Catch-update: Edinburgh

The first parts this update can be found here, then here, then here.

After arriving back to our hotel in Ratho, we spent the next day exploring Edinburgh. My mom spent a year studying at the university there, so she had some good suggestions of things to do in this lovely city.

One of the highlights of visiting the city: its cool and very historic castle. Photo credit: Mom.
One of the highlights of visiting the city: its cool and very historic castle. Photo credit: Mom.
Approaching the castle. Photo credit: Mom.
Approaching the castle. Photo credit: Mom.
Walking down the "Royal Mile" (the street between the castle and Holyrood Palace), we came across a pride parade going the other way! Photo credit: Mom.
Walking down the “Royal Mile” (the street between the castle and Holyrood Palace), we came across a pride parade going the other way! Photo credit: Mom.
Delicious vegetarian lunch at Henderson's, which would describe as the deli version of Moosewood, in Edinburgh. Photo credit: Mom.
Delicious vegetarian lunch at Henderson’s, which would describe as the deli version of Moosewood, in Edinburgh. Photo credit: Mom.
We climbed Calton Hill after lunch. Here's Nelson's Tower, modeled on the form of a telescope (that pokes you in the eye, apparently). Photo credit: Mom.
We climbed Calton Hill after lunch. Here’s Nelson’s Tower, modeled on the form of a telescope (that pokes you in the eye, apparently). Photo credit: Mom.
View from Calton Hill.
View from Calton Hill.
We saw this weird little "bathhouse" (actual purpose unclear) near Holyrood Palace.
We saw this weird little “bathhouse” (actual purpose unclear) near Holyrood Palace.
Also spotted: the very modern Scottish Parliament.
Also spotted: the incongruously modern Scottish Parliament.
We didn't go into Holyrood Palace, but we did stop to admire the plaid pants (sorry, trousers). Photo credit: Mom.
We didn’t go into Holyrood Palace, but we did stop to admire the plaid pants (sorry, trousers). Photo credit: Mom.
Ruins of an old church partway up Arthur's Seat. Photo credit: Mom.
Ruins of an old church partway up Arthur’s Seat. Photo credit: Mom.
Looking back at the city from the ruins.
Looking back at the city from the ruins. There’s a fire on Calton Hill! I promise we had nothing to do with it.
One of our last stops of the day was also one of the most important: stocking up on good Scotch!
One of our last stops of the day was also one of the most important: stocking up on good Scotch!
Bloody tourists. Photo credit: Mom.
Bloody tourists. Photo credit: Mom.
A nice view of the "New Town," which is the pretty, planned, historic area near the castle. Photo credit: Mom.
A nice view of the “New Town,” which is the pretty, planned, historic area near the castle. Photo credit: Mom.
Getting some sunshine on the castle on our way out of town. Photo credit: Mom.
Getting some sunshine on the castle on our way out of town. Photo credit: Mom.

We got up bright and early the next day, flew back to Heathrow, and I said goodbye to my parents as they flew back to the States while I took the train to Cambridge. I spent the last week, through this Monday, frantically writing my thesis, and now I’m getting ready for more experiments and my viva next Friday!

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