Today’s tour guide is David of Comparative Geek!
You find yourself at a Natural History museum. You start on the bottom floor, and find yourself with the oldest stuff. Prehistory. You work your way up the building, floor to floor, working your way at the same time through history. Finally, at the top floor, you just step out to a balcony, and look out on the modern city.
While standing on the strangest, most out-of-place modern building around…
As you look upon modern Edinburgh, you see the two cities, the Old Town, and the New Town. One uphill from the other. An awesome castle. You see Edinburgh, a place of past, present, and future.
One of the things I got to do the most of while in Edinburgh was do some literary-based touring. There was a literary pub crawl! But maybe the best literary stop was none other than The Elephant House, the cafe in which J.K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter novel.
Rather than focusing on that, however, they focused on their charity and awareness activity: the life and treatment of elephants. There was just a little news clipping on the wall inside to share the story of Rowling writing there.
And I could see the appeal. The cafe – the whole city itself – just lends itself to storytelling. I don’t know that I can fully explain it, but I can tell you it’s what I felt when I was there. And I want to go back – I often joke (only half-jokingly) that I plan on retiring to Edinburgh. And depending on the direction life in America takes, I may end up there a whole lot sooner…