Bagpipers and Body Piercings

Has anyone seen the world’s most pierced woman before? I have. And trust me, you don’t really want to! She’s pretty scary looking. I didn’t feel like paying to take her picture, so unfortunately I don’t have any to show you.  But, if you go to Edinburgh in August, chances are you’ll see her there.

The City of Edinburgh

With the summer upon us, it means festivals galore throughout the UK. If you’re heading to Scotland in August, you’re in for a treat.  The Edinburgh International Festival is taking place throughout the month (August 12th to September 4th) and the city is buzzing with life.

Very Flexible Street Performers

The Festival was started in 1947, shortly after WWII.  Apparently, it was established in order to create ‘a platform for the flowering of the human spirit’.  If you’re interested in learning more about the Festival, you can visit their website at

Whether you’ve come for the comedy, theatre, art or dance (the list goes on…), there is something for everyone. I spent hours wandering the Royal Mile (The Royal Mile consists of the streets running from the Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace) just watching the amazing street performers who flock here for festival season.

Some Great Entertainers

For those bagpipe lovers out there (I know there aren’t many of us), you certainly won’t be disappointed. You’ll find bagpipers on many street corners and I must say some of them look pretty damn cool.

Performers come from all over the world to participate in the festival. There are many free shows that take place, so it doesn’t have to be an expensive ordeal. Although on a side note, airfares tend to be much higher during this time.  We purchased tickets for a few shows and popped into a couple free performances as well.

The Best Bagpipers Around

Two amazing productions I saw during my visit were Zambezi Express, an African musical/dance show and Brazil Brazil!, a capoeira and samba based performance. The performers all had abs of steel, hot dance moves and incredible rhythm.  Both shows reinforced the fact that I have two left feet.

Just being in Edinburgh during the Festival is energizing. You’ve got so much history here. Combine that with world-class art, music and comedy and you’ve got a winning combination.

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