Two years into living in Scotland and I still feel like a tourist here whenever I’m not working (and not vegging on the couch!). That’s one of the things I love about living abroad – your surroundings take on a more mysterious hue and it’s like the more you explore them the closer you come to ‘cracking the code’ and feeling like one of the locals and less of an outsider looking in. At least that’s how I feel anyway. So welcome to a new blog series aptly named ‘Out and About in Scotland’ where I can document the trips I take and the sights I see when I’m off-duty in Scotland.
Back in April, on a very wet and windy day, my husband and I escaped the elements and fell down a kind of rabbit hole when we entered the alternate reality of Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura! Its main feature is the camera itself – a 19th-century device which captures a panoramic live view of the city using lenses and mirrors. It was so dull and overcast on this particular day though that the view was a bit of a murky soup of grey buildings. But on a bright sunny day the camera is supposed to yield great views. The other five or so floors of the building are dedicated to all kinds of mind-bending interactive illusions that are so much fun! From a magic-mirror maze to a vortex tunnel, and with loads of puzzles and other optical illusions in between, it’s like mental gymnastics and you’ll find yourself a little unsure of your surroundings when you step back out into the real world.
So if you find yourself in Edinburgh on a rainy day looking for something to do, or indeed a sunny one either, I’d highly recommend Camera Obscura.
PS: I’m always looking for suggestions for fun sights to see or trips to take so any recommendations would be much appreciated!