Edinburgh Trip Day 5 - Best Day Yet. I woke up and felt adjusted to the time difference now. With an established routine for the morning, I walked out of the apartment and around the corner to Waka. They recognized me as I said "Same" and they knew exactly what I wanted to order. I went to work and it was a smooth day. I discovered more things to add to my planning list. I've made more progress here with less time and effort than I thought it was going to take. I took off a little early so I could meet with my friend (the model from the day before). She had a great idea that since we still had daylight left that we should go to Arthur's seat.
Arthur's Seat is the main peak of the group of hills in Edinburgh which form most of Holyrood Park. As accurately described by Robert Louis Stevenson, "a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design". It was a great adventure. To get there we took a roundabout way because of road construction. So I got to see a good part of the city that I hadn't seen yet. We also drove past the Scottish Parliament Building and Palace of Holyroodhouse.
The Palace is where the Queen stays when she comes to visit Scottland at the beginning of summer and conducts her official engagements and ceremonies. The Scottish Parliament is of course where Parliament gathers. It's a very unique structure designed by post-modern architect Enric Miralles. It's a very controversial building both in the architect world and from the city. From a design standpoint, Architecture Today said, "fine, and contextual, but it's quite a meal." The residents of the city find it controversial because of how much over budget the building went.
Back to the story... So we got out and about in Arthur's seat and got some wonderful pictures. It was beautiful and a fantastic view of the city at sunset. We left and went back into town in time to walk around The Portrait gallery for a little bit before it closed. We didn't get to explore it all but I'm looking forward to going back. We went to Sushi after. It was a cute little place at the top of Harvey Nichols that had sushi on a conveyer belt. You grabbed what you wanted and the price was according to the color of the plate. You could also press a button to request certain things, and it would yell at the staff in a cute anime voice.
We headed back to the apartment to shoot a few more outfits that we didn't get to shoot the night before. When we were done she took me to a secret bar here in Edinburgh. The front of it looked like a Barbershop and you walked in and down some stairs to the left to find a wall with a bookcase on it. You pulled a book in the bookcase to open the door and reveal a bar. The drink menu was extensive and everything was delicious. I loved the atmosphere too, very hip without trying to be "hipster".
We ended out night together and I was sad to see my new friend go but I know we are going to keep in touch. I know I'll be back to Edinburgh and she travels to the states sometimes. Next I'll get to show her around Austin, or have a good friend to explore more of Edinburgh with.
I headed to bed past my bedtime but didn't care. Adventures where had.