Parliament, Polars, and Pretty Penguin Parade

Edinburgh Travel Blog

 › entry 7 of 13 › view all entries
Love at first sight

The University arranged to have an attorney come speak to us.  As interesting as he was, it was extremely hard to hold an attention span after sitting in one class for 4 hours.  But we did.  His knowledge of Texas didn't extend further than King of the Hill but he was still a funny guy, mostly because he made the reference at all. =)  He did take us to the headquarters of the organization he's in (sorry I'm being so vague, I can't remember a thing), and I fell in love with the library.  There were books.  EVERYWHERE.  And anyone who knows me knows I have a long-standing love affair with books. 

The following day we took a private tour around the Scottish Parliament, one of the most controversial buildings in Edinburgh.

Shelves and shelves and shelves like this....
  One only has to glance at the building to see why- it's ultramodernity is a stark contrast to Edinburgh in general.  But surely no one can argue that the building isn't beautiful, especially when hearing the architectural reasoning behind it all.  We were given the tour by one the Nationalist party leaders currently in power.  We saw his office, the debating chamber and another room we weren't really supposed to be in. 

And I finally did the thing I'd been wanting to do since I decided to come to Scotland- I saw the Penguin Parade at the Edinburgh Zoo.  And it was worth the wait.  Seeing penguins march in semi-formation is kind of a warped flashback to my drill team days, only they were a lot cuter. =D  The day only got sweeter when I redeemed a coupon for a free penguin animal and it happened to be the cutest thing ever. 

Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
Love at first sight
Love at first sight
Shelves and shelves and shelves li…
Shelves and shelves and shelves l…
Scottish Parliament.
Scottish Parliament.
THe illegal room.
THe illegal room.
The debating chamber.
The debating chamber.
Talk about a window seat.
Talk about a window seat.
Oh, hes so cute!
Oh, he's so cute!
The penguins get a diving board.
The penguins get a diving board.
Penguin city.
Penguin city.
Look at him all squinty eyed and c…
Look at him all squinty eyed and …
Im the one in the middle.
I'm the one in the middle.
Edinburgh
photo by: vances