This weekend was one for the books… more specifically, the blog.
It started a bit early as Reese finished his first week of classes on Thursday and we took the pups up to Arthur's Seat. Edinburgh is a pretty great place for those the love an urban setting as well as the outdoors - there's (as one woman I met put it) a wee mountain in the middle of the city. Not many places are that lucky. And we are certainly beneficiaries of such luck! It's only a little over a mile away from our flat. So we walked the dogs over to Holyrood Park and headed up the path to the top. We also got pretty lucky with the weather as it had been raining on and off that day, but it was just sunshine while we hiked (or hill walked - not sure what elevation gain constitutes something as a hike vs. a hill walk).
Nala, of course, loved every minute of it. She's a seasoned hiker and I think much prefers to hike is sixty degrees Fahrenheit or cooler. Most of the time, she lead our pack down the best paths and made new friends with other hikers by surprising them with a lick on their hand. Most people didn't seem to mind (phew). Islay now has two hikes under her belt and this one she did entirely off leash! Not to mention we did not have to carry her up or down - we had a hunch that she might get tired. But this little batpig likes to hike. In fact she's quite the little explorer. She would climb up on ledges so she could see what we were seeing an hike by our sides rather than by our feet, go off and sniff the heather that was blooming all along the hillside, meet all of the other hikers, and possibly sneak up on some of them to give them kisses while they were sitting for water breaks. All in a days work. Safe to say, they were beat when we got home.
Then Saturday Reese and I went to our first Ceilidh (pronounced: kay-lee) dance with his MBA cohort. For those wondering, a Ceilidh dance is a gathering with lots of food, drinks, and dancing - they are traditional Scottish dances but think along the lines of square dancing. We had a wonderful time! We spent the night mingling with Reese's fellow classmates and getting to learn more about what made everyone choose Edinburgh and why they decided to get their MBA in the first place. They seem like a great group to spend a year with. Plus, almost everyone seems interested to meet our dogs, so that's a plus in my book.
We've since spent the rest of the weekend lounging around the house while Reese prepared for the first week of full-time lectures.
My courses start in two weeks and I'm excited to meet with new professors. It'll be really interesting to see how fiction writing is taught differently here than it is in the states and hopefully I'll learn some new skills because of it!
I hope everyone's enjoying their last few days of summer!