Yay! It’s Saturday! Bwah bwah bwah! You made it to the weekend! I’m proud of you, cutie; you did it! If you didn’t get a chance to read yesterday’s post - “the boy who lived and the musical rapper” - you can do so by clicking right here! Otherwise, please keep your arms and legs inside the (non-existent shelter-in-home) vehicle so we can begin!
My second full day in Edinburgh, having met my wonderful teammates and experienced the wonder that was the Abandoman set at the EIIF opening gala, was one for so much exploring. One of my favorite experiences in Edinburgh was actually one that was completely free (okay, c’mon now, you know that you love free stuff often for no other reason than the simple fact that it’s free): The National Museum of Scotland. One of the most incredible recurring things I experienced while living in Europe was free museums. I’ve written before about the National Gallery in Dublin and how impressed I was with not only its art but also its architecture, and the National Museum of Scotland is no exception to my love affair with various museums.
Upon entering the National Museum of Scotland, I was surprised - first and foremost - that there was no admission charge. The second thing that caught my attention and took my breath away was the open, airy, light center space at the heart of the museum. I must have stopped and taken a dozen different photos of that section alone. To have such a light, airy introduction to the National Museum of Scotland was such a nice way to enter a new space and generated so much enthusiasm to explore and learn that I spent multiple hours wandering through the museum’s exhibits, stopping to read nearly every display and each tiny blurb.
The National Museum was a hodge podge of all my favorite types of museums (except that there wasn’t a ton of art like the art I saw at the National Gallery of Ireland or at the Louvre, but it was as if each room was its own secret world. I saw beautiful architectural pieces, walked past a family of lions (and obviously sang some Lion King), passed through different simulations of the world, saw rocks of geologists’ dreams, and passed through an entire room dedicated to fashion throughout the ages (and may or may not have strut down an imaginary catwalk). It was truly a magical experience to walk through the National Museum of Scotland (and it would have been worth it even if the price tag weren’t so ).
Have you ever experienced a museum or an exhibit that kept you on your toes and surprised you the way I was surprised by the National Museum of Scotland? I’d love to know - especially because I’d like to add it to my bucket list! Even if you think your example might not be as grand as a European adventure, I’d still like to know! I am the woman who decided to stop at Wall Drug and the Corn Palace on her cross-country road trip. If it’s interesting to you and brings a smile to your face, it’s absolutely something I want to hear about! So please subscribe in the e-mail submission box below and reach out, follow me on Instagram or Twitter, or reach out to me on the “contact” page. I’m so happy you're here and that I’ve been getting a lot of really great, fun-to-read stories, questions, and feedback from a community all over the country and the globe! The stories of other people’s travels that I’ve gotten to read recently bring me such smiles, and I am so grateful for all of it! Especially during this time of uncertainty and pandemic, it's important to surround yourself with good and find/do things that bring you joy; we're all in this together. I couldn’t do this without you! So THANK YOU! From the bottom of my heart, truly, thank you.
P.S. - If you want to catch up from the beginning on this series of adventures, here's a cheat sheet to the posts (in order in which they were published):
1. Won't you join me?
2. grateful for starbucks and sandymount strand
3. Once Upon a December in the National Gallery
4. plant a smooch for that gift of gab
5. may the 4th be with you: Dingle style
6. cinco de mayo: the best Mexican food in Dublin
7. pizza in roma
8. mussolini’s window and the philosophers’ metro stop
9. father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife
10. it's the vatican, not the vatican't
11. spoiler alert: i did not lose my hand
12. more pizza and gelato and Neptune, oh my
13. craft beer, romper season, and volcano magic
14. bus singalongs and the okey dokey karaoke origin story
15. the beginning of the journey to the land of outlander
16. the boy who lived and the musical rapper