Guy Fawkes Fireworks
MC at the top of Calton Hill
The Mylne's Court crew climbed to the top of Calton Hill, under the impression that there would be a giant bonfire where we would burn Guy Fawkes in effigy. There were even tales of throwing live stray cats onto the fire so that they would make this eerie, unsettling hissing/howling noise (although I'm still pretty sure that Hugo and Liam made that up). Well, there was a bonfire - but it was on the other side of a 12-foot-tall brick wall that emerged from the bottom of a deep ditch.
Rubbing mud out of my eye, thanks Rachel
Trying to scale the wall
Back at the bottom of the hill, we discovered that the bonfire on the other side of the wall was a private party at a Country Club type of place. How posh and elitist. So, naturally, we climbed back up to the top of the hill and stood on the highest crest to watch all of the fireworks being set off all over the city. That part was pretty cool. Every direction you looked, you saw more fireworks. So we climbed up onto the Scottish Monument (the unfinished Parthenon) to get a better view. It was fun, but a bit anti-climactic compared to the unknown and unplanned excitement of the Hindu Parade and festival, and the Samhuinn parade, etc. So even though we are told to remember November 5th, unfortunately it may be forgotten among all of the other exciting events that have happened here so far this year, and all of the exciting things to come.
Watching the works atop the Scottish Monument