tryin’ to make a livin’ and doin’ the best I can
And when it’s time for leavin’
I hope you’ll understand
That I was born a ramblin’ man
-Allman Brothers Band
The day is fast approaching when I go off to Scotland. Truth be told, I haven’t been on an airplane in decades. Can’t remember when my last flight was. I think it was to go see a friend in Fresno in the mid-90’s! That’s a long time.
So, I’ll be on a plane (three planes, actually) on Labor Day, Sept 3rd, from LAX to Las Vegas, then to Heathrow, and finally to Edinburgh. Because of a housing issue at Saint Andrews–they only open their residences on the 8th of September–I had to book a hostel in Edinburgh for three nights! I’d tried postponing the flight but the travel agency’s surcharge on that was outrageously expensive. Looked at some hotels in Edinburgh and Saint Andrews but they too were quite expensive. That’s when my brother suggested a hostel and I looked some up in the Edinburgh area. Quite affordable! Of course, you have to share the room, but that’s no problem for me. I guess I can be a tourist in Edinburgh for a few days. I hear it’s quite beautiful there.
Definitely got to go visit Edinburgh Castle. The hostel emailed some tour guide info and I think I’ll try one of those. Did some demographic research on the internet and it appears Edinburgh has a population of about half a million people. Saint Andrews is a small town, about fourteen thousand. And about 99% white. No worries about me standing out. (more…)