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Must Dos in Edinburgh via Wayfaring With Wagner

After living in Edinburgh for over a year, there’s so many amazing things to do and see in the city. From the festivals to the hidden courtyards, and the traditional tourist activities to Scottish culture, a person could send months exploring the city. I realize that I did a horrible job of actually sharing information about Edinburgh while living there. Here are some of the must dos in Edinburgh and must sees in Edinburgh!

Three hikes in the past few months!? Must be a new record for me! My sister and I only had an afternoon class on Friday so she dragged me out of bed that morning to go hike Arthur’s Seat. I’ll be honest, I was just not feeling it…I felt gross, my eyes kept watering, and the wind was out-of-control! But then I saw views like this and couldn’t stay mad at my sister. How gorgeous is this!? The weather’s been absolutely fabulous here!!! Sunny, blue skies and between 65-70 F (18-21 C) every day. Reality will hit soon though when we start getting only 5 hours of sunlight a day!

Kind of a harsh phrase, No one can harm me unpunished, right? It’s the Latin translation of the phrase that adorns the front of Edinburgh Castle. A warning to all of those that enter. As you’ve probably guessed by now (due to all my excessive Instagram posts), I made it to Edinburgh, Scotland and am absolutely loving it! Also, I should probably mention that the above photo isn’t of Edinburgh Castle but rather the view from Edinburgh Castle!

I love London and Paris just as much as the next person but sometimes I find the cities way too touristy and overwhelming! You can’t walk more than 10 feet without running into another American. Throughout my travels in Europe, I’ve come across some great cities and regions that offer similar experiences to those touristy cities…without the tourists! And most of the time, these places are significantly cheaper than the touristy destination. So go visit some of these alternative European city breaks before the secret is out and tourists start to overwhelm them!

I figured that it was only appropriate to publish a post about Scotland today. After the referendum results tonight, I might be adding a new country to my Countries Visited page. As a political science student/junkie, it is taking so much self-restraint not to voice my opinion on whether Scotland should be its own country or not. However, this is a travel blog, not a political blog, so I’ll keep my comments to myself :) Regardless, the polls are so close right now so it will be exciting to see what will happen!