I am WAY behind in blog reading and emails but I have a good excuse. I've been travel bargain hunting on the computer and phone for two solid days .
We are last minute travelers. We purchased our trip to Egypt (click here - Nov 10 post) a week before we left. You might remember that I went to a Knitting & Spinning retreat last July on the Island of Mull in Scotland (click here and scroll down to Oct 3rd). That group is meeting again in the Summer of '06 on the island of Orkney. We were planning on going as a family. The problem is we're moving back to the States around that time also. We have no idea exactly when and won't until about six months before. Dan and I were talking about it the other morning and we just didn't want to bank it all on the Orkney trip and then not be able to go. So we decided to plan a trip to Scotland for this year. Dan knew I felt miserable about it so as soon as he got to work that morning he made sure he could take leave and called me to start planning for Spring Break! Yikes! That's 2 1/2 weeks away! So I got busy doing my thing. Budget travel. Thank God for the internet. We got round trip tickets for all four of us Frankfurt/Glasgow for $200!!
We'll get there at about 8:30 pm so I got a hotel room next to the train station where we'll leave in the morning to spend the day in Stirling with a little side trip to Bridge of Allan (part of my heritage). We'll head back to Glasgow that afternoon, pick up our luggage from the hotel (that's why I picked one close to the train station) and head up to the B&B on the north shore of Loch Lomond. From there we'll take day trips. The first day it's up to Glencoe (the other part of my heritage is Campbell - I won't be advertising that little fact) to enjoy the scenery. Second day is back to Mull and Iona via Oban. I'm hoping we'll have time to visit the Ardalanish sheep farm we went to as a knitting group last summer. Then the next day it's back to check out Glasgow and the Science Center before flying back home that night. Quick trip but better than not going at all.
I don't know if it's my Scottish blood or if I lived there in another life, but there's something about Scotland that draws me to it like no other place I've ever been (and I've been to a lot of places). I cry tears of joy when I arrive and I cry when I have to leave and I always swear I'll come back again. The boys are out-of-their-minds excited about the whole plane, train and ferry thing. I was really hoping to get back to Shetland again (Dec. 6th post), but I'm not complaining. Someday....
Knitting?? I've decided to keep the V-neck on the Must Have as is. I knit a few rows last night but that's about it.
As for the Take a Soldier to the Movies Operation, we had to reschedule moving everything to this Friday. Pam got to have lunch with Laura Bush during her visit here in Germany on Tuesday. I can't wait to hear all about it on Friday over lunch.
Joe's class is on the letter "S" this week. So for the sake of spinning and sheep, I'll be doing a little demo for 21 five-year olds this afternoon. I love how excited kids get about it all. Hope I remember my camera.
Back to ferry and train schedules....