Summer of Strangeness: plans




So this summer is strange.
I've just finished my course, and it's the first time in a while that I haven't gone away somewhere exciting to work for the whole summer (summer of 2016 was Japan/Spain/Germany, summer of 2015 was Bosnia/Serbia/Croatia).
I have also just had a break up, just moved back to Edinburgh (with my parents), just finished studying (for now anyway), and just started a new job.
Lots of change.
So I am trying to keep myself busy, and build up a social group again, as well as plan a few things that I have been wanting to do for a while (like learn to make pottery, or start going swimming again).
Of course the weather has mostly been pretty rubbish (it is Scotland after-all), and as a self-proclaimed sun-worshipper, this has been rather tricky.
I have been back in Edinburgh for almost 2 months (it will be 2 months on the 9th of August).
Here is my plan for the next while, and if you have any suggestions please let me know.
As a true Edinburger born and bred, I was keen on writing a Guide to the Edinburgh Festival for tourists heading this way over the next weeks, so I will try to publish this over the next few days.
Mostly I have been doing job applications, organising my room (strangely therapeutic), and working part-time. I have also watched enough bad TV and YouTube videos to last a life-time.
I will update this schedule as my plans inevitably change and evolve, but the main things I am looking forward to are London next week, all the festival events I have booked during August, and Helsinki in early September.

(If any of you are Finnish or have been to Helsinki, I would love to get any tips for places to go etc!)





June


Herb Garden
Dance Class
Swim
St Boswells Bookshop 



July

Take One Action Job 
Graduation from Royal Holloway University of London - 14th
Dinner in Windsor - 14th
Work dinner - 25th
Cat cafe  (Maison De Moggy, Edinburgh) - 27th
Lighthouse Radical Bookshop, Edinburgh - 29th
New phone & laptop 



August

Take One Action Job 
Dinner with friends visiting Edinburgh
Train to London - 2nd 
Pre- birthday London drinks - 3rd 
Return to Edinburgh - 4th 
BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals:World on 3 - 4th
Birthday - 5th 
Lunch & drinks with friends visiting Edinburgh - 6th
BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals: In Tune - 7th 
Possibly Glasgow on the 9th
Craft Scotland Blog Event - 10th
Fish Restaurant, Glasgow - 10th 
Mary Contini & Pru Irvine @ Edinburgh Fringe - 11th 
Balkanarama - 11th
Edinburgh Book Festival - Rutger Bregman - 12th 
Ottolenghi cooking day - 13th 
Cuckoos Bakery Edinburgh - 15th 
In Transit at the Edinburgh Fringe - 15th 
Edinburgh Book Festival - BBC Radio 4 World Book Club - 15th 
Edinburgh Book Festival - BBC Radio 4 Front Row - 17th 
Work then go out? - 18th 
Edinburgh Book Festival - Zadie Smith - 19th 
BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals: Authors Live - 20th 
Lucas of Musselburgh brunch & walk - 20th 
IUSY International Summer School Peace and Conflict - Berlin? 20th-27th
BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals: Janice Forsyth - 21st
Possibly book club at Lighthouse books? - 22nd
Hopefully go and see: Blak Whyte & Gray / Lady Boys of Bangkok / Beckett @ Churchill
(Possibly) BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals: Janice Forsyth - 24th
Craft Scotland Blogger event - 24th
Dinner in town? - 24th
Edinburgh Book Festival - Evan Davis - 24th
BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals: The Verb - 25th
BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals: Festival Review - 25th
Catch up with old school friends - 25th/26th 
Edinburgh Book Festival - David Bellos - 26th
Glasgow? - 27th
OR Prosecco&Percussion in Edinburgh - 27th
Glasgow for Dispossession film? - 28th
OR End of the Edinburgh Festival Fireworks at Princes St Gardens - 28th 
Dance Classes?
Driving Lessons?
NCTJ Diploma in Journalism Distance Learning
Language classes?
Pottery making workshop?
Sauna & Swim?
Refugee Summer School Portugal? 27th-3rd Sept 
Amnesty International / NUS Student Media Conference in London - 29-30th
Keen to go to Sketch London, Tonight Josephine, The Breakfast Club, random bookshops & other nice bars / places.
Sort blog.
Harry Potter World in London? - 31st?
OR Book Fringe BookEnd Party at Lighthouse books?



September

See pals in London 1st-2nd
Harry Potter World / Harry Potter play? London
Forest School Training? (Scotland)
Holiday to somewhere warm? 2nd-3rd?
Flight to Helsinki, Finland - 5th
Conference on Arts Crafts & Politics by the Federation of Young European Greens, Helsinki
Flight to return to Edinburgh - 10th
Art classes?
Dance classes?
French Class / Jazz bar - 11th
Leeds? - 11th/12th
Take One Action Film Festival - Edinburgh/Glasgow - 13th -24th
Camping?
Vintage Fair in Edinburgh -17th 






















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