We are finally on our way!
After the best weekend and biggest party of our lives, we are finally ready to kick back and relax. All the wedding planning, organising and clearing away was worth it in the end and we are over the moon with how our weekend turned out. In fact we were sad to leave Harvest Moon on Monday and there were watery eyes and tears as we got on our train back to Edinburgh. At least we have each other for an endless supply of hugs.
Our first new experience, whilst in Edinburgh, has been couchsurfing. Although we have been on couchsurfing for the past year, and hosted surfers from all over the world, we were yet to surf ourselves. Our first hosts were a lovely quirky retired couple living in the centre of Edinburgh. Staying with them, gave us a great base for getting the last few things sorted before we left the U.K. but also a place for adventures and discovering a few lesser known things about Edinburgh.
Aside from the boring jobs we spent a couple of hours meandering around Edinburgh and along the river Leith. To our surprise we captured a glimpse of something yellow as we crossed a bridge near Dean Village and were even luckier to capture a few shots of a bird neither of us have seen before. As it turned out it wasn’t a ‘greater yellow-bellied Leith dipper’ but a grey wagtail, and after a quick google we discovered a few exciting facts. Firstly, they are migratory birds who return to the U.K. each summer to breed, and are most commonly seen flying about grassland grazed by cattle. This along with their red status (less than 15,000 breeding pairs in Britain) made our sighting even more special. We spent a while watching the pair building their nest in a rocky crevice before we had to move on and buy some ingredients to cook dinner for our hosts.
Back at our hosts house the conversation seemed to flow easier than the first night which had seemed a little like hard work. We chose to cook a German speciality of Allgäuer Schnitzel with Spätzle. It seemed to go down very well and the chocolate fondant rounded it off nicely. The rest of the evening flew by chatting about couchsurfing, woofing and campervanning experiences. We thoroughly enjoyed our first couchsurf and are looking forward to using it again soon.
Unfortunately lots of journeys start with an early morning that follows a late night packing, so we left our hosts and Edinburgh with sleepy eyes. It’s a very surreal feeling to finally be on our way…
Now the travelling begins!