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February 6th, 2005
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In a Scotland state of mind...
So, I'm starting to think about my trip to Great Britain in June - yay! Lots of rambling here, so I'll cut...

So, first, timing: has to include June 11, the date that anonypooh (did that work? *G*) has gotten us tickets for "Guys and Dolls", with Ewan MacGregor - but have to go to my niece's graduation on June 3.

So, that got me thinking... if I could have an IDEAL Scottish vacation - which is impossible - what would I like to see, do, hear? I've got a hell of a lot more "links" to Scotland than I realize... (damn, Travis is playing my favorite song... "The Circle Only Has One Side"... *sigh).

So, if I could I would:

-See anonypooh, freakspawn and domslass! (hopefully check! *G*)

-See a play or musical in England, preferably with a Scottish actor (check! *L*)

-See a play at the Traverse or the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh - preferably with Billy Boyd in it - *G*
-Spend a day doing touristy stuff in Edinburgh (preferably with a couple of hints from Kam!)

-See a play at the Citizens in Glasgow - preferably with Billy Boyd in it - of course!
-See the House for an Art Lover, the Glasgow School of Art, Rennie MacIntosh's house and any museum exhibits on Rennie MacIntosh (*loves Arts and Crafts*!)
-Spend a day just sightseeing in Glasgow

-Hear a good traditional Scottish group; would love to see Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain play... *sigh*

- Spend at least a day on the coast - Isle of Skye? Preferably someplace with good photographic opportunities, such as viewable nesting puffins, or gannets - something that's easier to see in Scotland than in America. And would love to see the town that was in "Local Hero"... or something like it!

- Spend a day in the Highlands - again, to see birds or whild animals. I'm not expecting to be blown away by the scenery, simply because I expect it to look a lot like Alaska, or northern Canada - but I would love to see some animals unique to Scotland!


So... I'm thinking, after seeing the play on a Saturday night, of taking the train to Glasgow on Sunday; stay there Sunday night and Monday night and catch a play one of those nights (but will theatres be closed then?!); take the train to Edinburgh on Tuesday morning, stay there Tuesday night and catch a play; take the train to Inverness on Wednesday and continue on to Skye (I hear the train ride from Inverness to the port you take the ferry to Skye from is beautiful!); stay on Skye Wednesday night and Thursday night (photograph birds, try to catch traditional music, and take in the shore); get back to Inverness on Friday; take a day in the Highlands if possible (Friday night); get back to London through Glasgow or Edinburgh; stay in London Saturday night; leave (*sob*) Sunday night.

Darn... that's a lot of traveling!!!!! Hope the trainrides don't take too long... and I'm going to travel as light as possible.

What do you think, Brits? Does that sound doable, or am I crazy?

*sigh* Travis is singing "Why does it always rain on me?" *G*

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From:makeyourmusic
Date:February 7th, 2005 01:46 am (UTC)
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Dude... go at the end of July, anytime in August, or beginning of September. ;)

Oh, and I have it on the best authority (aka myself) that Billy recommends going of the West coast and visiting the Isles (like Skye).
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 7th, 2005 02:04 am (UTC)
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Why not June?

*L*! Really, what did Billy say in particular?
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From:makeyourmusic
Date:February 7th, 2005 03:15 am (UTC)
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I'm going to be there July 23-Sept 4. ;)

Billy suggested Skye... and... I can't remember the others. I'd have to look them up and recognize the names. I asked him at ORC. :)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 7th, 2005 03:23 am (UTC)
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Oh! Do so! *G* I'm guessing he probably said Mull, or the Hebrides, or Iona...

So THAT'S why you were suggesting those dates. What a lovely long time - how did you manage that?
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From:makeyourmusic
Date:February 7th, 2005 03:33 am (UTC)
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I would have remember Iona if he said it because I learned about it during Art History. Haha. Mull might have been one though...

Aye it is. From July 24 to August 19 I'm studying over there through my university. After that my mom is coming out and we are staying there for another two weeks. :)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 7th, 2005 03:38 am (UTC)
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Lucky, lucky! Enjoy!
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From:makeyourmusic
Date:February 7th, 2005 03:54 am (UTC)
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It'll be work but they said we get to go to some of the local festivals and I did my research. The International Festival (art, film, theatre) and the Edinburgh Film Festival are both in August. :)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 7th, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC)
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Yep!!!!!!! So there may be a Billy sighting - *G*.
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From:makeyourmusic
Date:February 7th, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC)
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*crosses fingers*

I don't know if he's working on anything that will be out then... but maybe he'll come to support other films. :)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 7th, 2005 02:06 am (UTC)
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Really?! How wonderful! Any other ideas in mind?
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 7th, 2005 12:45 pm (UTC)
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*G* You will, believe me! *G*
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From:zanne68
Date:February 7th, 2005 01:58 am (UTC)
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Oooh! Side is my favorite Travis song, too!

I'm so envious of your trip. Just don't wear yourself out with all that. Take loads of pictures!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 7th, 2005 02:07 am (UTC)
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I'm a little worried about the wearing out... but you know I'll take pics!
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From:ninquelosse
Date:February 7th, 2005 03:15 am (UTC)
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This sounds lovely - I know I burnt out a bit on our GB honeymoon, but I had just gotten married after all, which isn't the most relaxing pastime.
Boo's been to Scotland; I haven't. Yet.

I <3 Travis.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 7th, 2005 03:22 am (UTC)
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Sounds like a lot of people <3 Travis! *S*
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From:onecheekyhobbit
Date:February 7th, 2005 11:44 am (UTC)
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you don't wanna see me?
*sniff*
K
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 7th, 2005 12:49 pm (UTC)
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Well, DUH! Oh - eep! I did leave you out of the people to see, didn't I - SORRY! (((((Kay)))))) *L*! I was grouping all the "England" folks together, you know - you're a Scotland person! *G*
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From:onecheekyhobbit
Date:February 7th, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC)
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Hahaha!
:) Just kidding with you! Althought I did crack up, so you've made a good day even better!
K
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From:anonypooh
Date:February 7th, 2005 01:06 pm (UTC)
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heee lookie rosamundeb used code and it worked!

yes tickets have arrived for Ewan!Moot!! :)

and I think Scotland might surprise you and do it's own little bit of mind-blowing.

Sounds like a great trip .. flying straight up there and then coming back down?

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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 7th, 2005 01:51 pm (UTC)
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Thinking of flying in and out of London (I imagine that a "triangular trip" would cost tons, plus, I don't think there are many flights to Edinburgh or Glasgow). I'd have to take the train to and from Scotland. Wonder how long it takes...
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From:anonypooh
Date:February 7th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC)
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weeeeell ...you could go to thetrainline.com to work out fares and timetables. I have only been to Scotland once - to Inverness and we travelled overnight

- bet flights internally will be your much cheaper option though.

oi! - no replying to Lorna's Zubin squee without doing mine too *sulks* ..

shall I pretend he wore a kilt and spoke in lilting Scottish accents all weekend and that Billy came to see him .. to make you look?
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 7th, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC)
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:P!!!!

Sorry - I didn't look at yours??? Must have zoomed by!

But, in answer to your question - yes, that would help. *nods emphatically*

Internal flight? Really? Hmmmm... I was thinking of going rail and finding a place to stay by the railway. Need to check out the town maps and see if that's a good idea...
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