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Scotland 2022, Pre-Trip

A couple years ago, we decided to go back to Scotland, back to see the Edinburgh Tattoo again. I got tickets for August 2020 and was excited to go…until COVID hit. The Tattoo (and everything else) was canceled and I figured that I’d made a donation the Tattoo fund. Oh well.

I was very surprised around October 2021 when they emailed me and said that I could transfer those tickets to this year and did I want to go.

In November, I got to choose seats and I was lucky enough to get them for opening night, August 5, 2022 – in the second row, right behind the row for people with wheelchairs. I couldn’t believe my good luck.

March 4, 2022 I set up the rest of the trip – British Airways to Edinburgh, a Holiday Inn we’ve stayed at before and a rental car in Edinburgh. All good.

Somehow, by May 4, British Airways decided that we couldn’t fly home on August 7. I have no idea how they knew that 2 months in advance. May 5, they also decided they wouldn’t take us there, either. So, I set about canceling the hotel and the rental car and generally being in a bad mood.

May 25 I remembered Icelandair. We used them a long time ago to fly to London – and they gave us a free layover in Iceland, including free hotel. This year, they graciously agreed to fly Tom and me to Glasgow by way of Iceland so I re-booked the hotel and a different car, this time in Glasgow.

So, all that was left to do was to get time off work, alert my piano students and pack.

The actual trip is coming soon.

Costa Rica, Day 7 and Home

Early, early wake up time.  We have to be at the airport by 5:00 am so we were up at 4:00 am.  We got things we had taken out repacked – mostly electronics we wanted charged.

Checking out, we were able to get free “breakfast to go” bags that included cereal bars, juice, bananas and muffins.  Pretty good.

The Holiday Inn had a 24/7 shuttle so we got on that within 5 minutes.  It was only about 8 minutes to the airport.  It was a good thing we were there early because the line to pay the departure tax was pretty long.  Luckily, we had gotten a porter to move our bags because he was very helpful in showing us where to go for the departure tax and how to fill out the forms – then where to check in.

We got through security in plenty of time and I got a few pictures of the mountains outside the departure gate.

I ate the banana and the muffin.  I should have had the juice since it was confiscated in a final security just before getting on the plane.  The bottle was all sealed up but they took it anyway.  Oh, well.

I was very happy on the plane.  They showed the movie Water For Elephants.  I had read (and shared with everyone) this book several years ago.  I was glad to be able to watch the movie but it did cut into my naptime.

We arrived in Atlanta on time and went through the whole Customs/Immigration ordeal.It wasn’t as bad as some places we have been through.  All our luggage arrived and that’s a good thing!

We stopped for a real meal at T.G.I.Fridays, then on to our gate.  We were there about 30 minutes, then the gate changed so we dragged our stuff up the hall to the new gate.  Boarding was pretty easy, then we taxied out for takeoff.

Then, we stopped.  The pilot said that there were storms in the DC area so we couldn’t land there.  He figured that the storm was colser to Reagan airport and those flights were probably diverted to Dulles (our airport) and Baltimore.  Whatever.

We sat, with the engines off, on the field.  No engines, no A/C.  They passed out ice water and told us to close the window shades to keep it “cooler”.  Right.

Finally, we were able to take off.  Although I could see that we passed through some thunder storms, the flight was fairly smooth.

Into Dulles, got one suitcase.  The big one is nowhere. Finally, that showed up and we got a taxi for home.  Then off to get our dog ant the trip was over.

There will be more pictures later from Tom’s camera plus the ones we took with the waterproof carmera in the Rainmaker rainforest.

Fairwell to 

Costarica

Thanks for reading!

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