90. Edinburgh – The tale of two towns (Part 1)

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? My days have been packed with activities since that day, in my attempt to divert my attention and energy positively. Some may say I’ve been running away but you know what, whatever. What’s the point of staying down really? Perhaps when this wound has healed, I’ll open up and blog about it but for now, it is far too raw for me to actually remain objective and rational. Thank you to those who have reached out to me and sent me your love – you are my blessings.

Anyhooos, all these running around (hehh) and living life have worn me down ever so slightly. I have not really taken much of a breather as of late, y’know, just a moment to sit down and reflect on all the blessings I’ve been bestowed with. I have been so focused on trying to forget about the one thing that have been taken away. The little child in me yearns to be let out, to let me see life through another set of eyes such that I will be able to learn the lessons I need to learn. Betrayed but never broken, y’know? ♥

So here’s to kickstart my return to blogging and journalling, before all these memories get all jumbled up and I get frustrated at my own lack of will. Also, I know that I am absolutely horrible at keeping in touch with my loved ones back at home, so yes, this blog will continue to serve as my ‘progress report card’ to all of you. I am alive, well, and positively kicking, alhamdulillah, so don’t you worry. ♥♥

I thought it’ll be good (and better for my memory cells) to kinda go chronologically, starting off with where I’d last left it, which means Edinburgh it is!

How do I start? Let’s see….

I’d gone to Edinburgh together with a group of friends, on an overnight trip that was organised by the International Society. It was a 5-hour bus ride from Manchester up to Edinburgh but let me tell you, it was definitely worth it!

I mean… I was definitely expecting to be blown away by the city because of the rave reviews I’ve heard from friends but really…. Edinburgh is just……. too stunning/captivating/alluring/allothersimiles. Gonna get some help from Lonely Planet here:

Edinburgh is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, draped across a series of rocky hills overlooking the sea. It’s a town intimately entwined with its landscape, with buildings and monuments perched atop crags and overshadowed by cliffs – in the words of Robert Louis Stevenson, ‘a dream in masonry and living rock’. From the Old Town’s picturesque jumble of medieval tenements piled high along the Royal Mile, its turreted skyline strung between the black, bull-nosed Castle Rock and the russet palisade of Salisbury Crags, to the New Town’s neat grid of neoclassical respectability, all columns and capitals, porticoes and pediments, the city offers a constantly changing perspective. And it’s all small enough to explore easily on foot.

Like a favourite book, Edinburgh is a city you’ll want to dip into again and again, savouring each time a different image or experience.

from: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/scotland/edinburgh#ixzz2P35EAo4C  (Emphasis mine.)

We were greeted upon arrival by mild weather, with the clear sky gradually becoming cloudy. Pictures taken did not do any justice to the beauty of the place. It is truly a masterpiece.

The first day was spent just walking around and having a feel of the place. To be honest, my younger self was just walking around in glee cos I felt like I was walking in Harry Potter world. 😛

 

Edinburgh is divided into two parts: Old Town and New Town.

Old Town is the oldest part of the city, dating back to medieval times and dominated by the medieval fortress, Edinburgh Castle. Its streets and buildings reflect its organic (haphazard) nature, which is in opposition to New Town’s modern urban planning. New Town follows a grid system, which is apparent in its carefully aligned streets and buildings. The juxtaposition of such two clearly different ‘personalities’  gives Edinburgh a remarkable feel! All you need to do to get from one side to the other side is to cross a bridge!

Picture of Old Town taken from New Town. 🙂

A group of us eventually trekked up to Edinburgh Castle (EC) for the view and to get tickets for the second day. This greeted us:

Love love love the sky!

The view from the entrance of EC is simply breathtaking (I’m starting to not have many adjectives left, hahaha. Time to take out the thesaurus!).

I mean, just look at that! Mashaallah! ♥

The group then split up, with half heading to the whiskey museum and the other heading to Carlton Hill in New Town. Not so difficult to figure out which I’d chose to go, right? 😛

It was quite a hike up (well, not really, but with the shoes I had on, it was) but the view at the top was well worth the effort! I’d gone right at sunset, which made it a whole lot more spectacular!

The top of the hill was such that you can walk around and see a 360deg view! It was quite an experience, witnessing the sunset at one side and a clear blue sky at the other.

These are just the kind of experiences that strengthens my believe in the Divine, alhamdulillah.

Carlton Hill was then followed with a little sight-seeing of the much-lauded nightlife of Edinburgh and a ghost tour but… I think I’ll keep that for the next entry! I’m getting very hungry now and I’ve got to head over to a friend’s place to cook dinner!

Till the next time (which will be very soon, inshaallah), take care and stay positive! 🙂

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2 thoughts on “90. Edinburgh – The tale of two towns (Part 1)

  1. Pingback: laterblog: our trip to Edinburgh Castle in June 2012 | fragments @ sugarnova

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