Tuesday - Day 12ish

It's been a few days since I've written so let me catch you up! My friend Joanie came to visit and arrived on Friday. We've been busy running around and seeing the sights. And man, have we been running! We saw a bunch of shows and even took in a rugby match! Joanie wanted to see a bona fide rugby game and we decided it would be culturally very important so we headed to a field not far from where I'm staying and watch the Leith team play the Lismore team. We were totally confused by the rules but quickly looked them up and asked many questions to the people supporting the opposing team. They were slightly annoyed because we kept saying, "Did we just score again?" They kept sighing, "Yes." It was a lot of fun and so much more interesting than American football because the ball stays in play for so long. It keeps getting passed and rolled and kicked and turned over. There are no shoulder pads or helmets so people are more careful when they tackle and have to tackle using their hands, not just their shoulders. It seems more human because you can see everyone's faces, and although they do wear mouth guards, they seem to be more aware of their opponents' (and their own) heads.

Joanie and I pictured with Doug Watters, a highly celebrated player on the Leigh Rugby team.

Joanie and I pictured with Doug Watters, a highly celebrated player on the Leigh Rugby team.

Joanie and I also took a nice hike up to Arthur's Seat which is the very tippy top of a big hill (or tiny mountain). It took about an hour to get to the top, but the views were SO worth it! You get a 360 view of the city and you can see the sea! We were mesmerized by the sea and decided to walk down the hill toward the sea. It took us 2 hours, but we made it and touched the cold water of the North Sea as dark settled in. We were hoping for some seafood as a reward but it was Sunday night and everything closed early. Wah! :( We found ourselves in the small beach town of Portobello, hungry but triumphant and finally found an Indian takeout place.

How's the show going? Oh, it's still going strong. I've hit my stride with my flyers - I have stickers now that have quotes from my 4-star reviews and when I pass them out, it's a new source of pride. One woman who I gave a flyer to in passing today said, "Oh, I read the review. It's on our list!" That made me feel very happy.

A friend who is a native of Edinburgh (who told me about the festival in the first place and hooked me up with a place to stay) is also in town and brought her parents to the show yesterday. Many thanks to L! And the fellow we're staying with also brought his mom and sister yesterday so it was a sort of family meetup/reunion and we went to lunch afterwards. It was grand! Many of us ordered fish & chips (gluten free!) and Joanie got to interview real Scots about their views on succession from England. 

Lunch with Scottish friends old and new.

Lunch with Scottish friends old and new.

There is yet another guest of honor who arrived in town today...my MOM! She flew for 10.5 hours. Stayed awake (mostly) for almost 30 hours straight. Okay she dozed a little on the plane but what a trooper! She made it. And we're going to paint this town red (as soon as she sleeps off her jet lag). Mom will probably see the show this Thursday. And my last show will be Saturday. Today marks my 8th show - 4 to go! I can't believe I got through that many already. It's been a very positive experience. I'm really happy I came to Edinburgh.

Joanie - almost at the summit of Arthur's Seat.

Joanie - almost at the summit of Arthur's Seat.

Almost at the top!

Almost at the top!

The TOP! 

The TOP! 

The cat we met along the road toward the sea. She followed us for a awhile. The most charming Scottish cat I've met so far!

The cat we met along the road toward the sea. She followed us for a awhile. The most charming Scottish cat I've met so far!