Several trips I made to Edinburgh with my family as a young child involved an afternoon in the Royal Botanic Gardens. To a small child those vast, exotic gardens were an exciting place to let the imagination run wild.
With adulthood and my undergraduate studies I was on the wrong side of town to return to the Botanics. The Meadows or Arthur’s Seat on the South Side were more convenient spots of greenery for relaxation or sport.
Of course, now I am staying on the North Side, able to see the Firth of Forth from my street. My daily pedal home involves a freewheel down from Princes Street, passing by the Botanics near the halfway point. Well, with summer officially happening in Edinburgh, I got the craving for outdoor greenery, sunbathing and fresh air (much as I love the wafting aroma of coffee from my local coffeeshop interiors).
You might think I’m too old to find magic in a garden. Well…I believe there’s magic in everything if you know how to look for it.
As an adult the Botanic gardens are no longer an endless expanse, they are compact enough to get around in an hour. Taking the time to appreciate all the hidden corners and secret places? Ah, that’s going to take a little bit longer…
It is on days like this I’m glad that I’ve got this time in Edinburgh (that I hadn’t even expected to receive) before I commit to my PhD in the Garden State. Even better, that the weather (and city) has treated me kindly.
Keeping my fingers crossed for more beautiful days and more local adventures.