But in spite my hectic schedule, I need to take a few minutes to tell you about Saint Andrew's Day 2011 in Edinburgh.
|Saint Andrew's Cross, The Saltire, is on Scotland's Flag|
Today I took advantage of this program with a free trip to Edinburgh Castle. The city's top attraction, it is home to Scotland's War Museum, The Stone of Destiny, and the Scottish Crown Jewels. Since it was built around 1130 AD, it has seen many battle but never changed hands by anything but willing surrender. As far as castles go, Edinburgh is as tough as they come.
It is also the inspiration for Hogwarts' Castle in the Harry Potter series, which is pretty exciting for nerds like me.
But this year's Saint Andrew's Day wasn't only marked by free entry to attractions and closed banks. This year, November 30 saw 300,000 public sector workers go on strike in Scotland, as part of a larger "day of action" throughout Britain. Universities, libraries, doctor's offices, and local government shut down today, as workers protested pension cuts.
I witnessed a demonstration in the city centre this morning, and it was absolutely massive.
To be honest, I'm not sure what my exact opinion is on this movement, but I was happy to see all these people standing up for their beliefs in a non-violent way. As my friend Claudia said, we were lucky to witness "British Democracy in Action" on Saint Andrews day.
And with classes cancelled as our lecturers walked out, we had a ready-made excuse to skive off and enjoy a wee bit of free sightseeing on Saint Andrews day!