Festival season is well underway in Scotland’s capital city, and if you’re in Edinburgh then there’s no escaping it.
As millions of visitors flock to Auld Reekie to soak up the culture and atmosphere of August’s many festivals, some locals are struggling to keep it together while attempting to go about their normal daily activities.
Here are some of the funniest sense of humour failures from Edinburgh residents who have taken to Twitter to vent their frustration.
Honestly, this sums up August for most Edinburghers – it’s a very confusing time
My annual love/hate relationship with the Edinburgh Fringe starts again tomorrow. Yay! Also, booo!
— Claire Shepherd 🌻 (@PumpkinClaire) July 31, 2018
And you might think we’re overreacting, but until you’ve lived it, you’ll never truly understand
*Before moving to Edinburgh* “why do locals hate the fringe? It’s a great event celebrating theatre, music, art, and culture and it’s only 3 weeks” *Now:* pic.twitter.com/BsvjcSNDqr
— Babe the sheep pig (@voldemortimer_) August 6, 2018
That being said, in what other city can you integrate performance art into your daily commute?
— Sam Hartley (@Samkellyhartley) August 6, 2018
But if you were thinking about ditching public transport and taking the car instead, think again
Forgot how much I hate driving pretty much anywhere in Edinburgh in August. Roadworks and tourists, GTF 👋
— Steph O'Neil (@stephmckay1588) August 4, 2018
Mmm love it when #Fringe Fever grips Edinburgh and people think it's okay to walk out in front of my car without looking ♥️♥️♥️
— Marianne MacRae (@MarianneMacRae) July 30, 2018
And prepare to be late for everything, since you’ll have to adopt the role of traffic warden or lollipop person every time you step outside
Lovely Edinburgh festival visitors, I know it feels like the normal rules of the world have been suspended but they really haven't. Just saw a family of three wander right in front of a bus (top reflexes from the driver). Roads are still roads!
— Lynsey May (@LynseyMay) August 7, 2018
Even the city’s taxi drivers are getting flustered by all the commotion
— Jamie Williams (@beambeam1) August 2, 2018
Finally, the rarest of creatures – an Edinburgh local who actually totally embraces Festival time
I know as someone who lives in Edinburgh I'm supposed to hate the festival, but it's a month where it's acceptable to get drunk during the day and lots of people I like come visit me. I love it.
— Stuart Iversen (@Iversen83) August 1, 2018