Saturday, October 16, 2010

Autumn in Edinburgh

This past week has been a typical autumn week here in Edinburgh. Every day the weather continues to be unpredictable. It reminds me a lot of Blacksburg in that you could wake up and it's sunny out side but by the time you get out of your building it is raining. The leaves are starting to change colors so it really makes for a nice walk around town if the weather cooperates. Nothing too major happened this past week, however I have started a new healthy living idea thanks to another blogger. I have been starting my morning's off with a Green Monster, and I have to say I have noticed a boost in my energy levels. If you check out the link above it will give you recipe ideas, and trust me they taste delicious. I have to admit, I was a little weary when I made my first one, however, the taste was worth it. Plus, I was able to great 3 servings of fruits and veggies in the mix!
Last night I went to see the new movie Life As We Know It with a few other staff members from the school. On my way to the movies, I had the privilege to see my first full rainbow! It was spectacular, and once I get the pics from my friend I will be sure to post. Going to the movies was very exciting for me because this was my first cinema experience in Scotland,  actually anywhere outside the USA, and it totally surpassed my expectations. The theatre was so nice, and the chairs we sat in were more like recliners. I really enjoyed the movie, and would recommend it to anyone who is into sappy romantic comedies. I also got to try a new restaraunt, a chinese place that was inside the theatre. The cinemas here cater to the whole evening out. The one we went to, the Omni, had around 5-10restaurants/pubs inside the building and showed around 20 new movies. I have to admit I really enjoyed some chinese food even if I am living here in Scotland.

This morning I decided to head out for a run in the park around my corner called The Meadows. It reminds me a little of Central Park and is a great way to get out and be active in the city. I haven't been able to get out and run since I have arrived, so it was really refreshing to be around all kinds of people while running. Their are rugby teams practicing, children playing soccer, and a lot of people out with their dogs. It so beats running on a treadmill at the gym! It's funny how the pain you feel when you are go back to running after a break is a good pain, reminding you of how you wish you'd never broken up with running in the first place. But, it's never to late to get back on the wagon, and with a park like the meadows right around my corner it is a good way to get out and enjoy the city in a new way. Tonight I have the privilege of attending my first "Hen Night". In Scotland, a bachelorette weekend is reffered to as a Hen and a bachelor weekend is a Stag. One of my co-workers is getting married in 3 weeks, and has invited me along to her Hen night. I am really excited to experience this tradition here and will be sure to blog about it once I have recovered tomorrow. It's a beautiful day out today, and the sun is shining. This is rare from what I have been told, so I guess for now I am off to enjoy the sunshine. Until next time, I will see you on the internet.

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