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Monday, July 27, 2009

So long to Scotland - Ready for re-entry

How GOOD it is to be surrounded by English again and also to have to put on a sweater in July! We arrived in Edinburgh about two weeks ago and have enjoyed remembering our time here as students 28 years ago. With a friend's lovely flat as homebase (thanks, Tom!), we ventured into the city on several occasions and also explored the Islands of Iona and Skye and a few other key places.

Here are some random thoughts and lessons learned in Scotland:

  • Obey the parking signs. When they say "don't feed the meter", they mean it even when there's only an hour left before the parking is free!

  • Middle-aged men in kilts are not all that attractive.

  • Take plenty of allergy medicine if you go to Iona in July.

  • Like most Scots, carry an umbrella in one hand and sunglasses in the other.

  • Playing golf on an island next to the sheep is really neat and probably the way it was meant to be played!

  • Painting outdoors on an island in Scotland is tricky due to the wind and occasional rain.

  • Driving on the left side of the road will definitely give right side drivers ulcers and heart attacks especially if they happen to be in the passenger seat.

  • Sheep are not all that friendly.

CLICK HERE TO SEE A SLIDESHOW of photo highlights (Part 1) from Scotland. I have anther set of favorite photos from Scotland so check back later if you're interested!

We will miss Scotland and the wonderful friends here. There is so much more to see and do. Lord willing, we'll be back!

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