I can’t tell you how many times I’ve spent my birthday in some dodgy pub with my feet sticking to the carpet. I really can’t tell you, because you would figure out how old I am and how much of a booze hound I am.
Disclaimer: neither are very much.
So in 2011 I made a pact with my loyal travel buddy that we would travel to a city/country of our choice to spend a birthday weekend.
She chose, Scotland. I chose, Denmark.
And like everything in life, Marnie’s birthday kind of creeped up on me. So much so that the best steak of our lives is but a memory, as are the birthday punches and the rejection of my Marilyn-Monroe-Happy-Birthday-Mr-President dance (so WHAT if I was in a towel). Yet her birthday present is still in a heap on the floor of my room and for the love of God, Kindle, get your virtual-gifting-act together.
By how organised Marnie was about Scotland, you wouldn’t have been able to tell that I used to organise events. I had a checklist in my inbox with the local temperature, links of things she wanted to see on which days and even the outfit I was going to wear. The latter is a slight exaggeration but how I wish she had packed my suitcase.
Anyway in true Mariella fashion, I’ve exceeded my word count and I haven’t even finished my introduction. So here’s what you need to know – I loved Edinburgh.
Sure, it’s just another city.
And after three weeks of our travel early this year, where I introduced you to NAFC*, my love of Edinburgh says a lot.
But it had the right amount of buzz with the right amount of tranquility. We had options to thunder up a mountain to see a castle, tour through an underground close (AKA as a street), over-indulge on whisky tastings or go to one of the bespoke cocktail bars that are aplenty.
You’ll be pleased to know, we did all of the above, sometimes twice and sometimes accompanied by cups of tea. It’s hard getting old. (I wouldn’t know, Marnie’s older)
Anyway, enough about Marnie, I have a trip to Denmark to organise…
But first… let me show you what Haggis in a can looks like:
*NAFC – Not Another F$*2ing Church.