Can We Talk About Scotland for a Sec?

by - 3:00 PM

Up until last week I only thought of very few things when I thought about Scotland: track athlete Laura Muir, Beth from Adventure and Anxiety, Louise from Louise Chatters, and Trainspotting. Occasionally I'd also think of hurdler Eilidh Child, then remember she got married and has a different name now, which gives me a headache because I can never remember her new name. So yeah, I knew basically nothing about the country I'd spend five days in near the end of March.

When I got on a plane on the 23rd I was basically shitting myself. I deeply regretted buying myself a ticket to Edinburgh, which I'd done in January right after breaking up with my boyfriend. Note to self: do not buy plane tickets when emotionally unstable. Especially not to countries you know nothing about.
So yeah, there I was, all alone in Edinburgh, scared out of my mind and with no idea of what to expect from the Scottish people and their country. Looking back on it, I think that was pretty stupid of me. I mean, Scotland's national animal is a freaking unicorn. That should convince anyone of the fact that the place is awesome. I, however, had to spend a full 24 hours in Scotland before I fell in love with it.


I don't fall in love fast. Neither do I fall in love often. But Scotland just stole my heart. It started with the people at the airport, who didn't mind at all that I had no sense of direction and had to keep asking for help. Then all the people working at the hostel I stayed in were friendly as well. Even the people in stores stayed friendly after I asked them 20 times what they were saying because I had difficulties with the accent every now and then. Bonus points for Scotland!

After I got over my initial surprise at the friendliness of most people, I realized I was in a city so full of history I could basically touch it. Edinburgh has a pretty nasty history with loads of plague stories and disgusting details. On top of that, it's haunted as hell. Put that together and you've got a combination that makes me a very happy Envy. Architecture, monuments, nature, history, everything I love was right there. And to top it off, I discovered some Banksy stencils in a back alley.


In my five days in Edinburgh I did so many things, met so many people, discovered so many places. I thought I could do my trip to Scotland justice with just one blog post, but I was wrong. So here I am now, just announcing that there's a tsunami of Scotland themed blog posts coming your way. I'll just have to write them, which is pretty difficult since I keep getting distracted by daydreams of Edinburgh. But those posts will happen. Very soon. Like, next week. Anyway, now I'm off to watch Trainspotting again (and this time finally watch the entire thing!) before I write all my Edinburgh themed posts. See you soon!

x Envy

PS After a lot thinking and considering (read: in a split second), I decided to get married in Scotland. You're invited. We'll have pizza instead of cake. 

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  1. Ah Envy! What an amazing trip wow that's so awesome! BANKSY ARTWORK OH MY GOSH THAT'S SO COOL THAT YOU FOUND SOME!! That's like my life goal- to stumble upon some Banksy art. Looks awesome, can't wait for more :)
    -Vivian

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    1. It was one of the best trips of my life! I can't say for sure that it was actually made by Banksy, but I do know that that piece is something Banksy's put on walls before.

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  2. Great post! Loved the pics. I would love to go to Scotland it sounds like such an amazing place ~Tori

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    1. Thank you! It's an awesome place, I can't wait to go back!

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  3. Loved this post, I'm from Scotland but Edinburgh is my most favourite place ever! Glad you enjoyed it.
    Claire xo
    www.clairelouiisexo.co.uk

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    1. It means so much to me when someone who's from the place I'm writing about likes my post! Edinburgh has all the awesomeness :D

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  4. Ah this sounds amazing. I'm so desperate to go to Scotland, hopefully going over summer for a long weekend!

    Abs x
    https://afababulouslife.blogspot.com

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    1. I hope you get to go for that long weekend, you'll have the best time in Scotland!

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  5. I'm so glad you had such an amazing time! I love Edinburgh as so many family members live nearby, but it really has so much to offer and I cannot wait for the rest of your blog posts on it!

    sophieannetaylor.com

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    1. I need to hurry up with those blog posts now! I have two other posts scheduled but then I'll be right back at it with all the posts on Edinburgh :D

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  6. Aww I'd love to go back to Scotland! I've been to Dunblane which is quite far from the major cities, and briefly to Aberdeen. I'd love to see Edinburgh it looks stunning there!

    Saffron x

    saffronwatson.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Stunning doesn't even begin to describe it! I have to admit I've never heard of Dunblane, but if I'd stayed in Scotland longer I would've visited Aberdeen too.

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  7. Scotland is on my list of places that I want to go BADLY! I will make it there some day!

    Britt | https://alternativelyspeakingonline.wordpress.com/

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    1. You will and I'm sure you'll love it just as much as I did!

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  8. AHHHH I LOVE SCOTLAND SO MUCH. I think I've said it before, but your travel posts are my life <3

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

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    1. You've said it before but it still makes me so happy to hear that! Scotland's the best.

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  9. I would love to visit Scotland one day!

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    1. I hope you get to go there soon!

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  10. I love Edinburgh! It is such a pretty city and so perfect for a long weekend! So windy though! I studied there and it was amazing. You're bringing back memories ahah! xx Corinne

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    1. I think I was lucky in terms of weather, because there was no wind at all and blue skies everywhere. I wish I could study there too!

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  11. Well I may be bias here but as a Northerner you couldn't have ended up in a more friendlier place :) Glad you enjoyed your stay! x
    Lola Mia // www.lolitabonita.co.uk

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    1. I enjoyed every second of it! It's not a bias if it's the truth ;)

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  12. What an amazing trip, and your photos are gorgeous! I'm going to Edinburgh in late august for the festival and your post has made me all the not excited to go! Can't wait to read the other Scotland based posts x

    Beesytimes.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! I wish I could go to Edinburgh in August too. I'm sure you'll have the best time ever! The other Scotland based posts will be up soon, I had an emergency post that had priority coming up.

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  13. Sounds like you had a fab time! Edinburgh is lovely and I'm looking forward to your posts about all things Scottish :)
    Cora ❤ http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk

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    1. I have the drafts almost all ready to go :) It was so awesome, Edinburgh gave me enough to write five posts about :)

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