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Trip Report UK Trip Report So Far....

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UK trip report so far... This is the stream of consciousness part--informative part will come later. :)

We flew British air from Boston to Heathrow, Tuesday, May7th. We have never changed planes at Heathrow before. I was amazed at how unclear it was and luckily we just followed others who seem to know the procedure. I was thinking that if it was this difficult for us who spoke English it must've been so much worse for anyone who was not a native English speaker. I am sure that our state of not having slept and it being the equivalent of about 2 o'clock in the morning did not help the situation. Those of you who have changed in Heathrow before know that you sit in a huge bullpen kind of waiting area and have to keep checking the board to see what gate your plane will be at. For those of us accustomed to just walking up and proceeding to our gate this was definitely less organized (and again see note of the 2 AM state of mind!)

The 53 minute flight from Heathrow to Edinburgh went very smoothly. I was gob smacked by the fact that they served a full Scottish breakfast to all passengers in that brief time. The flight attendant was so lovely that when I declined the breakfast she tried to cajole  me with lesser variations of it. Can you imagine an American flight attendant, pressed for time the way these people would have been, trying to figure out ways to serve people better? Even in my 2 AM state of mind--which was by now more like 4 AM state of mind--I was so appreciative of such unexpected solicitude on the part of an airline employee!

We arrived at our accommodation in Edinburgh, and found that we had to carry  our suitcases up three long flights of stairs. Luckily,  despite our advanced years and debilitation from no sleep, we are still healthy and capable of such exertion. Also our rule of CARRY-ON ONLY made all the difference in this little unexpected snafu. I should point out it's probably my fault and not the fault of the accommodation. I knew the place was on the third and fourth floors, I just did not pay attention to the fact that there was no elevator.

(I will put all the hotel and restaurant info at the end of this report under separate headings.)

Edinburgh is beautiful and we had good weather for walking around later in the afternoon after having gotten a few hours of desperately needed sleep. The fact that it is staying light right now until almost 10 PM was a definite bonus!!

One funny anecdote is that we were sitting in a pub at a round table, and next to us at the adjacent roundtable were some attractive young Scottish people out for drinks after work. Their conversation with animated and lively. At one point one of them said, quotation marks you could be sick, dying of cancer(!), and my Mum would just tell you to 'Walk it off!' !' "his remark so caught me off guard that I started laughing! He realized I was laughing at what he was saying and looked over at me with a winsome smile--saying esrnestly, "She's lovely! Really, she is! You would love her!" these are the kinds of travel experiences that I just so enjoy!

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