Logistics of a trip to Scotland

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

Banff is in the region of Greater Speyside, and Aberdeenshire

Most hostels were booked up 6 months to a year in advance
the following was interesting: http://www.skyewalkerhostel.com/

Moving Day

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.

Moving Van via Josh Wagner

A picture of our Moving Van.
Photo Credit: Josh Wagner.

The Bulkhead

The Bulkhead – The use of halogen lights at night in a metal lined room make for some nice shadows.

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.

Shooting Lightning

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.

Lightning in Schwartzwald

Lightning in Schwartzwald.

The Ulster Fry

The Ulster Fry

The Ulster Fry : a traditional full breakfast from Northern Ireland.

This week Becky and I have been vising some of her friends in Northern Ireland. It has been interesting to sit and talk with people and to watch how the culture is different when compared the cultural elements we encountered in Edinburgh, Scotland. On of the things we had the privilege of eating was an Ulster Fry. Complete with eggs, ham, potato, tomato, sausage, toast, jam, tea, farls and friends.