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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

EH1 2NG, Edinburgh

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Walking groggily through the old part of Edinburgh

Walking groggily through the old part of Edinburgh

Dear ——–,

We arrived in Edinburgh after 11 hours in the air (five of it with Scarlett Johansson, who was on the flight from L.A. to Newark). Mostly we’re happy it’s not raining. While it wasn’t ever exactly sunny today, we were happy that we could wander the city at will. First, we walked up the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle, a fortress built on an old volcano that’s been built and sieged since 600 A.D. The most interesting part was the jail, which housed prisoners captured by the British navy during the Revolutionary War. I’d always thought of the Revolutionary War being fought on ground in the U.S. and never before wondered what happened to those caught at sea. These men carved their names and the shapes of their ships into the wooden doors of their cells. Apparently, they also chiseled stamps out of their mutton bones to manufacture counterfeit currency. After wandering up and down many random streets, we checked into our modern-but-cozy bed and breakfast, 94DR. I can’t wait to lie down flat for the first time in 28 hours.

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I'm a journalist based in Los Angeles who has always said that writing postcards for a living would be a dream job. The posts -- short enough to fit on an actual postcard -- chronicle recent travels near and far. I could blab on about being inspired by epistolary novels, the short poems of Emily Dickinson, and the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" pieces, but I'll just say that I'm aiming to give you a sense of flavor of a place without boring you to death. Wish you were here!

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