So you figure after a Sunday/Monday with only some bad interrupted sleep on an airplane. Followed by two nights of interrupted sleep segments totaling about 5 hours each night I would be exhausted and sleep like a baby right? Nope, not at all… This time I didn’t have a work alert or a fire door to blame, I only had my own body. After falling asleep at a decent time I woke up about 1:30 AM to excruciating pain. Evidently, I had pushed too hard too long and the sleep I was getting was not enough. Basically, I awoke to a migraine, and my shoulder, hip, knee, hands, and feet in extreme inflammatory pain. The worst though was something I haven’t experienced in a while which is allodynia, in the form of even though my core was feeling cold my skin felt like it was on fire and translating any touch to the sensation of localized pain. I’m not sure what triggered this extreme of a reaction, travel, stress, work, pushing myself too far, or it was just time for this to happen. Luckily my doctors like me and I was prepared. Besides pain pills, the recommended treatment is an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) and I don’t have to rely on something like Alleve. I have a heavy duty prescription version of that, so that along with some other remedies I had packed began to help. Along with my nice soft travel blanket that wasn’t setting my teeth on edge when I touched it and moving out to the couch I eventually got back to sleep a few hours later. I think I finally got about 7 hours of sleep that night. Just not all together. Once again the day finally began and I followed my routine of getting ready stopping by to get a maple latte during my 2-minute walk to work. Once in I got a breakfast roll from the Deli at work. Seriously the best way to have breakfast. I really am a bit jealous of the Deli in the office at work. It's so good and so cheap on the budget. I would end up saving a ton of money and eat better if we had one like this one in our Austin office. After the brutal day at work the day before I took the opportunity to go to my UK coworkers and have them show me what they are working on to get a better idea of how I could help. I ended up taking off a little earlier after a very productive day. I got in a good walk through Old Town on the George IV Bridge then down the News Steps a quick turn on Market St, and across Waverly Bridge to Princes Street. Once in New Town I headed to the west past St. Andrews Square to do some shopping for presents. With a skip in my step, I headed down Queens street to do more shopping when my phone rang. Of course, it did… trouble at work and I was on the opposite end of the castle. With a quick enough jog to set my watch into auto workout mode, I made it back in about 20 minutes to take care of business. No rest for the wicked.
Once work was finally out of the way I headed back the way I came and returned to New Town. I was famished so I headed straight to Soba for some amazing Pan-Asian fusion street food. I was there in 2015 and tried to take Red there last year but the kitchen was closed for remodeling. The remodeling was successful as the food was more delicious than I remember. With a belly full and refreshed I again retraced my 2015 steps to the Bramble. The bar was just as I left it. Dimly lit, jamming an extensive playlist of the greatest hip-hop ever assembled and making drinks unlike anywhere else in the world.
I started with the Black & Yellow. Which is Monkey Shoulder Whisky, Rinquinquin peach aperitif, Kilchoman Machir Bay single malt whisky, honey, bee pollen & lemon. Yeah… it goes that hard. Next up is the Affinity Cocktail, this is a handmade cocktail that is then aged in small batch barrels, bottled and wax sealed again to age a second time until server. It consists of Gelenmorangie Original single malt whisky, Byrrh Grand Quinquina, Noilly Prat Dry vermouth & orange bitters.
The last was a Snap & Roll this was a floral and savory cocktail made from Las Medallas manzanilla sherry, Absenteroux, Kamm & Sons aperitif, Suze, sugar snap cordial, salt & Fever-Tree elderflower tonic.
I considered one more maybe a Camptown Cocktail, Swedish Clip, or a Hokkaido Cocktail, however, I had enough. It was time to end the night an so joyously returned to my hotel and made a bed on the couch again, but the question still remained will I get sleep tonight?