Since moving to Edinburgh just over six months ago, I’ve discovered a number of lovely brunch spots- some through recommendations and some by simply walking through the city and spotting places as I go. Finding a good brunch place in Edinburgh is by no means a struggle- there is so much choice and variation no matter what your dietary requirements may be.
By definition, home is somewhere that an individual lives on a permanent basis. As a concept however, I think there is so much more to a home than this; I’m not sure home can be dictated purely by location and permanency- so many other factors impact on what makes a home and I think you can feel at home in more than just one place and in fact, have multiple homes.
When I started university in 2012 (unbelievably six whole years ago) I was eager to spend my summers working in an American summer camp. I spent my first summer of university working in a hospital to save up enough money to afford a three and a half month adventure in the beautiful US of A the following summer. Once I’d saved up enough money, the scary part began. How do you know where to start? How do you actually get placed in a camp? How do you get a working visa?
After 23 years of living in gorgeous, leafy Surrey, I am taking a giant, somewhat terrifying, leap into the unknown and moving up to Scotland. Exciting? Yes. Nerve-wrecking? You bet. I’ve left home once before for uni, but this time it feels completely different. For one, I’m not a complete emotional wreck (although I have definitely shed one or two tears on the train up North already and we are not even pass York yet) and two, I have at least some idea of what I’d like to do with my life and a better sense of who I am as a person.
Just over a month ago I was lucky enough to intern for the wonderful Blackbird Digital Books. They are quite a small company but have some truly talented authors and a brilliant list of titles. One of their new releases, ‘Moondance’ is by Diane Chandler, whose previous novel ‘The Road to Donetsk’ won the People’s Book Prize for fiction 2015/2016.