Edingburgh: A Literature Major’s Heartland Talking a tour of the beautiful city of Edinburgh proved to be breathtaking from a literary perspective. Having wonders such as Sir Walter Scott, JK Rowling, Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson, the classics literally came alive on the Cobblestone streets. A few short blocks from the Royal Mile, the inspiration for the Sherlock Holmes tales and Alexander Graham Bell’s home is found. Around the corner, Deacon Brody’s Café marks the place at which the character of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde remains imprinted in the town of its origin. Only two blocks down Castle Hill, the Elephant House lies snuggled amidst countless shops. Made famous as being the location where JK Rowling penned much of the first Harry Potter, the coffee shop/café proudly proclaims their ties to the worldwide phenomena of the young British wizard. The city simply oozes timeless words by sheer artists. Transcending centuries Edinburgh remains to this day a town of great literary heritage.
Today we sang a concert in St. Giles Cathedral/High Kirk in the heart of Edinburgh and it was so beautiful. The stained glass windows were breathtaking and they all told some biblical story. We attended a short service before our concert, which was beautiful as the acoustics bounced off the old stonewalls. We were positioned in front of a massive organ and we faced the alter at the center of the cathedral. In a small room off the side of the cathedral there were chairs lining the walls that were completely carved out of wood with every detail perfect. In one corner, for instance, near the entrance there was a famous carving of an angel playing the bagpipes. It was such a beautiful experience.
Edinburgh: Scotland’s “New York”
Today we got to spend some time in Edinburgh. It was exciting to listen to the tour guide explain all of the historical background of the city. We even got to see the place were J.K. Rowling scribbled down Harry Potter on napkins. I really enjoyed the shopping and listening to each of the tourist shops’ Scottish music. While we were shopping, we came across a man dressed in a kilt playing a bagpipe. As we walked through the city we admired the architecture of the buildings constructed long before the beginning of US history. The city is beautiful beyond belief and I’m definitely not ready to come home (even tough I miss home…)
Our last concert at the Faith Mission center was highly emotional and culminated all of our hard work in Scotland. There was not a dry eye in the place. Even those of us who hardly ever cry lost it during Off-Kilter’s “What a Wonderful World.” The audience was highly responsive and absolutely loved it. I still can’t believe we’re here. I’m going to miss performing with my brothers and sisters in the choir. I love all of you and I hope that we will meet again, God Bless.
Soon after a fulfilling dinner of traditional Scottish food, a few mates and I hopped into a taxi and headed to a local restaurant to check out some Scottish fold music. Along with a classical guitar, the musicians played fiddles, accordions and a fire key harmonica. The music was jolly and the atmosphere was dense and vibrant. After talking to a few locals, a tipsy man from Australia told us a joke or two. After some laughs, we departed and walked back through the city if Edinburgh, nearly stepping on a frog on the sidewalk.