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A Day In Dundee: Nostalgia & Penguins

22nd August 2018

There’s this interesting thing about me.

The best part of any holiday or vacation or fuckskioffski or whatever you call it, is the night before you leave. That and Day One. Round about Day Two or Three, I’m already thinking of ways to extend the trip. Because I am a wanderluster like that.

And as we approached the middle of our Edinburgh road trip, I got to thinking. Neil will tell you my over-thinking is a scary thing.

But stick with me.

I didn’t want our concentrated family time to end. There were no access issues, no work calls, no you WILL have fun, and you will like it. Because we did have fun.

Isla voluntarily sat on my lap as we tooled through the streets of Edinburgh, not unlike when she was a baby. And I SO ENJOYED IT.

Thursday rolled around and I thought of the bubble bursting. No good.

So I might have suggested we go somewhere else when we left. There was a resturant we wanted to try.

Neil and I are foodies. We’re not annoying with it, but we will travel for new, good food.

And here’s my list of must-haves for a trip.

1. Wheelchair access

Here’s Neil’s must-haves on a trip.


So there was this resturant that got good reviews. In Dundee. There was also Maggie’s Penguin Parade.

Sounded like a great end to Summer, 2018.

Now. I discovered cow parades while in Prague years ago. But I didn’t know this public art thing extended to penguins.


So we did.

I went to University in Dundee (also Stirling, but who’s counting?)

As we tooled about the streets of Dundee, I told Isla some stories. About 3am, about figure-eights, about traffic cones and best friends.

And before we went penguin-spotting, we went into the Dundee Science Centre where I tested my reaction time (It SUCKS) on a game not unlike Simon Says.

Isla got the lights I couldn’t reach. I told you she was tall.

‘Team effort,’ Isla says. ‘Let’s do it again.’

Neil got involved and together there was a new high-score. Though quaint, that symbolism wasn’t lost on me.

We ate Japanese food, and I discovered that the saddest cover ever released was Johnny Cash’s version of In My Life. I figured that out when it played in the resturant.

And then.

There was Dean Martin.

Bases. Covered.

And yet.

Neil goes, ‘Is that Sammy Davis, Jr.?’

‘Man, why do you ruin all the moments? Can’t you see I’m nostalgic over here? Have I taught you nothing?’

So, that happened. Then we found the penguins. Good timing, penguins.






Which one is your favorite?

Read more about Maggie’s Penguin Parade here.

This is not a sponsored post, we just like penguins. And family adventures. Even when Neil gets the music wrong.

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  • Reply johnrieber 22nd August 2018 at 6:56 pm

    So well-written as always,, love the penguins, and nothing better than finding a new place to eat!

  • Reply Ritu 22nd August 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Sounds like a great day Lorna! The penguins are cute!

  • Reply John CR Duff 22nd August 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Is it just me, or do the penguins grins look like snub-nosed bottle nose dolphins/ Just sayin’.

  • Reply Rebecca Moon Ruark 22nd August 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Fun! I’m the one always getting the music wrong here. For a while I thought every 80s white guy rocker sounded like Huey Lewis and the News, which really drove my music-nut husband crazy!

  • Reply sarah9188 22nd August 2018 at 8:20 pm

    I feel like I am totally on the same wavelength as Neil; I LOVE penguins and I can never tell you who is singing a particular song or who plays in a particular movie. Thanks for sharing memories from your trip. 🙂

  • Reply TanGental 22nd August 2018 at 8:54 pm

    There’s something ineffably cool about penguins. Loved them

  • Reply Paula Bardell-Hedley 22nd August 2018 at 9:23 pm

    I love “fuckskioffski”! Is this a word you invented? It’s class. ?

    • Reply Lorna 22nd August 2018 at 9:27 pm

      I didn’t invent the word, but I appreciate the word, ha!

  • Reply dinosaursdonkeysandms 22nd August 2018 at 11:05 pm

    These penguins are amazing! I love penguins, and now want to go and find them all… Are they staying there permanently? xxx

    • Reply Lorna 22nd August 2018 at 11:45 pm

      Up until the 7th sept with some kind of giant finale on the 23rd and 24th. xox

      • Reply dinosaursdonkeysandms 23rd August 2018 at 2:09 pm

        Sounds amazing! I was hoping they would be there abit longer though. 🙂 xxx

  • Reply Book Club Mom 23rd August 2018 at 2:47 am

    I can’t choose – they are all so nice!

  • Reply rachaelstray 23rd August 2018 at 10:12 am

    The last one is my favourite. We’ve had snow dog trail in Newcastle and in Lincoln they’ve had the Knights and Barron trails they’re good fun, although not penguins!

    Rachael |

  • Reply josypheen 23rd August 2018 at 7:12 pm

    I love the penguin covered in penguins!

    A couple of years ago I reeeeally lusted over a print titled penguinception. I wanted it sooo much for our wall, and asked my brother in law if we could have it for Christmas. He said he’d get it, but then forgot. By the time I looked after Christmas it was all sold out. Anyway, I think Neil would like it too!

    This isn’t the one I fell in love with, but it’s similar:

  • Reply Jackie Cangro 26th August 2018 at 4:42 pm

    The penguins are fab! They did something similar here with cows. Fun, but not as terrific as penguins.

  • Reply englishwithkirsty 26th August 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Penguins are cool. I only realised on a recent trip to the zoo how noisy they are! There were no chances to get close, so a noisy song from those guys made it a multi-sensory experience for me!

  • Reply Darlene 30th August 2018 at 10:27 am

    You gotta love those penguins!! Sounds like a great place.

  • Reply Gloria 30th August 2018 at 11:47 am

    Wow! I love those penguins. ?

  • Reply arv!v 31st August 2018 at 9:13 am

    I guess Dundee is not very popular among tourists. is that so?

    • Reply Lorna 31st August 2018 at 9:17 am

      They try. It has a place in my heart because I lived there once, and there’s more things to do now.

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