Ahead of this chilling out time my little sister came up and we headed to the Edinburgh Fringe for a day of festive freaky funny frolicking entertainment. We ate ice creams in Princes Street Gardens taking in the view of the castle and historical buildings. I used to live in Edinburgh, but these days I rarely make it through and forget how beautiful it really is. I have no particular desire to move back there as my life is in Glasgow these days and I feel very at home here, but it is great to go through for a while and see the sights, how the older buildings feel like they've slowly grown out of the tough basalt volcanic plug absorbing the streets stories and secrets as they go. It was slightly strange to walk by bars, cafes, and venues I remember spending many nights out with friends many years ago, like walking around a living movie set from a half-remembered dream.
Sufficiently stuffed we walked back into town to try and catch some more shows but between just being shattered and a lack of 3G to find our way to the venues we ended up just wandering around for a while checking out more street musicians and jugglers. Down in the Grassmarket we popped into one of the capitals most famous vintage clothing shops, Armstrongs where Ele brought a gorgeous green leather jacket.
The previous evening we went to see The Congress at one of our local multi-plexi-opti-many-screen-cines. It's a surreal future looking movie about what it means to experience life. The main actress/character Robin Wright is so engaging that when the film transitions to the animated world it loses something perhaps intentionally to show the difference between a chemically engineered world and the real thing. It's confusing and the second half is strangely paced in places, but still quite a visually stunning piece of work. While humanity's future is bleak we are redeemed from an abysmal ending by the hope found in the genuine relationship between mother and son.