Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Sophie Malone

Just off George Street you'll find the Thistle Street Bar (the TSB as it's affectionally known). There you'll also find today's Edinburgh Barstar, Sophie Malone, who's cycled and busked around Spain after turning down a university place twice. Richard had a chat to find out more.

Name: Sophie Malone

Age: 21

Bar: Thistle Street Bar

Background: Born in Edinburgh. Left school at 18 and twice turned down going to university. Took up bar work and then decided to cycle and busk around Spain. Undertook volunteer bar work a hostel in return for accommodation. Returned to Edinburgh three weeks ago, took up her present position behind the bar and is currently negotiating a move to work in Iona.

Ambition: To travel and spread her sunshine around the world and take up a career in writing.

Favourite Drink: A shot of Agwa de Bolivia.


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