Tuesday, April 26, 2011

April 25th, 2011

Monday - 10:45 am.

It's Monday, and I've been looking forward to this trip for months. Seriously. The first idea was born about 5 months ago, becoming concrete when we got our passports in February and bought our tickets in the beginning of March.

It's pretty crazy. I'm really here, checking in. Showing off (and stamping) my passport was pretty neat. Once we got through the hassle of security, we (Amanda, Teresa, Maria and I) were able to slow down, get our things together, and get a coffee and yogurt parfait for breakfast. At least, Maria, Amy, and I got a parfait. Teresa stuck with a smoothie.

It was lovely. I sat and people-watched for about 45 minutes, while we ate and drank, and Maria checker her email.

Even now, here in our boarding area, I'm still rather people-watching. The lady in the seat running perpendicular to where we're sitting jounces when she laughs. A LOT of people have laptops and MP3 players. There's a band of kids running about, wearing orange and blue backpacks: apparently they're on a school trip. I wonder if they're going to be on our flight?

It's very, very grey outside, the clouds looking like marbled frosting smoothed in wavelets across the sky. We'll probably be boarding in about an hour. An hour and a half-ish, we'll be airborn and above the clouds.

LATER. (April 26th Later!!)

We got on our plane with relatively no problems. The flight was LONG, but they were showing Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The King's Speech, so I watched those. Lovely.

There was only three hours of night. Crazy! I've never seen a night pass so quickly. An airplane can get pretty cold during those three hours, though, so I was grateful to the little red blankets they passed out to us passengers. That was a thoughtful touch.

Once in Scotland, Jim, our friend, gave us a driving tour of Edinburgh. We paused for just a little bit and walked up and down the Royal Mile a little ways before going to our flat and getting settled. Our landlord is very nice: a little fussy, but very nice. After we settled in and put our things (mostly) away, we went to a place called The Sheep's Heid, a very nice wee bar. Alas, since we just got in, we forgot our licenses!!! Without a license, Amanda, Teresa, and I were unable to get alcoholic beverages. We made do with orange drinks, and Jim and Maria got, respectively, a lager shandy and a Guinness. Afterward, we went to dinner at a nice Chinese Restaurant. Lovely!

A good day was had by all.

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