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21 Things You'll Only Understand If You Grew Up In Edinburgh

The sun was always shining and Portobello was like the Costa Del Sol.

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1. You felt like Kevin Costner in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves running and sliding around here:

Dalkeith Country Park was a huge treat, and you never got to go there enough.
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Dalkeith Country Park was a huge treat, and you never got to go there enough.

2. This shop was the only place to get your toys at Christmas.

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Who needed Toys R' Us? We had Wonderland.

3. You'd go and see the robotic puppet jazz band while scoffing lasagne and enormous ice creams here:

The Chicago-themed restaurant had fishtanks full of catfish too, and even a piranha to amuse and amaze sugar-filled kids.
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The Chicago-themed restaurant had fishtanks full of catfish too, and even a piranha to amuse and amaze sugar-filled kids.

4. But you also knew that nothing beat a Mr Boni's ice cream.

The legendary café on Glimore Place closed its doors for the last time in 2002. R.I.P.
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The legendary café on Glimore Place closed its doors for the last time in 2002. R.I.P.

5. You hung out with orangutans here:

Fort Saughton was filled with amazing swings, epic slides, and awesome climbing frames that would keep you busy for hours.

6. You saw all the Disney classics at the ABC.

The modern, shiny, glass-fronted Odeon that replaced it just doesn't have the same charm.
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The modern, shiny, glass-fronted Odeon that replaced it just doesn't have the same charm.

7. You begged to be taken here on a Friday.

First it was a Wimpy, then a Burger King. It had amazing views of the castle and it was the best place for a bit of teenage flirting. Now it's just a boring HSBC :(
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First it was a Wimpy, then a Burger King. It had amazing views of the castle and it was the best place for a bit of teenage flirting. Now it's just a boring HSBC :(

8. But getting dragged around the old Waverley Mall to go shopping was the worst.

1996 Princes Mall (Waverly Market) was vaporwave as fuck. Bring it back.

Unless you got to go to the food hall and get a Happy Meal, of course.

9. You'd go to the arcade at Portobello and rush straight to one of these.

Your gran never had enough two pence pieces though.
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Your gran never had enough two pence pieces though.

10. And if the sun was shining, you'd take a dip at the beach too.

Back then, there was never any worry about getting the dreaded "Porty Ear" or the water being too cold.
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Back then, there was never any worry about getting the dreaded "Porty Ear" or the water being too cold.

11. If you lived in north Edinburgh, you probably spent quite a few Saturdays here.

Cheering on the mighty Hibees was always a treat (even if they didn't always win).
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Cheering on the mighty Hibees was always a treat (even if they didn't always win).

12. Or, if you lived on the other side of town, the WHEC was always a great day out.

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The swimming pool in Wester Hailes Education Centre was a brilliant place, you just couldn't beat it (or the amazing toadstool slide).

13. And you learned to swim in the ball pool at Little Marco's.

Every time someone had a birthday party, you prayed for it to be here.
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Every time someone had a birthday party, you prayed for it to be here.

14. Your first encounter with wild animals was feeding nuts to these little guys at the Botanic Gardens.

If you weren't careful, they'd try to climb up your trousers.
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If you weren't careful, they'd try to climb up your trousers.

15. And you were transported to another world in the hot houses.

The smell still takes you back. You always wanted to take a ride on the giant water lilies too.
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The smell still takes you back. You always wanted to take a ride on the giant water lilies too.

16. You'd always watch the skateboarders at Bristo Square.

Can you believe that it's been completely demolished? Where are we supposed to go to watch teenagers skin their elbows these days?
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Can you believe that it's been completely demolished? Where are we supposed to go to watch teenagers skin their elbows these days?

17. You never needed to go to the countryside: You had Gorgie City Farm.

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It taught you all you needed to know about animals without having to go much further than Dalry Road.

18. You feared nothing more than the tide coming in at Cramond Island.

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Being stuck on the island when the tide came in was what nightmares were made of, and everyone had heard of it happening to someone they knew.

19. There were only two reasons to go to the National Museum of Scotland.

1. To see the massive stuffed albatross and 2: To throw a penny in the water. It's just not the same now they've got rid of the fish ponds.
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1. To see the massive stuffed albatross and 2: To throw a penny in the water. It's just not the same now they've got rid of the fish ponds.

20. You'd run to the top deck of the bus and stare down the little box to see the top of the driver's head.

And pretend to drive from the front seats as well.
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And pretend to drive from the front seats as well.

21. And you'd go to shows and play on The Meadows in the long, lazy summer afternoons.

There was always tennis, football, and ice cream nearby to keep you happy, plus the sun was always shining, because growing up in Edinburgh was pure class.
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There was always tennis, football, and ice cream nearby to keep you happy, plus the sun was always shining, because growing up in Edinburgh was pure class.