Edinburgh was good too.
We (my husband and me) arrived at Edinburgh last Sunday. While at the airport I had this very real deja vu where I stand by the belt waiting for the luggage, the belt keeps going and going and one by one all the luggage is taken off the belt until the belt stops and... still no luggage. This happened to me in Reykjavik this summer. I flew out on Sunday and got my luggage Wednesday night with a tag "RUSH" on it. So now that this happened to us in Edinburgh was not a huge surprise. And exactly the same way we receiveded our luggage Wednesday night with a tag "RUSH".
Actually it was quite handy; since we were leaving Thursday morning we did not need to pack at all, well ... we had to put all the new stuff that had been bought along the week into the suitcases but that was not bad. Every morning we did some shopping for new clothing... But I shop quickly as Laurie knows so not too much time was wasted doing it. Other than shopping and sightseeing on a double-decker and visiting Edinburgh castle we attended several shows. While there there was (and is still) the Edinburgh Fringe which is a very big festival for performing arts. We went to theatre several times and saw quite a few entertaining plays.
Flying home Thursday was bad.
We got at the Edinburgh airport early to find out that there were huge queues and that all the planes were delayed if they were running at all. If you have seen the news you know already that travelers were not allowed to have any carry on luggage, only passport, money and traveling documents in a plastic bag. And the safety measures were time consuming and very thorough. There were people who still tried to bring cellulars or water bottles or candy ... It makes me wonder if they were just ignoring the measures or if they were so scared and scattered that they really did not understand the orders... ?! But the officials who must have been under a great pressure were extremely patient and kind. And we missed the flight. Got rebooked to go to Stockholm. Missed the flight again in Stockholm since the planes were leaving late... Got rebooked to Helsinki. Missed the flight to Rovaniemi. Got rebooked again... But home safe and sound now.
What was surprising was the fact that all the people appeared very calm - although there were queues and frustrations, there was not yelling or bad behavior. To be honest I was a bit worried. Luckily I was not alone. My husband is very talkative (to put it mildly) but for once he had thought he would sleep onboard, but I told him that if ever this was the time to keep talking... And I was ever so grateful for all the stories he told me on the way and got me distracted from the fact that I was in a plane. When we arrieved at out own small airport I was so ... if I say relieved, that is an understatement.
Except for the fact that again there was the belt that kept going and going ... and going and me looking at it in disbelief. I wonder if it is a sign never to leave the house again.
And then, I just might consider it because flying has become so stressful. Everything about it has. From the very moment you start booking...
In Edinburgh there was a department store called Jenners where on the fifth floor was yarn. They had Rowan yarns there and Sirdar and maybe some Jaeger as well. I spent there some time fingering all the yarns and bought sample skeins to remember what my favorites are to be able to know them if I would mail order for them some day. (The white one is wool cotton.)
The children start school Tuesday. The summer is coming to an end. It is hard to believe, the temperature is still 25 C and has been for a long while now. But for sure the good wool weather is just around the corner now.