Readers in the Spotlight #8 – Sophia Brennert

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

I was born and raised in Canada, and have lived in Scotland for five years. I’m a total foodie and am a member of Edinburgh Slow Food. A year ago I started my blog, Scotland for the Senses, as a venue for my creativity and enthusiasm for Scotland.   You can also find me on facebook and twitter.

What do you love about the city?

It is both vibrant yet reserved, posh yet proud of its dark underbelly, with genteel architecture perched atop tales of gruesome murder. I love the continuous Jekyll and Hyde façade that has stretched through time.

What would you change about Edinburgh if you could?

Like many people, I remain unconvinced that these trams are going to be any use to the city. And the cost overruns make me seethe with anger.

What are your must sees in town for visitors?

It depends on how long you’ve got! Definitely a walk through the old town, including one of the underground tours if you can. Lauriston Castle is worth the trip, and St. Mary’s Cathedral doesn’t get enough attention, so take some extra time for a visit. One place few people see is the Surgeon’s Hall Museum, which is wondrous. And if you’re here in August, you cannot miss the Tattoo.

Favourite Street or area and why?

I live in Gorgie and I love it because it is unassuming and straight forward. But if I could dream a little dream I would live in Bruntsfield in a heartbeat. Being a foodie, Bruntsfield is a land of wonders – delicatessens, restaurants, chocolate shops, a German bakery and S Luca ice cream. What’s not to love?

Where would we find you relaxing in Edinburgh ?

You would find me on a Saturday morning wandering through the farmers’ market, buying too much cheese. Then heading to the Chocolate Tree in Bruntsfield for a piece of cake and a cup of tea.

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

The skyline of the old town when you stand on Princes Street, or the view of the city from the high curve of Ramsay Lane.
If you had 24 hours in town before you had to leave forever, what would you do?

Morning at the farmers’ market (during the summer so there would be jubilee strawberries available).  A long walk starting from Calton Hill, then through the old town and the Meadows to Peter’s Yard, for a piece of cake and a mocha. Dinner at Thai Lemongrass (oh, the monkfish!), followed by a play at either the King’s or the Lyceum.

Any interesting stories you know about Edinburgh?

Many years ago during the Tattoo, the performers from the massed pipes and drums stood on the Esplanade during the finale. As a less-than-subtle dig at the daily, unchanging ration of an orange with their lunch, all the performers, having hidden that day’s oranges in their kit, dropped them at the same time. All those oranges rolled through the ranks down the slope of the Esplanade. No more oranges after that…

Sum up Edinburgh in 5 words or less.

Vibrant, mysterious, refined, enigmatic

Thank you, Sophia

Sophia's picture of Lauriston Castle

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