I’ve been luck enough to spend some time at the Edinburgh Festival this year, and as long as you are mentally and fashionably prepared for the rain it is a great place to loose yourself. As the festival begins to wrap up for another year, my highlight of 2011 was Schlomo Mouthatronic – a one man show of intense high energy genre-hopping human beatboxing, mixed with storytelling from the man himself. This was pretty much one of the most entertaining hours of my life. A bold statement perhaps, but this guy was incredible taking you on a journey from his Iranian grandparents house to the darkest, dirtiest clubs of the Lower East Side. If you get the opportunity to see this guy, then do it.
In contrast I also visited a new spa on Hanover Street – the perfect tonic for the morning after the night before. Pristine white and atheistically ethereal, just entering Zen Lifestyle was enough to clear my conscience. My time here was purely cosmetic based, with an HD Brow and Shellac manicure appointment. Zen is the only spa in the capital that offers the (highly addictive) HD Brow service so I was in much need of my monthly fix.