Scotland

Day 69 – the days are flying by

Well, today we were both up very early anticipating the long day I guess.  We went and had porridge and tea/coffee at a nice coffee house. Then Melanie walked down to a cash machine and got to see they getting ready to film for the day and pet the horses being used in the scenes.  Maybe one day we will find out what movie they were making. It was a period piece probably late 1800’s.  I liked Dublin but there was not enough time to see what I wanted to, same with Edinburgh. I think one needs to take a long week in each city to see the highlights alone.  EAch area of a city is so different and the college area different from regular neighborhoods etc.  Each time I have been to Edinburgh I wanted to go to Holyrood and each time it did not happen. Next time that will be first on my list.  Dublin I have not visited since 1967 so it was very different and I would happily return there as it is another place you can walk and walk and see so much. So many museums, you could do one a day and not see them all during a good visit. The same in Edinburgh. They are both cities filled with history and lots to learn about.  So more to add to my list of things to do.

We walked down to the City Link Bus office and caught the bus back to Galway.  I think I was asleep before the bus left the city.  Silly to be so tired in the morning.  We got to Galway about 12:15 and Denis met us at Arabica Coffee Shop at 12:45 with the apt keys.  He had soup and then headed back to work.  We got Melanie all packed up and she went up to town to the cash machine to get a bit more to tide her over until she leaves tomorrow morning. Gerald, our landlord, offered to give her a ride to the station and he made sure and got her on the bus and had her ticket in hand. Very good of him.

In the mean time I got some laundry done, shrank my brand new turtle neck which I love. will see if it will fit me or Solveig tomorrow.  Charlie and Beth and Sue and Ron got back from their day trip to Connamara at about 5:45 and we all went out to supper and I went on to my writing class. We ate at the Dail which is very good.

My class was good. We each wrote for 20 minutes and were to include dialogue and it worked out well. I love the IRish humor and intrigue in some of the other students writing.   They tell me they like what I have been doing as well which is nice to hear.  I don’t have a lot of confidence but what else is new.

Tomorrow will be Galway day for the guests and we will all go together to the ARts in Action concert at 1 pm. rain or shine. although it appears it might be rain.  But who lets a little rain stop anything around here.

Here are a few pictures from the weekend and week so far. I am going to go back and add pictures to the former postings just so they will go along with each day. Will try and get that done tomorrow. We saw a demonstration against ISIS and its victimization of minorities, the MacLachlan tartan which we claim but I am not sure why,the dark skies over Edinburgh, a couple dressed up to have their picture taken at the tartan mill museum place, me with a piper on the street, some of the story tellers we heard, a lovely red door in Dublin, Sitric, king of Ireland, interiors of Christ Church – alters and the floors and some of the catacombs, Melanie with Molly Malone, a top hatted guy at the department store welcoming customers, and Melanie just before she left…

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