Saturday, August 22, 2009

Edinburgh is a good place.

Lots of people have been saying "cheers love" in the comments lately, and I wonder if it's because I said I liked it in the blog entry I wrote on the train? xD
I love you guys.

This blog is so up and down, it's hilarious.

Yesterday was amazing.

I got up and first I went to Eia's class in her living room with her, and it was fun. I gave a good example for one of the things they were talking about from Lord of the Rings and felt smart. xD

Then at 2 I met my friends from my study abroad course at the Waverly bridge and wandered around with them for a bit. We went and got crepes at the Grassmarket and I honestly can't believe that was my first crepe experience. It was alright.. I just had cinnamon and sugar. Next time I'll spring for jam or something a little more exciting.

I'm not proud of the next thing I did, but I don't really care.
I called Liam and had him come meet me at the crepe stand, and instead hanging out with my friends, I just kind of ditched them and spent the afternoon in Edinburgh with him. It was really nice - I needed to talk to him about stuff and he was wonderful at listening and saying all the right things, so I was happy for that. We were going to take cliché dailybooth pictures together but we completely forgot... maybe we'll remember today. :)

I really like Edinburgh. I told Liam that I liked it better than London - and it's true. I wish I could spend more time here, because it's all around prettier, and smaller, and even with the festival going on I felt like it was less crowded and more friendly.
Maybe I also like it because there aren't as many little reminders of everything that went wrong about this trip here as there are in London, but I honestly just think this city is beautiful.

I was meeting Eia and her friends at a theatre at 6 to see the Grind Show, which is the show that the other UW students are doing here, so Liam walked me to the venue and hung out with us right up to when the show started.

The show was the weirdest thing I have ever seen. It was like, 2 parts creepy, 1 part confusing, 1 part offensive, and 3 parts just.... strange. I'm glad I saw it though. I was kind of mad at my other London friends because I invited them and they decided not to go, which was rude I thought - why not support your school in another country? Who cares if the show gets bad reviews, we were going to get free tickets anyway and the point of the Fringe festival is to see weird shows.
Oh well.

After the show Eia and I and her friend Katherine went to get Indian food and all we could find was this ridiculously expensive place, where the service was bad and our tablecloth was dirty - but the food was so good that we honestly didn't really care. I introduced them to the wonder that is tikka masala and Eia tried out phad thai in Scotland - interesting combination.
Oh oh we also went to the Elephant House Cafe, which is the "birthplace of Harry Potter", so that was very exciting. We had these massively marshmallowy hot chocolates and I got to soak in the feel of JK Rowling... all I want to do is take my laptop back there and try to work on my story. :)

The best part of the night was definitely the end, when we all met up at the Three Sisters, which is the bar that Liam works at. It was a lot bigger than I expected, and it was a lot of fun! I kept catching him dancing behind the bar and he would turn red - Min, you're a lucky woman, your boyfriend is adorable.
He was discounting our drinks, which was nice, but eventually it got too hot by the bar so we went around back to find a place to just dance. I haven't danced in a long time and it felt really fun to just get sweaty and yell at each other over the music.
There was this bachelor party going on so lots of guys were dressed in women's clothing, which was cracking us all up.

This other guy starting dancing pretty close to Katherine and I, and taking heed everything I've been warned simultaneously about british boy, and boys in bars in general, I was wary of him, but he stuck around long enough for me to actually chat with him for awhile and he was really nice. He was visiting Edinburgh for the festival for the weekend (just like me!) but he was from... I still don't know what city he was saying.. something small and on the eastern coast of England. Nor-something. He bought me a drink and told me he thought I was cute because I was the only girl dressed in jeans and he saw me knock over a glass (Liam told us sometimes they have to switch from glass to plastic when things get too crazy - he does it because of people like me! I'm so ashamed) and that he thinks clumsy girls are the best kind of girls. Maybe these were all pick up lines, but he seemed genuine enough so I let him buy me that drink, and Katherine and I ended up talking to him for a lot of the night about literature, health reforms, and other incredibly nerdy, not bar-talk things at all.

There was one point in the night where we were dancing and I told him I liked his moves (because he was perhaps nerdier than I am) and he did this sort of awkward pull me close thing while saying "Well I like you" and I kind of panicked, in a "this-is-way-too-soon" sort of way... but that was the only sort of weird part of the night.

I'm assuming that many of you have probably deduced that I am not having a strange time in the UK merely because my program isn't everything I wanted it to be and that my symptoms more resemble that of a broken heart... I guess meeting a random English boy in a bar in Scotland and having him buy me a drink was event enough for me to admit that much. You blog commenters are wonderful, and I can't even begin to explain how thankful I am of all the lovely things you've been saying.. a lot of you always sort of write yourselves off as "complete strangers", and I suppose you are, but if I didn't trust you with my secrets I wouldn't write about them here in the honest way that I do.

So basically, Edinburgh is good medicine for what's been going on in my life, it's felt nice to leave London behind with all the memories I have stored there, and while things definitely aren't amazing yet, it's getting a little easier every day.

I only have 4 days of classes left and then I am staying with Emma for awhile, so there is always something to look forward to. :)

Days until I leave: 32
Times I've had Indian food: 7


Michael said...


Georgia said...

Could the city the English guy was from be Norwich?
I love Endinburgh too, it's probably my favourite place in the world. I live about an hour away and I'm planning to go to uni there (:
If you have time, you should definitely go to The Edinburgh Dungeon, it's really creepy!

Joy said...

Haha, I selfishly enjoy you being in England/Scotland because it means I'm in the same time zone as you :oP Means that I usually get to read your blogs before all the Americans get to, haha! Makes me feel special somehow... :o)

I'm glad that Edinburgh is helping you enjoy the trip more at the moment... I had pretty early on deduced what was going on, and I'm just glad that you're not alone - that you have good friends even on this side of the world that you can chat to and spend time with and distract you from 'life'.

Us blog commenters do care! :o) Thanks for being trusting and honest and valuing us even if we are 'strangers'...

Hannah said...

I'm really pleased that Edinburgh is helping to cheer you up - we like happy Kristina!

And I'm glad that you have such good friends and don't only have to rely on the kindness of us strangers :) but as Joy said, thank you for being so trusting with people who are just names on a webpage.

Elizabeth... said...

It would be hard for us not to seem like strangers seeing as all you see is a name and a tiny photo but our words are an attempt to remove ambiguity.
I think you're being incredibly strong and I admire your tenacity so much, I'm glad you're still able to have such a good time considering.

Many <3's to you.

Elly said...

Kristina, you are properly beautiful, inside and out. Please remember that :)

As for the memories you don't want to remember, I always find it useful to revisit the places with those memories attached, and do something stupid with my friends :) think of it as the overwrite function in real life.

Again, chin up! <3

Christina said...

I know how one part, albeit a big part, of your London experience can ruin the whole trip, but I'm glad that you are trying your best to not let it affect the rest of trip :). I hope all goes well and HAVE FUN.

And now because of your blog, I really, REALLY want to go to Edinburgh.

Oh, and cheers love. (:

Gina said...

I'm so sorry about the heartbreak Kristina. *Hugs*
But I have to say how much I've been admiring you the past few days. You may be going through a really crappy time but you always find something good about your day to write about, you always stay positive-- I know I couldn't do it!
I also wanted to say that I know how hard it can be to have an amazing opportunity like being in London and feeling like you have to make the most of it, but don't stress about it! You'll have more fun if you don't worry about having fun :).
Hang in there. <3

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you're having some fun :) This trip sounds like such an awesome opportunity to explore and meet people and try new things, and it's awesome that you aren't letting the bad things that are going on take that away from you. I bet you'll have a blast overall, even if parts of the trip are...less than ideal.

As for being cryptic, don't even worry about it. Your faithful blog readers know you'll talk about it if/when you want to, which is all that matters.

Also, I second whoever said this post made them want to go to Edinburgh.

BenCracknell said...

It's about time an all!
Maybe the guy was from Norwich, Norffolk? Either way, that's near me!
Is it strange that im getting excited ebcuase someone that lives near me met you :/
I think so, but if ever you feel the ubsured need to visit him, make sure to post about it and ill be there in a flash!

x x x

Chelsea said...

Heartbreak sucks. No way around it, but what you will remember from this trip will be the amazing experiences that you have with your friends. I am glad you aren't letting those opportunities pass you by. I am sure you can tell that we are all sending good thoughts your way, but nothing can heal the broken heart except time...though Scottish boys don't hurt;)

SlytherinSweetie said...

That sounds like loads of fun! Never had a crepe before though....

And Liam sounds like such a sweetheart. =] And thanks Kristina, I feel really special about the fact that you trust us enough to write about your secrets and stuff. That's amazing. ^^

And as for the heartbreak thing- I send you massive hugs. Aaaaand a cookie. ^^ And I'm really glad you aren't letting it affect the rest of your trip.


Caitlin said...

I'm glad you're happier today (or yesterday? I didn't check the time of this post...). Is it weird that it worries me when you're upset? I dunno, I know even though you don't know me, I still feel like I know you...or does that sound creepy? You know what I mean, like.

I've never been to Edinburgh, but I'd love to. Reading your blog made me really want to go, as well as watching Trainspotting yesterday!

Glad you're feeling better, love (:

ruthlovesmovies said...

That's weird, I was also waiting for a friend on Waverly Bridge in Edinburgh at around that time yesterday! Don't think I saw you though. Think Edinburgh is the perfect place to escape from it all- we were just there for the day, and missed our show and got soaked in the rain, but had lots of fun hanging out in the park :)

So sorry about the heartbreak :( Sending big virtual hugs your way. It's horrible when bad things happen when you're away from home, but I'm glad you've had a lot of UK friends around you to try and make things better. Hope the trip gets easier and more fun :)

Lauren said...

That sounds like so much fun! I want to go!!

I tend to get creeped out when boys do that sort of thing, but I'm glad he was nerdy and nice. :)

I love you a lot.

Little Miss Sunshine(: said...

im really really glad youre having a good time in Edinburgh(:
just try not to think about your broken heart.
im sure Liam will be lots more help(:
cant wait to see you guys camwhore haha.

cheer up, "love" :P


Stefan said...

bars weird me out. I'm glad I never really had to go to one to awkwardly hit on girls.. it would have been a disaster.

Ariel said...

That was your first crepe?! Gasp! Try a strawberry one sometime; they're amazing.
I'm glad you had a fun day. =]

Phyllis said...

I definitely want to do to Edinburgh now! and have Indian food. I've never had it, but you make it sound like its some hidden treasure of deliciousness.

Glad your having fun

Mairead said...

I am so glad that yesterday was a better day for you. I love reading your blog because it makes me feel like I was actually there, even though I have only been in london for 9 hours in my life. I really admire you, and I ope the rest of you UK trip is even better than it was yesterday.


partyweetow said...

Oh, Kristina. Even though I don't know you in real life, I so just want to give you a hug right now.

Also, I always find it completely unnerving when guys go from acting like a normal person to acting all "smooth" and "suave." (I'm not sure why I put those in quotes.) I like people to be just like their normal self, nothing else. Maybe it's just me, I don't know.


It's funny how you say you tell us your secrets when you have 800+ followers, but I understand that since only a small part of us regularly comment on your blog :) It feels nice to hear you say that. Well, read, but you get the picture.

I'm so sad to hear you have a broken heart... It's one of the worst feelings in the world, it's not nice to know other people are feeling it. I really am sorry things aren't working out.

Glad you had a nice time in Edinburgh with Liam and hope you cheer up while you're back in London :) Cheers, love ^.^

Ravenclaw2313 said...

Edinburgh is lovely. I'm glad you are enjoying your time there. I suggest you take some time to just walk the streets, you never know what you will find. Walking around you can just feel why being there made JK Rowling invent Harry. Also enjoy the shows, weird is what it's all about.

On the heart break side, *hugs*. I've been there. My most recent ex is someone I have to see almost once a week and that was incredibly difficult at first. All of campus is filled with memories. I echo what Elly said above; go to places and make new memories.

Cheers love.

eibbore said...

I am so glad your enjoying Edinburgh.

Your a good writer and I enjoy reading your thoughts. You don't have to trust us with anything. I wish I could afford to go to Summer In The City so I could say hi IRL.

Cheers love!

Britty said...

Oh darling Kristina, I'm glad to see you feleing a little better. I know in my life when things are going out the poop tube, I try and find one thing today that was better than yesterday. I'm glad to see you are one of those people, you are dealing well with poise and grace.

We all love you and are all falling in one HUGE group hug with you right in the center. You are amazing and never forget that.

Cheers love!

Emily said...

Aw, I'm so sorry, Kristina! <3 Heartbreak sucks. A lot. But Liam sounds really sweet, and I'm so glad you have him and Eia to cheer you up. There's nothing better than a few good friends when you really need them. It looks like you're having a lot of fun in Edinburgh. I really hope the rest of your trip keeps looking up and you're able to have fun in London too, despite the memories there you may not want to be reminded of.
We, your faithful blog readers, love you and want you to be happy! <3

smorasnki77 said...

i'm glad you can share all your secrets honestly with us, the somewhat strangers that we are. :]

RhianonLives said...

Kristinaaaa !! Yay, awesome blog today, made me happy =)
I'd kind of guessed what was going on, I think a lot of us had. You had all the typical symtoms that we've all experienced, the life-suckiness, the association of places with emotions, and all that!
So amazing that you met a smart nerdy boy in a bar_ did you get his e-mail address?? Dancing the night out is always such a good remedy for sadness, especially if you have amazing friends to keep you company.
Oh, someone mentioned the time zone thing, and I have to say I feel the same way! Whenever I read your blog, I look at the time (5.30!) and I think, "she must be doing this or that" xD
I woof you, Kristina! Have loads of fun today!

Mimi Meila said...

I hope you have the time of your life when you get back to London and you should because you deserve it. Your awesome and don't ever forget it!

Al said...

I'm so jealous that you and Liam got to meet each other. That would be way fun.
Aside from the broken heart it sounds like you're having a good time... at least in Edinburgh. Things will get better!

Anonymous said...

Okay, so for the heartbreak. I have some tape, and I have some glue. Take your pick. :)
But in all seriousness, I'm glad your feeling better and especially that Edinburgh is helping. If it helps, there's a little girl in the USA who is completely jealous of the things you are doing. Your completely awesome, and I hope things go your way soon. :)

Krazy_4_Kelly said...

Way to find the nerdiest boy who would go to a bar. It's as if you both have your radars set to find nerds XD

I'm so sorry you're heartbroken. At least you're starting to have fun! It sounds like you had an awesome day and you are really making me want to try Indian food...If I go, I will be sure to try tikka masala.

I love that you're having fun and hope you have so many amazing memories to take with you from this experience. Cheers love <3

Anonymous said...

<3 I just want you to know that we care, and even when we have problems of our own, we will be there for you if you let us. Have fun with Liam!

omgitslouise said...

I'm glad you had an awesome time in Edinburgh, us Scots are good at curing broken hearts :]
I love Edinburgh, it's definitely one of my favourite cities ever. :] <3<3

Kasey said...

Hearts and love and hugs to you, Kristina. You are a wonderful and beautiful person and I truly hope you have more experiences dancing and laughing with friends to help you feel

aimée-louise said...

aah, scotland.
we're the best aren't we? ^-^

glad you're starting to feel better; take your time, gorgeous-features.

love from the shire - technically ayrshire, but the shire sounds much more jokes, no?


Indigo said...

I'm glad you're having a great time Kristina, you deserve it <3

Juliana said...


And what doesn't kill you, will make you stronger...cheesy and cliched but so so true.

Hope it only gets better.

Cody Hotel said...

Norfolk was the first city that I thought of, but I'm not sure if that's on the coast or not.

I love that you talk about nerdy things in bars, it makes me feel like my friends and I aren't the only ones :) We usually end up discussing politics, ethics, fundamental values of human nature, philosophy, but most often we start doing differential calculus and talking about theoretical physics xD

I'm glad that Edinburgh is making you feel better, even saying the word always makes me giggle a bit.

Cheers Love!

Hans said...

I rec. chocolate and cheese crepes!! I know, sounds awful, but it really works. hehe. Looks like Edinbur-uh is working for you, & shame about your friends not taking the free tickets to the show, I love stuff like that! xx

Sam said...

Hmm. I don't know what to say that everyone else hasn't, so I'll just reiterate the fact that we all love you and are glad you're having some fun! Keep finding fun things to partake in :D
And I definitely want to go to Edinburgh now :D It sounds absolutely lovely!

Again, I'm glad you are having some fun and hope that things get better soon :) Keep on being amazing and strong.

<3 Sam

Scott said...

I'm so glad you're happy. A wonderful girl like you shouldn't be upset - you're in England! You'll have all the time in the world to be upset when you return to the mecca of capitalism, deep frying and gun shows. <3

Nicola said...

Chicken tikka masala was actually invented in Glasgow, but so far as anyone knows, no 2 restaurant/family's recipes are the same. So you're actually pretty close to the source! ;) said...

I'm glad you're having a slightly better time.

When you get back to London, and if you still feel crappy, go to Covent Garden for the afternoon and spend an hour in David and Goliath.

Then watch the awesome String Quartet!! They're called Bowjangles <3 And try and spot famous people!!

I'm sure it'll get better soon!!

*virtual huggles*

AWhatFighter? said...

I'm glad that you can trust us, love. That just shows how much of a wonderful person you are, entrusting your feeling to people that you don't know at all. I hope the heartbreak heals soon and you can enjoy yourself more than ever. He doesn't know what he is missing. <3333333

Olivia said...

I'm so glad you had a good time in Edinburgh! It's one of the places I most want to visit.

I always feel a little weird commenting on your blog because you don't "know me", so I'm really glad you aren't creeped out by my well-wishes. I do mean them in a genuine, completely non-creepy/stalker-y way.

Yay! for classes ending. Hope you have fun with Emma.

KateyMatey said...

I'm glad you're smiling again, things can only get better right? I can honestly say you're a big inspiration to a lot of us readers :)

Oh, and I've never had/even heard of a crepe, been to London or Edinburgh, or had Indian food...You're more British than me :/

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kira902k said...

So, I just read through a bunch of comments on this blog, and they've already said what I was planning to. But I'll say it anyways.

First of all, Edinburgh sounds amazing, and although I have only been to London once, it is my favourite city. I'll be sure to visit Edinburgh next time I'm there though.

I'm happy that you are managing to still have fun despite the heartbreak, and I very much admire you for that strength.
Hold in there!

-a random stranger
haha <3

Katy said...

Reading this blog cheered me up.

Also, clumsy people are hilarious to be around in general.

Anonymous said...

aw that's just LOVELY, (hehe, there's that word again, sorry, can't help myself,) meeting up with Eia and some friends and hanging out. Glad Liam could listen to you and your problems, I suppose seeing any Youtuber you can somewhat relate to them. (Even more so if they're a nerdfighter/friend!)
No matter about your hard times I hope you enjoy yourself. Again, I've ALWAYS wanted to go Britain as a young child, and finding that country magical, I do believe you can find magic in the most unexpected times.

Anonymous said...

I studied abroad in Edinburgh all last year. It's a great city. Although the first time I went out I was hit on by two drunken guys. One was dressed as Lara Croft and the other as a werewolf. Not sure I fancy another experience like that. :S From what I've read, things may not be too ideal in London but it seems like you have some great friends fairly close by.

P.S. Spicebox on Pleasance has really great Thai takeaway if you're in the mood for a change. :P

Anonymous said...

God, you're so strong Kristina. I'm so glad that you're having a nice time in Edinburgh... Alex doesn't know what he's missing out on because you're pretty, smart, kind and hilarious. He deserve a good punch in the kisser for hurting you. He's not worth your time, love. Enjoy your trip with your friends (and Scottish boys!) and fill us in on your many adventures!

Meghan said...

I loved Edinburgh when I went there too. It is a really awesome city and it has this sort of charm to it! I got so excited when you said that you went to the Elephant House Cafe because I went there too! I sat in this really awesomely strange elephant chair that just made my day :-)

I'm sorry things haven't been working out the way you planned them, but sometimes, as cliche as it sounds, when one door closes, another one opens :-) Have fun and live it up while you're over there. I know you'll miss it as much as I did after I left! I'm so jealous that you're there right now it's not even funny!

Just remember your readers and your viewers are always there for you! (the ones that matter anyway ;-) <3)

mollygrace said...

So I live near London but I visit Edinburgh every year for the festival. It is my favourite place in the UK and I always feel safe there, even late at night. Besides that, it is beautiful. The thing I love about the festival is the fact that everyone feels more friendly and open at that time of year, and you can have amazing conversations with strangers, like you did!
The first time I found the Elephant Cafe I got so excited, and there was lots of 'JK Rowling basking' and photo taking with my friends.
As for the things that are upsetting you, I am sorry, and I hope that soon you will feel ok. i admire you because you are so strong and always find something positive and amusing to talk about.
The people around you sound like they are supporting you greatly and I'm glad of that. Enjoy the trip, and I hope you have as much fun on the rest of it as you seem to be having in Edinburgh.

Rivvy said...

<3 Next time you try Indian food, go for the Malai Kofta if they have it on the menu. I love Indian food, too and this is my favorite dish!

I wish boys didn't suck so bad but they do. Hopefully this trip to Edinburgh and Dublin will help put you in the frame of mind that you wanted to be in for this trip the whole time. Remember that you wanted to do this long before the boy came into your life. ;)

Thank you for letting us into your awesome life, even if it is just through typed words!

A said...

Cheers love!

VicMorrowsGhost said...

A mate of mine picked up a girl in a pub in Scotland. She took him back to her place for a little romance. Problem was she lived in a caravan... with her parents. D:

Keep on smiling luv.
<3 #hug

Sarah said...

I really hope you'll feel even better soon.
And as one of those strangers who comments once in a while, I would like to add that we care about you, and though it might be a bit strange, we worry.
I'm glad the day was good ^^,

I hope you're feeling brighter by the time of the Youtube gathering, but even if you're not I'm excited to see you.

Cheers love ^^,

HarryPotterNERDFIGHTER said...

Ok Id deduced that you two had broken up. But I so wanted to be wrong.
Im really sorry Kristina, You're so lovely and all I wanna do is give you a hug right now :( *Hug*

But Im so so glad Edinburgh is helping to heal your wounds.

Much Love <3

BeatriceMoose said...

Mmm. Crepes are delicious! There's a pretty good crepe stand outside of the Convention Center in Seattle. I've only had the lunch crepes there before, but they are excellent!

You're a beautiful girl inside and out, don't let any heartbreak get you down too much <3

- Julia

Mush said...

so yeah the heartbreak thing is sucky to be sure. But you're pretty awesome for getting on with things and trying to make the most of your trip to britain. And you got to go to Edinburgh - which is by far and away the best city I've ever had the pleasure to visit. Honestly it's one of the few places that I would actually leave my hometown for in the morning if opportunity should arise. You rock : )

Oletha said...

Edinburgh sounds wonderful, a couple of my friends who went up there for a weekend said everyone was generally friendlier up there so it might be worth going back if you have a spare few days. :) <3

Manderiffic said...

Since watching your videos and reading your blog the last couple of days I really feel like I'm getting to know you. I know this entry is from a couple of months ago, but my heart goes out to you. You cry I cry you laugh I laugh. Oh the strange little internet world we all live in.

NatalyaRaven said...

Ha! I only started reading your blogs in January 2010 and I was a bit down today so I went back and read all of your old blog posts i've never read. I got to this one, and when you said about the English boy forn Nor-somewhere in the East of England I started smiling like mad! I live in Norwich! :) Thanks Kristina for cheering me up, you and your blog are truly awesome.