After a very long first 9 days, today was going to be much more relaxed and easy going. A few of us decided to head to the Edinburgh Zoo today and take a bit of a break from hours in the car. It was really nice to just use the local transit system and see what the zoo here was like. The zoo was advertising a new baby Polar Bear, the only one in the UK I think, but once we got there we discovered that the baby Polar Bear was on loan to another location right now. I was a bit disappointed but new there was still so much more to see. The zoo itself was really nice and I liked to see that the animals had bigger enclosures than I expected and they had the freedom to decide between a big outdoor area or being inside where it was warmer. Almost every enclosure had little tunnels or ramps between the inside and the outdoor areas.
If you decide to ever visit the zoo while here, the one thing to be ready for that I didn't expect, was that you'll be walking a lot of pretty steep hills throughout it. It still didn't take very long to see everything here, and we were pretty much done after 2.5 hours.
Next, we met up with the rest of the group and headed out to find something to eat for lunch. We walked around the castle area of the city for a while until we found lunch and then afterward just headed back to the apartment. Tomorrow is going to be an early day as we have a 9.5-10 hour but tour down into England for our last day in the UK.