Greetings all! Finally found a place with free internet and I actually have a half hour this time, instead of 10 minutes. Today was a glorious day. We walked (more like trudged) up to arthurs seat, which overlooks the entire city of edinburgh. It was quite the hike, lots of stone steps. It proved what I knew to be true (i am out of shape) but the sights were amazing and at the top we enjoyed some baugettes (i hope i spelled that right) and sat and read some 'bobby' burns. Hilary and I had the chance to chat with a man named Gordon, he was enjoying the hike like the rest of us and stopped when he saw our copy of robert burns. He chatted for a bit, giving us his own history lesson (he pointed out that nearly everyone in scotland could claim descendency from burns thanks to his promicious ways--the man had about 100 'bastards', as he said)
it was refreshing to talk to someone from around here. I don't know how to put into words all I am and have already experienced. Reading what I just wrote--I am not sure that that will feel significant to any of you, but it did to me. Gordon, I will remember you. This city is full of such friendly people...the other night we were at the tatoo (a military show-with bagpipes & marching bands) and the it felt like a family reunion in a sense, everyone seemed to have this sense of a whole-a connection. It is hard to describe. I feel like I am rambling....so i will digress. We are going to a play tonight and then we have a range of activities for the next few days. Not sure when I will write again. I am sorry if this isn't terribly interesting, I am still getting used to all of this. Trying to get over the fact that I am a tourist, when I want so desperately to be a part of things here. It doesn't seem enough to say things are going well--but I guess that is all I can say for now. I hope you all are having a good time settling into your rooms back at bethel. Not to sound needy, but I would love to hear from you as well--keep me updated a little. Love you all dearly. until next time.