I have the opportunity to go to Scotland this summer, well for a few days anyway. There is a lot to do; though I have two major areas of interest: 1. the Outer Hebrides & 2. A family historical area in Aberdeenshire. I really don't like being a tourist. This post is a bit of a collection of links about things to and how to do them. I hope to familiarize myself with the place in the hopes of doing something together with my siblings.
- There are busses or coaches: https://sales.citylink.co.uk/CitylinkWeb
- Trains: http://www.scotrail.co.uk/
- Ferries: https://www.calmac.co.uk/
Ferries and travel from Glasgow to the outer hybries: https://www.calmac.co.uk/interactivemap?p=2121&p=2331&p=2301&p=2291&p=2363&p=2311&p=2348&p=2346&p=2311&p=2345&p=2535&p=2312&p=2378
Isle of Skye website discussion on transportation to Skye: http://www.isleofskye.com/skye-guide/travel-tips
Bus time tables from the glasgow to skye: http://www.citylink.co.uk/timetables/Summer%2015/WEB_April2015_GlasgowSkye_12pp.pdf
Most hostels were booked up 6 months to a year in advance
the following was interesting: http://www.skyewalkerhostel.com/
The man-purse is still in among German speaking travelers. I noticed several German speaking travelers at the San Francisco air port traveling with rather stylish shoulder bags.
Thursday was Moving Day. Well, Packing Day. We had over 200 boxes inventoried and labeled. Many of our friends from church and work came to help us load up the truck. Unfortunately, even with all of that preparatory packing, there were still about 20 boxes and two chests of my stuff that needed to be packed. I need to take a lesson from my bother Jon – purge often and purge a lot – but then he is not the one interested in archiving and content management, I am.So on Friday, my friend Jeremy and I finished and put the bulkhead in place. 900 cu. feet – though not completely solid. God is gracious. We originally wanted make Tuesday our pack and leave day, but we were delayed by having to spend an extra two nights in Philly. So, Thursday became the new Tuesday. And God knew what he was doing – it has been cooler temperatures these last few days. I do not feel like our stuff will bake in the truck.
On the way back from Switzerland Becky and were convinced to stay with my Aunt in New Jersey for two nights. Continue reading
I was out tonight looking for the moon. It is full moon and I am in southern Germany at the moment. My friend Doris noticed a rather spectacular moon rise while she was out for a bike ride. When she came home she told me about it and we jumped in the car to go try and see it, but the clouds had already come in and covered the moon. Noticing a few cloud-to-cloud sparks I told Doris about how I have wanted to shoot lightning for some time but have not had the chance. I set the camera to 30 sec. exposure and pointed it in the direction of the storm… and this is what I got.
I love Mexican Hot Chocolate. Becky and I discovered Mayordomo Chocolate from Oaxaca, Mexico while we were visiting friends. Anytime we come back to Oaxaca we stop by Mayordomo and buy a few pounds to consume wherever we are living.
I have been playing around with data available from the iPhone (and also separately visualizing Map data).
I came across a project, iPhoneTracker which was done to show iPhone users the kind of data that the iPhone collects about a users travel and whereabouts. I downloaded the app and ran it. Looks like about a complete history since I activated the phone… The interesting thing for me was that this app did not collect the data from my phone directly but rather from my computer.