About a month ago, Chris called me from work to ask if I wanted to go to Edinburgh, Scotland in May for a couple of nights. Always one to take advantage of my flexible schedule, I said yes, and Chris booked our tickets on the spot. He was asked to give a talk there, and I was happy to travel with him.
I had never been to Scotland before, and I was immediately taken by Edinburgh. The history and beautiful architecture made me fall in love with the city.
While I was there, I learned that hundreds of years ago, the city limits were strict, and people could not build outside of them. The only place to build was up. This history makes Edinburgh quite a 3-dimensional city.
I learned that wealthy people used to live a few levels above the street (to avoid the stench) but not too high as to get exhausted from climbing stairs. Poorer people would live either closer to the ground or above the wealthy dwellings (sometimes in very high levels for the time period).
The Royal Mile runs from the castle to the palace on the other end. I wasn’t able to go into the palace because Prince Charles was visiting Edinburgh and staying there.
I spent an entire day wandering solo down streets and alleys (called “closes” in Edinburgh). By the end of the day, I found a bench by the castle where I could look out over the city and view the sea. I wondered why I had never traveled in May before- it’s a beautiful time of year. Then, I remembered that my previous life had a full-time job in it, and I did not have the same flexibility that I have now.
On the bench, I decided that as long as I continue to have the same life, I should plan to always travel in May (and June, July, August, September, October, etc…).