It’s always nice to see your friends – especially ones you haven’t seen in over a year.
This week, the down week between me getting back from Bamburgh and then jet setting it off to Italy to hang out with dead people (re: I’m taking an Osteology Course near Pompeii), I had one my best friends from American come and visit.
Mallory and I had suffered through *American High School* together so we’ve been through a lot. She had been in Ireland this summer working at the Trinity College Library in Dublin. She’s a pretty cool person doing European Studies with a focus on Museums at University right now.
She arrived late on the 22nd and I walked down to meet her at Waverly Station. After that I spend the next week showing her around the lovely city of Edinburgh. We went to lots of museums: The National Gallery, Portrait Gallery, and the National Museum. And drank a metric shit ton of coffee. One of our favourite activities is to sit at a coffee shop for prolonged periods of time and drink enough coffee to feel our hearts palpitating. Great fun.
We also explored plenty of *creepy* graveyards and went to the cat cafe where Mallory harassed a hairless cat wearing a hoodie.
And brunch! We went for brunch on multiple days. Brunch is one of our favourite activities.
Basically we’re already old ladies. We actually discussed the ‘Are you a Twenty Something Grandmother’ Buzzfeed quiz where we had both scored over 80%.
We also went to the Royal Botanical Garden on a particular sunny day. I’d never been before, having attempted multiple times but always getting lost and then somehow ending up in Leith with blistered feet… long story. The garden stretches over 72 acres and features a variety of plants. Some are very big.
On one of the rainy days we went to go see the new film Dunkirk. Mal and I sat in the corner and cried for the entire duration of the film. We are also both very frequent criers, especially if the topic includes anything historical.
But anyway, we had a great time. Not to be sentimental, but living abroad has really made me understand that I make friendships with people in different ways now. Since I don’t get to see many of my friends on a daily basis, I mostly communicate with them via social media or sometimes when I’m feeling really elderly I’ll send letters.
But, just because I don’t see a person as frequently as others doesn’t make that friendship any less important to me. It’s actually really incredible when I do go online and get to see what cool things my amazing friends are up to all over the world. It makes the world a much smaller and connected place and it just means that when I do get to finally see a friend it’s all the better. ❤