Tips to Tourist

It’s festival time here in Edinburgh and surrounding parts. That means that a few million people descend on the historical town to see and experience the delights of comedy, dance, music, theater, film, books and anything else that you can think of.

There’s a lot of benefits to the Edinburgh Festival aka the Fringe, aka oh F**k its august       already. Mostly its financial. The tourists normally bring in a lot of money to the city, after all there’s a few million people descend onto a town filled with pubs, restaurants, and hotels. It would be difficult not to make money out of something like that.

It also puts Edinburgh at center stage for culture and what people think of when they think of a festival.

However, most of the time the Council and authorities tend to forget about the residents and those of us who financially help the city for the other eleven months of the year.

The city heaves with people and an infrastructure that simply cannot cope with the amount of visitors with so many people who don’t understand how the city works.

So, here’s some top tips for tourists visiting Edinburgh for the Fringe.

  1. Rubbish – if you have rubbish put it in the bin. If the bin is overflowing don’t leave it beside the bin so that the gulls can eat it. Instead put it in your pocket and take it back to your accommodation.
  2. Transport – public transport is not there to provide directions for you. They are not tourist information points. In fact, there are tourist information points throughout the town so maybe rock up to them instead and they will be happy to advise.
  3. The Locals – this relates to tip two. Most places you visit are working towns and cities. The locals have places to be and work to do. They’re probably not totally enjoying the fantastic sights and sounds. More likely they’re trying to make it to their jobs, thinking about dinner or something else that would be considered mundane. So, try to avoid traveling during rush hour and don’t clog up the footpaths. After-all you probably have all the time in the world but if somebody misses their bus home it could be an hour before the next one.

So yeah, I think what I’m trying to get to here is be considerate when you travel and think about where you are and how you impact the place you’re visiting. Enjoy your travels but don’t be a jerk.


Surprise Halloween Post

It’s Samhain or Halloween.

My favorite time of year to be sure. The only time of year where its socially acceptable to dress up and take sweets off strangers. Also the spiritual element of change, rebirth and magic. The atmosphere, particularly in Edinburgh, is quite charged and it’s hard not to enjoy this old and new festival.

Tonight I shall leave you with a poem by Rudyard Kipling. I’ve taken it from here:

The Moon of Other Days

BENEATH the deep veranda’s shade,
When bats begin to fly,
I sit me down and watch—alas!—
 Another evening die.
Blood-red behind the sere ferash
 She rises through the haze.
Sainted Diana! can that be
The Moon of Other Days? 

Ah! shade of little Kitty Smith,
 Sweet Saint of Kensington!
Say, was it ever thus at Home
The Moon of August shone,
When arm in arm we wandered long
 Through Putney’s evening haze,
And Hammersmith was Heaven beneath
The moon of Other Days? 

But Wandle’s stream is Sutlej now,
And Putney’s evening haze
The dust that half a hundered kine
 Before my window raise.
Unkempt, unclean, athwart the mist
 The seething city looms,
In place of Putney’s golden gorse
 The sickly babul blooms. 

Glare down, old Hecate, through the dust,
And bid the pie-dog yell,
Draw from the drain its typhoid-term,
 From each bazaar its smell;
Yea, suck the fever from the tank
 And sap my strength therewith:
Thank Heaven, you show a smiling face
 To little Kitty Smith! 

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