Edinburgh, Scotland

Bus rides and ship yards and train tunnels. The Counting House dinners with the longest bar in the world. Tiny little sailing boats resting atop domed roofs. Crowded Edinburgh streets, quilted men with dreadlocks, and screaming lines of policemen. Marching bagpipe bands, polish trumpets that rattle your bones, and the citadel military band bringing back the funk. Furry hats and stunted growth, military motorcycle stunts, and entirely too many fireworks. All at the Military Tattoo. Hiding in telephone booths for warmth while ringing out the pom-poms on your jacket, and a walk back in the refreshing Scottish mist in the early morning light.