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Dear Diary: The Weekend #33

Last weekend I had the utmost pleasure of seeing one of my oldest friends get married to a wonderful man who makes her more incredibly happy than I have ever seen her in the time I’ve known her. (We calculated that our friendship was now an adult at the ripe old age of 18!)

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Bright and early I hopped on the train from Aberdeen where I’d been seeing friends and family for a couple of days – the weather was truly horrendous and I was slightly worried as to what it would be like later but I needn’t have been. By the time I arrived the sun was shining giving me that glorious first peek at the castle as I emerged from the station.

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I took a brief meander through Princes Street Gardens before catching a bus to my friends flat where I would be spending the night – no five-star hotel reviews for you this week I’m afraid! The groom was in full action mode and it was quite interesting to see exactly what happens pre-wedding from the male perspective!

Having changed into my glad rags, myself and couple of the other guests caught another bus to the zoo. One thing I can say for Edinburgh is that the public transport is excellent. The busses are a flat fare of £1.50 or £3.50 for a day ticket and seem to be clean, punctual and take you everywhere – no need to fork out for expensive cab fares here.

The zoo is a brilliant place to visit and one of my favourite places in the city.

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Given the special significance of the zoo to the couple it was simply perfect for them.

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The weather held out and there was beautiful sunshine for the pictures, one of the pandas even graced us with its presence during our allocated slot.

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The wedding was book themed and we were each given a personally selected book as wedding favours.

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It was such a lovely day and of course nice to catch up with friends I don’t see often enough (some of whom I haven’t seen since leaving school ten years ago!) especially Sharon and Andi who are planning their own wedding and throwing some shapes on the dance floor with my old dancing bud Linzi!

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I honestly don’t think it could have been more perfect for them if it tried. Thankfully I wasn’t too hungover on the Sunday and I was up and out bright and early to see what the delights of Edinburgh could offer me. After a quick brunch I took a brief detour into the Scottish National Gallery which was is free.

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If you’re into art it’s definitely worth a peek at. However for me, no trip to Edinburgh is complete without a visit to the Elephant House.

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Famed for being where J.K. Rowling penned parts of the Harry Potter novels I love to while away an hour or so in their with a hot chocolate and a notebook. I wrote a thousand words of my novel which isn’t a lot but it’s still progress! The toilets took me quite by surprise and I do wonder how JK feels about it…

Back off on my travels I said hello to Greyfriars Bobby.

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Then popped in to the Museum of Scotland. I’d never been here before and I really loved it. There was so much to see and do and there was even a science festival happening where I got to see the Mars rover. How cool is that? Definitely somewhere you should check out if you’re in the area. It’s free too!

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All too soon it was time to hop on the bus to the airport and catch my flight to London. Hopefully I’ll be back again soon and won’t leave it two years between visits this time!

How was your weekend? Any exciting plans for this one?

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