You know how last week I said I’d take more photos in London this week? I failed. All these photos are from my weekend up in Edinburgh. Jake has been working there for the last month but he finished on Friday, so I took the train up on Friday evening and we spent the weekend seeing shows and eating everything in sight. I really want to follow that with about ten beaming emojis because I am so happy to be reunited after around six weeks apart, give or take a night here and there, and heading back to London on the train together as I write this.
As far as this week went, the big news is that I passed my exam! I was very nervous about failing, so it was a big relief. While this exam is seen as the entry level financial qualification, it seemed plenty complicated enough for me with my single year of industry experience. I have studied a lot over the past month or so but was still nervous that I might not get a high enough mark to pass, as all my practice tests were coming out very close to the pass/fail threshold. I also found out the result as I left the test centre and then headed straight back to work, where all my colleagues knew that I had spent the morning taking an exam and also knew that I would already know whether or not I had passed or failed. Fortunately, I passed, so I was able to walk in with a smile on my face. It’s amazing how much more relaxed I feel without an exam hanging over me, and how much more creative I feel too. I haven’t taken an exam in over two years and I’d forgotten how pervasive the sense of always knowing that you could be studying is. As soon as the ongoing “pass your exam” item left my to-do list I found myself writing more and reading more, planning out blog posts like I needed to have a month’s content prewritten. I do have to do part two of the qualification in the autumn, but for the next month, I’m free to spent my free time reading, writing and hanging out with friends without secretly worrying about who exactly is a per se eligible counterparty and what novation means in terms of trading on exchanges (don’t you wish you were studying this stuff too?!).
But yes, I passed, which meant that I could head up free and clear to party all weekend. Jake and I had a great time in Edinburgh. I saw more of the city when I visited a few weeks ago, but this time we stayed close to the main venues and food trucks, never wanting to be too far from an up-and-coming comedian or seven mini-doughnuts covered in Nutella. We saw some circus acts, a few comedians, a terrible original musical and a beautiful one-man theatre show that interspersed a story from the character’s life with his efforts to stop a comet hitting Earth. The great benefit of being up there with a staff member is that we received staff passes to shows and staff discounts on all the food and drink, making what could have been a crazy expensive forty-eight hours reasonable on the bank account.
The Fringe lasts for a month, and features hundreds – if not thousands – of shows each day in venues all over the city. Jake worked for two theatre companies on this trip, helping them set up venues and chill out areas around Edinburgh (he mainly does lighting and power, but he also builds stages and manages teams and fixes broken appliances – a Jake of all trades, if you will). I snapped a few pictures of the Circus Hub, home to many of the circus acts, and the bright signs of the Pleasance Courtyard. I also took a photo or two of Jake as we lay around on the meadows together between shows.
Finally, I had another article published this week! I wrote about How to Visit the Seychelles on a Budget for Nomadic Matt, one of the world’s biggest travel bloggers with a million monthly visitors. If you have come to my site after reading that post then a) welcome and b) thank you for looking through my stuff! It’s pretty cool to have a post published on one of the world’s biggest travel blogs in my first year of blogging, so that was another cool moment this week.
Onto this week’s photos! Which one is your favourite?