With my colleague on Royal Mile, a main pedestrian street in the center of the city.
I arrived in Edinburgh today with a group of students from our high school; we're here for the week of school vacation to tour the local universities and see the city. So far, we're all rather smitten! What a beautiful "small" city! There's such a distinct feel to the place, one full of local pride and hospitality. This city definitely welcomes guests and you can easily tell why so many students choose to call it "home" for four years. What a welcome change it must have been for Princes William and Harry.
We didn't get to see too many children decked out for Halloween; those we did were cute little witches, cats or pirates. What we did see were throngs of college students out to have a great time! My colleagues and the students were in a wee bit of culture shock taking it all in!
At one point a group of college kids staged a scary fight near this phone booth. Two little kids (a pirate and a ghost) then broke away from their parents and ran towards the college kids, determined to scare them to death and chase them away! The older ghouls were such good sports about it, really playing along. Those little kids returned MOST triumphantly to their parents, convinced they had been too frightening to handle.
I noticed that many of the costumes--and store decorations--were inspired by cheeky British humor! Check out this rotating display in a store window:
Today I'll have a chance to take pictures by daylight; I can't wait! We're spending the whole day sight seeing. I think I'm going to just start taking a reserve of antibiotics I have; I can feel bronchitis developing and it hurts (I've never had a chance to recover from being ill earlier this fall).
My girls, meanwhile, are getting their first chance to celebrate Halloween in America (the last time they did that, they were 3 and 1). They're with their dad at his parents' house. I can't wait to see pictures and hear all about it!