Update: We decided to fly to Heathrow and not directly to Glasgow (even though the airport is just 20 minutes from my Mum’s) to save over $600. There are days when I realise my sanity could be worth more to me than that…*sigh*
10 March: 6 a.m. MST
Montana to Denver
Denver to Dulles, D.C. (change planes and go through Customs)
Dulles to Heathrow
Total travel time = 18+ hours
11 March: Arrive at 6 a.m. GMT and then drive 5+ hours up the M6 to just outside Glasgow. Should be interesting.
Bryan, Ian, Cameron and I are headed off to Scotland from 10-25 March. We are primarily going to see my Gran who has terminal cancer (I am so scared to see her, to see what two subsequent treatments of Chemo have done to her. She was already looking old the last time I saw her. Now my Mum says, “she looks like a wee auld woman.”), but here are thirteen things I am looking forward to:
2. I haven’t seen Gran in six years. She came over for the wedding reception and when I made it back to Scotland, she was living in England on the Isle of Wight. If you know England well, this is the furthest off the mainland you can get from Scotland.
3. My Mum has only “met” Bryan twice. We were married for eighteen months before she saw him in the flesh. I’m glad she liked him!
4. I haven’t seen my brothers or sister-in-law in five years. My one brother has two kids, one is 10 and the other just turned 7. I’ve only met the youngest once. He was 2 at the time.
5. I need a hug from my Mum.
6. I get to take Ian on trains and buses. I am soooo excited about that. I can’t wait to see his reactions. The fact that he and Cameron are FREE on public transport (up to age 5) is an added bonus.
7. Curry, chip shops, meat pies, crisps, chocolate, soda indigenous to the UK and other fattening food. I plan on stuffing my face.
8. Charlie & Lola, Bob the Builder, Thomas the Tank Engine and any other merchandise I can get away with buying. Teletubbies? Not so much.
9. Catching up with old friends. Some of them I haven’t seen in eight years.
10. Saying something and not being the one who gets stared at.
11. Taking loads of pics. I plan on taking as many as possible–for my benefit and Ian’s. I want him to remember as much as possible.
12. British chocolate Easter eggs: a huge hollow chocolate egg usually accompanied with two chocolate bars of your choice. Woolworths alone sells over 1 million varieties ever year.
13. Breathing Scottish air, seeing familiar things: British icons, products in shops, scenery. (I hope to see some of London with Bryan too.) I don’t even mind if it rains.