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Where My 5-Year-Old Fell in Love With Artichoke Soup: Edinburgh, Scotland

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 10.07.2015 | Taste
Helen I. Hwang

"I love this soup," exclaimed my five-year-old, as she greedily shoved another spoonful in her mouth. The scene of my girls' newfound favorite food wa...

Next Years Fringe Show

Sandy Thomas | Posted 09.28.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

Believe it or not, some people have already booked their venue for the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Steve McQueen and That Song

Sandy Thomas | Posted 09.10.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

Thank you dear friend, for helping me get this show right. It was such a luxury to get exactly what I wanted, instead of skipping the braces because of the expense. Every time I used them, it added to the specificity of Patty, making her real to me, and real to the audience.

In Scotland, Hospitality is King

Victor Dorff | Posted 09.10.2015 | Travel
Victor Dorff

The stately home at the core of Scotland's Isle of Eriska was a welcoming sight, standing at the end of a narrow road flanked by beautiful flowers and a variety of well-kept trees. The stress of flying across the Atlantic and driving across Scotland began melting away even before we had parked the car.

Side Effects May Include Drowsiness

Sandy Thomas | Posted 09.04.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

It's interesting that there are so many plays at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe that have a female serial killer as protagonist. It's the zeitgeist of this Fringe.

Singing Like Lulu

Sandy Thomas | Posted 09.04.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

If I could sing like Lulu to all of my friends and family who helped make this trip and this play possible, I would. Here goes.

More Than Five Minutes

Sandy Thomas | Posted 09.01.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

For most of the month, we've had five minutes (or less) to walk our suitcase and satchels into the theatre, dash behind the curtains and set out props, wigs and costumes for the show, do a sound check and zip me into my first (and largest) bridal gown.

Cautiously Pessimistic

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.28.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

There's two shows remaining for Macaroni on a Hotdog, and I have such mixed feelings about this adventure coming to a close. The sidewalks aren't as crowded now, and the prizes for writing and acting and whatnot have all been awarded. There must have been a clerical mistake.

The Saddest Underpants in Town

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.26.2015 | Comedy
Sandy Thomas

Today marks a change in the dynamic of our days. My mom, Janet Oian and our daughter Mabel, arrived here this morning. For three weeks, it's been Glenn and me, and our routine. Today, it all changed. Not better or worse, just different.

You're Pronouncing These 10 Places Completely Wrong

Thrillist | Posted 08.27.2015 | Travel

While Bruges can at least thank Colin Farrell for teaching the world that it rhymes with "rouge," countless other cities continue to suffer as people awkwardly botch their names.

Out of the Frying Pan...

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.25.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

Good news about my mom's suitcase. We got it back! But then this morning, they locked themselves out of their flat. Out of the frying pan...

I Have a Super Power

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.21.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

I have developed a super power while here in Edinburgh. The minute I put a stack of flyers in my hand and approach a stranger, there's a 75 percent chance I become invisible. Since I have no control over this invisibility, it cannot be depended upon.

Liver Pudding

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.19.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

I was able to walk to Fringe Central 2 in time for my 2 P.M. workshop and I'm so glad I got to be there. There was a lot of laughing involved.

Mid Fringe Meltdown

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.18.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

It's no surprise that we're halfway through our run, so there's also a panic that sets in, the feeling that there's a bunch of things you're missing forever, because you can't possibly see everything you want to see.

Important Shopping Information

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.18.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

Did I mention the play we saw yesterday had full frontal nudity? Yep. And they didn't even mention it on their flyers! A couple of un-circumcised willy's were on full view and it did make it hard to look anywhere else when they whipped them out.

Bridal Disco Is the Next Big Thing

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.17.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

urry in a Hurry was on our agenda for lunch, and we were able to fit in a nice walk to the French café on West Bow (by the castle) for supper. Carrot and fennel soup and an amazing veggie sandwich on toasted bread, was a perfect meal for a rainy Scottish evening.

10 Perfectly Preserved Ancient Cities That Are Stunning

Oyster | Posted 08.12.2015 | Travel

There's nothing better than waking up in a 13th-century building and imagining how many people have woken up, celebrated, or walked the halls of the very same place -- and it doesn't hurt to get to imagine it while still enjoy modern conveniences like air-conditioning and Wi-Fi.

Refuse the Oat Cake

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.12.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

Our show went fine today, and we had about 15 people. There was a brief moment of panic for me, when the pre-show music wasn't playing. There's no way for Glenn and I to communicate once we start the show.

50 Things To Do This Summer In Edinburgh

Viator | Posted 07.21.2015 | Travel

With the world's biggest arts festival and dozens of accompanying events, you're unlikely to get bored in the Scottish capital over the summer months. But just in case, here are 50 great things to do this summer in Edinburgh.

The Hidden 'Wild West Town' of Edinburgh, Scotland

Tom Moran | Posted 05.12.2015 | Travel
Tom Moran

Back in 2005, Ulla's Amazing Wee Blog announced that one of the most unusual urban oddities in the Scots capital may not be long for this world. But despite this decade-old warning, Edinburgh's quirky Wild West Town is still very much with us.

Playing Pac-Man and Other Great Feats at the Edinburgh International Science Festival

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 06.14.2015 | Entertainment
Helen I. Hwang

For this year's Edinburgh International Science Festival running until April 20, the theme is Ideas Factory, aptly named because there's a huge range of events for everyone.

Cellist/Composer Atzi Muramatsu and Choreographer Steinvor Palsson Perform in Edinburgh

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 05.04.2015 | Arts
Helen I. Hwang

When artists take over a public space, it's like watching magic. Not too long ago, a troupe of magnificent dancers choreographed by Steinvor Palsson and cellist Atzi Muramatsu roamed around the stone floor tiles of St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.

From Urbanizing to Urban, According to My Facebook Cover Page

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 03.08.2015 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

During a year filled with four trips abroad and two months away, many of my 2014 Facebook cover photos helped fill my yearly urban and exurban diaries.

Why the European Christmas Market Is Much Better than the American Equivalent -- the Shopping Mall

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 02.21.2015 | Travel
Helen I. Hwang

In a tradition that has stood for hundreds of years, the European Christmas Market is a throwback to what it was like to do anticipate the Winter Solstice long before the holidays became so commercialized, especially in America.

Running With Ghosts in Edinburgh

Natalie Compagno | Posted 01.18.2015 | Travel
Natalie Compagno

Edinburgh is haunted. Everyone knows that. Especially the spirits that linger year-round with no regard for the passing of All Hallows Eve and All Saints Day. I am in Edinburgh for a few days to enjoy its charms as well as ghouls.