I’ve finally arrived home!
And it’s Friday!
Actually, I arrived home at 11:30 last night. That was after beginning my journey home from Scotland on Wednesday, the 7th, with a flight out of Edinburgh at 12:30 p.m. local time. Then arriving in Iceland for a 5 hour layover. Leaving there and arriving in Miami at 11:00 p.m. local time (essentially 4 a.m. according to my body) and after border patrol and luggage, driving 2 hours to my parent’s house in Naples, arriving at 1:45 a.m., where I promptly went to bed. I had to be to the airport in Ft. Myers by 5 p.m. the next day for a 7:00 flight. Flew to Charlotte, N.C. I had a very short layover, shortened by the fact that the first plane was late, so I power walked to my gate arriving just as they began boarding my flight to Roanoke, VA. Landed in Roanoke at 11 p.m. Gathered my suitcase and my son drove me home, where I promptly went to bed. To say that I’m still in brain fog mode is an understatement.
But life goes on. And I had all kinds of mother/parent jobs to fulfill today. I’m now squeezing in a few moments to share some of my faves this week. Obviously I have a ton, but haven’t even begun to sift through my photos or my thoughts! 🙂
My biggest fave of the week was that I was able to share this journey with one of my closest friends, my mother (FYI: Like most other moments in my life…I fly makeup free).
My Aunt Joann also accompanied us and we had a lot of fun building memories. My aunt has always been one of my big cheerleaders. She took me to “take your daughter to work” day when I was 17 and trying to decide a career path. She introduced me to my future husband and was my Matron of Honor in my wedding. She was also the first person to leave a comment on my blog when I began it 1 1/2 years ago.
I took group shots of us on my mother’s camera so I’ll be waiting for those as well as sifting through my own.
During our time in Edinburgh, we stayed at Princes Street Suites. We had a three bedroom suite and given that we were there on two separate occasions, splitting it up with two nights in Glasgow, we actually had two different 3 bedroom suites.
Besides the packets of coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, the room also had a pint of milk in the fridge and a box of shortbread from the Shortbread House of Edinburgh. It was a welcome surprise. I’m sure that I’ll talk more about our hotel stays in future posts.
Once again, I found myself intrigued by the daisies growing amongst the green. Those above growing at Stirling Castle.
While I captured this pair on the grounds of the University of Glasgow.
While on a bus tour of Edinburgh, I also found Bedlam. In the form of the Bedlam Theatre. Originally the New North Free Church built in 1849 near the site of the Edinburgh Bedlam Mental Institute, it is home to the oldest student-run theatre in Britain, the Edinburgh University Theatre Company. I have a few more photos of the building that I will share after I’ve continued processing the photos that I took while in Scotland.
I hope that you all have had an amazing week! The weather held up beautifully for most of our time in Scotland, which was most unexpected and for which we are eternally grateful.
While summer will always present a chaotic schedule for me, I hope to be on a more normal schedule of posting in the coming weeks.
Lastly, I leave you with this song. Chosen because on our way to the Royal Mile, we heard music coming from another direction and chose to go see who was singing, where we stumbled upon Jack Stark covering this song. We stayed and listened to a few songs before heading on our way. However, I could have stayed all day, loving live music as I do!
Let your light shine!