today in edinburgh, we:

today, we are in edinburgh. we walked a gazillion miles.
i had vegetable soup at a place called chocolate soup.

after this morning, i swore i would never walk anywhere ever again.
we sat in bed mid-afternoon eating trail mix kristen found in her bag.
too tired to walk to food.
i listened to the dirty dancing soundtrack.
i told kristen about all these great songs she’d be missing out on.
i showed her my dramatic dance i can do with only my left-hand to celine dion’s “it’s all coming back to me now” while my right-hand edits photos. she was impressed.


i discovered the “flip around so you can see what you’re taking a picture of, aka, YOURSELF” button on kristen’s iphone 4. it thrilled me. i only have an iphone 3. i took these beauties. i laughed til i fell on the ground. kristen sat down in a chair and laughed. i stayed on the ground. eventually i got up. i think i might have fallen once more.

on the way to dinner, we took a bus [because i am never walking again, remember?] sounds easy. it wasn’t.
we found the bus station. we didn’t want to wait. we walked to the next one to wait.
we made this video.

oh public transit. from Jamie Delaine on Vimeo.


yeah. see how that turned out?
not good.
we walked to the next bus stop to wait fifteen minutes.
we asked a man in line if the bus gave change [suburb girls… HELLO!]
turns out they don’t. we only had 10 pound notes.
i went to five stores asking, “could we possibly get change for the bus?”
four no’s, one yes. bless his soul.
we had change. we got on the bus.
we got off the bus two stops too late.
we walked back in windy weather to a restaurant ten minute’s walk from the original bus stop.


we had dinner at under the stairs. [thanks for the recommend, robyn.] — it was wonderful.

we took photos and drank coffee as we waited for our dinner.

we took more photos as we waited for dinner.
our food took an hour, but our ankle-jeans-and-keds-wearing cute indie waitress let us know it would be a while and we didn’t mind.
we watched the body language of the cute couple on a second-date/third-date [just a guess?!] beside us. cute.
we talked about everything and i marveled about how little i had thought/talked about work in the past two days. relatively speaking.
it feels good.
it’s european to have two-hour meals, right?
i loved it. i loved the atmosphere.

after dinner, we were going to walk to the hotel.
buses apparently aren’t our thing. we needed to burn the calories.
it’s cheaper.
we started walking. we don’t know where we are going. we don’t have a GPS or a phone to use.
we also have very weak directional skills in general. [though mine have been on fire this trip. pretty proud.]
it was freezing. literally, dropping close to a freezing temperature here tonight.

k: do we cross here?
j: i don’t know.
k: i can’t tell where the cars are coming from.
left or right?
ahhh, THERE’S A CAR!

j: i feel scared.
k: ohh no. let it out. tell me how you feel.
j: i feel scared. and vulnerable. and cold. and alone. and self-conscious. and single. and full. and young. [and fill in about twenty other adjectives i threw out during this speech] and NORTH AMERICANNNN!!!

more silence.
it was very cold.
one minute later.

j: i have a thought.
k: yes?
j: screw budgets. we’re in europe. get me a taxi.
k: i’m down.

it was a lovely drive home.

[yes, i’ll blog lovelier scotland photos soon.]



  1. Meredith Sledge

    May 3rd, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Hahahahahahahaha! That video made me LOL. So funny. :)

  2. Your Momma

    May 3rd, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Love the video – glad I left yesterday! Miss you, have fun!

  3. Rachel Leigh Greene

    May 3rd, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Hahahaha, man, I wish I was there with y’all :D. I enjoyed the video thoroughlyyyyyy! Hahaha :D

  4. Elizabeth

    May 3rd, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Hahahahaha that video was amazing!!! It sounds like you’re having an amazing time and I can’t wait to see more photos!!!!

  5. Laura Giovanetto

    May 3rd, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    My favorite blog post you’ve ever put, I’d have to say. :)

  6. Rachel Clarke

    May 3rd, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I LOVE YOU GIRLS. Ahhh this makes me miss you Kristen SOOOOO MUCH MORE!!!!! Your conversations… **sigh** <3

  7. Ashley Kate

    May 3rd, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I’m sitting here stressing over finals when I decided to check your blog…and this post SO made my day! I laughed really hard at your conversation and the pictures :D

  8. Rachel Clarke

    May 3rd, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    P.s. Best self portraits ever, Jamie. :D

  9. Hannah

    May 3rd, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Bahaha that video is priceless anndd I love that Celine Dion song!!!!

  10. Dorothy

    May 3rd, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    haha that last convo… so great

  11. carlotta

    May 3rd, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I laughed. and laughed. and laughed and the video. I’m still chortling. Y’all are so amazing.

  12. Kaylee

    May 3rd, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I love you girls! This made me smile :D Screw budgets, indeed!

  13. Jacinthe

    May 3rd, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Wow, it’s been way too long since I visited… I’ve missed reading your posts! :) This one made me smile so much… you’re funny! :D Glad you had such a lovely ride home. ;)

  14. Lydia Jane

    May 3rd, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Hahaha I just watched the video again. And it makes my chest hurt from laughing so hard. “WHAT. Kristen!” Best everrr.

  15. Yana

    May 3rd, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Haha, oh the uncertainties of travel! Have a great rest of your trip.

  16. Jack

    May 4th, 2011 at 5:46 am

    I can’t believe you are in my hometown! You’re making me homesick! Have a great time….

  17. Lesley

    May 4th, 2011 at 10:51 am

    My favourite part:

    j: i have a thought.
    k: yes?
    j: screw budgets. we’re in europe. get me a taxi.
    k: i’m down.

    that’s totally me when I travel! Enjoy your time not talking about work and just enjoying. :)

  18. Elido

    May 6th, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Hi, I’ve been reading your blog for a while (from France!) but never left a comment. I love your work and posts. I like the feeling of the framed pics in this post; were they taken with an iPhone? If so, I would be interested to know what app was used. Thanks!

  19. Jamie Delaine

    May 6th, 2011 at 6:43 am

    hey elido! thanks for commenting! the app is called crossprocess.

  20. Maximillian R.

    May 6th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Hi Jamie,
    I just discovered your blog since Kristen linked to it, and I think both you and she are great photographers. :)
    Judging from your photos, Scotland looks like it has some beautiful locations…I want to visit it and Ireland and a whole bunch of other places sometime and take lots of photos after I’ve improved my skills with editing…
    In my opinion, an iPhone leaves somewhat to be desired in terms of image quality…but with an apps like Instagram and PS Express, which I use, photos taken with it can be better than
    The indoor shots seem to be affected the most by the lack of a large sensor and aperture, etc…
    But I imagine the photos taken with your camera and L lens (I saw the red ring in one of Kristen’s photos) are stunning. :) Speaking of gear, what camera equipment do you use? (I’m a Canon user as well)

  21. Jackie

    May 9th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    I am finally catching up on all of this and well this is just amazingness at it’s finest. Love it.

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