It's true what they say, friends are always there, no matter what. My friend Kirsten is only a month younger than me. When we both turned 18, she was the one person I always headed into town to clubs, in Edinburgh. You always got a laugh with Kirsten, as she was that confident person who'd speak to random guys. I don't know how many times Kirsten had us waiting on a taxi home and she'd go off chatting to randoms. I stopped going out drinking in town when I was around 19-20. I felt I had my years of partying, but I also started to drift apart from Kirsten.
Then last year I got a friend request on Facebook from Kirsten, but a different second name. She got married. We spoke, like we'd always been friends. You'd never think 10 years went by. The chats we've had and the laughs we've had.
I recently got invited to a Press Event, in Edinburgh and Kirsten said she'd come along with me. I agreed to drive to the event, so I went and picked Kirsten up.
We headed for dinner at Five Guys, at Fountain Park before the event. I had the veggie sandwich and vanilla milkshake. Kirsten had the beef burger and banana milkshake.
The next part ended up being very eventful. I went to Fountain Park a couple months ago to pick up pizza at Pizza Hut and I asked the woman at Pizza Hut, if she had to validate my parking ticket. She said no it's free parking and I got out ok. So when I went to drive out, I kept putting the ticket in the machine and it wasn't letting us out (We were entitled to free parking, as we had Five Guys). I pushed the help button and suddenly the bar lifted. Kirsten said she knew a street where to park nearer, so we headed to there and the street was full. I said let's just drive back to Fountain park and walk along. So Kirsten set Google maps on her phone to back to Fountain Park. It took us a detour around Edinburgh City Centre and I ended up driving like I was in America.
Once we got back to Fountain Park, we headed to the Press Event. After the Press Event, we headed to Five Guys to get the parking ticket validated to get us out. When drove out the car park, it came up - Have a nice day. Thanks we needed that, after the stressful drive in the City Centre.
Safe to say it was my first time driving in Edinburgh City Centre, stressful, but we still managed to have a laugh. Thanks for the good night Kirsten, the laugh and all the advice you've gave this past year. It's nice known you've stayed the same person, after all these years and we can still have a laugh.