'What not to see?" exclaimed my Scottish friend Fiona, her long blonde curls waving in the air, when asked about her dear hometown of Edinburgh. I was unsure if her excitement came from pure Scottish pride, or her heavy afternoon consumption of English lager under a rare sunny sky in Cardiff. Having listened to Fiona unrelentingly blab about how hot, hip, modern and rich in history Edinburgh is _ far outreaching premier European destinations such as London, Paris and Berlin _ I was sceptical of the objectiveness behind her claims.
HISTORY MEETS MODERNITY: View of Edinburgh, old and new, as seen from Calton Hill.
After all, Scotland is stereotypically described as ghost-haunted and dull, where her inhabitants are odd bagpipe players coupled with drunken haggis eaters. But after caving in to Fiona's pressure, I found the stereotypes could not be justified.
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