Monday, July 13, 2015
Big driving day.
No, I wasn’t driving… 🙂
As a class we were up and at ’em at 7:30am in order to check out of our living quarters at Stamford Street apartments in Lambeth. We were on busses and rolling towards Scotland by 8am!
It’s a relatively long drive (411 miles according to Google Maps), but nothing I can’t handle! I did do drum corps… and have a father who likes to drive for 12 hours at a time. 🙂
Drum corps did teach me a few things that might have been helpful to the other students traveling with me on the coaches:
1) Don’t bring more baggage than you can carry in a single trip.
2) People getting off the bus trump those getting on the bus.
3) It’s a polite courtesy to not use the bus toilet unless it’s a DIRE emergency. Drinking while on the bus is not an excuse. (Many in drum corps used a bottle rather than stinking up the on-board lavatory, but that space was basically our home for two months.)
At the same time – a truck stop is a truck stop in any country.
After roughly 8 hours driving and an hour of rest, we made it to Scotland! As soon as we crossed over the border I felt different (probably my imagination). The air felt fresher. The land was greener. The hills were sweeter. The sheep were everywhere. I adored Scotland from the moment our wheels crossed the border.
Unfortunately, since the day was mostly driving I did not take many photos. Several of us found our way to the Royal Mile in Edinburgh and had some dinner – authentic Scottish food – before returning to the dorms for bed. (Side note: As I was falling asleep, lost in that state between waking and slumber, I imagined that Scottish faeries were playing tricks with my mind. Silly, fantastical… but fun, nonetheless!)
I will mention the book I began reading Sunday night and finished in bed in Scotland Monday night: Labyrinth by Kate Mosse.