England, Scotland and a sign of life

One thing I learned in the past few days is – wifi (and ideally free or cheap) is not as readily available at hotels as it may seem in England and Scotland… Yes – most coffee shops, pubs and restaurants offer free wifi – but for me to write a blog or talk to family is just not the same if done in such a public place – so no updates for a while.

The other thing we discovered is – bus travel has it’s ups and downs – will I do it again? Hmmmm – not any time soon for sure! Being on a guided bus tour with 47 others is at the best of times challenging but when basically every Nationality is on that bus it becomes rather interesting.

However – I did find nice things to on this trip – the Scottish Landscape is simply stunning – in particular the  Glencoe Region in the Highlands.  The crazy thing was all those runners who ran the whole valley – now I know they have a Glencoe Challenge (a ultra marathon) and also a Ben Nevis Race each year – not for me!

Well before Scotland however we explored London (only half a day and only Greenwich) and already on the bus trip Cambridge and York – amazing towns (or in Yorks case city) and then of course another highlight – Edinburgh – a whole day there and I can truly say we made most of our £3.50 public transport ticket.

We’ve been to Edinburgh Castle and also to Holyrood Palace – and criss cross everywhere else. I will upload some photos once I get them off the camera and have a bit more time but being on a guided bus trip has major disadvantages – no time.. but I have to admit that the Palace was better value for money by a long shot. The castle was so overrun with tourists (even very early after opening) that it made a good look around very hard.

After leaving Edinburgh we had a long day on and off the coach in the Scottish highlands – with a visit to Loch Ness (sorry no Nessie) and the Ben Nevis Distillery and finally a stay at a Victorian Hotel – right next to another Loch.

Ok – that much today – I will write in a little more detail when I get more time and also more photo’s but I thought a short update would be order.

The next few days still hold Shakespeare, Cardiff and of course Stonehenge – and a few days London for good measure – there again a museum visit – can’t wait for that one!


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  1. Kia ora Rita
    Very glad you are out of the flood zone at last! Scotland! yes, beautiful. My McDonald ancestors are said to come from Glencoe and I remember visiting there with my mum and dad, seeing the place where the campbells massacred the Mcdonalds when accepting their hospitality. turbulent times for sure. Am getting my harakeke prepped for the wahakura for my moko, due in September. Had another watch of your youtube video to check out sizing, and to remind me of construction. Really easy to follow – thanks! Had a family get together last night – everybody coming to say goodbye to Poutiriao (he leaves to live with his dad and family in Perth on wednesday).
    happy travels
    arohanui Annie

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