By Alessandro Carosi
The new adventure started ,I’m in Edinburgh for the second part of my spiritual journey that began in Bangkok ,such a beautiful city ,peaceful ,historical ,surrounded by nature ,people seems very friendly and happy ,I’m sure it has its problems like everywhere else,doesn’t exist the perfect place but so far it seems wonderful to me ,it is small but has everything like a city ,Edinburgh is Scotland capital ,is multicultural ,got a good night life ,museums ,art galleries and I can’t wait for the famous Fringe festival in august apparently the best live performances in the world where any kind of artist anywhere in the city transform this peaceful town in a huge busy fun crowded circus.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (often referred to as simply The Fringe or Edinburgh Festival) is the world’s largest arts festival, which in 2017 spanned 25 days and featured 53,232 performances of 3,398 shows in 300 venues. Established in 1947 as an alternative to the Edinburgh International Festival, it takes place annually in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the month of August.
It is an open access (or “unjuried“) performing arts festival, meaning there is no selection committee, and anyone may participate, with any type of performance. The official Fringe Programme categorises shows into sections for theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events. Comedy is the largest section and the one that in modern times has the highest public profile, due in part to the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.
The Festival is supported by the Festival Fringe Society, which publishes the programme, sells tickets to all events from a central physical box office and website, and offers year-round advice and support to performers. The Society’s permanent location is at the Fringe Shop on the Royal Mile, and in August they also manage Fringe Central, a separate collection of spaces in Appleton Tower and other University of Edinburgh buildings, dedicated to providing support for Fringe participants during their time at the festival.
The Fringe board of directors is drawn from members of the Festival Fringe Society, who are often Fringe participants themselves – performers or administrators. Elections are held once a year, in August, and Board members serve a term of four years. The Board appoints the Fringe Chief Executive (formerly known as the Fringe Administrator or Director), currently Shona McCarthy who assumed the role in March 2016. The Chief Executive operates under the chair, currently Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea.
I have been here already for two weeks and got the chance to explore the city and surroundings ,countryside ,sea ,rivers ,nature is everywhere only few miles away from the centre ,I missed it so much ,I missed the sea ,i love London but nature isn’t accessible like here ,this is a beautiful aspect of Edinburgh and what I was looking for mostly ,I do miss London ,I miss the vibes ,the multicultural population ,my friends but this is a journey I needed to undertake to change ,I couldn’t go through life in the same way I used to and if life itself is a learning journey then I need to learn ,where I’m actually heading I don’t know it yet but so I didn’t when I left Italy 12 years ago to Australia then step by step my life journey unfolded ,I’m sure will happen the same now.
Let’s back talking about Edinburgh ,there is so much to do for everyone ,if you like nature there is plenty to discover ,culture ,is full of museums ,art galleries ,music ,the city itself is an open museum ,the ancient Scottish clan resemble the Maori tribes from New Zealand ,you want to learn a different language or culture ,is plenty of foreigners.
There is a good coffee culture not as big as London but growing fast ,they take their coffee seriously and I got the chance to work in a professional coffee company where I’m sure to learn a lot for my future business ,whatever is gonna be in Bangkok or a coffee cart in London or here.
My legs that loves walking got me to discover some gems already like
Water of Leith walkway
The concept of a public path first appeared in 1949, but the necessary construction work was not begun until after 1973. Nowadays, it provides access to many interesting sights, like the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Dean Gallery.
The path starts next to Balerno High School and runs 12.25 miles (19.6 kilometres) to Leith. The path runs downhill, but the incline is so slight that it is barely perceptible. Approximately half a mile of the route is on roads, for the remainder the path runs alongside the Water of Leith, and away from traffic. The section from Balerno to Slateford utilises the dismantled Balerno railway line The path surface is a mixture of tarmac, compressed grit and compressed earth. The surface is uniformly good with very few muddy patches or potholes. The route is well used by both pedestrians and cyclists.
The path is fairly well signposted, but there are one or two places in Edinburgh where the path meets a road and it is necessary to hunt around for its continuation. Some signposts have been vandalised or pointed in the wrong direction.
The path passes through the attractive Dean Village area of Edinburgh and ends in the docks at Leith.
Walkers can return to Balerno by catching a bus to the centre of Edinburgh from Ocean Terminal, and then the 44 bus to Balerno. For cyclists the easiest way to return to Balerno is to cycle back.
The Water of Leith is also a good fishing spot due to the concerted effort to clean up the water. You can expect to catch wild brown trout (Salmo trutta m. fario) and grayling (Thymallus thymallus) with the odd pike (Esox lucius) lurking nearby. Grayling only swim in clean water so this is a good advertisement for the Water of Leith itself.
Queensferry, also called South Queensferry or simply “The Ferry”, is a town to the west of Edinburgh, Scotland, traditionally a royal burgh of West Lothian. It lies ten miles to the north-west of Edinburgh city centre, on the shore of the Firth of Forth between the Forth Bridge, Forth Road Bridge and the Queensferry Crossing. The prefix South serves to distinguish it from North Queensferry, on the opposite shore of the Forth. Both towns derive their name from the ferry service established by Queen Margaret in the 11th century, which continued to operate at the town until 1964, when the Road Bridge was opened.
Its population at the 2011 census was 9,026 based on the 2010 definition of the locality.
The Forth Bridge is a cantilever railway bridge across the Firth of Forth in the east of Scotland, 9 miles (14 kilometres) west of Edinburgh City Centre. It is considered as a symbol of Scotland (having been voted Scotland’s greatest man-made wonder in 2016), and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was designed by the English engineers Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker. It is sometimes referred to as the Forth Rail Bridge to distinguish it from the Forth Road Bridge, though this has never been its official name.
Construction of the bridge began in 1882 and it was opened on 4 March 1890 by the Duke of Rothesay, the future Edward VII. The bridge spans the Forth between the villages of South Queensferry and North Queensferry and has a total length of 8,094 feet (2,467 m). When it opened it had the longest single cantilever bridge span in the world, until 1919 when the Quebec Bridgein Canada was completed. It continues to be the world’s second-longest single cantilever span, with a span of 1,709 feet (521 m).
The bridge and its associated railway infrastructure are owned by Network Rail.
There is so much more to discover but what is more important there is so much more to discover about myself and that’s why I left my comfort zone in London through Bangkok to Edinburgh.