Day 117: Edinburgh, Scotland, Monday August 14th
So, the Monday in the middle of the Edinburgh Fringe is, it turns out, the day a lot of shows don’t run. The four of us got together in the students’ lounge then walked up to the Summerhall venue, where there were several shows that interested us. It wasn’t really a surprise that much was sold out, but because there were fewer shows than usual, it seemed like everything was sold out. Deb finally asked where we might find something we could see and we were directed to the Canada Hub, of all places.
We purchased tickets for something called Mouthpiece, then checked out the pub tucked in behind the venue. It had some good local beer. I really enjoyed the show, and thought the two performers were fabulous. Yay, Canada.
The show got out a bit late, and we had to practically sprint to get to our next show: a cabaret. We were maybe a minute or two late, but we got seats at the back while the MC was still singing his opening song. The acts were a mixed bag. The two standup comics were good, particularly Christopher Macarthur-Boyd. but the burlesque dancer was a bit cringey.
We agreed on Indian for dinner, and we found the very nice, Dishoom. It’s always fun getting a bunch of dishes and bowls of rice to share. The food was excellent.
Aron is fan of Ian Rankin’s Detective Rebus, and he was interested Rebus’ favourite pub, the Oxford Bar. We tracked it down, and found that it was a perfect place for the hard boiled crimefighter: small, with no music, and lots of locals. Aron even got retweeted by Rankin when he posted during our visit.
We made one more stop on the way back to Beaverbank, at the Cumberland bar. Unfortunately, while we were there, the rain returned. We got totally drenched on our walk back to our rooms.