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Glaciers melting in the dead of night

Hmmm so here I am, in all my glory ...

I changed my style to expressive, along with the rest of the livejournal community. It has options, which is neat.

Time with my Dad and Brendon was fantastic. Though I had both of them walking the length and width of Edinburgh daily, I'm pretty sure I managed to show them the Edinburgh that I know and love. Highlight was probably Tattoo, but we did a lot of stuff. Considered as a whole, it was the highlight of the year.

Shows I managed to catch during the festival:
- Jimeoin
- Wil Anderson (fucking awesome!!)
- Tony Robinson's Cunning Night Out (really disappointing)
- Songbird, Tribute to Eva Cassidy
- Frankie Boyle (Very, very good)
- Claire Hooper (Mmm so-so)
- Women with Standards (Highly recommended if you're female)
- Ali McGregors Opera Burlesque (awesome)
- La Clique (not as good as last years)
- Book festival closing Ceilidh (lots of fun, I wore my kilt)
- The Military Tattoo, of course.

Highlight of Tattoo was the NZ Brass band. Simply because they stopped midway through a song and did the haka.

Our trip is shaping up. The end of my stay in Edinburgh is drawing closer. The only questions that seem to remain for the three of us (me, Jess and Paul) is what Jess will do for two months after her work permit runs out mid-November; and what our itinerary will be in China. Oh and whether Jess and I will be able to afford it.

First tickets are being bought at the start of October (London -> Paris), and immediately after that I'll be booking the Moscow -> Beijing train.

I can remember my first ever "great train journey". Back in 1999, when I thought Ben Folds Five was the greatest band ever (no comments), I was still living with my parents. I was 21. I booked a train from Sarina all the way to Sydney after I'd bought tickets to go see them live. I contacted the only person I knew in Sydney, a guy called Chris (or "Z" as I liked to call him). He was 15 and we'd never so much as actually spoken. His parents said sure, I could stay. Plus, I got an extra ticket for him. (He wasn't a fan then but still is now)

After 38 hours straight travelling, I swore after the return journey I'd never take a train again.

Soon I'm going to embark on the biggest train journey I'll probably take. Ever.

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bbt
Sep. 8th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
haha ben folds five

*runs*
xian
Sep. 8th, 2006 02:46 am (UTC)
*death stare*
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