At the Fringe again

Just returned home from a fantastic holiday for myself and Lucy in Edinburgh. We rented a flat in the middle of the city for nearly two weeks, and were able to see dozens of shows at The Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival, including the world’s largest Comedy festival.

This year, we went by train (via Crewe – cheaper than via Stafford). No long drive at top and tail of the holiday. Fantastic.

My last role in IBM before leaving in June was working on a proposal at RBS in Edinburgh. It was nice to return to the city after only a few months with a good memory of how to get around (built on from previous years) pretty fresh in my mind.

Out flat was rented through AirBnB, my first experience of using this community marketplace service for accommodation – plan to look for holiday sites elsewhere in the world in the future. We had great communications with the landlord who had only just finished a refurbishment of the flat and so we were the first occupants. We were about three minutes away from the Royal Mile, so were able to get to and from events with ease and take the odd break in flat if we needed it.

The Fringe was as magnificent as always. An added bonus was that our youngest daughter, having now completed her second year at Hull University, had so enjoyed her first experience at The Fringe the previous year (as a performer for a couple of weeks in a movement based performance she had helped put together) had got a job working at The Fringe for around six weeks. She was able to recommend many shows to us that we might well have missed otherwise.

Fantastic drama, brilliant comedy, wonderful dance makes for a perfect break for me. Fortunately, Lucy is like minded. Definitely returning.

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