Trip to Scotland
I just returned from Scotland to visit DD who is studying at St. Andrews University this semester. A few observations:
* Scotland is a beautiful place with wonderful, friendly people in general
* The current cost to travel there is breathtakingly expensive
* The weather really does change almost hourly, but not in a bad way.
* Driving on the left side of the highway through roundabouts can be a terrifying experience and was constantly stressful for the first week. (I could easily make the case that allowing foreigners coming from right-side countries should not be allowed to rent a car
* something as simple as walking across the street can be very dangerous to someone used to 60+ years of watching a different traffic pattern before crossing
* allowing DD to study at St. Andrews may have been a big mistake: she is already dating a young Scot and just loves the place. It would be a long trip to visit her if she settled down there
* if you don't ask for a bill, you might end up sitting at your table all day
* the trip reinforced my thinking about travel in general. I want to spent far more time in a place than a week or two. It's just not enough time to really get to know it well
* I'll look for another place to travel where the dollar will buy more on the next trip, at least until the exchange rate improves in Europe.
Can't you see yourself in the nursing home saying, " Darn! Wish I'd spent more time at the office instead of wasting time with family and friends."