Thursday, 1 February 2018

Oh, the Places: The Elephant House

I first visited Edinburgh last July. It was at the height of summer, when A Level results were still just under a month away and my soul was craving adventures into uncharted territory. My family had been planning to holiday in Scotland for several years, and it was one of the things that I'd hoped to tick of my 18 before 18, but alas. However, 2017 was the year we finally got the ball rolling, and soon enough, we had set foot in Edinburgh. 

Edinburgh was somewhere that I'd always wanted to visit, but above anything else, I desperately wanted to see The Elephant House, where J.K. Rowling wrote and edited Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. As someone who aspires to be an author themselves, and as someone whom Harry Potter has so heavily impacted upon, it felt personally necessary to head to The Elephant House at least once during my five days in Scotland. In the end, we ended up sticking our heads in once in the evening, when it was too packed to even comprehend queueing, and we breakfasted twice in there. Those two mornings, in particular the first, in which we got a spot in the for once empty cafe, looking across to Edinburgh Castle, is a memory I cannot help but treasure. As a writer and a Potterhead, this is a place you can't not visit. 

Oh, the Places is a series of posts in which I recap through photographs my travels, both expected and surprising across countries, cities, and seas. Consider these field notes from a wanderlust-filled student desperate to see more of the world than her small English city.