A Soft Place to Land

Snoring is hard work

Where to begin?

First, I made it! I’m in Scotland, Brian and I are once again on the same continent and we couldn’t be happier. It’s such a relief to have the crazy behind us, to be together, and to be able to finally catch our breaths.

Is that a phrase? Catch our breaths? Catch our breath? Collectively breathe again?

Whatever, you know what I mean.

The first few days were a whirlwind of visits with Brian’s sons and treks through Edinburgh. I’m so excited that we’re so close to Edinburgh right now, and that we have time to spend getting to know more about the city. I am madly in love with the history there, combined with the conveniences of modern living. Five hundred (or more) year old cemeteries are nestled between new parks and buildings. The castle is nearly a thousand years old, but I get cell phone service there and can instantly upload my photos to the internet while I’m standing in a courtyard where kings and queens walked.

It’s such a fantastic combination.

It was a short two days we spent there, but a great way for me to finally clear my head of all of the stress from the move.

After a brief stop at Brian’s dad’s house, and a visit with his brother, we’re now in Dunfirmline house sitting for a really fun couple who have left for a cruise to Norway. I will have more to write about that later as we’ve only just arrived yesterday, but I can say that it is so nice to have a home base for a little while, just the two of us, and to have some very sweet pets to cuddle while we’re here. Do you see Alfie up there? How cute is that face?

Brian is interviewing for jobs right now, so we don’t know exactly where we’ll end up. A temporary home is exactly what we need and this is working out perfectly.

By the way, pet sitting is almost as good as having grandchildren (so we hear). We get to cuddle and play with them, enjoy their company and take them for nice walks in the park, then we get to hand them back to their parents. It’s great!

So we’ll be exploring the area for the next week or so, enjoying the cool and changing weather, and loving every minute of finally being together again. I’ll be grateful every day to be away from Houston’s 103 degree sauna weather, and maybe I’ll even sit down and figure out which coin is a penny and which coin is a pound.

There is so much I need to learn!

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A Scotsman and his American photographer wife traveling the world and writing about it. Tales, reviews, photos, interviews and crazy goings on. Because you never know what's going to happen.

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7 Responses to A Soft Place to Land

  1. Mary-My Life in Scotland July 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    Wonderful!!! I can only imagine how hard it was to be away from each other.

    I was just at Edinburgh Castle a few days ago! I’ve been more times than I can count, but I love it every time. There is so much to see that you can’t get it all the first, second, or third time. You just have to keep going back and learning more. I love it.
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  2. akil3655
    Twitter: kiltandacamera
    July 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    We might get a chance soon. How fun would it be to spend two weeks living near the city center?!

    Let me know next time you’re up this way, we’ll come see you. :0)
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    • Jennifer Souza July 6, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

      Have a ton of fun exploring. It’s good to get the lay of the land. Can you see the wjole country in a day? It seems pretty tiny.

      I, too, am enamored with the age of Europe. When I played soccer in Istanbul, one of the walls was brick, and it looked old. I asked my friend what the wall was from, and he said, oh this guy built it when the city was a lot smaller. His name was Alexander in English. WOW!!!

  3. akil3655
    Twitter: kiltandacamera
    July 7, 2012 at 12:49 am #

    Scotland is about half the size of California. I’ve been here three times before, and done a bit of a road trip every time, so I’ve seen quite a bit of it. Still, there is so much more to see! There are the islands, which could take years to explore properly, and the highlands, the beach towns, the fishing villages, the old estates and castles, and the cities. So much to see, and so much history. I could stay here for years and not see enough.

    I love that there are stone walls along so many of the roads that are hundreds and hundreds of years old. I can just picture the cattle drovers and carriages of the past walking along the same paths that we drive now. So cool.
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  4. Nancy B. July 7, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    Glad you made it okay and have a quiet place to winddown. I was thinking of you and mentally tracking your trip on the 1st through the 3rd. Sorry you missed the 4th, though. Can’t think of anyone else doing fireworks on that day. When we went to Cananda for the world’s fair in ’86, we purposely stayed an extra day on the Olympic Peninsula so we could catch the fireworks over the bay before heading on up to Surry. It just wouldn’t the be 4th without them. Then again, you have adjusted to Thanksgiving without the big turkey dinners…………;-P Keep up the posts!

    • Nancy B. July 7, 2012 at 11:42 am #

      And, yes. That little guy just makes you want to hug and snuggle! I know you miss having pets, but your lifestyle just doesn’t lend itself to the responsibility of having one right now.

      • akil3655
        Twitter: kiltandacamera
        July 7, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

        There was so much Facebook chatter, and photos of fireworks on the internet that I hardly feel like I missed it, ha. Instead of hotdogs and explosives, we had a nice night out to dinner with our homeowners (Alfie’s parents) and a snuggle from the animals. Perfect.

        I agree about our pet situation. I love spending time with them, and house sitting is really nice with their company, but there is no way we could or should take on the responsibility of one of our own for a while. Not until we’re really settled and not traveling so much, like in twenty years. :0)
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