Last weekend was meant to be spent exploring Glasgow (where I’m based right now for placement) but due to a change in plans I ended up in Edinburgh.
Can’t really complain thought because it was a bank holiday weekend, meaning I had not two but THREE days off. Yaldi.
It was a great weekend consisting of skateboarding, going to the zoo(!!!) and watching the best series I have ever watched called Stranger Things on Netflix. There is only 8 episodes in the first season so obviously I had to spend the whole of Monday binge watching. And now it is Monday evening and I have no idea what to do with myself.
But let me go back to Sunday and my trip to the Zoo…
Sunday 31st July
Surprisingly it was Cameron fantastic idea to go to the zoo and what a great idea it was. After somehow taking three hours to get ourselves organised we finally headed off. Believe me when I say I was ridiculously excited, probably more than most children would be.
The zoo is fairly pricey but it does include a 10% donation to help fund various conservation projects that Edinburgh zoo are involved in. After paying and then having a glance at the map and trying to come up with a sensible route around the zoo, we made it to the first animals – the meerkats.
Meerkats are SO CUTE. I never actually realised but I would definitely have on was a pet if I could. They run about the place and dig and do the classic meerkat thing – standing on their back legs looking about the place.
Next was the flamingos.
Flamingos legs are literally sticks and its actually mind-blowing that it supports their body weight. They did’t do much but they were interesting to see.
After seeing a couple more animals we were starving so went to the cafe and sat outside to have a quick munch before heading off again. I was very concerned that I wouldn’t make the penguin parade so was getting slightly antsy!
The route we had taken made no sense so we went back to the start of the zoo to try and see the animals we had missed out on the way to the penguin enclosure.
The pandas at the zoo, who are pretty much celebs were inside because it was breeding time so they wanted a fairly quiet atmosphere for them. So we walked through the outside of their enclosure but there was nothing really to see.
Next up the penguins!! I ended up being in the front row during the parade and I was so excited.
The zookeepers only let out the penguins that want to come out, they aren’t forced. There was only 3 penguins that came out but it meant that you got a really good look at them. After the parade it was feeding time. There were two people doing some sort of experience day or something and they were getting to help feed the penguins and I was insanely jealous.
After the penguins, there was a talk at the rhino enclosure so we went over to that. Rhinos have the weirdest lips. They have massive top lip and its actually really funny. They scoop the food into their mouth using the lip.
After the rhino we explored the monkey enclosures. I love monkeys and there is a certain breed who in particular were my favourite because they were so energetic and just so entertaining and fascinating to watch. Can’t remember the name of the breed through which is annoying but just means I’ll have to have another trip to the zoo soon.
After visiting the Chimps, there was a ‘Meet the insects’ workshop. Cameron was so keen for this, me not so much. There were two different types of insect which the zookeepers were handing out to members of the audience to hold. I managed to hold a cockroach although as soon as the zookeeper put it into my hand I really regretted it. After cockroaches there was GIANT stick insects. I really didn’t like these but Cameron was loving life.
Next we went to the top of the zoo where the larger animals were kept such as zebra, lions and tapirs. I didn’t like seeing these animals as much because they were either really difficult to see or they weren’t as interesting to watch. Although I must say zebras are so beautiful.
There was loads and loads of different species to see and actually after being at the zoo I did think that the price was very representative of the quality of the visit. The food was not overpriced at all either which was a bonus. You learn a lot about animals swell, especially as an adult as you actually read the plaques telling you about each animals whereas when you are a child you don’t. After seeing all the different animals I really want to adopt one. Trying to decide which one is my next challenge…