You'll probably have figured out from my Sweet Sixteen blog post that I turned 16 on Monday! Thank you for all of the lovely birthday wishes (they really made me smile!)!
I had a brilliant birthday so I thought it'd be fun to share with you what I got up to...
To start the day, I had probably about the worst night's sleep for a long time (yes it really was that bad) so I was awake pretty early, which actually ended up working well with our plans for the day. I opened cards and presents with my parents, had my favourite breakfast (a giant bowl of cereal) and then headed to the train station with my mum to get the train to Edinburgh.
We arrived in Edinburgh about 10:30ish and grabbed coffees from Starbucks as we wandered up the Royal Mile towards the castle to visit Camera Obscura. It's in a really narrow (but tall) building and with it being summer holidays and Edinburgh festival season it was absolutely packed. The queue to get in went outside the door!
The wait was definitely worth it (all of the different illusions were really really cool - especially the ones based on art). My highlight had to be the views of the city from the rooftop! We went through through the exhibits spread over five floors in about an hour as it was so busy (and we couldn't really be bothered to hand around for ages just to do every single attraction!).
I'd totally recommend going if you’re in Edinburgh (particularly if you're entertaining younger children too) but I'd advise planning your time carefully so you can avoid tourist frenzy and have more fun exploring the exhibits at your own pace!
Following our visit to Camera Obscura, we had lunch at one of the many Henderson's cafes in Edinburgh (I tried to find out which one but for some reason I can’t find it anywhere!). It was completely vegetarian (with many vegan options) and I had a baked sweet potato topped with chilli and vegan cheese. Really tasty lunch apart from the vegan cheese (I'm just really not a fan because it tastes like plastic to me - particularly when melted!)!
After that was shopping (because you just can’t have a girls trip to Edinburgh and not do at least a little bit of shopping!)! I absolutely love going into shops in different cities because it's a different layout everywhere you go, even if you are just visiting the same chain store. It was a super successful shopping spree and we were lucky to avoid most of the rain too!
My purchases included:
- new Herschel school bag from Urban Outfitters
- two new tops from Urban Outfitters (both of which were in the sale - yay!)
- denim jacket (at last!) from Topshop
- and a bright blue bralette from Hollister
Having shopped ourselves to death it seemed pretty appropriate to grab an afternoon snack! I'd heard about the vegan cafe Holy Cow from a festival I was at last year, so we hunted down the cafe and shared a slice of peanut butter cheesecake and a slice of red velvet cake. Both were absolutely delicious, but my favourite had to be the red velvet cake due to the marshmallow-like frosting! The cafe was absolutely lovely - the staff were really friendly and the food looked amazing. We just had cakes but they also sell burgers, smoothies and salads etc. And it's all 100% vegan (even though it's almost hard to tell because the food tastes that good!)!
My mum and I got the train home to Glasgow shortly afterwards, where we then met my dad to go have a birthday dinner out (yeah, I really did have quite an indulgent birthday!). We ate at Stereo - a vegan cafe/bar in the city centre. It had a really relaxed atmosphere and I had a black lentil daal (which was deliciously spiced) and my parents chose the Stereo burger (supposedly it was the best vegan burger my dad has ever had!).
After we got home we then relaxed in front of a movie before going to bed pretty soon after (it had been a rather busy day!). I had a fantastic birthday and, as cheesy as it sounds, I really enjoyed simply spending some time with my mum. Thank you everyone for all of your lovely messages too!