A day in the life at the fringe goes like this: Wake up; go to coffee shop; do emails; write blog; go home for a rest; go flyering; perform show; eat more food; go to bed. It's like a wheel that can always be the same if you let it. So yesterday we decided to shake things up a bit.
We did start with the usual visit to Filament Coffee for smoked salmon bagels and amaze balls coffee and these little enchanting treats called million dollar truffles, which are kinda the best thing ever. Then, of course the usual flyering leading up to the show. We actually had so many people in our audience that we flyered today so it is good to know that it really does work. And we actually had a super fun show because the audience was wonderful and full of giggles. It was the first time ever that Morro has smoked an e-cigarette (they are totally nasty).
Then, after the show, we were like let's shake this evening around like ice in martini shaker... Let's doing something outside of the box that we are living in... Let's make this night a spectacle that is to be a memory... Let's go on a haunted ghost tour.
We walked the crowded friday night streets towards the place where they start ghost tours from considering if this was actually a good idea or not. The tour was called "City of The Dead" and the 10:30 tour was the "Double Dead" tour which sounded... delightful... Maybe we'll just get some food first, we thought.
A late night deep fried joint was open and looked just fine. "Do you have anything that is not deep fried?" Morro asked out of curiosity (they even had deep fried burger patties). "I'm not deep fried" said the dude working behind the counter giving us high fives. We got fish and chips because it was hard to identify what anything else was, and there was a huge line waiting behind us. They gave us mini forks which was the best. Well, Morro liked it. Jasp thought it was a really inefficient way of eating.
It was time to decide. 10:25. "Let's do it!" cried Jasp, with a look of fear in her eyes. She made sure to tell the guide that she was afraid of the dark and of small spaces and that she might and probably will scream a lot. The guide laughed as she took our money and sort-of-kind-of reassured Jasp that everything will be okay... "If anything creepy does happen however, there is nothing I can do about it."
We proceeded with a group down to the South Bridge Vaults and into the dark underground world of Edinburgh (apparently one of the most haunted places on earth). The walls were dripping, the air was thin, and the history of the stone walls and tiny rooms was even more disturbing. It was intense. Like the most intense. Especially the part with the stories about how they shoved all the poor people down there because it was illegal to be poor on the street. That made us feel very lucky to be alive now and not then because who knows what they would have done to clowns if they put poor people underground. Then we went to Covenanter's Prison in Greyfriar's Graveyard and a cell that a poltergeist lives in. Basically all the scary places that you can imagine in the dark and with the bits of history that every place has but keeps to themselves except for in creepy tours like this.
It was AWESOME! Today we totally want to do more tourist things and start to get to know the city outside of the Fringe. Wahooo!