Jolly Judge, Hidden Letter in Edinburgh, AlisonChino.com

Hidden Letter In Edinburgh

Jolly Judge, Hidden Letter in Edinburgh, AlisonChino.com

Let me tell you about a little treasure hunt we went on to find a hidden letter in Edinburgh. 

Almost as soon as we arrived in Edinburgh a few weeks ago, Cole and Mary Polly were insistent that we find a place called the Jolly Judge.

While Taido seemed to understand their need to find this spot in the city, I remained completely oblivious until we were actually on the Royal Mile.

We had walked from our apartment and turned onto the top of the Royal Mile.  We were just beginning to take in the view of Edinburgh Castle, which until now, we had only glimpsed from afar, when Taido and the kids started to run in the opposite direction down the street.

Puzzled, Mother and I followed and barely caught up with them in time to see them turn down the alley (or close, as they are called here) underneath the sign for the Jolly Judge.

They were all down on the ground searching the wall of the close.

I see it! 

Here it is!

They were all shouting.  Taido pulled out pieces of folded up paper from the wall and when we opened them all up, to our delight, they were letters to our family.

Hidden Letter In Edinburgh, AlisonChino.com

A little note for each of us.

A girl from our hometown, named Ashley Jolly, had visited Scotland with her family in June, and though she knew we weren’t moving to Edinburgh, she figured we would get there eventually, so she wrote letters and hid them in a wall for us to find when we arrived.

Our home church collected letters and cards and memories into a book for us back in Arkansas, and she included a note in the collection that simply read,

Your letter is in the wall, near the Jolly Judge in Scotland.

You can’t believe how much fun this was to all of us!  We read her letters over and over and Instagrammed pictures of finding them.  I would have to say it was one of our highlights of our time in Edinburgh, and it was such a simple, fun idea.

It made me curious.  Have you ever left a letter hidden in a city for a future traveler?  Or have you ever found one?

We are all thinking now about how we might leave someone a letter like this some day!

Thanks Ashley!  We hope to see you on this side of the pond sometime soon! XOXO