It’s Christmas! Well, if you’re going by the sellers on the streets of Glasgow it sure is: and that means Christmas markets are springing up all over the place.
Edinburgh’s German version rumbled me of more time, money and dignity over four undergraduate years than I’d care to recap in 250 words – but it does mean I know a thing or two about markets. Or at least I like to pretend I do. Which, when you have a blog, is as good as.
You want five helpful rules? Is that what you said? Of course it is. Another list.
1. Take photos. Because in the middle of February, when its still cold, wet, icy and dark, the decorations are down and eating is no longer an acceptable past time in itself, you’ll want a reminder of why the weather and lack of sun was worth it.
2. Try the mulled wine. You’ll either be addicted already (skip to number 3) or repulsed by the idea. If its the latter, give it a go, honest. Even if you hate the taste its the obligatory ‘look’ in said photos – and the alternative beer is about £7.
3. DO NOT ATTEMPT ICE SKATING AFTER MULLED WINE. No explanation necessary.
4. Watch others attempt ice-skating after falling foul of rule number three. There are few things that can provide better festive entertainment.
5. Take friends. Its perfectly acceptable to head along yourself, but its the festive season and means you can try bits of whatever they’ve bought to eat and drink – more choice, but without having to buy everything.