I went to Edinburgh on a whim, when my friend said that her travel buddies were all meeting up for a weekend. She asked me to tag along with her, and I jumped at the chance!
Scotland has been on my list of places to go for a long time now, and I am so happy to tick it off of my list. We went to Edinburgh because one of her traveling friends has moved there for a job, and the others lived in Glasgow and Aberdeen. It made more sense for 2 of us to go up, then for 3 of them to come down.

We decided to get the train. From Bristol to Edinburgh, it was a loooooong 6 hours, but the scenery certainly made up for it. The train was easy, all we had to do was sit there and it was a lot closer to the centre than the airport.

We got the 8.39am train from Bristol and arrived in Edinburgh at 3.32pm. We grabbed our over packed backpacks and met our friend outside the train station. We headed straight for food and went to a Indian that was highly recommended (it ended up not agreeing with me and my friend, so we were ill for the night!).
As it was a reunion of sorts, we didn’t do as much sightseeing as I would have liked (too hungover for that…!).

However, we did see things. We went shopping down the Royal Mile, which was full of cobblestoned streets, stone buildings and cute Scottish shops. We saw Arthur’s Seat, which is a mountain with a flat top that looks like… a seat! It is relatively easy to climb and gives you an incredible panoramic view of the city. Unfortunately we didn’t climb it, but I will definitely be returning to conquer this mini mountain! We saw the famous castle in all its glory too.


Last night I went out for dinner and cocktails with a friend, before watching Years & Years perform at the Bristol O2 Academy.
After hearing my friends and family rave about Turtle Bay's Caribbean flavoured food and exotic cocktails, I knew we had to indulge ourselves.

First. we started with a 'Bahama Mama', which contained Koko Kanu, banana liqueur, pineapple juice and grenadine to give it the red hue. It was delicious! Not too strong, but it was definitely an adults drink! 
One we downed this one, we went for a 'Tease Me' which was literally a dessert in a glass! White rum, Tia Maria, banana liqueur, cream, fresh banana and coconut filled this glass, and it was heaven. I could picture myself sitting on a white sand beach in the Caribbean, surrounded by coconut trees and the ocean..... enough of that daydream!

Then came my favourite time of the day - food! With incredible dishes to choose from, it was really hard to narrow it down to one! I went with the 'Double Dipped Steak', which was a grilled and marinated jerk steak,dribbled with a green seasoning, a sweet onion chutney, rustic sweet potato fries and a west Indian 'slaw. Yes, it tasted even better then it sounds!!!
I like my steaks medium, and it was cooked to perfection. Cooked, but still some blood seeping out into the gorgeous juices - it's making my mouth water just thinking about it!
The marinade gave the meat a spicy kick, and the green seasoning and onions topped it off to perfection.
The slaw was perfect, and the sweet potato fries were crunchy on the outside, soft on the outside and wonderfully sweet.