, useful and at times great fun too. I was taken out in the evening to a fantastic cinema in Morningside, The Dominion. You could sit where you wanted to and all the seats were huge armchairs which reclined and you could have your feet up too. They also had tables between each seat for drinks and snacks. It was fantastic. I wish we had a cinema like that near home.
I stayed in a Travelodge. I wouldn’t recommend it for much except it was cheap – £42 incl breakfast, in a quiet location near Haymarket and in an old building rather than a purpose built block. This was the view from my room, obviously looking over the back of the building. It was dark when I arrived and still dark when I left the next morning but you get the general idea. I was surprised it was so green, this close to the city centre. I had a hotel breakfast which was uninspiring but ok. That is a vegetarian sausage, btw.
The best meal in the 2 days was from a small cafe in the centre, on Fountainbridge called Hanks. I go back next week and will revisit.
I walked down to Haymarket and caught a tram rather than a train to South Gyle.
Building the tram lines created a huge disturbance for many months but Edinburgh now has a clean, efficient tram service which is also cheap. It only cost me £1.50 and it was a pleasure to use.
And it had free wifi! Bonus. Shame about the rugby, Scotland was very unlucky.
I got off at Edinburgh Park , crossed the line and walked to the office. This is looking back down the tram lines to the city centre.
I enjoyed my visit to Edinburgh but was happy to head home.
This morning, after the flight and the visit I felt exhausted and had a sore throat so I worked from home and made sure I rehydrated myself. I added some ginger, turmeric and an orange to 750 ml water.
Fruit for breakfast. A portion of frozen banana and fresh papaya nice cream with a portion of apples which I steamed and then blended with dates as they are cooking apples. Really yummy.
A little snack of cashews, sultanas and Goji berries. I am hunting for a decent vegan cheese substitute.m I know timeout taste as good but it needs to taste and look and feel like cheese. This wasn’t bad but I am hoping there is a better one out there somewhere.
Very simple lunch; jacket potato with half a can of baked beans and some vegan Parmesan Cheez. Dinner was even easier. Pitta bread stuffed with humous, some leftover roasted veggies with avocado aioli, lettuce, carrots and falafels.
24 hours after landing, I feel slightly rested, well hydrated and well nourished.