Edinburgh's Christmas Market
Yes, I know it's still November, but I've got to agree with Bublé on this one, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Maybe it's the Scottish weather? Or the perhaps it's the fact that I'm no longer living in the bubble of boarding school? Or maybe last Friday's surprise snowfall has something to do with it? Whatever the cause, for some reason I'm feeling ridiculously festive this year.
My excitement started the moment I washed off my skull face-paint in the early hours of November 1st and it's been gradually building ever since. Now with essay deadlines over and only a week till I can open the first window on my advent calendar, my excitement levels are the equivalent to that of a 5 year old on Christmas Eve.
Rather than suppress my excitement, I've decided to embrace it and what better way to do that than going to a Christmas Market?
My only experience of Christmas markets has been the German Market which annually fills the pedestrian zone outside West Quay shopping centre in Southampton. So I wasn't prepared for how amazing Edinburgh's would be.
Yesterday wrapped up in practically all the clothes I own, I headed down to Princes Street. I met up with a school friend, Aryan, who happened to be in Edinburgh and we spent the evening wandering round the Market getting in the festive mood.
Totally overwhelmed by all the Christmassy food and gifts we decided to grab a mug of mulled wine, or glühwein, to help compose ourselves before heading back into the festive chaos.
There is everything in the market from sweet stalls and crepe stands to fortune tellers and a Christmas Tree maze (yes that is a real thing)
And everything looks so much more inviting with the lights glittering against the night's sky.
The most difficult decision of the evening? Choosing what to eat.
After much debate we settled on a Nutella waffle sprinkled with strawberries.
One word - heavenly!
A ride on the ferris wheel was the perfect end to the evening.
I hadn't thought it possible for Edinburgh to look more beautiful but looking down from a glass bubble 40ft up, the city with all it's christmas lights looked absolutely magical.
Apologies to Southampton, but I think Edinburgh wins when it comes to Christmas Markets.