There’s Bob Marley playing on the stereo. I’m in the front lobby of the hostel, having bought some time on the Internet, and there’s just under five hours before I get on the bus. It’s been a funny couple of days- I managed to see three seperate shows yesterday. 20,000 Leagues Under The Office was brilliant- a mental explosion of physical comedy, slapstick, and the kind of daffy theatrical nonsense that I love. A couple of awkward moments, but otherwise outstanding stuff (especially when it’s just two people on a tiny stage). Later, I saw Rom.Com- an attempt at an internet spoof romance- and there were a couple of halfway decent moments, but mostly it was rather annoying and studenty. Finally, I saw Funny Women At The Fringe, a selection of female stand-up comics, which was hilariously funny (once the damn thing started- we had to wait in a nightmarishly claustrophobic bar).
Most of the Fringe is packing up today, so I’m considering possibly popping off to the Cinema for the final section of today. I’ve also eaten a truly gigantic Chinese meal, to the extent that I don’t want to eat too much for dinner. I don’t want to be hungry on the bus, but I don’t want to give myself an upset stomach either. I walked up to the Edinburgh Royal observatory, which was beautiful, and then worked my way along to this gigantic hill. I almost got all the way up it, but the trouble was the path dropped away to in incredibly steep slope on one side, it was incredibly blustery, and the entirety of Edinburgh was spread below me as an uneasy reminder of exactly how high up I was. Certain heights I just can’t cope with, and this was definitely one of them. I’m going to be nice to myself today, and I’m just hoping that the bus journey will be as comfortable as possible.
In conclusion, I am glad that I’ve done Edinburgh. I’ll do it differently next time (potentially for less days), but the positives have definitely outweighed the negatives.
And I can’t wait to get home.