FEATURE – Readers in the Spotlight #3 – Iain Kendall

1. Tell us a bit about yourself in a couple of sentences.

I moved to the Capital in 2007 after commuting from Aberdeenshire for the best part of 7 years to be with my then-fiance. Three years on and I’m happily married, and working as a Finance Manager for an architect practice in the New Town and fast approaching my Thirtieth birthday…we won’t dwell on that last part. I’m a big social media fan including Twitter (@iainkendall), I love art, fashion, music and films.

2. What do you love about the city?

I love so much about Edinburgh; the way the whole city looks onto the Castle as though it were a stage during the festival fireworks. I love that although it is a city, there is a big hill in the middle of it. I am fascinated by its (literal) layers of history and its architecture is stunning.

3. What would you change about Edinburgh if you could?

The roads. The road surfaces are pretty bad for pot holes and repaired roadworks, I even think the City as a whole got a runner-up mention on a UK Worst Roads TV show.

4. What are your must sees in town for visitors?

Princes Street Gardens on a sunny day to soak up the Castle in peace. A trip up Arthur’s Seat for breath-taking views of the city. Mary King’s Close to see the darker side to it.

5. Favourite street or area and why?

I love the New Town and Stockbridge because I’ve worked in this area for 2 years now. My wife loves Bruntsfield which will make our next home a battle between North and South. I will always cheer on Easter Road from the sidelines though…and I don’t mean football. I live in this area and many businesses have invested in Easter Road as up and coming including Eero and Riley, The Manna House…I wish more would. COME ON EASTER ROAD!!

6. Where would we find you relaxing in Edinburgh?

As a coffee lover, I will always hunt out a good coffee shop. A family get together at Assembly Bar on Lothian Street for a satisfying breakfast is a regular occurrence for us.

7. When you are out of town, what do you miss about Edinburgh the most?

It has to be the views…I wake up to them every day so I miss not having that.

8 .If you had 24 hours in town before you had to leave forever, what would you do?

A final day would have to start with a good breakfast at Assembly Bar. I love walking and would walk through as many areas of the City as I could before taking an open top bus tour (I’ve still never done this and feel I should). Dinner would be at Vittoria’s on Leith Walk.

9. Any interesting stories or facts you know about Edinburgh?

Not really, but had a Google for facts and it was built on seven hills just like Rome.

10. Sum up Edinburgh in 5 words or less.

Historic, Culture, Village, Stunning

Thanks, Iain!

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