Why don’t we have a birthWEEK of celebrations instead of a birthDAY, the Mr. said last week!
And so, we took the last train departing from Aberdeen to Edinburgh on Friday night and headed to the Scottish capital for a week of birthday celebrations…
It’s been five days now that we are here and with five more days to go, I am utterly excited to wake up every day, plan ahead and explore new and old corners of the city.
And somewhere in between listening to ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and daydreaming of backpacking around Australia, I somehow turn 33!
And so the project vlogging each month of 2019 began! If you follow me on YouTube then you already know what I mean, but if you don’t it’s basically a monthly project I self-imposed to myself in an attempt to document the biggest moments of each month and upon watching them at the end of 2019, have a gentle reminder that ‘time flies‘ is an excessive, non-substantial statement that I tell to myself without much thought. A very unfair and untrue statement if you ask me now, nine months into my little YouTube project!
Back to my birthweek of celebrations – we have followed a very loose schedule so far. My boyfriend’s family owns a gorgeous Victorian apartment near The Meadows which we are ever grateful to use every time we are in the city. Spoiled by choice, our mornings are spent between dog walking around Arthur’s Seat or city walking on Regent Terrace where we mostly (day)dream of buying one of the multi-million worth houses… Dreams are for free, right?
On the morning of my birthday, we woke up by a hungry Cruzy jumping up and down the bed demanding his morning walk and breakfast. Deep inside, I know he knew it was my birthday and he just wanted to surprise me and let the day begin!
We gathered in the living room with all the doggies around the sofa, and then the door opened and they brought me a chocolate cake and sang ‘Happy Birthday’ altogether. Even though I was suspicious when they went to the kitchen and left me alone with the doggies for a second, I was delighted of their thoughtful suggestion. A great start to a special day!
We then headed to Kilimanjaro Coffee on Nicolson Street for some breakfast before going down to the shops of Princess Street for some window shopping and dress trying on.
Cruzy was excited as ever when we walked through the crowds, sniffing and greeting all at the same time. It was a glorious, sunny day and I couldn’t have possibly asked for more than a blue sky and endless sunshine, it really felt like a Greek summer!
For dinner, we booked a table at Lasal Restaurant, a Spanish tapas restaurant that was suggested by our friends.
We ordered a few too many tapas, enjoyed the Spanish wine and headed for a few more drinks in New Town.
We then went at Rabble for some frozen Pina Coladas where, unfortunately, we were told they don’t do them anymore, so we had a few quick sips before ending up at our favourite Monteiths!
One thing we really made a point of doing while in Edinburgh, and more so during the day of my birthday, is to visit some of the bars and restaurants we visited during our first dates. Seeing as the Mr. is from Edinburgh, it has always been a pleasure exploring the city together and seeing things through his eyes rather than my tourist’s eyes. Monteiths is one of the places we visited in one of our very first dates and I remember loving the traditional meets modern interiors, great cocktails and service, and I am always happy to pay them a visit and relive our first date when in Edinburgh which we very gladly did at the end of my birthday night.
And that’s how my birthday went down. So cheers, to another year of being healthy, happy and alive on this planet. Onto the next Chapter!