Last Days of Edinburgh

Trip Start May 20, 2009
Trip End Oct 15, 2009

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Monday, June 8, 2009

I am finishing up my days in Edinburgh. Diane left yesterday and made it back to Charlottesville. Pauline and I still have 2 days together and I leave on Fri for Belfast. It is fun to catch up with Pauline. She was at innisfree when I arrived in '92 and she trained me in the SCI office. She lives in a community in Denmark called Svanholm (look it up - it's very pretty) and we manage to hook up together every couple of years.

She had never been to Scotland before and I was here as a 20 year old and then again when Alex (Galen) was 6 years old. It is very beautiful with many black, ornate buildings, with many steeples, cupolas, statues, obelisks and the like. There is a huge construction project that is tearing up Princes street at the moment to put in a tram system for 2010. Makes it all a bit messy and hard to get around. We have been at the youth hostel here long enough to have done laundry twice and have had good luck with quiet and respectful roommates.

Looks like Gordon Brown is at the end of his time and tho there was an election for european Parliament ministers on Thursday, the turnout was poor. Pauline and I caught some of Obama's speech in Cairo online and the press mostly gives him very good marks here. I am settling into a life of idleness, but went way over budget by staying at the hostel all this time. Will have to make it up in the future.

I'll add a few more photos of Edinburgh and then will talk to you all when I get to Northern Ireland.
Love ya
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