14.03.2016 - 14.03.2016
Today I finally got to see Kevin after five years!! I felt such excitement when I got off the plane in Edinburgh, knowing that we'd be hanging out soon. The last time I saw him was at Rock Bottom Brewery in downtown Bellevue in 2011.
We arranged to meet outside of Scottish Parliament at 11; Pip may have been able to get us in since she works there, but her schedule was packed. It was exciting waiting for him. We greeted each other with a big hug. He looked really good: he's grown a full beard now, rather than the scruff that he had; he's put on much needed weight.
We walked up to a hill in town that overlooked all of Edinburgh. It was a bit hazy, but we could see quite a bit nonetheless. Afterwards we made our way into town to grab lunch. We were being very indecisive, but finally picked a Portuguese place that serves chicken. It was quite good. We'd hoped to have sushi, but they weren't open for some reason.
After lunch we headed out of town. Kevin borrowed one of his company's used cars to drive us; they'd just bought it and he was testing it out. It rattled around a bit, but it got us around just fine. Our destination was Melrose Abbey, which we had a hell of a time finding. There were very few signs available to direct us; it wasn't until we were literally right in front of it that any decent signage appeared. We arrived 20 min after the last admission, but we were able to walk around the perimeter and take several great pictures. The Abbey is in ruins and is very interesting.
While making our way back to town we stopped at a whiskey distillery. They too were closing up, but, in true British fashion, they apologized and let us do a quick tasting and tour (as though it were their fault that we got there late!). The whiskey was strong and smooth.
After driving back into town we drove through the area that his dad lives in (very posh) and by his old apartment with Vivi, which was coincidentally two blocks from my hotel! for dinner we had sushi, which was among the best I've ever had. The dragon roll we picked was our mutual favorite. We then headed to a pub for a drink and chatted for a while. We made our plans for the next day and then Kevin headed for home.