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News from home

It is with a torn heart I write this short post. Last night after returning to Edinburgh from two incredible days of exploring the Highlands, I received news that my grandmother’s health has taken a massive turn for the worse.

I won’t go into detail, but she is at my Aunt Cathy’s place and is as comfortable as she can be. Unfortunately, I am half a world away. I am thankful I was able to spend some quality time with her before leaving for this trip. A trip that my grandmother was very excited about for me.

She would not want me to cut short my trip (even if I could get home, it might not be in time), so I will continue on to Britain today and raise a pint in her honor.

I love you, Grandma.

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Edinburgh – May 17

Where to begin? First off, I took a hop on-hop off bus tour and toured Edinburgh Castle. WOW!! Lots of pictures, this place is a fortress and is still in use today as a military base.

I was there for the firing of the One O’Clock Gun.

The gun or cannon is fired every day Monday through Saturday, except Christmas and Good Friday. The initial reason was for the ship’s captains to be able to synchronize their timepieces before setting sail. Now it has become a tradition. Thankfully, for the citizen’s in Edinburgh the ammunition is not live.

I strolled the Royal Mile and saw where JK Rowling wrote Happy Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

In the evening I attended The Taste of Scotland – Scottish Show. A dinner, wine and 2 hour musical show. Fabulous!! I also enjoyed a bit of haggis.

Tomorrow, I am off early in the morning for a 2 day Magical Highlands Tour, in which I’ll see Stirling Castle, Loch Ness, Inverness, the Culloden Battlefield, and St. Andrew’s.

I’ll post when I return.

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