This weekend, I went to Edinburgh for ScotMUN. In case anyone hasn’t read the other blogs, this was the Scottish Model United Nations and I was the delegate for Grenada on the Historical Security Council. The council was set back in October 1983 when the US invaded Grenada!!
Now we’ll go back to the beginning. On Friday, I arrived in Edinburgh early in the afternoon and was met at the station by my old Brisbane school friend Dom, who is studying in Edinburgh! It was so amazing to see her again for the first time since year nine. Walking through Edinburgh, you can only marvel at the old stone buildings, Edinburgh castle and the statues that seem to be on every street corner.
Before I continue, I have to profess myself as a bit of a Harry Potter nerd. Make your judgements and then continue reading.
As we headed towards Edinburgh University, we walked past a café called The Elephant House. This is the café where J.K.Rowling wrote a lot of Harry Potter. Then we walked by Greyfriars Graveyard, where she got the inspiration for a lot of the characters in the books. Yes, you can actually visit Tom Riddle’s grave!!! There is also a road near the uni called Potter Row (no need for elaboration).
Then, once I had finished marvelling at the endless Harry Potter related sites in the immediate vicinity, I headed to ScotMUN registration. Here I got my name tag, folder, guide, notepad, pen and all important placard. Notably, I was actually representing QUT at this conference so Australia did get mentioned in the guide (be very proud) At this point, I’d like to state the University of Edinburgh is beautiful! Here’s a picture of the old Medical School, where we had our committee sessions.
We then headed to Dom’s residents and one of her housemates was generous enough to let me borrow her room while she was away for the weekend. It was so lovely of them to be so hospitable and hopefully when they come to Leeds I’ll be able to return the favour! On Friday evening, I had the Opening Ceremony followed by welcome drinks in the student union (the oldest one in the UK).
On Saturday we had our first committee sessions. As was expected, the USSR, China and Cuba were all supporting me and my communist state. The US were against us and everyone else fell somewhere in between. We made really great progress, including a presidential statement, and headed off for a committee dinner afterwards for a well-deserved meal. Then, it was back to the student union for the traditional Scottish Ceilidh! It was lots of highland dancing and we really didn’t understand the instructions from the band but it was so much fun and very cultural. Here are some photos of the dancing and another delegate, Leeanna, taking a break from all the hopping, skipping and twirling!
Sunday then rolled around and a few of the delegates seemed rather “worse for wear”. I, on the other hand, was a little too enthusiastic, arriving at the uni half an hour early. So I decided to go to The Elephant House and have a cup of tea looking at the view of Edinburgh Castle. I did not start writing a soon-to-be bestselling series about a boy wizard but maybe next week!
Once committee started again, all the delegates were keen to start working towards a resolution. The committee came up with what I thought was a great resolution but, being the Security Council, the USSR and USA had the power to veto our resolution… which they did. Oh well, we sort of saw it coming and we did come very close. At the closing ceremony they announced honourable mentions for each committee as well as awarding best delegate… and… I won Best Delegate! YAY!!
So as you can see I had a wonderful and very successful weekend in Edinburgh and I can’t wait to head back next weekend to be more of a tourist!!