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Trip Report Austinite in the land of the Scots

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I just returned from my business trip to Scotland. Here is my trip report:

Left Austin at 11 AM Saturday, connected via Atlanta to Paris CDG to Edinburgh, landing at 8:30 AM on Sunday. Flight on Delta did not have individual screens for movie viewing (boohoo). Unfortunately I was mostly unable to sleep on the flight.

Left perfect Austin warm sunny spring weather and arrived to a sunny but blustery Scottish spring day. It would be the only day that didn't rain while I was there. I rented a car, first time to drive on the left side of the road. Programmed in St. Andrew and after 30 minutes heading towards Glasgow realized that my trip was 12 hours. Certainly not what I expected. So I found St. Andrews (with an s) and reprogrammed.

Even with the mistake, the drive was 1.5 hrs from that point, so total was 2 hours to get to St. Andrews. Got there around 10:30 or so, found a parking spot and then walked around. The town is fairly quaint, some nice shops here and there. I walked out to the old cathedral location, took some photos and then walked along the water. Even though it was bright and sunny/partly cloudy, it was extremely windy, I'm guessing 20-30 MPH winds. The temp was in the lower 50's so with the wind chill that makes for some cold conditions for this Austinite (the weather was in the 80's in Austin when I left).

So, not being acclimated to the weather, I couldn't enjoy it as much as I had wanted. I was getting cold and I was getting hungry, time to find lunch somewhere. I noticed a nice little cafe, decided to stop there. Had broccoli and cheese soup, a tuna sandwich, and a bottle of juice. Pulled out my laptop and checked email using their free wi-fi. Emailed girlfriend back home that I was alright. Re-oriented myself and figured out where the St. Andrews golf courses were and set my bearings on the GPS. Got to the course area and parked in the car park there. It's like 2 lbs for 2 hours and it was around 1 PM so I figured it would be plenty enough time to see what I wanted to see.

I was tempted to go to the Museum of Golf but decided to just walk around instead at that point. I walked around the various courses, taking pictures, and then I went into the clubhouse to warm up a bit. The heat was cranking quite nicely in there, I really enjoyed that warmth! Then back outside to snap some more photos and back to the car.

I allocated two hours to get back to the hotel but it only took one hour. To those that said St. Andrews was a full day, it really is only about a half day of stuff, I could have gone much further north or somewhere south, but at least I got to see it, checked it off my list.

Observations: There was one thing that I noticed in St. Andrews and that was that the women there were much more attractive than in Edinburgh. In St. Andrews they wore nice fashions and really kept care of themselves, their bodies, etc... I asked a colleague about this and he stated that it was mainly because the women there are married to very rich golfers and golfers tend to like very attractive women (and can get them). It makes sense.

I got back to the hotel at around 4:30 or so, I got to the hotel and took a quick nap. I was totally jet lagged and that fresh air had exhausted me further. At 6 my coworker called and asked me to dinner, we had dinner at the restaurant in the Marriott. By the way, the food there is awesome. I had a 3 course menu of salad, wine, swordfish, and a chocolate mousse and it was really good.

I got back to bed after that and straight to bed!

To be continued...

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