Outwith the hellish month of August I embrace visitors to my city – almost literally.
Whenever I see someone, map in hand – struggling to pinpoint their location or get a fix on an intended destination – I’m compelled to stop and give assistance. Occasionally they treat my offer with suspicion but most often they’re keen for help and I’m rewarded with grateful, happy smiles.
That’s why I do it really. When I started, I had a slight sense of Karma – I help this person and someone might help me when I need it – but now it’s just for the fun of it. We have a jolly time, pouring over the maps and laughing about this and that. Then, I set them on their path and I leave.
It pleases me to think my actions might form part of a happy memory when they look back on their visit to sunny Edinburgh.