February became the month of celebration in the Blogger & The Geek household. With our nuptials becoming closer and closer, we spent February with our friends having our hen and stag weekends. It was a long awaited weekend as it was the first of my travel plans for 2018
My girl whisked me off to Edinburgh for the weekend. Edinburgh had been a city on my list for such a long time; so many people had recommended it telling me I needed to go. So, when the girls pulled off the planning of it for my hen weekend, I couldn’t wait to set foot on the train and start my weekend in Scotland’s capital.
The build up to your hen/stag weekend is a strange one and filled me with mix emotions. I have a number of different friends, from different parts of my lives all across the UK. Getting them together was no easy task and there was a lot of them who didn’t know the other. The weekend was filled with the anxiety of, are people going to get on? I haven’t seen this person for so long, will we have chance to catch up? There’s also this weird pressure that surrounds you: you’re the one thing that these people have in common with each other and now they are going to spend 48 togethers.
No pressure, right?
As soon as I set foot out of Edinburgh Waverley station, I knew it was going to be a good weekend, and my girls were going to get a long just fine. Stepping outside the station, we were met by the most stunning city. It surrounded us in gorgeous architecture: huge tall buildings standing on even bigger hills, cobbled streets full of the most quaint shops. It was the perfect backdrop to host a weekend and for new friendships to be formed.
We spent our weekend wondering up and down the Royal Mile. The Royal Mile was full of pubs, whiskey and tourist shops. We spent many a time exploring the different tourist shops; picking out the most ludicrous pieces of tat. We spent an hour on Friday exploring the castle; taking in the twilight views of Edinburgh and seeing what awaited us the next day.
There was no trip to Edinburgh (or a weekend about me) without a trip to the zoo. Edinburgh Zoo is home to the infamous pandas and they were definitely a highlight of the show. Other firm favourites were the red pandas, the lions and the monkey house. The zoo itself is around a 30 minute bus ride from Edinburgh Old Town, I fully recommend sitting top deck of the bus for some pretty ace views of the city. The weekend we visited the zoo was also the same weekend as Chinese New Year Celebrations, the zoo was decorated with Chinese lanterns, lights and were offering evening visits.
One huge highlight of Edinburgh were the number of Harry Potter references littered around the city. You can’t move for Harry Potter merchandise in the shops. Seeing as the first book was written in the capital, you can see where J.K got so much of her inspiration from. We spent the Sunday morning finding the gravestones where she took inspiration for characters.
My favourite thing about Edinburgh? It was the perfect city to host such a memorable weekend. There’s so much pressure and stress surrounding wedding planning that Edinburgh gave me that much relaxed break with my favourite people. It’s a city that didn’t stop, offered me all of my favourite things in the world and will now always hold a very special place in my heart. It’s already on my radar for a cheeky birthday trip in October to explore with my very-nearly husband, who I know will love it just as much as me.