So I attempted to come up with a list of my 10 favourite experiences of my one-year stint in the UK, based on memorability and sheer enjoyment. (I think this list may vary depending on my mood, but at the moment, these stand. ^_^ ) I know I haven’t finished with blogging about the Lake District trip or the Fringe yet, but I’ll get to those another time.
10. Edinburgh Zoo (Trip #2)
Yes, what of it? I like animals, okay. And I say specifically my second trip there because (1) it wasn’t so cold and therefore the animals were more active, (2) I got to see the Penguin Parade, (3) I wasn’t so rushed, and (4) the company was better. haha
Learnt my lesson about spinning teacup rides but the rest of the day was pretty darn fun. Rollercoasterssssss!
8. Ceramic Painting
I only went three times, but enjoyed each immensely. Very much ‘me’ time and probably the only thing I was totally willing to go to alone. I can go alone to concerts and plays, but I usually enjoy them more when I have company. This, however, does not have that requirement. It’s just the paint, brushes, tea, iPod and me~
7. Edinburgh Science Festival
Cool stuff. Particular favourite events/days: The State of the Whale, 10 Things I Hate About Your Personality… and Mine + Spirit of the Wild photography exhibition (see pic above), the museum ‘backstage’ tours and the Ignobel Prizes.
5. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe
It sure made High Street a lot more interesting. And helped fill up my schedule for my final month in Edinburgh.
4. Edinburgh International Film Festival
This probably beats the Fringe just because of Sir Sean and Sir Patrick. And Toy Story 3.
Favourite parts/shows (from #1 favourite to #5): the Red Carpet of the Opening Gala, BAFTA Interview with Sir Patrick Stewart, Toy Story 3, Au Revoir Taipei, Lucky Luke.
3. Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo
It was frightfully cold, rained through half the Tattoo, and my fingers were just about frozen by the end of it but it was still quite a delightful experience. The New Zealand Army Band is cool. XD (Actually, I can’t quite make up my mind whether this or the film fest should come in at #3. I’m going to and fro on this. Hmmm. Call it a tie, maybe.)
2. Lake District
When one has spent the better part of the previous week traipsing around London all alone, and the weeks before that running up and down seeing films at the film fest, several days of tranquil getaway with good company feels absolutely lovely. And when you finish off the days with fun movies on DVD and hot chocolate… bliss.
1. The theatre
The thing I will probably miss the most about the UK.: the theatreeeee. All the musicals! ♥ ♥ I wouldn’t have enjoyed London half as much without the musicals, and though Edinburgh doesn’t have the constant cycle of large-scale musicals that London has, there were quite a few that came by there too. Beauty & the Beast, The Lion King, The Sound of Music, Les Miserables, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Oliver, Fame… And shows like Lord of the Dance, Stomp, the ballets… Worth every penny.