Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Vagabond Tim
I have a unique gift for showing up at the exact right moment despite having done no planning. In this case I arrived at the height of Edinburgh’s fringe festival. I have encountered street fairs on a few occasions but nothing quite this impressive.

Apparently the entire city becomes home to almost 300 venues filled with weirdos and oddballs from all over the world. There was a fellow doing contortion and juggling flaming objects within a few feet of a dozen comedians handing out fliers for their various shows later in the evening. The best part of this whole thing was that it was free.

The range of comedy went from bad to worth the price of admission… which was nothing. However it was a better way to spend a day than doing nothing, and the atmosphere around the city was absolutely wonderful.

Within a few moments of meeting my roommates at the hostel it was decided that we needed to imbibe substantial quantities of alcohol and wander around. This resulted in us somehow finding the spookiest and most awesome bar I have ever encountered or imagined.

If for any reason you find yourself near Edinburgh the banshee labyrinth is an absolute must see. The tunnels beneath the bar itself were at various points home to brothels, slums, murderers and so on.

The photos with fireworks look crappy, so here is the castle BETWEEN fireworks

The photos with fireworks look crappy, so here is the castle BETWEEN fireworks

Street performances varied in quality somewhat

Street performances varied in quality somewhat

The caverns are spooky and easy to become lost in while drunk... a fantastic idea for a bar

The caverns are spooky and easy to become lost in while drunk… a fantastic idea for a bar

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